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sean-smith 7 Mar 2011 06:13

Helmets
 
Hi

Any reviews/recommendations of good Dual-purpose helmets?

Thanks

TurboCharger 7 Mar 2011 10:25

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.

*Touring Ted* 7 Mar 2011 10:48

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.

henryuk 7 Mar 2011 11:36

Quote:

Originally Posted by TurboCharger (Post 327112)
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.

TurboCharger 7 Mar 2011 12:39

Quote:

Originally Posted by *Touring Ted* (Post 327115)
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 :rofl:

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.

*Touring Ted* 7 Mar 2011 12:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by TurboCharger (Post 327136)
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 :rofl:

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 !!

http://www.mx1australia.com.au/index...2/700/464/3/22


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 !! :)

Endurodude 7 Mar 2011 20:22

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 . . . . :innocent:

dave ett 7 Mar 2011 22:10

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!

sean-smith 8 Mar 2011 11:21

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

henryuk 8 Mar 2011 11:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by Endurodude (Post 327217)
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 . . . . :innocent:

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.

Starbeck 8 Mar 2011 16:04

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.

jqd05a 8 Mar 2011 17:32

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 ! :D

Cheers

Neil :thumbup1:

dave ett 8 Mar 2011 20:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by jqd05a (Post 327382)
Hi
unlike flip fronts that stay at 12 o 'clock

Not all of them...

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...800GS/N103.jpg

Selous 9 Mar 2011 15:26

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

Jake 9 Mar 2011 15:51

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.


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