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post #1 of 10 Old May 27th, 2006, 10:35 pm Thread Starter
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Helmets? How to choose? Suggestions?

I am looking to purchase a new helmet and can not decide on what to buy. I am looking to install the J&M speakers in the helmet. I would like a helmet that is quiet, possibly a flip up. Any suggestions or where to start or how to choose or what to look for?
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post #2 of 10 Old May 27th, 2006, 11:26 pm
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I just ordered a new Nolan N102 modular in Axis Yellow!. I have been using my Black HJC flip up for 3-4 years and compared to the Nolan, it felt heavy.

It should be here in a few days - I will review it after I have ridden with it for a while.

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I wear a Nolan N100E and LOVE IT! But it is NOT quiet. I don't think any flip-up (under $500) is "quiet"...compared to some regular full-face helmets.

My friend just switched to a Nolan N102 after two years with an HJC flip-up. We rode all day last Monday, and she cannot believe how much nicer the Nolan N102 is than her old HJC.

FWIW, the Nolan 100 & 102 are shaped very differently. If you don't like the way one fits, try the other. Finally, it seems that most of the major helmet manufacturers have figured out that they need to make more than just one shape of helmet. Who'd a thunk?!
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Get the one that fits the best. Try as many on as you can and wear them around the store for a little while. Until you know what fits and works, I'd stay away from buying over the web based on others recommendations.

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Get the one that fits the best. Try as many on as you can and wear them around the store for a little while. Until you know what fits and works, I'd stay away from buying over the web based on others recommendations.
Most places I've shopped won't let you take a helmet for a test ride, although my BMW dealer will. You could sit in the store with one on for an hour; this might point out a model that would be uncomfortable.

I rode with an open-face helmet for the first few months; switched to a modular (Nolan N102) because I wanted the additional safety (full coverage) and warmth in colder temps. It hurt badly after 45 minutes; a few weeks ago I removed the liner and adjusted the foam where it was hurting. Pain is gone and now I like it even more. Pressure points are an individual thing, of course. If your head is shaped like a Klingon's you're going to have trouble spots.

I like the versatility of a modular helmet.

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The Schuberth C2 is very quiet, especially considering it's a flip-up. It ain't cheap, but then again neither is my head.

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I agree with Joe. The Nolan N100E that I have used for over a year now is very comfortable but not quiet. Luckily, for the driver, the LT provides good wind protection and cuts down on the noise. My wife and I switched from half helmets for better protection. We found that regular full face helmets felt cramped, especially around the jaw area. The flip-ups seem to leave more room around that area. They are also very handy when speaking with people and gassing up, etc. Overall, we're happy and would buy them again.

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The Schuberth C2 is very quiet, especially considering it's a flip-up. It ain't cheap, but then again neither is my head.
You can't prove that a $600 C2 provides better protection than my $200 Nolan...so let's not be silly with statements like, "but then again neither is my head". In fact, I've seen reports to the contrary. The cheaper the helmet, the better the protection.

I just stick with one sentiment. Find a helmet that is comfortable enough for you to want to wear EVERY SINGLE TIME you mount a motorcycle. And make it a full-face, for the best protection. Modular, or not.
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I agree with Joe. The Nolan N100E that I have used for over a year now is very comfortable but not quiet.
Try wearing it on a Ninja at xxxMPH! (Or for 800 miles in one day.)
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Find a helmet that is comfortable enough for you to want to wear EVERY SINGLE TIME you mount a motorcycle.
But I did. Enough said.

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