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post #1 of 17 Old 04-12-2014, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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My big and heavy helmet has to go! It is a noise monster and after 4 hours my neck and back are calling UNCLE!

So I am going to pull the trigger and finally buy a good helmet this spring. I want something that is lightweight and quiet - something that is good for a long ride. I know it is going to hurt financially. What are you guys using?

It seems that all roads lead to the Schuberth C3 Pro. VERY PRICEY! A cheaper alternative seems to be the Shoei Neotec or the Lazer Monanco (carbon fiber version).

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-12-2014, 02:33 PM
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I can't comment on the modular's you posted, but I do have a Scorpion Exo 900 Transformer modular helmet. It's way nosier than my old full face helmets and seems heavier as well. Not great venting in hot weather either... Don't really think I'd recommend this one, I think I'll be going back to a regular full face. The modular helmet does work well with my glasses though, no worming them in like a regular full face. I'll be watching this thread to see what others think of the ones you posted, might have to get a new one soon myself!

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Originally Posted by YukonPete View Post
My big and heavy helmet has to go! It is a noise monster and after 4 hours my neck and back are calling UNCLE!
Curious to know which helmet you have now that you don't like.

I've got a Schuberth Concept that I've had for a number of years now. Love the helmet but not the price. Last helmet I bought was a Nolan used primarily on the Goldwing. So far I'm liking it too but I'm probably not that demanding a user. Tried an HJC and didn't like it though.

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"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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post #4 of 17 Old 04-12-2014, 05:11 PM
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I have had a few different modulars in the past and currently. Unfortunately when I go by what fits me best the Shoei and Schuberth are the ones that do and are usually the most expensive.

I had the Shoei Multitec in the past and liked it when I had it. Got a great deal on a Schuberth C3 and could not believe how quiet it was compared to the Shoei. I now have a Shoei Neotec and like it but it is not as quiet as the Schuberth and from what I have read the Schuberth has improved again.

If you are looking for a modular with low wind noise, it is tough to beat a Schuberth if you can pay the $$. Full face is generally quieter than modular, especially without a large windshield. Most importantly, in my opinion, is to get the helmet that fits you best so you will wear it.

I use a full face dual sport helmet when I ride the KLR off road. When I am going distance on the pavement I use the Shoei.
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post #5 of 17 Old 04-15-2014, 11:25 PM
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They had some great deals on the HJC RPHA modulars last year. My first modular, but i'm happy with it so far. Noisier than my freinds Schuberthn i usually wear an Shoei x- 12 or an Arai RX-7, so the HJC doesn't seem that loud to me.
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post #6 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 12:48 PM
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stay clear away from the EXO900 .. its junk . pure junk ..
i am using the nolan n43 trilogy , its a great multi helmet , excellent vision , pinlock , removable chin bar internal sun visor .. lots of features .my complaints are its not super quiet and the venting is not great . these are not bad , just not great . the good way outweighs the bad .
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post #7 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 02:20 PM
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I'm a fan of the Nolan modulars. Their bluetooth system is good, too.

Don't discount the Zeus modulars, though. I've owned two and they are solid, low-cost alternatives.
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post #8 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks everyone for there thoughts. Ignoring the fact that a full face is in theory (reality?) safer, I have decided to still get a modular and have pulled the trigger on a Schuberth C3 Pro helmet. I researched and researched and all roads seem to lead to the C3 Pro, assuming that the $$ cost is survivable.

I've order the C3 Pro in "Racing Red" color as a protest against the popularity of "matte black". If that helmet won't fit my head then I will return it and try the Shoei Neotech. It that doesn't fit then maybe the Lazer Monico. The difficulty for me is that no one in Canada will ship to the Yukon and let me return the helmet if it doesn't fit. So I'm having to order from the states (Revzilla) and have it delivered to Skagway, Alaska. Excuse of another 2 hour ride down one of the most beautiful roads on the planet!

What drove me to the C3:
1. Quiet! Seems to be about the quietest modular helmet.
2. Lightweight.
3. Quality seem unsurpassed.

Too bad the helmet is soo Damn expensive, but at this point in my life (54), what's another couple hundred dollars?

I'll report back once I get the Helmet.
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post #9 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 04:36 PM
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Hope you enjoy it.
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post #10 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 05:19 PM
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I have the C3 (not pro) and love it, light, reasonably quiet, great ventilation and top safety marks.

Sure, at $600+, it was not cheap but it should last 3+ years so amortized over the lifetime it is well worth the investment.

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