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Florida hot and humid soon will be with us and we are starting to look at 3/4 or open face helmets. We also ride enough we are looking at bike to bike communication systems.

I sort of like the Bell Mag 9 SENA (but I often need a 3XL helmet)

http://www.bellhelmets.com/powersports/helmets/street/mag-9-sena/

Please comment with suggestions related to open face (not skid lid) helmet and bike to bike com systems.

Thank you for helping me spend my money wisely ....
 

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How do you do a screen shot from a video? One of the Keith Code videos shows a rider thrown from his bike, and the first thing that hits the pavement is his chin bar of the full face helmet.
 

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I don't think I could risk it. I was rear ended on my drz some years ago and if I didn't have a full face it would have been awful. First part of me that hit the ground was the face of my helmet. I would right now have a badly scarred face at minimum and instead all I got was chipped teeth from a mouth full of asphalt that the helmet gathered as it dragged across the ground. :thumbdown:
 

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Don't even think about it

Partial open face helmets and brain buckets like Harley riders wear are for (a) riders who haven't been in a serious motorcyle crash or (2) riders who have bee in a serious motorcycle crash but are terminally stupid. Like many thousands of other riders who have been down at speed, I get why you want a full face helmet. When I hit the pavement I was wearing all my gear, and my only injury after tumbling along the highway for 65 feet was a broken wrist from instinctively putting my hand down to break my fall -- at 45 miles an hour. One thing I can tell you: you can't control where your head or face will end up with that sort of kinetic energy behind you. If you're hot, get a full-face helmet with big air flow vents and keep the visor up one notch, with a small gap at the bottom to let in the breeze.
 

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Back in 1980 I broadsided a Ford LTD station wagon at 60+ on my KZ650. I had a 3/4 helmet on and it didn't even get scratched. The rest of my body didn't fair quite as well!:thumbdown: On a ride following some friends a couple years ago my friends wife got a rear flat right in front of me at 70MPH. She got it slowed down before it highsided and tossed her on the pavement face first.:yikes: Today I only ride with a full face helmet. If you want air pull the shield off and throw on some eye protection. You may not always need that protection but if you do, there isn't any second chances.
 

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SUGGESTIONS REQUESTED

Florida hot and humid soon will be with us and we are starting to look at 3/4 or open face helmets. We also ride enough we are looking at bike to bike communication systems.

I sort of like the Bell Mag 9 SENA (but I often need a 3XL helmet)

http://www.bellhelmets.com/powersports/helmets/street/mag-9-sena/

Please comment with suggestions related to open face (not skid lid) helmet and bike to bike com systems.

Thank you for helping me spend my money wisely ....
my only suggestion is the same as it would be for choosing any other helmet, try them on get what fits, nothing worse than a ill fitting helmet

if you want to avoid a sizing nightmare of returning helmets that don't fit, I'm not sure where you can go to try them on in person

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I have no opinion about the communications aspect because I have never used that stuff.

As regards the open-face helmet: I have a belt sander with a 40-grit belt on it. I'll give you $1000 cash if you'll let me turn it on and hold it against your bare chin for 3 seconds.

I wish my Shoei RF1000 had a steel bar inside the chin section rather than "just" the fiberglass.
 

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Take the V Strom's screen off, that way you'll get all the air you want. Keep the FF helmet, you'll never get a date again once your face hits the gravel :jawdrop:
 

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I think it's funny how many people say only a fool or an idiot would ride with anything other than a full faced helmet. Don't get me wrong, I'm one of them, but plenty of people say the same thing about riding a motorcycle at all. A coworker of mine used to be an EMT and he told me of a time he picked up a guy's jaw at an accident. Good endorsement for a FF helmet. Another coworker witnessed an accident where the biker lost his leg below the knee. A good argument for not riding at all.

I figure, wear what you want, be careful. We all have to decide for ourselves what acceptable risks are.

For the record, I'm an ATGATT kind of guy, but that's my choice.

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Modular... so you can lift the chin-bar and visor out of the way if you're stopped at lights, or crawling in traffic... (I've got a practically brand new Shoei Neotec for sale ;) ).

If you're going faster than 15mph on pavement, IMHO a full face isn't optional...
Except I sometimes flip up the chin guard to use as a visor when riding into a blinding low sun.

Just my approach to risk management.
 

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When it's hot I raise my shield all the way up and drop the integral sun visor or if it's not sunny I put on safety glasses. At stop lights and slow riding I raise the front (modular helmet). This is the closest you can get to an open face helmet with the safety benefits of a full face.
 

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I live in Fort Lauderdale so I know about the heat of which you speak. I wear a Shark modular helmet and use a J&M CB with it. I use a boom type microphone so it works if the chin bar is up or down. I very rarely have the bar up because of all the reasons previously posted but the nice part about the Shark is that the chin bar goes all the way to the back of your helmet and it the looks and functions like a true 3/4 helmet.
 

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I rode from Idaho to Chicago in high 99F temps once reaching the plains a couple of years ago. Exposing my face was not going to help. A modular helmet will help when stopped but lower it when moving.

IBA rider Jim Winterer led with his chin on a crash while his modular helmet front was up to allow a snack bar to be eaten. He won't do that again. Just know the odds, keeping in mind a boxer likes a chin hit to rattle the brains of an opponent.

 

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I live in Fort Lauderdale so I know about the heat of which you speak. I wear a Shark modular helmet and use a J&M CB with it. I use a boom type microphone so it works if the chin bar is up or down. I very rarely have the bar up because of all the reasons previously posted but the nice part about the Shark is that the chin bar goes all the way to the back of your helmet and it the looks and functions like a true 3/4 helmet.
Thanks for the information. Will look at Shark Modular Helmet and J&M CB.
 

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Big reason why I could not live in Florida and ride all year long, well that and the roads are flat. ;)
 
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