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Old 29 Apr 2009
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Arai x3 or bmw

Does anybody have experience of the new BMW enduro helmet and opinions re comparing it to the arai x3.

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Does anybody have experience of the new BMW enduro helmet and opinions re comparing it to the arai x3.

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I cant compare it to the Arai.
But I have one. and really like it.

Pros: Lightest helmet i have ever owned
Extremely comfortable
Good build Quality
Peak is removable in 2s
Look great (the least important)

Cons:
Compared to "road" helmets VERY noisy
At speed (60mph+ on a Africa twin) the peak can grab the wind making it pull your head around (this is true for all "off road helmets to one degree or an other) but see pro#3
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I've had one for 2 years and it's the best helmet I've worn. The best aspect is the amount of peripheral vision you get. I imagine that's the same as other helmets of this type as well. Light, well made and... well... what Zander said! It's a good price too for such a light helmet.

Apparently the visors are expensive, but I haven't needed one. The only thing that's bad is the ratchet on the visor, it's very weak and it's impossible to keep open on the first notch.

I'm a Shoei man and they do a similar helmet now so I'll try one of those next, especially if it has the pin lock anti mist in it.
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Does anybody have experience of the new BMW enduro helmet and opinions re comparing it to the arai x3.
I've used a BMW enduro for about a year and I like it a lot for its lightness and comfort. I find it pretty good for keeping out the wind and road noise too.

My main gripe is something that I found out the hard way on very rough roads which presumably the "enduro" was designed for. The black plastic peak and the visor are much too close together. Unless you have the black plastic peak pushed back to its highest setting, when you flip the visor up it vibrates against the peak giving you two parallel marks right in the middle of the expensive visor. For me, that's a design fault since it damages the visor and makes the adjustment of the peak redundant.

As long as it's at the highest setting, they don't rub and I'm otherwise happy with the helmet.

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Thanks everyone for your help I will certainly take a lokk at the bmw
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