Trainee Sport Tourer
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Northern Ontario, Canada
Bought another spendy helmet (COVID19 and online shopping will cause me to go broke) and added a Shoei Neotec2 to my stable, which also includes an AGV Sport Modular Carbon (glossy). The Neotec2 replaces my apparently ancient Shoei Multitec (2013) for which I was having trouble finding parts (tinted visor and visor hardware – though the hardware I pirated off an old RF700 worked okay).
If anyone is interested in either of these lids, here are my empirically tested comparison findings. My disclaimer is Fit, Fit, Fit: Others’ opinions of a brand/model matters little if the helmet doesn’t fit your pumpkin. (Sorry Schuberth).
Also, attention my Canadian friends: The Neotec2 (in solid colours) is $776CAD from Pete’s Superbike (free shipping), VS $970CAD elsewhere, including FortNine (also free shipping). BTW, Pete’s also has better prices on tires until you add in the cost of shipping. Shipping a set of PR4GT to my location was only $5.00 cheaper from Pete’s (add shipping) compared to the same set from FortNine (free shipping anywhere and $10/pair discount).
AGV Sport Modular VS Shoei Neotec2
AGV good: Lighter, D Rings, higher “bling” factor (applies only to the versions where the carbon weave is visible), field-of-view, Pinlock included.
AGV bad: Noisy (compared to the Neotec2), XXL doesn’t fit in FJR saddlebag, chin room, ear room, sun visor not very dark (though AGV will sell you a darker one) and the lever is difficult to find/use.
Shoei good: Quiet, more chin room, more ear room, cheek pads extend further forward, sun visor and the easy-to-use side-mounted lever, ventilation (specifically the chin bar), Pinlock included.
Shoei bad: XL doesn’t fit in FJR saddlebags, thick cheek pads (but are breaking in nicely), ratchet strap (though it works rather well), zero “bling” factor.
2020 Yamaha FJR1300ES
2013 Yamaha Super Tenere
2006 Yamaha FJR1300A
2000 Honda CBR 1100XX
1999 Honda CBR 1100XX (R.I.P.)
1989 Yamaha FJ1200
1963 Honda CB72
1982 Suzuki GS1100e
1985 Yamaha 750 Virago
1973 Kawasaki S2 350
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