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post #1 of 28 Old Dec 25th, 2009, 1:38 pm Thread Starter
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Has anyone got a reccomendation for quiet full face helmet. I am in the market for a new full face helmet, I would like to have one that has good ventilation as well since most of travels are in the Arizona summer heat
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post #2 of 28 Old Dec 25th, 2009, 1:55 pm
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Re: quiet helmet

Replaced my Schubert Concept with a Shoei Multi-Tech, a couple of years ago.
Quieter, lighter, good peripheral field of vision.
Comfortable, even on long rides, like an Iron Butt.
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Replaced my Schubert Concept with a Shoei Multi-Tech, a couple of years ago.
Quieter, lighter, good peripheral field of vision.
Comfortable, even on long rides, like an Iron Butt.
I like my Multi-Tech as well. It is a bit louder with the vents open, but it is well ventilated when they are.

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Re: quiet helmet

I consistently ride in the desert heat all summer. Last summer was brutal, saw more 118 deg days in a month than I care to remember.

Used the multitec also. I also used a corsair for years before that. To this day I think the corsair is one of the best helmets known to man in several respects, venting included.

The multitec feels heavy sometimes. The vents are great but...I can't open the vents when it gets past about 113 anyways, lets way too much heat in.

I'm talking mostly about my K1200S riding regarding the full cov. On the LT, I used several depending on the trip, including the aria SZ-M (flip shield), which is really my fav but not a full cov. I find earplugs may not be needed all the time on the LT if the windsheild is adjusted just right with any of the choices.

Its hard to give up the utility of the shoei (especially if you like coffee) but I'm thinking I'll go back to the corsair (a new one) when I'm ready to ride again, easier on a damaged neck I think. Still noisy, not sure you can get away from that with any helmet.

The SZ-M is the quietest on the LT in my opinion, but again, not a full cov.
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post #5 of 28 Old Dec 26th, 2009, 9:23 am
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I'm a Shoei loyalist, been using a RF1000 since 2005. Very comfortable, good looking, top notch quality.

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As far a quite goes, the KBC TK8 has been the quietest helmet I've ridden in.

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post #7 of 28 Old Dec 26th, 2009, 12:20 pm
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Re: quiet helmet

Don't know if you can get a quiet helmet and have the ventilation required for Arizona. I've owned Shoei's X-11 and their Multi-Tec. Typical high quality workmanship you'd expect from Shoei. As far as being quiet I'd rate them as average. I will say if you don't need a modular helmet the X-11 flat out has the best ventilation of any helmet I've ever worn. They're both on the shelf now and I wear a Shark Evoline. Noise levels about the same but I have a convertible helmet with an internal sun shade. It's nice being able to convert from full face to 3/4 while on the move.

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post #8 of 28 Old Mar 15th, 2010, 6:29 am
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Have a look at the tests in Webbikeword.
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The SZ-M is the quietest on the LT in my opinion, but again, not a full cov.
That was also my experience. The Arai SZ-M was my choice out of all the helmets I tried, even though it is not a full face helmet. I had three really bad accidents wearing them, the last one took a real beating (80 MPH tumble down an interstate), but no head or face injuries other than a little quickly healed road rash on my nose. The flip up shield was ripped off.

I tried a Schuberth Concept once, got rid of it because of the noise!

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Re: quiet helmet

My Arai Quantum is with out a doubt the quietest helmet I have ever owned. I usually ride with my Nolan X 1000 because I like the flip up feature, but the Arai is far quieter than the Nolan.

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Re: quiet helmet

I'm sort of between helmets as I just replaced (warranty adjustment) my 4 1/2 year old Nolan 102 flip-up, with a new Nolan 103 flip-up helmet. The thing I don't like about the new Nolan 103 is the increased noise. Just the other day I met a rider with a new Scorpion flip-up and he seemed to be pretty satisfied with the helmet and lack of noise.

Anyone else using a new Scorpion flip-up? I'm not sure of the model number, but I think it's the only one they make. I really prefer the flip-up model and understand that they are going to be noisier than one that is a solid full face.

I think the model number of the Scorpion is EX0-900. It had an interesting internal pump to make the insides better conform to your face. The one I saw was painted neon green!

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Re: quiet helmet

From all the helmets I owned on the last 20+ years, I found the new Nolan N-43 Trilogy being the lighter and quiest of all. I went for the Motorrad version, there is another therad talking about this model only on this forum.
If you are a winter rider, I highly recomend to go with pin-lock insert too. This is a optically perfect silicone you insert between 2 pins on the inside of the visor, for anti-fog purposes. Was introduced in US last year, but has more than 2 years in European markets.

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Dano,

I own the scorpion Scorpion EXO-900 Helmet , no noise and very comfortable, has built in sun visor, and converts to 3/4 helment..

