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Thread: Oh no...Another Helmet Thread: For City and Urban riders, specific requirements

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    Question Oh no...Another Helmet Thread: For City and Urban riders, specific requirements

    Most of riding is city/urban/commuter.

    My current helmet is a Shoei Modular, and I am OK with it. It is a beast. But I no longer tour, and I would like something a bit lighter and:
    1.) perhaps a 3/4 helmet that gives me a little better look back/over the shoulder visibility
    2.) internal flip visors; one clear, one dark--so I can wear my regular glasses and not be changing from clear to sun glasses and back so forth when conditions change.

    I will defer to the experts in this organization. What works for you? Let it rip!
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    Jeeeze Howard, the first question someone with a TW asks is usually about the seat
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    I like the Nolan N-104 for visibility and ease of installing my Sena 20 S. I also have a Schuburth C3 that I like because it is light and has a slightly snugger fit but have to stick the Sena on the side vs clamp. Both have excellent view with flip-up chin bar and internal sun shield. Fairly close in price especially when the Schuberths go on sale ( check Rev Zilla and sometimes Bob's).
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    There will be a boat load of helmets on display at the IMS next weekend; if you're so inclined.

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    I have not seen any data that indicates a 3/4 helmet provides better peripheral vision than a full face/modular helmet.

    If you go down, you still have about a 30% chance your chin area will suffer damage.

    My personal opinion/experience is that any accident is more likely to occur in city/urban traffic than while touring.

    I think (but have not researched) that internal sun visors are more common on full face/modular helmets.

    Good luck in your search.
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    +1 for the Nolan N-104. Mine is HiViz with their B5 comms and it has great features.

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    I only wear it about 5% of the time (in traffic, 90 degrees or hotter) but I think an Arai XC is about as good as it comes with a 3/4 helmet. And it does have a wider field of view than my Arai full face. The only ones I know of with a flip down visor is the Schuberth M1, Shoei J-Cruise, and HJC IS-33 II. But there's about a $400 price difference between the the Schuberth and the HJC.

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    If you happen to be a fan of Shoei helmets,(I am) they make a very nice open face helmet that does have a flip down sun visor. The model is called the J-cruise.

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    Thumbs up Omega Man...

    My, my, my...how I love surprises.. Good to hear from you!
    I had to post this thread with this group.
    The TW200 crowd is mostly a technical terrain group of riders and Nirvana for them is the Moab along with carrying extra gas, water, a filtered mask built in to the helmet, and anti vulture gear. . That is not the kind of riding I do.
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    Nobody thinks or recommends that you can back off a notch on safety because it's "commuting" or "urban."

    Nobody thinks you can have "too much" safety anywhere, anytime.

    Just get the best you can ... no overthinking needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    I have not seen any data that indicates a 3/4 helmet provides better peripheral vision than a full face/modular helmet.

    If you go down, you still have about a 30% chance your chin area will suffer damage.

    My personal opinion/experience is that any accident is more likely to occur in city/urban traffic than while touring.

    I think (but have not researched) that internal sun visors are more common on full face/modular helmets.

    Good luck in your search.
    Federal standards require that a motorcycle helmet offers the wearer a 90 degree field of vision in each direction L or R).

    No visual advantage of 3/4 over full. Lots of disadvantages in compromised protection.

    Crash studies have shown that the 3 initial points of rider contact with the road in a crash are the hands ('extended arms to brace for collision' reflex) and the chin (instinctively looking for where you're going to hit).

    For me, an easy choice: protect my head on all rides (full-face helmet of high quality) and wear the skin I'm willing to lose (adequate gloves) on my hands - takes care of the "BIG 3."

    ATGATT in the form of quality pants, boots and jacket, along with an air-bag vest takes care of the rest of me.

    Safe riding.
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    And pick a good color: not black.

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    Helmet thread

    Nothing wrong with the helmet.......it's the head that is apparently on upside down and inside out. Try again.

    BTW, I do occasionally see this with newbies at training courses. Just gently correct student.....MUST NOT LAUGH !



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    Try this, most comfortable helmet I've ever worn !

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motor...an-n40-review/

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