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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-27-2013, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Are Dual Sport Helmets worth having?

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OK, did not need one, there's better ones out there but I went with the GMAX. I have a white 2013 V. Here's my thoughts on them, what's yours?

IMO; "fashion statement", lots of sport bike riders are getting them for that reason. My bike is not off-road savvy so in truth I got this helmet as an accessory. It's HUGE, the extended lower jaw, the top visor and the white color magnifies this GMAX but mind you it has a nice look because it's shapely, not mushroomy. I really like it. I have an Arai, Scorpion, Bell half and a couple of LS2s. It's not light, feels hefty, has a quality build and finish and the shield optics work well. The helmet is comfortable and has a good fit. It is a bit noisy, seems the top detachable visor rattles a bit (maybe just needs tightening). The padding is a tad thinner than my road bike units but overall it's nice headgear for the price. This helmet combined with the unique looks of the Versys gets a lot of attention. I would recommend it to those looking for a low priced sporty off-road dually as long as you're not riding in treacherous or extremely risky situations.
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I had one without the visor when l was desert & mountain off roading when l lived in Vegas, but l also had a regular street helmet for black top riding my cruiser, so I don't "get" why sports bike riders would want them other than the fact they look "macho" because the lip will lift your head when riding at speed due to the wind pressure....but hey, if it works for them it's a better hobby than shooting people with their new magnum they got for Xmas!!
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I use an Arai XD-3 and couldn't really get along without it. After wearing ball caps all my adult life, I find the helmet's peak/visor invaluable for helping me cope with direct sun coming directly at my face. I wouldn't leave home without it... and I don't find that the visor lifts the helmet at speed. Not at all... for me anyways.

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My next helmet is going to be an Arai XD4 or Shoei Hornet mainly for the reason mentioned by Genehil of the peak for blocking the sun. Too many times I have had to ride with one hand while the other is blocking out the sun.
From the reviews, both of those at least sound fairly aerodynamic with not too much wind catching at speed. Also those two are the only ones I have come across with an available pinlock visor which is a must for me anyways.

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I've had my eyes on a dual sport helmet for the reason mentioned by genehill.

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I like my AFX FX39. I like the visor peak for sun and the large shield for vision. And I think it looks great.

I have to get to some REALLY excessive speed to notice the peak lifting my head. But, cross winds or shoulder checks that put the peak sideways in the wind, those actions I can really feel pushing/pulling on the helmet. So, I still have a regular full face for long distance highway.

Always trust your cape.
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My last two helmets were an SHR and HJC dual sport and can say they do offer some advantages like those mentioned above. They also affod me the option of smoking and eating with the lid on if required. My HJC give me no pull in the wind and with the ProGrip incert fog free viewing year round.

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I also got a helmet with a visor for the same reason....keeping the sun out of my eyes. I got an Arai XD4. This is the first bike with an upright seating position that I've owned, so for the first time I had to deal with the sun in my eyes. The Fog City speed tint worked well until I got the visored helmet.
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I have the cycle gear Explorer Adventure Helmet. Its great. Good airflow visor helps.

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I had one but find they are a bit of a liability above ~40mph as they are not aerodynamically very good at higher speeds. Doing a shoulder check at speed or visor lift at highway speeds, or even buffeting off the wind shield is an issue. A tinted shield is better than a visor peak to keep sun off the eyes too.

At low speeds, off road though, they are nice as the larger face opening provides more air flow with the shield up, and a peak works better than a visor when you are driving through thick forest, that have you constantly driving into and out of dark forest shadows, where a tinted visor may be too dark.

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ProGrip incert fog free viewing year round.
Tell me more about these things, I've never even seen one.
Do they really stop your visor from fogging up even with a balaclava on?
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Tell me more about these things, I've never even seen one.
Do they really stop your visor from fogging up even with a balaclava on?
Google pinlock visor and lens. It really works at least mine does. I ride most of the year and on the cooler days it gives me a total fog free area on my visor. Any fog-free visors or treatments never did a thing. A must have as far as I'm concerned for the cooler climates I mean.

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I am a dirt bike rider convert over to street. I have always liked the viser to block the sun. I use a Arai xd3. I Have been looking at the new arai street helmets. With the xd3 and the stock windscreen on a 2011 versys I am getting a really loud buffeting wind noise. Thinking a street helmet might be quieter.
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Google pinlock visor and lens. It really works at least mine does. I ride most of the year and on the cooler days it gives me a total fog free area on my visor. Any fog-free visors or treatments never did a thing. A must have as far as I'm concerned for the cooler climates I mean.
+1. The pinlock system does work. No fog whatsoever. Well worth the investment!!!

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Tell me more about these things, I've never even seen one.
Do they really stop your visor from fogging up even with a balaclava on?
Never tried the pinlock but I know for a fact these work. Any temp, balaclava or not. You can get them with an auto tint as well.


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Unless the guy in front of you is kicking up gravel, I don't see the point.

I wear Bell street Helmets which are very aerodynamic so I don't get pushed around by the wind.

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...I find the helmet's peak/visor invaluable for helping me cope with direct sun coming directly at my face. I wouldn't leave home without it....
Try the 5 cent solution: remove your faceshield, then run TWO strips of electricians tape across the top (on the inside), one below the other. NOW you'll have a sunshade that is cheap and doesn't get in the way of turning your head! ALL my helmets have this done.

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If Im going to make a LONG highway run I will wear my normal helmet. Otherwise I always have on my dual sports. Much better airflow, with the shield farther away almost impossible to fog, huge field of vision, easy to drink from my camelback, looks cool and riding into the sun blocks the sun.

A cheap one will have bad aero but so will any cheap helmet.
I own the Icon Varient, bilt adventure explorer(i think thats the name) and afx 39.

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