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post #11 of 73 (permalink) Old 05-24-2020, 07:25 AM
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Any chance you can go to a dealer to try modular helmets you're considering on? Fitment is key to comfort especially. Was trained to fit helmets by an Arai rep when I was a parts person. If possible, wear it for a few minutes, check especially for hot spots on your forehead as that won't loosen up over time. Cheek area should be snug but those pads can be changed for various thicknesses. It normally takes about 10 riding hours for a new helmet liner to conform to your head shape.
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Helmets are like Real Estate - FIT, FIT, FIT. I currently ride with a Nolan N104 Evo. I tried a Schuberth C3 Pro but my ears are too low. Ladies' model was a smidgeon better, but still uncomfortable. Neotec had me biting the inside of my cheeks due to the cheek padding. Didn't know about the free pad swap, but I'll keep that in mind. I'll be in your boat, looking at a new helmet, in another year...


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The Nolan n104 Evo will stand up to the Neotec 2 all day long. Little more prone to drips at the top of the visor, slightly larger exterior shell size. But their chin bar cams, so you feel little to no drag with the bar up. The Shoei bar catches more air in the up position, and in the locked all the way up position, itís unendurable at speed.
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If you are near Columbus Ohio at any time, you can visit Iron Pony and try on helmets from practically every maker and color until you get tired or find the one you like..whichever comes first. It's a. Motorcycle accessory store the size of a super Walmart. They also are a dealer for 7 brands of bikes I think.
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Cant tell you about the particular helmets you referenced and you will hear that modular are heavier and noisier than a full face, but I can tell you after wearing modular for maybe the last 10 years, that I love mine and dont know if I could go back to a full face helmet.

I have had 3 Nolon modulars. The first one was a jump from life long full face types. I can't imagine I will every go back to a full face as the modular types are just so nice. I can't recommend enough.


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I have a Shoei GT Air Full face, and a Shoei Neotec, both the first generation. The Neotec has a lot of wind noise along the right side "seam" where the upper and lower part meet when down. I don't know if that has been improved or not on the II, but it would concern me.

I ride with the Neotec on every couple of weeks (keep in mind I ride several times a week). It is easier to put on and take off the Neotec, but once riding they feel exactly the same to me other than the wind noise. To me it is not worth taking the chance on the added noise. BTW, I ride with the windshield all the way down 95% of the time. I only ride with it up in really cold weather. If you like the windshield up all the time, the wind noise is not an issue.

I should point out that I have both because we bought the Neotec for my wife, but she never wore it and quit riding with me about five years ago.

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I wore a Shoei RF1100 for several years and loved it. When it was time to replace it, I bought a Neotec (Gen 1) as I was going on a tour and suspected it would be easier to take photographs. I will go back to the RF series next time. The Neotec is heavier and louder and I have never found a good reason to use the flip-front feature. It was a waste of money.

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Here's one. A sip of hot tea while gassing up lol

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I was a full face HJC guy for a number of years having several but they always wore the hair off the front of my head (hot spot) by summers end, i didn’t know any better. Then I bought my 1st Nolan, what revelation with the modular design ! But it was quite a bit louder and leaked in the rain, Nolan worked on it several times but never got it quiet or dry in the rain. When the n90 came out with the drop down sun shield I bought one, very comfy but very noisey even with ear plugs ( I always wear them) but only in the left ear picket, the right side was quiet and it leaked badly.

2 trips back to Nolan for them to look at it and try to fix it but after the second trip with no better results they (Nolan) announced that they had done all they were going to do and didn’t want me to contact/complain to them again. Yes I was courteous to them, yelling and swearing will get you nowhere !

So I now ride with a Skorpion 3000gt, most comfy helmet I’ve ever had, bar none, but it also leaked in the rain, is noisey (not as bad as my last Nolan) and the anti-fog shield coating really doesn’t work well.

If I keep riding I’m going to need to buy a new helmet at some point but I’m not sure what I’ll get, I was leaning towards. Schuberth but have read some things that are not flattering for what I think is a very expensive helmet. We’ll see ! But it’ll definitely be a modular whatever it is.

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I can't imagine doing without a modular now... yes they have more noise than full faces, but that depends on windshield, etc. also. You do wear earplugs no matter what helmet, don't you?
In the modulars, the cheaper ones are too noisy for me. Schuberth and Neotec are likely the quietest, AGV Sportmodular right up there too. I'm not a Shuberth fan after having a C3.
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