Revzilla has some pretty decent video reviews of the AFX product line. My experience is that you get what you pay for, but AFX is a VERY good value for the buck. They tend to run a size large so you probably want to buy down a size and let the padding break in before forming a lasting judgement.Anyone have an AFX helmet and if so, can you give me some feedback? Looking at an AFX FX 140, but I can only get them online. I will probably end up not getting it for that reason since I like to try stuff on, etc.
I recently picked one of those up. It flows lots of air, probably not desirable for cold weather on the highway. Have had the peak buzzing annoyingly until I adjusted my windshield. My other helmet has an internal sun visor and I find I do miss it. I've only worn it once so it may grow on me and it was only $100.
As a very junior officer I worked for a very senior officer who had been in Australia during WWII, early in the war when the allies were being pushed out of SEAsia and there real fear of a Japanese invasion of Australia. He told a story of standing on Sydney Harbor Bridge filled with Aussies while several hospital ships bringing casualties from New Guinea passed underneath, many of the wounded laid out on deck. He said as if on signal the thousands on the bridge began to sing "Waltzing Matilda." He could never tell that story without choking up. I can see why.The song "Waltzing Matilda" is a very sad song. "The title is Australian slang for travelling by foot with one's goods (waltzing, derived from the German auf der Walz) in a "Matilda" (bag) slung over one's back. The song narrates the story of an itinerant worker, or "swagman", making a drink of tea at a bush camp and capturing a sheep to eat. When the sheep's owner arrives with three police officers to arrest the worker for the theft, the worker commits suicide by drowning himself in the nearby watering hole, after which his ghost haunts the site."
I am thinking about getting this helmet and wondering about the size as compared to an Shoei or HJC, dooes it run smaller , larger or about the same
It's more of an issue with price more than it is anything else and so begins the great issue with regards to gear. I'm a starving college student, so I can't afford to spend $600-$800 for a helmet at the moment.I know the owner of a shop that has sold AFX helmets. OK cheap helmets distributed through the wholesaler Parts Unlimited (which adds a layer of cost). Vega helmets, sold from the manufacturer directly to shops, offers more for the money. I've met one of the owners of Vega.
Both are OK. Neither has great features. You really need to try helmets on to find the internal shape that fits the shape of your head just right. A top quality helmet is likely more comfortable and probably safer. A helmet that meets both DOT and ECE standards is better than just DOT, and Snell beats both of those (ignore the old articles about the limitations of Snell M2005 and look at the improvements of The Snell M2010 standards).
I picked up this same AFX ADV helmet over the summer hoping it would flow more air and be cooler than my Arai full face. Figured for the $120 price from Revzilla, if it sucked I wasn't out much.
I improvised an airdam under the chin (borrowed from my Arai) which stops the cold air from coming up underneath and I find with a balaclava it's plenty warm for winder riding.
Thanks for the heads up on the chin curtain. Just ordered two of them tonight.You can get a chin curtain made for the FX-39, look it up on Google. They run around $8.
Also, after about 80 hours of riding one of the screws that secures the shield started to back out and the visor started buzzing while I was on the interstate. I took both screws out and put a little loctite on it.
The finish of the helmet isn't spectacular, but for $100 it's what I'd expect
Definitely, you need to get the slip-stream up over your head. I have a Madstad and a MRA screen. It's the same basic shape as the stock screen, but like 4" taller. I'm only 6' but my Madstadt is only in the low setting so I think it could go probably another 3" taller if moved up, which would probably work for you.I also have an AFX 39DS but haven't tried it on my Wee. With the buffeting that I am getting with a MadStad and Stock shield and being 6'4 I can't even imagine wearing that on the Wee. It might pull me off the bike or my neck would be sore after a few hours of riding from bouncing around. I wear an HJC Modular and it's probably the best I'm gonna do until I find a Taller Windscreen.. But then again maybe I need to give the AFX a try just to see if I'm right. I did like the AFX on my KTM 950, KLR 650 and BMW GSA's..