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Hey.

I got my first modular helmet 2 years ago wich was a hug eye opener for me. I`ve allways had a full face helmet and not considered anything else even thou i was aware of modular helmets. Main reason is that those kind of helmets start off at $300+ here in Norway and thats without bluetooth and speakers.

Now, i had a look at Ebay and a modular bluetooth helmet starts at $160-180 plus shipping. Factor in the price of taxes and im looking at $250-300. So i thought i`de ask the community if anyone has a good tip on a helmet priced around $2-300. I could push the figures if we`re talking about a really good helmet :thumbup:

Hope someone has a top tip. Thanks in Advance
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Wrong forum, my friend.
 

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Hmm yes, i was leaning towards putting it in the off topic forum but then a key word in the description of this forum made my mind up:
Safety
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Maybe a nice moderator can move it:yesnod:

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Buy whatever modular you like then add your own bluetooth headset like a SENA SMH10.
 

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Buy whatever modular you like then add your own bluetooth headset like a SENA SMH10.
I also agree wholeheartedly. There's also the less expensive Sena SMH5 which I own. Works great but you don't get the auxiliary input which I sometimes wish I had.
 

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I also agree wholeheartedly. There's also the less expensive Sena SMH5 which I own. Works great but you don't get the auxiliary input which I sometimes wish I had.
You also get a shorter battery life and about half the intercom range, at least according to the specs. Not a big deal for lots of people though and the price is lower.
 

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Slow reply from me here......

Thanks for the advice, not sure how much smarter i got. I might just bin the idea of a modular bluetooth helmet, it seems i am breaking my budget quickly with the options i have. Its hard to get a bargain into norway, i`de be taxed to hell and back if i get something too expensive. I`ll have a dabble at Ebay but i might just kick the idea and pick it up in the future. When i become a millionaire:thumbup:

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Hmm yes, i was leaning towards putting it in the off topic forum but then a key word in the description of this forum made my mind up:
Safety
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Maybe a nice moderator can move it:yesnod:

Tai
Your "Safety" concern about modular helmets is something newbies should know about. I bought my Scorpion EXO900 3+ years ago, it is DOT and ECE rated, I wanted Modular so I could take a sip of water without removing the helmet evrytime. I found out the hardway that it's NOT wise to lift the chinbar at 80mph, the helmet is also not very water proof, would leak and water runs down the shield on the inside. :yesnod:
The metal latches are a plus for safety, but also weight.

Bluetooth communication device has been added 2 years ago so the wife and I can talk on long rides, we found out that this can be a hazard when trying to concentrate on the road while riding thru the canyons or a windy road.

It's the Scala Partner, I could also make phone calls at 80mph, but I'd probably missdial a voice command. Have to keep reminding myself that just 10 years ago I had to pull off the road to make a phone call, why can't I do the same today??
 

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Look at the Vega Summit 3.0 Vcomm. It sells for about US$300 including the bluetooth unit. It is ECE 22.05 certified. Not the worlds best helmet, but a good helmet at a very good price.
Vega Street Helmets - Summit 3.0 V-Com Motorcycle Helmet

Keep in mind that most modular (flip-up, system) helmets do not guarantee that the chin bar will stay in place in a crash. You can look at the SHARP helmet tests for more info:
SHARP Helmets
 

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Your "Safety" concern about modular helmets is something newbies should know about. I found out the hardway that it's NOT wise to lift the chinbar at 80mph, the helmet is also not very water proof, would leak and water runs down the shield on the inside. :yesnod:
I`m not exactly a newbie with some 20 years riding bikes.The helmet i have now is my first modular but i never opened it over 30mph. That kinda goes without saying:yesnod:. As for waterproofing, i seldom ride much in rain anyways and if i have to i can allways take my backup helmet.

Bluetooth communication device has been added 2 years ago so the wife and I can talk on long rides, we found out that this can be a hazard when trying to concentrate on the road while riding thru the canyons or a windy road.
Its more hazardous to try to talk to the passenger without communication. Besides, i`m not getting the bluetooth to hold long conversations. It would just make it so much easier to give simple messages. And safer:thumbup:

It's the Scala Partner, I could also make phone calls at 80mph, but I'd probably missdial a voice command. Have to keep reminding myself that just 10 years ago I had to pull off the road to make a phone call, why can't I do the same today??
I`de agree with you on that, dont think i would answer a phone call while driving my bike. I am occupied then...:wink5:

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I have the Bilt Techno full face, i got on sale for 159, Fairly decent helmet. I've always been looking into modular helmets for my adventure days where i'm on trails, would be much easier for viewing. I wouldn't personally recommend Ebay Helmets, I've ordered a few full face with bad experiences.
 

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I've always looked for and bought cheap (but DOT certified) full face helmets. I was in a store that had several brands to try on and decided to pay the extra money for a top brand (Shoei) modular for once in my life.

Wow, it is definitely easily worth the extra money just for the fit, quality and comfort. I don't even need/use ear plugs on short rides anymore its so quiet.

Good helmet, gloves and boots are not things I compromise on. This said from a certified/bonified cheapscape. :mrgreen:
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For anyone else looking, You might give a look see at the Shoei Multitec. Shoei has released the newer Neotec so the multitec can be found for under 3 bills. Shoei quality, but not snell rated......doubt you'll find a modular that's snell.

I use a a Shoei Qwest full face helmet and a camelback. If I want a quick drink I use the camelback........if I'm gonna drink out of a bottle then I am probably stopped and would take the helmet off anyway. Both the multitec and the qwest have large recesses to accomodate blue tooth devices. I run a sena smh10. The multitec also has recesses in the cheek pads for sunglasses.....or prescription glasses for us four-eyed riders

As far as a conversation with my riding partner, we use the sena or a predetermined set of hand signals......we both understand the meaning of thumbs up, thumbs down or the middle finger. the latter might not be prudent if your riding partner is your wife.........just sayin'
 

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Integrated helmet BT combos cost more and probably don't add much benefit. Plus, you can't switch the BT device to another helmet. I'm with others, buy the helmet that fits and add the BT. I have a Sena SMH10 - works great.
 

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I'm using an HJC ISMAX II modular with the SMH-10 from Sena. I'm not sure but you could try ordering from cyclegear.com or leatherup.com, not sure of the shipping to Norway though. Anyway my advise is to get a helmet you like and fits well and then add the bluetooth to it.
 
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