Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Equipment, Travel > Camping Equipment and all Clothing

Camping Equipment and all Clothing Tents, sleeping bags, stoves etc. Riding clothing, boots, helmets, what to wear when not riding, etc.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 7 Mar 2011
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 10
Helmets

Hi

Any reviews/recommendations of good Dual-purpose helmets?

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 7 Mar 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Aussie expat in Switzerland half way RTW
Posts: 613
Hi Sean,

The helmet you choose should/will depend on the fit, usage, riding conditions (climate) and availability (ie in your country) not to mention the price. Where do you stand on these points?

I use an Arai Tour X3 because of it's visor and comfort and the removable liner that can be washed easily.

There is some fitting info here: Motorcycle Helmets

Also there is a detailed thread here on another forum... but feel free to start a discussion here about helmets. I'm especially interested to hear from other HUBBers whether they prefer visors or goggles.

IMO goggles are good for sand and dusty conditions where as visor is good for rain and colder conditions.
__________________
TurboCharger + Francois (our BMW R1200gs) '07
www.riding2up.net, blog.riding2up.net
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 7 Mar 2011
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 4,470
I'm in love with my Tour X. It's served me over three continents with no problems..

Get some tinted MX goggles with "QUICK STRAP" velcro releases. Wear the goggles for sunny, hot days and then when you want a clear visor for cold or overcast days, just put the goggles on backwards...

It works so well it should be illegal.
__________________
www.TouringTed.com
1994 XR650L
2001 NX650 Dominator.

BMW Dealer Technician
Welder/Fabricator

Ushuaia - Colombia 2007/8
UK- South Africa 2010/11
India 2012
Yukon 2012
S.E Asia 2014
U.K - Magadan 2015
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 7 Mar 2011
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sheffield
Posts: 1,037
Quote:
Originally Posted by TurboCharger View Post
IMO goggles are good for sand and dusty conditions where as visor is good for rain and colder conditions.
I got goggles for my tour-x for exactly that reason, but delivering pizza I've found that goggles are THE thing to use for snow and also in very cold or damp conditions they don't fog up at all, massive bonus over the visor.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 7 Mar 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Aussie expat in Switzerland half way RTW
Posts: 613
Quote:
Originally Posted by *Touring Ted* View Post
just put the goggles on backwards...

It works so well it should be illegal.

Hey TT, when you mean backwards, you don't mean with the strap across your eyes and the goggles on the back of the helmet do you per chance

No but seriously it's a good tip, reversing the goggle lens. Do you know where authorities stand on the use of tinted goggles? I expect it's the same as tinted visor ie. for Day-time use only.
__________________
TurboCharger + Francois (our BMW R1200gs) '07
www.riding2up.net, blog.riding2up.net
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 7 Mar 2011
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 4,470
Quote:
Originally Posted by TurboCharger View Post
Hey TT, when you mean backwards, you don't mean with the strap across your eyes and the goggles on the back of the helmet do you per chance

No but seriously it's a good tip, reversing the goggle lens. Do you know where authorities stand on the use of tinted goggles? I expect it's the same as tinted visor ie. for Day-time use only.
Ahhhhh you see.. Thats the magic of quick straps !!




I have never ever ever heard of anyone being gripped for tinted MX lens. Even if you do get hassel from plod, you have the clear visor to show him !!
__________________
www.TouringTed.com
1994 XR650L
2001 NX650 Dominator.

BMW Dealer Technician
Welder/Fabricator

Ushuaia - Colombia 2007/8
UK- South Africa 2010/11
India 2012
Yukon 2012
S.E Asia 2014
U.K - Magadan 2015
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 7 Mar 2011
Endurodude's Avatar
To the road less travelled . . .
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Peterborough, UK
Posts: 317
Not wishing to de-rail the thread, but what are the benefits of a helmet like the Arai Tour X over a 'normal' full face helmet? I have a new Arai Quantum, and it's excellent for both comfort and wearing all day (touring!). I'm not thinking of a change, just curious . . . .
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 7 Mar 2011
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Witney, Oxfordshire
Posts: 380
I prefer my Nolan flip front.

