Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA
Re: Helmet Assisatance Please
When it was time to purchase new helmets last winter, I went with the Nolan N102 NCom. I have the J&M 584 headsets and they work great. The NCom has a great approach to adding communicaitons, be it wired or bluetooth (but I am not sure Nav III has bluetooth down yet. )
BUT: While I like everything the NCom system, I had to rebuy most of the J&M headsets to use the NCom cutout. It looks great. It works great. The mike - headset - everything works better than the older version did in my HJC Symax helmet, but it cost dearly to replace the J&M stuff. Only the BMW driver and J&M passenger cords to connect the BMW were reusable.
As was said by others, every head shape is different, and so you must try them on, somewhere. Trade shows and meets are great places to sample them. One company that really got the head shape message is Arai. The Arai Profile, Vector and Quarntum 2 are for the long oval, intermediate oval and round oval, which is their take on common shape differences. Arai also sells a photosensitive shield that ints from clear to green to dark cobalt in the sun, and back to clear at night.
And as if that was not confusing enough, you have it harder than I did when I settled on the Nolan N102's. HJC's Symax II is out new for 2008 with the internal sunshade like traditional flight helmets have. One benefit a buddy of mine told me about over the Nolan external shade (besides the "coolness" factor) is that on warm days you can ride with the faceplate full open and still have the sunshade down as eye protection. Not the only thing, but something worth factoring in.
For both the Nolan external shade and the HJC internal shade, you will find that the shade takes a log of glare and brightnes off the road, but your view of the dash and your GPS screen is far better without sunglasses cutting down the contrast. Headed west in the afternoon, you still will probably need sunglasses, as neither shade is really that dark or low enough to cover the setting sun, but they give you choices.
Shoei is still both the lightest and the most expensive, but my rather oversized bonehead just never seems to fit the Shoei molds. But they make a fine helmet.
Vendors will be at the BMWMOA rally and probably the CCR too, if you can wait that long. Some larger dealers have good selections too.
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