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post #1 of 17 Old Mar 6th, 2013, 1:16 am Thread Starter
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Open face helmet

I have a 2012 RT with a stock windshield and I'm looking to get an open face helmet (Shoei RJ Platinum R) for when weather gets hot. It has been 20 years since I last rode a bike with an open face helmet and that was a goldwing and wind noise was never an issue. Since then I've owned mostly naked bikes and wore full face helmets.

Are any of you riding 2010+ RTs with an open face helmet? How is the wind noise? Do you need to wear earplugs to keep the noise tolerable?

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Re: Open face helmet

I own a 2011 RT.

In the cold Spring and Fall I wear a BMW System 6 modular helmet. It's very quiet.

In the sweltering Summer months I wear an Arai XD Ram open-face helmet. This helmet has a flip up face-sheild.
I found this helmet to be noisy compared to my full-faced BMW helmet. It's noisy as there is a huge gap to accommodate wearing glasses.

I just ordered the new Shoei J-Cruise open-faced helmet, with face-shield. This new for 2013 helmet, also has a drop-down sun visor.

I don't wear ear plugs, but other do.

I also have a SENA bluetooth system in mine.

There is really very little wind noise on an RT. Probably similar to your old wing.
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I have a 2012 RT with a stock windshield and I'm looking to get an open face helmet (Shoei RJ Platinum R) for when weather gets hot. It has been 20 years since I last rode a bike with an open face helmet and that was a goldwing and wind noise was never an issue. Since then I've owned mostly naked bikes and wore full face helmets.

Are any of you riding 2010+ RTs with an open face helmet? How is the wind noise? Do you need to wear earplugs to keep the noise tolerable?

Thanks for your input.
Unless it is below 40 degrees or a heavy rain I never use a face shield on my helmet. Especially on the RT and LT a face shield is really not necessary IMO. You would be amazed at the difference in the riding experience. AND the wind noise + any buffeting are gone. I use a Shoei helmet and "rec spec" sun glasses and the combination is fantastic. I also have a VTech wind screen.


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Re: Open face helmet

FYI... and of course Your Actual Results may vary.... but...

My 3/4 helmets with full face shields are quieter than my Modular- full face helmets. Do not know why its noisier but I wear the flip-up Modular one all the time.

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Full face helmets are quiter with the shield up rather than down. I wonder if anyone can explain why
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Re: Open face helmet

It's all about the sound reflecting up from the bike and bouncing around inside the helmet. Open the shield and the sound waves have a place to go. If you seal the bottom of the helmet better you will get less noise also. That is what adding a chin guard usually reduces the noise.

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Mt Shoei Multitec shield was up but I had sun glasses on.
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Mt Shoei Multitec shield was up but I had sun glasses on.
Beware!

Been there, done that - I always say "thank you sir may I have another".
I have been hit so hard on my Harley I actually thought I got shot with a BB gun.
Builds character ! But I hate it when a bee gets stuck inside the helmet

Riding with rec specs and no shield just feels too good and you sense so much more
on the ride. Kinda like not wearing a "cundum" if you get what I mean. But like I said cold wx, raining and long night time rides I put it on.

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Re: Open face helmet

Adjusting the windscreen will modify or increase the wind noise automatically regardless of the year of RT you own or helmet you choose to wear. If not sufficient, you may wish to change your windscreen.

As for Shoei, if that is your question, I have 3 helmets, the RJ Platinum, the Mulitec and the RF1100. I choose to wear earplugs with all 3. Wind noise is least or appears to be least with the the RJ, noisiest is the Multitec. The comfort zone in all conditions is the fullface, it is relatively quiet (virtually no wind noise depending on windscreen height and ear plugs) with the added benefit of less fatigue than that of an open face due to its ability to minimize the effects of the sun or adverse weather, not to mention the benefit of additional safety.

If you do decide to go open face, Shoei is a quality choice.
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Re: Open face helmet

P. Smitty,

You may want to try a modular helmet. I have a Scorpion EXO900, I don't ride in the open configuration to often, but when I do wind noise is not a problem.

The wind noise is depends on how you have the windscreen adjusted.

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P. Smitty,

You may want to try a modular helmet. I have a Scorpion EXO900, I don't ride in the open configuration to often, but when I do wind noise is not a problem.

The wind noise is depends on how you have the windscreen adjusted.

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Actually what I referred to as my current full face helmets are actually modular helmets. One is a Nolan N103 and the other a Shuberth C3. In extremely hot weather I'll open them at traffic lights for cooling or for short distance lower speed rides. Any use of a new open face will be limited to just the very hot weather as others have pointed out, flying critters are a hazard. Been riding for over 40 years and I have had the displeasure of taking a pheasant to the side of my helmet and a bumble bee up my right nostril. You can bet that after plugging my left nostril and blowing real hard, that bumble bee exited my nose just as fast as he entered. He hit my fuel tank wet and dead.

You know, after those memories I may have to rethink the open face helmet idea

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You know, after those memories I may have to rethink the open face helmet idea
If you had seen what happened to the chin bar of my helmet during my crash, you wouldn't ever even consider riding in an open face helmet.

Mine was a Schuberth C3 modular, and it completely gave itself up so that I could survive my crash. In other words, it did its job, quite well.

It quite literally saved my life, in a way that an open faced helmet would not have.

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To me the windshield lowered, ear plugs and a bit of speed seem to keep me fairly comfy. I know if you are in stop and go traffic that is of no help but it is never the plan to be in that type of traffic.

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Full face helmets are quiter with the shield up rather than down. I wonder if anyone can explain why
Try a Schuberth C3, which I suppose is modular. Don't know if you're lumping these in w/ full face, but it's the exact opposite.

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Re: Open face helmet

I ride in summer with a Shoei RJ Platinum and Wiley X sunglasses (one clear pair and one polarised) and carry a clip on bubble visor for when the European/British weather turns back to normal form.

The Shoei is a great helmet - really comfortable and the peak makes a surprising difference, adding shade particularly when the sun is low in the sky. You can just remove the peak and add the bubble visor when it really pours down.

I wear ear-plugs all the time but I don't think the Shoei is any more noisy than my full face or modular helmets (ok, I have a few to choose from ). The quietest helmet that I own is a Davida open face - shown in some tests run by Ride magazine in the uk a few years ago to be quieter than anything, due to the lack of wind noise... if you don't have much helmet, you don't have much turbulence...
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I bought a highly rated modular, Caberg from a dealer in Italy. It doe NOT have DOT sticker which if fine with me since helmets are not manditory in AZ.

I looked hard at the Schuberth 3 to replace my Schuberth 1. I took what I didn't spend on the Schuberth and put it towards other safety gear.

I never ride with the modular part up; at stop lights with 100+F temps it helps a lot. With the Caberg I can ride the interstae with the face shield half way up, it covers my eyes and nose, and the LT's lowered windshield covers below my eyes.

My Schuberth would not keep the face shield open, so I used to take it off until it rained or temps dropped.

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Re: Open face helmet

If one is considering an open face helmet, I'd recommend skipping the helmet altogether and just going without. But then again, I would NEVER recommend that anyway.


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If you had seen what happened to the chin bar of my helmet during my crash, you wouldn't ever even consider riding in an open face helmet.

Mine was a Schuberth C3 modular, and it completely gave itself up so that I could survive my crash. In other words, it did its job, quite well.

It quite literally saved my life, in a way that an open faced helmet would not have.
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