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Is anyone comfortable recommending a particular brand and model of helmet for a year-round VStrom rider? In addition to safety, I am interested in areodynamics and helmet noise at high speeds.

While cruising about 80 mph on HW 5 in the California central valley today, I took a big ole' bug right into my helmet visor. I couldn't see anything, so I lifted my visor completely up instead of just cracking it open for more air flow. The deafening noise that I was putting up with almost completely disappeared, instantly!

It is rather incredulous to think the solution to helmet noise at high speeds might be a different helmet!

Like many I have played with the positioning of the windshield on my '05 DL1000 because I do get a lot of helmet noise and some helmet buffeting when I am riding at 75 mph or higher (according to the factory speedo). I played with the stock shield and the Suzuki "taller" shield, but achieved no great improvement with regards to noise. Buffeting is less of an issue for me because I am only 5'7" tall.

I have one of the better KBC full-face helmets. I used top-of-the-line Shoei helmets years ago, but got sticker shock when I looked at them last year. I can't remember if the Shoei were quiet.

Anyone have any knowledge of any helmet performances?
 

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Have you ever tried earplugs? They are about the best solution I have come up with, short of finding a retailer that will let you test ride helmets. My helmet is the loudest I have ever owned, while another member finds it the quietest.
I think the different helmets are more of a head shape issue, in my opinion.
 

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I just upgraded from a EJC C14 full face to a Shoei RF1000 full face and there is just a tremendous difference - better fit - better airflow - and much less noise.

I picked up the RF1000 for about $320 - pretty pricey but as much as I ride it is worth it easily...

Good luck,
Brian
 
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I'm very impressed with the Shoei X-11 and the Arai Corsair, but I don't buy Arai any longer due to their sales policies. I like Shoei's shield system better anyway.
 

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What works for one does not work for all. Have two helmets and one is very quiet with sheild flipped up. Kind of defeats the purpose doesn't it.
 

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What works for one does not work for all. Have two helmets and one is very quiet with sheild flipped up. Kind of defeats the purpose doesn't it.
Last week I putting along with my shield open (for venting on a muggy day and to see as I just picked up a monster of a bug) and caught a bug to side of my eye. I was wearing glasses but the only I could think of was "there's a damn bee stuck in my lid" Panic, panic, panic. Dug out the bug that was buzzing on the side of face and stopped to clean my visor.

My TZ-1 is also quiet with the visor up.

You might want to look into a Aria XD.
 

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I have the KBC FFR Modular and I really like it but it was a little loud when I first got it. The face shield hinge point position is adjustable. I learned this on my previous KBC Vision Full Face. The shield sealed to the helmet opening but it was very loud and I noticed that on the left side, when fully closed the side of shield was not flush with the inset in the side of the helmet. I adjusted it and cut the noise by at lest 75% (estimated as I don't have a decibel meter). Anyway, just a thought.

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I have owned a shoei, arai, AGV, and HJC in recent times. The quietest helment is the one that fits! Much of the noise comes under the bottom of helmet. Some are a little quieter around the shield area (my Arai is fairly good) but I ALWAYS wear earplugs at speed.

Many spend their time and money searching for a perfect windshield, and they are out there, but I personally don't like to have a slab of plywood on the front of may bike. I learned this by finally owning a sportbike (SV1000) and realizing it had the quietest screen I ever owned! Now I go for the lower screens and my head in cleaner air.
 
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