"Whose ABBA ZABBA?"
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Goleta, California
Rep Power: 1
OK. I took a ride on my KLR yesterday and got a chance to eval this helmet.
1st things 1st, the fit is snug and comfortable. The material contacting my face is pretty soft, though could be a bit softer. No points deducted here at all. Riding at all speeds with the face shield up is very comfortable with little air moving around inside. The weather was cool and comfortable so I'll have to wait for a warmer season b4 I can determine how well ventilation works. The face shield when open looms lower than on my old Shoei. I think this is the reason that turbulence is cut way way down on this helmet compared to the old one. Very nice.
2nd The helmet weight is way down compared to my Shoei(which has officially been retired) My head actually feels very 'flipable'. The looks are superb at least to me. A more descriminate rider might prefer another shape and or graphics. The rubber seals are all proffesionally and ruggedly done with no seal out of place or misshapen. I checked out Scorpion helmets which had some shoddy seals right off the shelf. The face shields is a bit tough to operate to the open position. I am hoping it will lossen up with use. To close it is easy. The chin strap is comfortable in position and easy to fasten as expected. There is a little chin wind deflector that does it's job very well.
3rd Highway speeds..........70 to 90 and a bit above. Closed up and clipping along, the wind noise is not dampened as much as I would like. If I drop my forhead down a bit, the noise from the helmet strakes is amplified and a bit of an annoyance, but I cannot take a point away. The helmet is much more nuetral in the stiff wind than my Shoei. There does not appear to be any air leak through the shield seal. You know, I might have to subtract 1/2 point for noise suppression.
4th, the shiled. I immediately put on the Gold Irridium shield as my face is way to ugly to display in public. They say that it is not meant for night riding..........I say they are 100% right. It is more obscure than a dark smoke. Daylight visibility is a charm. Very nice tint, very comfortable. Now, installation of a replacement shield is a bit more difficult than I'm used to. It took quite a lot of thumb pressure to get the nubs stuck down in place, then a moderate pull on the lever to get it locked in place. I think I will order an additional light smoke shield to round out my selection.
Conclusion. I am extremely pleased with this helmet purchase. I would have been more than satisfied paying full retail at $199.00. Having paid $99.00, plus $27 for a replacement shield with no shipping and tax, I feel like a thief!
I am almost tempted to purchase one more as a backup.
I will report any anomallies and or further impressions as I put more time in this bucket. My 51 year old neck is happy to hold up less weight these days. Any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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