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I've been wearing the HJC Symax and have loved it. It's been dropped a few times, dinged a few times (dayem gravel trucks), is pretty rough looking and stinks to high heaven even having been cleaned and washed inside real good. In all fairness we had a real wet year last year and I believe it's just plain rotting and this helmet isn't even two years old. I can't even imagine what I look like on the inside.

I've been reading about this new Symax II and impulse bought one last week.

It's a bit lighter, a bit quieter and the peripheral vision on it is a bit better. The guy at the dealer said it flowed air better (they took a class), but who can tell in this suffocating heat and humidity?

The best part is the flip down, green visor. Kinda looks like a fighter pilot helmet. The flip down has two positions, low and lower, which is purdy much useless as they aren't that far apart. Easy to work and has a spring pop back with the push of a button. I like this feature. I've been wearing one of those static stick on, opaque green, strips for the last bunch of years. The downside to those is you really can't see thru them and you will eventually lose it when you turn your head at warp speed. This can be a bummer far from home.

The autocomm speakers installed easy, the flip bar chin mechanism is easier to use and even the chin piece has been redesigned for easier grasp.

I slapped some SOLAS tape on it and I likes it just fine. BTW, the sizes haven't changed, so if you own a Symax now and find a good internet deal, it'll work. Git you some.



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Yup ditto on everythig Griff said about the SyMax II. It actually fit me better than the original. I just had to trim a small bit of foam away for that neanderthal ridge in the front of my head.

I did discover that it is too tall (XXL) to fit in the side bag like the old one did.


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Well, dayem. Correction, there are three settings to the shade. From k-bikes:

"Rode with the Symax I for almost two years (HD branded version) and really liked it. I have now switched to the Symax II and it is great. Same fit on my oversized noggin as the original (XL) and the drop down shades work very well. I wear wire-framed glasses and they don't interfere at all. The shades have 3 positions (the last position requires you to press the release button as you push the lever forward to reach it) and I prefer this lowest one. I can look at the instruments through my bi-focals and my vision is still covered by the shade. I did take a small 0.5" sanding drum on a Dremel tool and increased the depth of the nose "cut-out" on the shades by about 1/8" (3mm) so there is no chance of contact with my nose."



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Hey, Bud - were'd you git yours? I forgot to ax you the other day, or maybe forgot what you told me?!?!?!?! I wuz gonna buy the discontinued model that MotoLiberty has on sale (fact, I wuz gonna do that tamale), butt might just check around and see about the new version.

BTW - I gave my Shoei Multi-tech to Monte yesterday (it just doesn't fit me right) and figgered I'd use my ole Nolan for a bit whilst lookin' for a replacement. Got home and took off the Nolan and the whole inside just fell out - all crumbly and with just a leetle cloud of sumpthin' darkish that flew around the garage for a bit!!! Checked the tag inside and the damn thang wuz made in April, '99!! Occassionally, being a packrat sucks!!
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The new BMW store off of Ralph Fair Road.

You reckon that's why they recommend you change out helmets every 5 years? Hell, I can't seem to keep one more than 2.



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The new BMW store off of Ralph Fair Road.

You reckon that's why they recommend you change out helmets every 5 years? Hell, I can't seem to keep one more than 2.
Thanks.

Yeah, prolly. That ole Nolan has been parked in the cupboard for a hunnert years, while I went thru an Arai, a Shoei, two HJCs, a Caberg Justissimo, and two other Nolans. The darn thang requires the use of both hands to unlock the chin bar; I damn near forgot about that and panicked just a leetle 'fore I began to holler for Cheryl's help. Luckily, I spared myself some ridicule with just a second to spare!!
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The darn thang requires the use of both hands to unlock the chin bar; I damn near forgot about that and panicked just a leetle 'fore I began to holler for Cheryl's help.
Kinda makes it hard for the casual spit whilst traversing the byways.



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I've been reading about this new Symax II and impulse bought one last week.
Is it more of an oval or a round shape? I have the Nolan N-102 and the fit is great but it's kinda noisy.

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Is it more of an oval or a round shape? I have the Nolan N-102 and the fit is great but it's kinda noisy.
Well, it kinda looks like a helmet.



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