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08-18-2013 12:19 PM
twinblown I just purchased two Mag 9's, for an incredible price. The above is the Mag 9 Sena.
Love the Mag 9 but i read the sena is improved in a few ways.
The optics on the clear shield are just awesome, the dark drop down shield is great to and no need to be changing shields when sunny. As far as ventilation it's OK , I can really feel the air flow more if I tilt down my head. The visor is good and no major drag when turning your head doing 65 or so. I ordered size small so I have a snug fit on my head. Overall good helmet and for $49.99 won't find anything like it .
08-01-2013 10:25 PM
czo79 I just went through the helmet buying thing after I bought my KLR. It's my first bike. I was a little biased in favor of nice modulars because while I was learning to ride I was using my friend's top of the line shoei and schubert modulars. My dad was a paramedic and flight nurse, and always pounded the importance of helmets into my head. I was raised on stories of him scraping people of the road, especially helmet-less ones in New Hampshire where he worked. When I bought my bike, I decided the one area I wouldn't skimp on was a helmet. My dad was a big fan of snell certified helmets. I found out they didn't rate modulars. It's definitely a weak point, and some modulars are prone to opening in an accident. I found this english agency that does helmet testing, and tests modulars both with the standard impact tests, and for what percentage of time the latching mechanism fails. Some of them are pretty high. I bought a Nolan n104 modular because it had nice options, an attractive price for a top of the line modular, a large field of vision, and because every modular helmet Nolan makes has a 0% failure rate on the face shield, and at least the n104 has excellent impact protection on the rest of the helmet. My father always said we can basically fix every part of you but your head. It's only a bit of an exaggeration. Anyways, sorry to be preachy. Here's a link to that english website that rates helmets: sharp.direct.gov.uk/home
- Mike
07-29-2013 12:49 PM
Originally Posted by toslow View Post
were is the local M/C shop?
Gbourque in Moncton
07-28-2013 09:41 PM
toslow were is the local M/C shop?
07-28-2013 01:17 PM
Jeepflambe Well those were convincing posts.
Okay If I want the feel of wind in my face its the ole CJ with the windshield folded down.
Tomorrow I buy the Fly helmet.
Has anyone seen that Shark Raw helmet..oh man!!!!
07-28-2013 01:46 AM
planalp A full-face is best, but even a modular helmet provides more protection than an open face.

I like the "dualsport" helmets like the AFX-37 I have. Why do I like them? Because the face opening is usually very large and the chin bar is small, creating a large open area in front of your face. If you flip the shield up, it's almost like wearing an open-face helmet but you still have the solid chin bar in the event of a mishap.

That being said, I actually log more miles wearing a Bell Revolver modular helmet. I like not having the big visor of the AFX grabbing the air at highway speeds and it's much quieter. Plus, I can get it off and on without removing my eyeglasses. The Revolver is my commuting helmet.

As with most protective gear, it's a balance of comfort/convenience vs. protection.

Let the gasps of horror commence, but sometimes when I'm out riding on gravel roads around here I go sans helmet and greatly enjoy it. I would say I "do not endorse it," but it's really none of my concern whether anybody else wears a helmet or not.

To finally give an opinion on your question, were I in your shoes I would go with the Trekker.

07-28-2013 12:03 AM
justjeff Typically when I crash my bike I land on my face. It still looks as it did 30 years ago because I always wear a full face helmet. My friend who hit a cow on the highway isn't so fortunate. He broke both arms on impact with the cow and then landed face first on the road. The facial reconstruction took years.
07-27-2013 10:36 PM
Spec Here's an informative site: Why Wear a Full Face Helmet

07-27-2013 07:21 PM
Originally Posted by a4twenty View Post
i have seen the results of an open face helmet in an accident, i'll only wear a full face and keep my nose and jaw where they are...... hopefully
Jeepflambe, you like the way your face looks now? Imagine with part of it scraped onto the ground.

We, as riders all take risks. Some of them are avoidable.

And for the record, the modulars only provide a small amount of protection versus a bona-fide full face.
07-27-2013 07:12 PM
Originally Posted by Jeepflambe View Post
Anything really negative about open face?
i have seen the results of an open face helmet in an accident, i'll only wear a full face and keep my nose and jaw where they are...... hopefully
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