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Zinnman

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I'm thinking of replacing my Schuberth modular helmet due to age. Looking for input from the members as to which modular helmet they have found to be the quietest and most comfortable.

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Silver Surfer/AKAButters

I have nothing to compare it to, can only say that the Shoei Multitec is very comfortable. However, my Shoei RF1000 is quieter.

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They're all noisy. Most comfortable is whatever fits your head. Nolans fit my head. I tried on a Schuberth once, and couldn't get it off fast enough.

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I have a Nolan 102 and it works for me. I have heard many say they are noisy. I don't know, I wear custom molded plugs. Best $40 I ever spent.

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Like Selden said - noisy but very convenient. There are different shaped heads and helmets so comfort is solely dependent on trying them on. Different brands suit different folks.

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I've got a Nolan, it fits my head well, but the ratcheting mechanism for the clear face shield is cheesy. I would like to replace it with a Shoei when I have an extra $400 laying around. I think the convenience of the flip front overshadows the disadvantage of the noise.

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I love my N102's fit but it isn't as quiet as my past non-modular lids, even with the chin flap. The N102 does have chin space that all the others I tried lacked.

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I really like my Schuberth C2...but it's expensive.

 

It's a real PITA to put speakers into.

 

I'm considering a Scorpion as my next one. Internal sun visor, and you can get a de-icer face shield.

 

You may have different requirements.

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I believe Zeus is bringing out the first modular Snell approved helmet this month. Might be an interesting look see. Perhaps one of our members in more southern climes will try one out and report back before our/my riding season begins.

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I have a new HJC Symax II, and so far I really like it. I have no point of valid comparison on the noise factor except the HJC 3/4 and it is quieter than that.

 

I tried the Shoei and it fit me well but it did not have the retractable sun screen that the HJC does.

 

Adding the Cardo Rider Teamset bluetooth was easy.

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I have owned the Shoei syncrotech, used it for a few years actually, and both the Nolan N1202 and N103....I don't find noise to be an issue as I wear earplugs, but I really do like the 103 with the internal shield better than the 102 with the external one...my wife had the HJC and liked it but recently went to the Nolan 103 also...

 

I say fit should be the major consideration...

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Fightingpiper

I have the older HJC Symax and it fits my head really well. I have tried on the new Symax because of the retractable sunscreen but It just didn't fit as well as my regular symax. For a quiet ride I use custom molded ear plugs.

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I've had the Sy-Max II for several months, and because of the flip-up and tint shade features it has become my main helmet. Yes, it's clearly a little heavier and physically larger than, for example, my Shoei RF900. But frankly I don't remember even thinking about those issues while riding. It fits very comfortably, and since I've discovered custom molded earplugs any extra noise is for me a non-issue.

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They're all noisy. Most comfortable is whatever fits your head. Nolans fit my head. I tried on a Schuberth once, and couldn't get it off fast enough.

 

Same here. The Schuberth gave me a headache in 30 seconds.

 

My Nolan 102 is the most comfortable of my 3 helmets, followed by the HJC Symax and then the HJC AC Carbon. The Nolan is the heaviest and if I ride my unfaired GS with it, it will give me neck strain on a long day. Works great on the RT though.

 

The Carbon is comfortable from a "necks" point of view and is obviously the lightest and is worn on the GS which has limited wind protection. No neck strain on long days with it. It is also much quieter than either modular. It is not as plush as either modular.

 

All are loud IMHO. with the full faced carbon the quieter of this group.

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1+ on the Symax II. I replaced my original Symax with it, and like it even better. It seems to be well-made, and I really like the visor that drops down from the inside (I wish it were darker though). I added some extra tinting at the top of the visor to fix that shortcoming.

 

Jay

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Silver Surfer/AKAButters

Wow! Just for grins I threw on my RF1000 today (haven't worn it since i got my Multitec) and was seriously amazed at how much quieter it is than the Multitec. So much so, that I think I will be wearing it and forgoing the convenience of the flip-up.

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..I will be wearing it and forgoing the convenience of the flip-up...

 

Slight hijack in regards to convenience...

 

I have always worn modular helmets and find them very handy when I have to cough or sneeze: just flip the face up and "ventilate" off to the side. I don't care to imagine the nasty crud that would have built up on the inside of my chinbar by now if it weren't for this convenience. I'm just sayin'

 

Now, back to the regularly scheduled programming...

 

Jay

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Dave_zoom_zoom

Hi Zinnman

 

The two most important things for me are "fit & earplugs".

 

I have one of the first Nolan N103's. (ordered from England) I understand it has steel hinges. Sounds better than plastic.

 

At first I wasn't to sure if I liked it. But, The more I wear it the better it fits & the more I like it.

 

Good Hunting!

 

Dave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I've found very little difference in the noise level of helmets - but only when I'm wearing earplugs!

 

Every helmet which had pressure points gave me a headache - go figure! :dopeslap:

 

+1 on getting the best possible ventilation. :thumbsup:

 

On long rides, and in an accident, weight matters. Depending on one's neck strength and riding position a heavier helmet may be a problem. Light helmets tend to cost more - MUCH more!

 

Happy shopping. :clap:

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+2 on the Shoei Multitec... in fact, ended up buying two! Love the fit and comfort...

 

Noise is not too bad... besides, tend to use earplugs (E6i's) when riding with any helmet... and sun screens are not needed when you use a tinted shield and/or sunglasses...

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I have the Nolan N103 and love it, they are noisy but earplugs fix that. The ability to lift the face and cough or sneeze is great but secondary to the abliity to lift the face and go into the "stop n rob" without having to remove my helmet when paying for fuel and grabbing a snack and drink. Also not having to remove my helmet to take a drink is great while riding and is one of the main reasons that I started wearing this type of helmet along with the fact that summer here is like living on the face of the sun and the extra ventilation at stop lights is a life saver.

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All helmets are noisy just some more than other do your ears a favor and wear earplugs.Why do you think that all racers wear them because they are cool I think not! Now with your earplugs in place find the most comfortable but correct fitting helmet.

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I think that while some helmets are inherently noisier than others, the shape of your head and the position of your ears has more to do with it. What is quiet for me can be loud for you and visa-versa.

What we need is a portable wind tunnel that you can stick your helmeted head into so you can test them out at the dealership! Maybe have a faired and unfaired setting and a windspeed knob to simulate conditions.

On second though... forget I mentioned that until I get a patent :rofl:

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I agree... fit.... egg shaped, oval, round... it is ALL about fit... not noise.

 

Really just suggest going to your local shops and try on a helmet or two or five... go online and price the best fitting ones out... give the local shop an opportunity to be competitive with the price... and then purchase away! Just make sure they are an authorized dealer to ensure the warranty is valid :)

 

Good Luck!

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Thanks for all the input. I'm going to try a lot of helmets at the local dealers and give them a chance to earn my business. One that wasn't mentioned was the AGV Miglia which got good reviews on WebBike world.

 

I always wore earplugs with my R1100RS but only wear them aprt time with my newer RT. The noise behind the larger sheild is tolerable for short periods.

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