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Helmet Decision

Hi all,

I am finally ready to get myself a substantial helmet but not sure which to buy. I currently have a GMAX brand helmet but would like something that better matches the style of my bike ('08 R1200RT-sand beige). I've given up on trying to find a color to match so I've decided to go with silver. I was hoping you could offer some suggestions. I think I'd like a modular. Also, I'd like to add a communication system to use my cell phone, zumo gps, and listen to music but am uncertain as to what kind to buy and whether I should get BlueTooth or wired. Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 14 Old Sep 10th, 2008, 2:28 pm
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I use and recommend a Nolan N-Com helmet.

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Check out the new, HJC Symax II. Just got one and I love it. I'm going to install my own speakers or use in ear speakers, Etymotic most likely.

BTW, lots has been said about color of gear, especially, helmets. I only purchase solid white helmets. Most will say this increases your visibility by about 25%. Gray, silver or any other dark, muted colors look too much like pavement and guardrails to me.

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+1 on the Symax 2. J&M speakers fit perfectly.
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We have 3 Nolan 102C's, and I am hoping to order a GMax44 modular as soon as they become available. The Nolan just does not allow use of a balaclava or doo rag.....otherwise, fits perfectly. I bought a much larger size Nolan for colder temp riding, and it was tighter than what I now use, without adding the balaclava. We use the Cardo Q2 COM, and pretty pleased with that system.
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Hi all,

I am finally ready to get myself a substantial helmet but not sure which to buy. I currently have a GMAX brand helmet but would like something that better matches the style of my bike ('08 R1200RT-sand beige). I've given up on trying to find a color to match so I've decided to go with silver. I was hoping you could offer some suggestions. I think I'd like a modular. Also, I'd like to add a communication system to use my cell phone, zumo gps, and listen to music but am uncertain as to what kind to buy and whether I should get BlueTooth or wired. Any suggestions?
Helmet selection usually is a personal thing involving the shape of an individual's head, style/type of coverage and/or protection desired, and features of the helmet itself. What fits/works for me may not for you. For me...I've owned both Nolan and Shoei modular helmets and both work for me.

As far as a comm system for your helmet, I have used and can recommend both Ed Sets and J&M.

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I have a Nolan N102 and "like" it
I'll try on a HJC next time as the Nolan tinted visor is outside and doesn't allow riding w/ the tinted visor down and clear face shield up, HJC does.

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Helmet selection usually is a personal thing involving the shape of an individual's head, style/type of coverage and/or protection desired, and features of the helmet itself. What fits/works for me may not for you. For me...I've owned both Nolan and Shoei modular helmets and both work for me.
+1 on the head shape. I have a Nolan N-102 and it fits me really well. I have an oval shaped melon and it fits on the front, back and both sides all the same. I tried on different makes and some were snug on the front and back but loose on the sides.
Your best bet is to go shopping at the bike shop and try on different helmets, do not worry about color, and see which one fits YOUR head and then find the right color or ask them to order one.

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I hate to agree with Bones :P, but he's right about going to the store and trying a bunch on. BUT, don't just put it on and take it off for a fitment test, wear it for at least an hour as that when you'll find the hotspots the helmet might develop. JM2CW

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+1 to all the above... wearing N102's with BT here.. still need to facilitate getting my home theatre setup in it . I like the flexibility of having the chin piece down or up... and being able to position the visor... and tinted visor separately though the post about clear must be down for tinted to be down is true.. I like having the tinted visor down partially like a ball cap.. helps keep the glare down mid afternoon/am.

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I think Nolan has a N103 shipping soon.

Does anyone have experience with http://www.vcansports.com/blinc.html
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Completely agree with the others on making sure that the helmet shape fits your head. I too have the sand-beige RT ('07 model) and luckily found that the new Arai Vector fit my head perfectly. Tried them all on at BMW Atl in Marietta. I also went through MANY other helmets (HJC, ICON, SHOEI, ...) but came back to the Arai as it just seemed to be the perfect fit.

So, here's a picture of the helmet I ended up with. And guess what? the sand brown in the helmet matches the bike almost perfectly! Also, as it's a white helmet, it provides much better visibility that black or even silver.

I'm in Kennesaw if you'd like to see it in person.

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Don't be fooled about the Nolan N-com Bluetooth being the end all with wires. It's cool for sure.. pilot and rider wireless intercom is very cool.. and with both using BT cellphones makes for expanded flexibility there. But dont expect to have both bt phone and devices affiliated at the same time... need to use the basic kit wired ports for gps, mp3...

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