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post #21 of 59 Old 08-05-2015, 03:02 PM
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So, I ended up picking up a close-out Scorpion EXO R-2000 helmet from MotorcycleGear.com. Price was right - like USD$259, and reports were that it fits a long oval head well.

Got it a week and a half ago, just before I was leaving for a vacation (had my bike hauled to Halifax for me, met it there for the week), so I've now got a week of using it.

Pros:
*Indeed a long oval shape, basically the same as my Arai Profile in the crown area, I would say.
*Great ventilation - the vents on this thing definitely move the air.
*Great shield mechanism - every helmet should have a shield mechanism this good. Strong detents. Closes tight. Little lever to pop it open a crack or lock it down (closed). Easy to change.
*Came with an included smoked shield in a shield carrying bag.
*Came with a really nice padded helmet bag.
*pump-up cheekpads to really firm up the fit - useful if riding at high speeds and/or in turbulent air to keep the helmet even more firmly in place. I don't think they have different-sized cheekpads available, though. It basically fits me well without pumping up.

Cons:
*Tight opening - takes a bit of work to pull it on or off. Smaller ears than mine would make this easier.
*Limited ear pocket space - this is a close-fitting helmet and the ear pockets are fairly small in size. Probably not a problem for people who don't have big Dumbo ears like mine.
*A little noisier/less aerodynamic than my Arai Profile was, IMO. Can definitely feel it a bit more when I turn my head to the side at speed. It also helps if I make sure I haven't gotten the neck roll folded up.
*Fit and finish not quite up to Arai standards, although still very good.

Definitely a viable alternative to the Arai Profile or Signet for those who have a long oval head shape. Previous to this helmet, My Arai Signets and Profile are the only helmets I've ever had that really fit my head properly.

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post #22 of 59 Old 08-05-2015, 03:19 PM
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Ooh! Good thread! I'd like to add the AGV Skyline to the long oval list. It's even ready for a com unit with recesses for speakers and a button mic.

I've ridden with my Skyline for about two and half years now.

Pros:

-Quick-release chin strap

-Com unit-ready

-Fits true to size

-Great lower ventilation (top in Cons)

-Drop down shade (if you're into that kind of thing)

-Price

Cons:

-Forehead vents don't move much air unless you point your face at the tank, but the lower ventilation makes up for it.

-The plasticy/rubbery coating on the bottom of the cheek pads (outside helmet) starts to flake around the two year mark. Easily fixed by replacing cheek pads.

-Not the quietest helmet out there, but I wear earplugs while riding, so I hardly notice.

I love this helmet. Was about to drop a lot of money on an Arai, but found a review from the UK on this helmet by chance. Claimed to be long oval for a fraction of the price, so I took a chance and ordered my first one from Spain. I ordered a second one from the US as a backup a few months ago, and the fit is identical. I have to say I like the Skyline better than the Arai's because of the extra room between my mouth and the chin guard. The Arai fits too close for my liking, but the Skyline has enough room for a boom mic.

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I picked up an Speed & Strength SS1400 for this season. It's also a long oval shape and DOT & Snell rated. I've found it to be more comfortable, lighter and quieter than my old Scorpion 1000. I've found the ventilation could be improved and the visor optics could be better. Overall I really like it and it was under $150.


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post #25 of 59 Old 05-08-2019, 10:45 PM
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My first modular helmet for $125, HJC CL-Max 2.

I really like this helmet. Comfortable for my big head, really smooth and easy modular mechanism, decent vents and I have the winter visor to prevent fogging up.
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My advice to every customer who comes to the shop for a helmet or boots: I don't care which one you like, try them all and find the one which fits the best. Don't look at graphics or price, find the best fit. Once you've narrowed it down to a few that fit terrific, you can dicker on details. Nothing will put you in a deeper level of misery than a helmet or pair of boots with an improper fit.

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My Schuberth C3 flows almost no air. It is one warm hat. I believe the C3Pro is advertised to flow 40% more air, but from my pov, 40%more of nothing is still nothing. (Note a little sarcasm and unhappiness with this model hat). It does have one nice feature, though. My wife likes the highly visible safety yellow color, so it is worth every penny it cost.
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post #28 of 59 Old 05-09-2019, 01:18 AM
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I like my HJC CL-Max 2 also, and wear it quite a bit, but I have a long shaped head, and they are round. I like modulars, leaving my glasses on when putting the helmet on or off, getting a gulp of water or talking at a stop is very handy. I recently picked up a new helmet, the LS2 FF324 Metro V3 Modular Helmet - Rapid Orange at motorcycle closeouts. the peak is removable, so it looks more like any other street helmet or can be left on for sun shade. It is long oval shaped, to better fit my head. It has a ratcheting helmet strap mechanism, not a double D ring, set it once, and insert the 'male' end into the locking ratchet, pull to release, very handy. It also has the drop down sun shade, which I tend to forget is there, and not use. The lining is as comfortable as other helmets I've had in this price range. I'm pretty happy with it, and it seems a good bargain. If you have a slightly long oblong head, and have been wearing helmets for round heads, this is very comfortable right out of the box. There are several reviews out there if you search for them. In some markets they are called the LS2 Metro Evo


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I'm currently using an HJC IS-Max2 modular and after a few hundred miles with it on my noggin I'm quite impressed with it. I bought in solid white to try to stand out from my surroundings a little more. It came Pinlock-ready. I haven't picked up the visor insert yet but probably will before Fall. It's relatively quiet (I still wear earplugs) and the vent and visor controls are all in the right places and easy to manipulate.

One thing I like is that the sun visor will retract with the push of one button on the very crown of the helmet. I find this handy because I invariably start down the steep ramp to my dark parking garage after coming out of the bright sunlight and realize I now can't see anything because I forgot to retract the visor.........The outer visor detents are also very strong, so the visor stays in whatever position you put it. Only time will tell if the detents stay that way or start wearing out.

For what it's worth, it passed all the SHARP tests without the face guard ever coming unlatched/open and they gave it 4/5 stars. Those numbers were not a factor in my choosing the helmet; I just happened to read them later.

Solid colors are generally just shy of $200.

I definitely agree with Bogfarth's comments above concerning proper fit.
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I like my HJC CL-Max 2 also, and wear it quite a bit, but my I have a long shaped head, and they are round. I like modulars, leaving my glasses on when putting the helmet on or off, getting a gulp of water or talking at a stop is very handy. I recently picked up a new helmet, the LS2 FF324 Metro V3 Modular Helmet - Rapid Orange at motorcycle closeouts. the peak is removable, so it looks more like any other street helmet or can be left on for sun shade. It is long oval shaped, to better fit my head. It has a ratcheting helmet strap mechanism, not a double D ring, set it once, and insert the 'male' end into the locking ratchet, pull to release, very handy. It also has the drop down sun shade, which I tend to forget is there, and not use. The lining is as comfortable as other helmets I've had in this price range. I'm pretty happy with it, and it seems a good bargain. If you have a slightly long oblong head, and have been wearing helmets for round heads, this is very comfortable right out of the box. There are several reviews out there if you search for them. In some markets they are called the LS2 Metro Evo


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I have the same helmet for about a year now. Some advice... Watch the visor pivot screws, they come loose. Be gentle on the inner visor mechanism, they are somewhat fragile. Mine is working on one side only now. Still does the job, but if the other side breaks, I'm done. Parts are very hard to find. No winter visor. Pinlock, if equiped, is almost unobtaniaum. All this said, I still like it, but wouldn't buy another.

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