I absolutely love my Arai XD3 dual sport helmet. So i'm gonna put a post up and rave a bit about my favourite helmet for the Versys... It just seems to suit the Versys look and purpose.. On different bikes I don't wear it as much but that depends on how far I'm going on a dirt ride too.
I've had it now since it first came out here which I bought from the US on Ebay after trying it on here in Oz. I saved $229au shipped so bought a dark tint visor and still was cheaper by $100.
I've been thrilled by the comfort and ear comfort over a long day riding... and it is the quietest helmet I have second to nothing I've ever experienced before full stop. That's a bold true statement itself!!
For wind blast concerning the peak it is the most aerodynamic helmet I've encountered in it's field so far and I've tried them all now that have come to Australia so far as I have a few friends at the shops who will let me take them out for 15 minutes while no-ones watching to try out..
I brought a 2005 Blade and thought I'd speed test this helmet for a bit of personel interest and at 255km/h at true GPS speed it was so stable I was staggered how well Arai wind tunnel tested and developed it.. It doesn't push your nose flat on the visor either when riding at these speeds..
It looks great, is very water proof from up neck filtering in the rain with my MRA Variable screen riding my Versys (I'm under 6 foot by 2 inches), has heaps of skins to choose from and the inner liners last very well indeed. Love this one big time..
Tell us your favourite we all have different heads and likes in a helmet.
I have the Scorpion EXO-900 in neon and it's the best helmet I've ever owned. Being a modular (flip up) helmet it's easier to put on and take off. The flip down internal sun shade is perfect for touring as I don't need to squeeze on a pair of sunglasses. The air flow system actually works unlike most helmets I've tried. The neon color is very bright and when worn with my neon Joe Rocket textile jacket I am impossible to miss seeing. This helmet also comes with a matching peak so it can convert to an open face. The fit is also adjustable thanks to a "cheek area bladder" that pumps up to fit your face.
"life is not a dress rehearsal"
That is another option I may pursue next helmet purchase. A modular design.. Maybe I should have given the 900 a look! I don't think the shops I checked had them when I bought mine.
What size do you wear?
I've got a large 900 in silver that I don't wear. I got it new for a very discounted price knowing that it was a size bigger than I usually wear and I tried it for awhile but I never got past the fact that it was just a tad big.
BACK ON TOPIC,
I wear an HJC CL-MaxII.
I wear modulars because I wear glasses, if I didn't have glasses I would probably just wear full face helmets (that's what I wore before I got glasses) because they tend to be lighter, less expensive, quieter and there are more choices. HJC brand fits me better than anything else I've tried. I've tried most everything in the stores and I've bought Bell, AFX and Scorpion but I always come back to HJC because they feel right.
I will keep that in mind. I just watched a review of that helmet and it looks like it has everything I would want! The hardest part when I go helmet shopping is finding them in stock. I won't buy online anymore due to wanting a perfect fit as well as supporting my locals. My locals will match internet pricing so that's a win-win for both.
I love my Arai XD3... I bought it specifically because of the peak/visor due to my my aversion to direct sun in my eyes (50+ years of baseball caps, I guess...) and it's been perfect for me and my V. I get by with a medium. I wear eyeglasses and have no problems in that regard.
GeneHil - Panama City, FL
2011 Kawasaki Versys
Viet Nam: Dec67-Dec68 & Jul69-Dec72
HJC Symax 3 for me. Had the Symax 2 previously. LOVE the pinlock shield- IMHO this is the best thing to happen to helmets in ages. Noise noticeably reduced from last version. Overall very happy with it.
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For some reason I always end up with my Arai rx-q. I have Bell, HJC, Shark, and some other but the Arai comfort, fit, quality is just something else. It feels right. The only thing I'm missing is a photochromic visor which I have on 2 other brands.
I'm on my third Nolan modular (N100E, N102, N103). Most importantly, they fit my head. I suffered with Shoei helmets for a few years and a Nava before that because these were what the local shop sold. Major pressure point on my forehead...ouch! (Your head shape may vary.)
Then I saw a story on a moto forum about helmet brand and head shape. That led me to try a Nolan. I would not hesitate to buy another Nolan.
I got a couple helmets from Rider for a product test (I had to install a helmet comm system into supplied helmets; here if you care to read it). I found the Scorpion to be a torture chamber in my size (M). I turned around and went home after about 20 minutes because it hurt so much. I would like to have tried a size L but that wasn't happening. There was an internal flip-down sun visor in the Scorpion that worked beautifully, better than the one in the Nolan.
I also got to try a brand from Italy called Vemar which I liked. The shell is a carbon fiber composite, very strong and light. It has the "Eclipse" paint which is phosphorescent and glows green. Cool idea. I wish the glow effect lasted longer, but I expect if you were out riding all day in the sun it would make you glow for a while after dark. Very plush inside and it came with two visors (clear and smoke), although you have to stop and swap them.
My advice is to get a helmet that fits comfortably so (a) you always wear it, and (b) it doesn't distract or fatigue you. You won't know how well a helmet fits until you try it on!
I used to get helmets to match the color of my bike, but I discovered that was like camouflage. I've spent enough time riding sweep in group rides to believe that you'll stand out best wearing a solid color helmet in white or perhaps yellow. I expect the high viz ones I'm starting to see are good choices, too.