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post #1 of 29 Old 03-14-2005, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Modular (flip-face) helmets.

I am thinking about switching to a modular helmet for the summer. I tried on the new KBC and it fits pretty nice. My current helmet is a KBC Vision that I like alot.

Any thoughts or comments on these helmets?

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Last Sept I was hit by a car, flew through the air, and did a concrete face plant. I walked away with only soreness and bruising. I had on full gear, including a full face helmet. It could be that the modular helmets are strong enough to take a big blow and not come open but I prefer no to take the chance and will keep on using a regular full face helmet.
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I wear a modular helmet and I really like it. I'm about to buy a new helmet (and leaning toward another modular). The safety argument intrigues me and 'raptor has me thinking. Somewhere, somebody has had to have tested these things by direct hit to the chin. I would be very interested in hearing the results.
If you do but a modular helmet, make sure the locking mechanism is metal and not plastic.

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This is the one I'm looking at:

http://www.motoemporium.com/kbc/kbc_ffr/kbc_ffr.html

The locking mechanism is metal.

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There are conflicting reports about the saftey of modular helmets. Some say they work just as well as a full face, others say they don't.

But there is more to it than safety. All gear is a compromise. If you have the best suit in the world but it's poorly ventilated and you can't use it in hot weather it's not much good.

I have used modular since they came out about 6 years ago. The convenience factor outweighs any saftey concerns for my use
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tried on the KBC in daytona....ended up buying another nolon 101e. just fit my head better.
the kbc was quite heavy, altho had exposed metal-to-metal which is comforting and the price was cetainly competative. may want to try one on and purchase from local dealer. any money saved by on-line purchase could be wasted on an uncomfortable helmet. <just don't go into dealer to fit, then buy from internet....that is REALLY bogus>
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I just picked up a KBC FFR myself. Took the scoot to lunch today and it was my first time riding with the helmet. Its my first flip-up.

All in all not too bad. Its noisier than my AC-11 and definetly lets more wind thru. Will be good in summer....not as good right now. Its not as comfy as teh AC-11, but probably just needs sometime for the pads to shape themselves to my cabesa like the AC-11 has.

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Zeus modular

I read about these on webbikeworld, where they were impressed and called them a great bargain. For under $100, I had to see for myself. I stumbled on a shop that had some and the large (my hat size is 7 3/8) fit perfectly.

The shell is small and fairly round, but there is still enough room for my nose and chin (a problem with some of the more expensive modulars I have tried). It is fairly heavy, but I only notice it when I carry it by hand. The vent covers look and feel cheap and the top vents rattle in the wind at the closed setting. The padding and straps are very comfortable.

The smooth, round shape sheds some of the buffeting from the Strom's windshield. It is loud, even at low speeds, but then it is not much louder at high speeds. The shield moves easily and stays put at all of the notches. It does not have a "just a crack" opening, though. The first notch is about an inch.

After about a month, I am happy with the helmet. I will not say it is just as good as a $600 helmet, but I definately feel I got more than my $100 worth.
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Stromski,

Which helmet are you refering to? The KBC FFR is going for around $200 to $250. $209 is the cheapest I've seen. I've seen some no-name modulars on e-bay in the $69 dollar range but that's $69 I'd just as soon use for a real helmet.

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VStromper, he was talking about the Zeus I think - I got one for under $100 new from an eBay merchant and agree with everything he said - it's not much worse than my SyMax that cost twice as much.

But I'll be anxious to find the new KBC in a store, because either I have an abnormal jaw, or EVERY slip-face helmet I've ever tried (Zeus, Arrow, HJC, Shoei) is shorter front-to-back than my CL-14 HJC full-face, as well as every other full-face I've ever tried. My chin hits the chin bar in every flip-face helmet unless I rotate them way back on my head. The first time I find a modular helmet that doesn't rub my chin, I'll buy two of them and put one away in case they get discontinued!
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