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Re: quiet helmet

I have a Scorpion also, and really like it. Sorry. but I can't think of the number of it.
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Re: quiet helmet

Don't know the quietest but I can vouch for one of the noisiest. HJC Symax II. Really doesn't matter now that I wear molded earbuds. It is almost scary quiet. Come to think of it the molded buds have apparently fixed the squeaky factory rear brake pads. I don't hear them anymore either!!!

Huh! Who'da thunk???

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Re: quiet helmet

I went with the HJC FS 15 solid ( Yellow )
No earplugs.
Seems to work well for us and the price was right ( New Enough )

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Eric, I have a friend who has an HJC full coverage helmet. He also finds it to be acceptably quiet. I have heard that the modular helmets (like the Symax II and others) tend to be noisier than their non-modular full coverage counterparts. I will never go back to the non modular helmets as the modulars are so darn handy. Thirsty? Want to talk to someone at the gas station? Need to yell at a passing cager?(I don't recommend this) The modular makes this easy.

Plus I can put the helmet on without removing my spectacles. This alone is worth the price of admission. Especially when you can eliminate the noise with the molded earbuds.

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Re: quiet helmet

I have read similar reports about the noise on a modular, my main reason for staying
away from them.
Maybe the question should be, what is the quietest modular helmet available.

Note: The original question was about full face helmets.

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I'm replacing my Nolan N102 with another one. Found one online for $219.99. It's been a good helmet and I like it...........

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Re: quiet helmet

My wife and I have been using Nolan N100E flip face helmets for the last 5 years. I have always found mine to be noisy, restrictive in the neck for shoulder checks and not the best peripheral vision. This winter I bought two new Nolan N43 Trilogy helmets. One complaint I had was the visor doesn't have intermediate stops. It is either fully open or fully closed. I fixed that. Both helmets now have intermediate stops. The peripheral vision is the best I've ever had on any helmet and it is not nearly confining in the neck area. My wife loves hers too.

Now to the noise. When I first rode with it this spring, I found the noise level to be similar to the N100E, maybe a little quieter. I added a Cardo Scala Q2 Multi set to the helmets for bike to bike communication. We took them on a test ride this past Monday to check out the communication capability. They worked very well, sometimes at great distances. During this testing I suddenly noticed the helmet was very quiet. Almost to the point of being silent. I couldn't believe it. I am still reluctant to. It is due for further testing in the very near future, but I can tell you I am very happy. Oh yes, one other thing, it is much lighter than the N100E's

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highroamer said it first check out webbikeworld , they have tested a lot of helmets and the noise factor is one of their tests

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Re: quiet helmet

The flip-up helmets inherently are noisier than a standard full face helmet, so I would stay away from them since are you are seeking the quietest helmet possible. The best helmet I have had for ventilation was a Shoei X11, the noise factor was acceptable which is to be expected considering the amount of ventilation the helmet offered. The quietest helmet I have owned was the Arai Quantum. I currently own the HJC Symax 2 where I have sacrificed noise level for the convenience it offers and the ventilation in the Phoenix heat is very good. If I Were looking strictly for a very good helmet with the lowest noise level, I would get another Arai.

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I replaced a noisy HJC with a BMW System 6 and the noise is considerably quieter.


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Re: quiet helmet

I think Schuberth claimed the C3 was the quietest helmet (flip or full face) when I purchased one a year or so back.

It is very quiet but after 17,000 mile I am still not sure if I like "flip lids" or not!
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I ride with a Scorpion EXO-700 Full Face and like the comfort, lack of noise, quality, and safety (DOT & SNELL approved with kevlar reinforcement throughout the shell). I have tried the EXO-900 (Scorpion's only modular version) which came out two months after I purchased mine.....I like the quietness of the 700 and the fact that it is a solid helmet with fewer parts to fail in an (gulp) accident.

Go with what you're comfortable with and wear it all the time....I'm sure there are opinions for every rider who owns a different helmet!


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Arai is the quietest and lightest helmet I've put on. Makes the Nolan N102 Flip Up seem like a lead weight now.

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My vote is Shoei.
That's what I have now the Multitec. It has all the things you asked for: good venting, good structure, mechanics could be done with one hand and J&M head set and boom mic fits perfectly. No I don't have the pinlock but so far I did not need it. When I first started riding I used a Bell open face. Over the years . . . 32 I have stuck with different Shoei and the original Schubert which I still have. That helmet is well made (W Germany) steel locking latches but 2 hands needed to release the flip up and a bit heavy.
So I have only ridden with 3 different styles of helmets but have tried on many others for style, fit,weight and optimum sight. Two things head shape should compliment helmet shape. And the lighter the better. Technology has really made this industry improve by leaps and bounds over the years. As far as outside noise goes I still want to be able to hear a horn, siren or plane crashing over my head. If I wanted absolute quiet I would go to the library
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Re: quiet helmet

Having tried the Multitec and a Schuberth C3, I can say the C3 beats the Shoei by far in being quiet. Weight seems to be about the same, or close enough that I can't tell a difference.

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