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What helmet are you 765 riders wearing? What type? Standard, race, sport-touring?

Are you wearing a race style helmet? A touring helmet? Sport touring?
 

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Sport Touring - Shoei GT Air.

However, I also have an HJC RPHA 11, and am coming to the realization that lightness might be the second most important consideration behind fit.
 

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Sport Touring - Shoei GT Air.

However, I also have an HJC RPHA 11, and am coming to the realization that lightness might be the second most important consideration behind fit.
How do you like the GT Air overall? How do the the GT Air and the RPHA 11 compare?

Interesting. I guess when asking others, I should also comment about my helmets and experience.

My first helmet was an Large HJC IS-17. A regular helmet as far as I know, not race, not touring, just an all around helmet. Inexpensive and comfortable fit, noise wasn't terrible, good central visor tab with excellent positons, including two useful urban street positions, the sun visor works well and one of the best parts...the temple fit for glasses is uncanny. I have yet to find a helmet fit glasses as well as my HJC IS-17. I hear other HJC fit glasses well.

My next attempt at a "better" helmet was a Bell Star MIPS. I assume this is more towards the race spectrum, like a sport-touring helmet. I chose a Large and it fits snug, I think too snug. I know helmets should fit snug but I think this helmet is too tight. I also don't like the visor, although it has a central tab, it only has 3 positions. Locked down closed, down but not locked and fully open. Annoying. Also, Bell Star helmets have the WORST glasses fit. The glasses are too high on my face and at a strange angle. I chose a Large but it feels like it is too snug. Takes a lot of effort to put on and take off.

Another try, the Shoei GT Air. Better than the Bell for visor positions and glasses, has a sun visor but doesn't come down as far as the HJC IS-17. Large helmet and I suspect it is too snug/tight for me. Not as bad as the Bell Star but takes a lot of effort to put on and take off. Cheek pads seem itchy. Helmet doesn't feel the greatest. I suspect it is hard to do shoulder checks with vs the HJC IS-17.

The Bell and Shoei may be the wrong size or the wrong shape, but comparing, I can't get over how comfortable the HJC IS-17 is. I didn't wear the Bell enough to see how quiet it is. HJC seems average. Shoei is very quiet. Almost alarmingly so.

I may wear my IS-17 for a bit, but it is 3 years old and beat up. No crashes, but it's been dropped and scratched up plenty. I have new cusions for new. I am leaning towards trying another HJC helmet. Maybe pick up a new IS-17 for now or try an RPHA 70 ST.

I would like a sporty or sport touring helmet. Something not for fully upright riding and not full race tuck. Something in between.
 

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I currently have an Arai Signet-Q and love it. The only complaint I have is that it is very breezy regardless of the vent positions. Great for warm weather but not so much for the cold.

I've heard great things about Schuberth helmets but haven't tried any myself. I had an HJC (can't remember the model) but there was a pressure point on my forehead. I haven't really found another brand that works as well as the Arai for me. Shoei and AGV helmets are too snug. Scorpion, Bell, and HJC aren't as bad but not great for me for much more than 20 minutes.
 

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How do you like the GT Air overall? How do the the GT Air and the RPHA 11 compare?
I like my GT Air. I also wear glasses when I ride - a pair of Oakleys - and ride with my visor raised 95% of the time. It fits me well. I appear to be lucky enough to have my melon shaped well for an intermediate oval, which it seems a popular helmet shape. Despite wearing sunglasses, I also like the pop-down tinted visor. When I was working, my commute home from work was generally westbound, and at certain times of the year, the sun would be setting right on top of the brow of a rise of the road. Even with the sunglasses on, the only way I could see anything was to lower that tinted shade.

I also have a Sena communicator, and they make a model that fits into the GT Air very nicely, without having to stick anything to the shell - The Sena 10U. The GT Air 2 has an upgraded system, too. I wasn't aware I disliked anything about the Shoei until I got the HJC, and the only issue is weight. The RPHA 11 is significantly lighter. Right now, I only wear it for track days, but if I were planning a longer ride anytime in the future, it might get serious consideration, despite having to switch shields depending on lighting. However, the RPHA 11 comes with both clear and tinted visor, and a "Pinlock" like anti-fog insert in the box.

The HJC interior feels very premium. I've never had a super premium lid, but cannot imagine those feeling much better. The shield removal/installation mechanism is similar enough to the GT Air I have as to maybe cause a patent infringement lawsuit, and overall "fit and finish" seem top notch. All with a middle shelf price. The only thing I mark it down for is the venting mechanisms It has two little spinny knobs on the top, where I would prefer one big slidey thing like the GT Air. There are two small holes right above the visor that are opened/closed by a sideways sliding cover with a very small tab on it, which can be difficult to locate with gloves on.

And, my biggest nit-pick is the shield locking mechanism. It opens and snaps closed very well, but in the middle of the latch is a very small tab to lock the shield closed. If you are on your first track session of the day, hadn't installed the anti-fog insert, and you inadvertently slid that little locking tab to lock, you can experience a few moments of sheer terror trying to open the visor, because you can't see ****.

Those issues aside, I really like the HJC, and would recommend it. It's soooooo light.
 