On the road it's far better than an MX style lid - no peak trying to drag your head backwads.

Off road you flip the chinbar up and ride with no restriction to your view at all.

It has a built in sun visor, and the unique feature of the Nolan is the 'eccentric' cam used to hinge the chinbar - it doesn't just rotate and end up miles above your head, it sits pretty close, cutting down on the pendulum effect.

It is on the heavy side, but personally the benefits far outweigh the, er, weight!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 8 Mar 2011
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 10
Touring round SA from november. So pretty broad range of climatic conditions etc. need a good all round helmet that can hold up in freezing patagonia
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 8 Mar 2011
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sheffield
Posts: 1,037
Quote:
Originally Posted by Endurodude View Post
Not wishing to de-rail the thread, but what are the benefits of a helmet like the Arai Tour X over a 'normal' full face helmet? I have a new Arai Quantum, and it's excellent for both comfort and wearing all day (touring!). I'm not thinking of a change, just curious . . . .
My road lids wont fit goggles through them, visibility is limited to the sides and bottom compared to the tour-x and the visor (removable if wind drag is doing your nut in) is very useful at cutting down the glare and keeping rain off your goggles if your doing town speeds.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 8 Mar 2011
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Yorkshire,U.K.
Posts: 51
I have the BMW Enduro dual-purpose. Good quality,comfortable enough to wear all day and the peak and/or visor are quickly and simply removed/replaced.
Having said all that, I also have the new Shoei XR1100. The best crash-helmet I've ever had.

edit;I hav'nt crashed in it yet though. Here's hopin' I never do.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 8 Mar 2011
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: durham
Posts: 67
Best of both worlds !

Hi
I've got a Shark Evoline , it's a real dual purpose helmet as it can be used as a full face or open face. Unlike flip fronts this is legal to ride with it in the open face position ( unlike flip fronts that stay at 12 o 'clock these go all the way to the back , click into place just like an open face )They've also got an internal sun visor, all in all a great all rounder !

Cheers

Neil
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 8 Mar 2011
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Witney, Oxfordshire
Posts: 380
Quote:
Originally Posted by jqd05a View Post
Hi
unlike flip fronts that stay at 12 o 'clock
Not all of them...

Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 9 Mar 2011
Selous's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: England
Posts: 420
I have a flip front Caberg GT Justimo? they now have a new flip helmet that locks up and is apparently the only helmet you can legally wear up & ride
__________________
We are the Pilgrims, Master, we shall go Always a little further: it may be beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow, Across that angry or that glimmering sea.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 9 Mar 2011
Jake's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Northumberland, uk
Posts: 720
Personally I always wear an open face hat, I know all about the arguments for the safety issues but your much more in touch with your surroundings as you ride (even more so if you crash) they are far better if you stop to speak to people, and tend to be much lighter and good ones quieter than full face. Some open faces shuberth for example (fairly heavy)offer a degree of face cheek and jaw protection bye the use of a chin bar (this is the helmet I used most in the last 10 years, but its now worn out and I am back to an arai sz very very light and comfortable, very cool in hot climates (bit cooler in the winter) and has a visor for eye / face protection from stones insects and rain. I have been using open face hats since 1978 - riding almost daily and many long tours under the belt and my face seems to still be attached to my head.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Helmets in the US of A Alexlebrit Camping Equipment and all Clothing 13 20 Feb 2009 04:05
Helmets for sale, U.S. The Tomcat TRAVEL Equipment for Sale / Wanted 0 9 Feb 2009 14:36
Nigerian helmets Matt Roach sub-Saharan Africa 2 8 Jan 2009 10:50
Helmets (again!) What have you got? craig76 Equipment Reviews 15 12 Mar 2008 13:42
Helmets? Ted Equipment Reviews 46 15 Mar 2006 14:38

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 02:57.