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post #1 of 16 Old 06-09-2012, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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Fly Racing Trekker DS Hi Vis

Well I received this helmet Wednesday and had to wait until today to try it. My first impression is very good.

Now my comparison will be a bit skewed since it is my first Dual Sport helmet, and all of my previous helmets have been full face or modular street helmets.

Anyway, here we go. The color was the first big attraction to me, I am slowly transitioning all my gear to the high visibility yellow as much as possible and the helmet is a spot on match with my Olympia and Field Sheer mesh jackets. It also has a slight iridescent look as well.

It seems very lightweight, but again this is in comparison to my Scorpion EXO 900 which is in the heavy category.

It moves air very well, it was actually chilly this morning so I can tell it will be a summer helmet.

The bill visor is adjustable and was very effective as a sun visor, however it did seem to catch the wind on the highway, not bad but noticeable.

The face shield seems to be a three position affair, full open, half open and closed. This was slightly irritating but tolerable. May remove it entirely and use cover up sunglasses since I wear glasses. Which brings me to my final point.

The fitment is very good and snug, I have an oval head and this one fit all around. The padding does disrupt the fitting of my glasses, but I'm sure that will be rectified with a little experimenting and trial and error stuff.

The kicker on this helmet is it's price. 125.99 at most of the cycle gear websites. Overall I am very pleased with the helmet and do recommend it if you are in the market for a DS helmet.

I hope you found the review helpful.

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-09-2012, 01:51 AM
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Is this the one?
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post #3 of 16 Old 06-09-2012, 02:12 AM
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I have the same one in white for hot desert heat. So far so good, but... It is a motocross style, and I don't like the sharp point of the chin of the helmet. It is also very rattly. Wind noise is attrocious. Comfort, getting better as I got a snug fit and it is breaking in nicely. The visor does it's job and blocks the sun really good. The sunglass thing should I expect get a little better with break in, but the helmet is designed to accomodate the use of goggles, and I may go that direction, not sure yet as I need gasses sometimes to see down the road. I am gonna cut the red tab lanyard off the D-ring pretty soon. I'm thinking this is a one long or two short season helmet, which means disposable. I'm adding a HT windshield mod so I think that should helpo with the visor catching so much breeze, but I think is gonna be a winner for hot summer trips. I found the helmet to be super comfortable whem I first got it only to be highly irritated by it shortly thereafter wearing it for an hour. Now that the hard foam is breaking into my head shape a little it is not pressing on my forhead so much and much more comfortable. Not a modular cruiser helmet, so don't try and spit out of it... It doesn't play music either, but I had the dealer throw it in when I bought my 2012 KLR, not a bad freebee... Really, you got a green one? They'll be able to see you from outer space.
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RLF-Yes that is the one

LittleSteve-That's funny, everyone calls it green. I see yellow. Anyhow, I am going to a Hi Vis green/yellow and black combination on my gear for safety reasons. I personally like the hi vis stuff, but I guess it's not for everyone. I'm an avid street bike (ST1300) rider, and spend a lot of time on the slab before and after daylight so I use every advantage I can.

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-09-2012, 10:11 AM
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In my Air Force days I heard it called Day Glo.
I always think if they see me a second sooner, that might be what is needed to keep them from being stupid. I wear a hi viz Tour Master jacket and my next helmet most likely will be hi viz.
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post #6 of 16 Old 06-09-2012, 10:30 AM
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Honestly they didn't have the high vis in my size, or I probably would have got it. On the other hand I get parbroiled in the high desert sun and had a black modular the last three week cruises so I was thinking along the lines of silver or white. And this new white helmet is a lot lighter and whiter, and a heck a lot cooler. I don't really like the shape of the visor in the up position, but am getting used to it. It's also more comfortable than the $400 helmet they tried to sell me. I might get a high vis vest though, or vented jacket. Not sure yet, on a slim budget getting the bike ready to go trippin.
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post #7 of 16 Old 06-09-2012, 11:26 AM
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littlesteve....what high deserts are you at?
I also use a hi viz mesh vest on hot day here in New Mexico.
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California mostly, Mohave, and Eastern Sierra. But it can get pretty roasty in N.Cal just a few miles from the coast. I also enjoy the back roads of Nevada and Utah but have only sampled a little of NV so far on the bike but have extensive driving, camping, and hiking experiencs all over these areas. So when I got my first bike I already knew where hundreds of cool places are. And I know a lot of dirt roads etc, and felt pretty limited camping wise on the big Star cruiser. Thus setting up the KLR. Mine is Black '12.
Have been to NM a little bit in the fall and winter.
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I spent 5 years just outside of Victorville. I had a Honda XL250 at one point and a Honda 750 at another time,
but spent most of the time with a 4x4 truck.
Spent some good times in Death Vally,
and my guess is you been to the Ghost town Bodie......it's well worth the trip.
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Yeah, Bodie's been good to me, been up there a couple times. There's a plethora of nice places to go in the Eastern Sierra right around there on the west side of 395. Generally I land in the White Mtns east of Big Pine and chill for a day or two to acclimatize. I have a favorite spot there off in the pinon pines where the only people tht ever bothered me adopted me for three night with a huge telescope and I saw more galaxies and cool stuff than I realized were out there. Way cool, and they took me fossil hunting too! I been all over Cali so many times I should write book... A ranger told me once in Utah, very sarcastically, "So this is your third visit, you can write a book now." I was looking for an obscure ruin and he knew where I wanted to go, gave me a hint because I had the right attitude etc... There are some really cool people out there in the mix. I also know of an obscure work site where a lot of arrow heads were being chiped out somewhere out thata way. It is one off the most cool of the beaten track places I have ever been. I don't wear Hi-Vis when I go there. Quite the opposite I'm affraid. The funny thing is, it is really close to a really popular area.
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