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I have the Sena 10S. The reason I didn't get the 10U is in case I wanted to change helmets, like I am contemplating now. I think I will have a good look at the RPHA 70 ST. I think it may be a good option given what I have read about it and your experience with the RPHA 11 sort of leads me to believe the 70 ST is probably comparable or at least a good option to consider. I really need a drop down sun visor, or at least, very much prefer having one in my helmet. I wear glasses, so having to wear prescription sunglasses can be awkwardly limiting. Some Bell helmets have a transitions lens visor, but even that has limitations when you go under a bridge or a tunnel where the visor does not lighten up fast enough. Drop down sun visors are handy for this purpose and I am used to them.
 

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Wearing a Scorpion R2000 now, it's ok.. I've been looking for a new helmet I like ever since Arai stopped making the Profile.. the bastards. The Signet doesn't fit me nearly as well. Heard the Shoei RF1200 is long oval-ish, so will probably try one of those soon.
 

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I use a Bell Revolver Evo - it is ok but not great. I have a sena 20 S installed in it and with that it is pretty heavy. I would say it is a very noisy helmet which is my main complaint. With the 20s when my wife is on the back we cannot talk to each other much above 50 mph. It is coming up to three years old and showing some wear so I am looking to change it soon. I tried on an AGV at the weekend and liked it. Sadly here in Costa Rica there is not a huge choice of helmets or even motorbike gear shops so I think Shoei and Schubert are not options, I cannot imaging buying on the internet without having tried a helmet on.
 

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I have the Sena 10S. The reason I didn't get the 10U is in case I wanted to change helmets, like I am contemplating now...
That is definitely a consideration, but with the pace of development of the comm systems, if I get 5+ years out of this one in the helmet, it will probably be obsolete when it's time for a new helmet. I also have a 10R on my HJC.
 

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I've haven't spent enough time with a Shoei to really give an opinion. I did have an Arai previous to the Schuberth. The Arai was a bit heavier and more of a circular shape while the Schuberth is more oval. Sadly I do not remember which model of Arai I had. The Schuberth fits perfectly for me, so much so I would say they made a mold of my head, lol.
 

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Most important thing is fit. Size and head shape.
For me, Shoei in size large always seem to be perfect in terms of fit and the style/quality/cost are all about right.
 

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Most important thing is fit. Size and head shape.
For me, Shoei in size large always seem to be perfect in terms of fit and the style/quality/cost are all about right.
+2. Find someplace that stocks several brands and make sure you wear one for ten minutes before buying. And then try the one in the box before you buy. Often, the ones on the shelf have been worn by so many people they have become a bit loose. It's also worth mixing and matching internal parts. I have an Arai Signet X with medium cheek pads and a large head liner. The shells for the M and L are the same. BTW, it's easier to change the head liner than the cheek pads.
 

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Also, it seems that most vendors and places that sell them online show the head shape, so you if have a helmet that fits properly, you can find it's shape and use that to narrow your search. Helmets and boots/shoes are just about the only things I won't buy online these days. Exceptions are replacing like for like, and Footjoy golf shoes. I know their 9W size will fit perfectly.
 

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I am having some difficulty with helmet size and shape. Often L is feels too snug and then XL is too lose. I think it means I need to wear Large helmets that feel snug and work them in. I have to admit they aren't so snug they have pressure points that I recall. I think each time I try an XL it's bordering on lose and once worn in it will definitely be lose.

Have any Canadians ordered a helmet from the US from a place such as Revzilla? Do you know if you've paid much in the way of duties?
 

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I went to lidpicker.com and paid the $15 or whatever it was for their fit recommendations. They send you some calipers to measure your melon then send you a detailed list of helmets that fit your head size and shape. They don't have all helmets-just the ones they sell, I think. It's a big list though.

I went with their recommendation, an Arai Signet X. I should have done this 4 helmets ago. The fit is perfect with no hotspots. Finally found a helmet that fits my long oval head.

Back to the OP question- I alternate between my Arai Signet X and my Arai XD-4. That one is nice because it has a peak I can use to shade my eyes from the sun on my early morning eastbound commute. I also have a Sena mounted in the XD-4 so I can listen to the radio while sitting in our horrible traffic.
 

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Shoei RF-1200 here.

I'd definitely recommend it. There are plenty of good deals on it now. It's a good, snug fit for me. Very good (not great) in the comfort and wind noise departments. What I like the most about it is the light weight and small overall size. Flows a decent amount of air too.
I recently took a spill and hit my chin area on the asphalt. Very happy with how the helmet performed in that department. No signs or pain whatsoever on my face and just paint chips on the helmet.
 

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Shoei RF-1200 here.

I'd definitely recommend it. There are plenty of good deals on it now. It's a good, snug fit for me. Very good (not great) in the comfort and wind noise departments. What I like the most about it is the light weight and small overall size. Flows a decent amount of air too.
I recently took a spill and hit my chin area on the asphalt. Very happy with how the helmet performed in that department. No signs or pain whatsoever on my face and just paint chips on the helmet.
The Shoei RF-1200 does fit ok but I am not a fan of the offset visor tab on the left. The visor is difficult to open and sloppy and awkward. I prefer helmets with a centre tab for the visor. Also being a glasses wearer I much prefer helmets with drop down sun visors.
 
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