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Modular Helmets....

I've never owned a modular helmet, and want to try one......I don't want to buy a 3-700 dollar one not knowing if I will like them...

I've been looking around, and the Gmax GM54S has good reviews for a cheaper helmet, also a guy I ride with (who is a BMW owner) has one, and likes it a lot...

Anybody have one, or have any thoughts ??

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I looked at the Gmax helmets. But really like my Nolan N90 I've seen them for less than $200.00 lately. I'll never buy anything but a modular helmet.

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I don't think any modular helmets are Snell.
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I have that Gmax, I loved it, I just upgraded to a Nolan last year and love that one even more, but for the money, the Gmax is excellent.

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I need to wear my glasses all the time, so I really like the modular type helmets. I had wrecked so I retired my old helmet. I didn't have much choice so I went with a Fulmer helmet. I believe it cost around 120.00 I have tried others on. The Fulmer seems to be loud to me, but I haven't ridden with the other brands. I have a full face, but it is hard to get my glasses on right with the full face.
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I've never owned a modular helmet, and want to try one......I don't want to buy a 3-700 dollar one not knowing if I will like them...

I've been looking around, and the Gmax GM54S has good reviews for a cheaper helmet, also a guy I ride with (who is a BMW owner) has one, and likes it a lot...

Anybody have one, or have any thoughts ??
Unless you can try the helmet on, stick with the brand you wear now. Brands tend to keep the same head shape throughout their line. For instance, I know HJC helmets fit my head so I can buy any HJC with confidence.
Generally, if you are coming from a full face to modular, you'll find the modular to be a little bulkier, a little heavier and a little noisier than a comparable FF helmet, having the additional hinges and mechanisms associated with the modular design. The tradeoff is you get to raise the chin bar at will.
I've worn modular helmets since I've had to start riding with eyeglasses. I'm thinking about getting Laser eye surgery soon (reference another thread I recently started), if I have that done and no longer need glasses to ride, I'll immediately go back to a FF helmet as I really only need to lift the chin bar to get in and out of the helmet without removing my glasses.
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Like all helmets, not all modulars are created equal.

I did a fair amount of research and tried on several last year at this time. I ended up with a Nolan N104. A lot of people say modulars are a bit more noisy but I wear ear plugs anyway. The other drawback is that they are typically a bit heavier.

I like being able to pull over for a drink (water) at a wayside, talk to a fellow rider, etc. without having to take my helmet off. The drop down sun visor on the N104 is nice too. I'll never buy a helmet without it.

Here is a website that I used to look at helmet reviews. Many of the modulars had poor side impact ratings and pay attention to the % rating for staying fully locked on impact.

http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/testsratings/nolan-n104

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Several years ago I bought a Shoei modular helmet. Loved it, but mechanical issues made me return. Got an RF1100 instead. The rf100 was lighter and quieter, but it sure was nice to be able to open the helmet for more airflow at traffic lights in the 100 degree Texas heat. I added an HJC modular to my collection and it is OK. Fit and finish are just not up to Shoei standards. I will not hesitate to buy another Shoei modular when my rf1100 wears out.
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Like all helmets, not all modulars are created equal.

I did a fair amount of research and tried on several last year at this time. I ended up with a Nolan N104. A lot of people say modulars are a bit more noisy but I wear ear plugs anyway. The other drawback is that they are typically a bit heavier.


http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/testsratings/nolan-n104

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Ive got the Nolan N104 and the B4 Bluetooth system to go with it and works for me, it is a bit more noisy than my old shark helmet but in my opinion the pros outweight the cons, my work also has provided me with special moulded air plugs that I think cost around $600 nz, these plugs allow me to work around heavy machinery but can still listen to human voices. Going to try them out with the helmet and see what they are like while still listening to my music through the Bluetooth system.
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Been through several Vemar helmets (all modular, Bluetooth and non.).

Round Oval Shape (can't wear AFX and similar)

Love them.

Interior sun visor is addictive.

Ratcheting quick release chin strap is great. . Set it and forget it

More noise than a solid helmet but worth the convenience as a glasses and ear bud wearer. Plus the ability to have a quick (audible) conversation at lights and other ops.

Like it has been said above, try them on first. Actual road test is the tricky bit.

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Cycle Gear has a showroom full of helmets, starting at 99$ for a modular, my next helmet i'm going to try them.
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One thing to remember about modular helmets is they are usually a good bit larger than a standard helmet. (Physical size wise) I wear an XS helmet, all of the modular helmets I tried on I felt like a bobble head. Most of them only come in one shell size.

Just another thing to consider.


This past season I tried on, and purchased a ton of helmets. After my bad crash last season I deiced to retire my Suomy Vandal. One of the lightest helmets out there for the price. It was annoyingly loud. Even with ear plugs in.

After owning 6 lids, and trying on probably 25+ I went with an XS Qwest. Shoei makes some of the best helmets out there. Latches, detents, vents, liner, visor quality, you name it. I think anyways... Made my Bell RS-1, Shark RSI and Vandal feel like toys.

Look into the Shoei Multitec, it is a bit older. But you can find them for great prices on ebay brand new. It is pretty light too!

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I have a Neotec, beautiful build quality, a little noisier than I expected - but if I stand up the noise goes away, so that means it's the airflow on the V that's at fault.

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I have a Nolan N90 and love it. I came out of a Bilt modular from Cycle Gear. The Bilt helmets are okay; however, they are a bit heavy and noisy. I love the ratchet strap system on the Nolan's and the light weight. Look on Competition Accessories. They usually have pretty good deals. I have seen some Nolan helmets around the $200 mark.

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...I've worn modular helmets since I've had to start riding with eyeglasses. I'm thinking about getting Laser eye surgery soon (reference another thread I recently started), if I have that done and no longer need glasses to ride, I'll immediately go back to a FF helmet as I really only need to lift the chin bar to get in and out of the helmet without removing my glasses.
I use modulars too, because of wearing eyeglasses, but not ALL the time.

As for laser surgery - be advised that you can have "haloing" around lights after the surgery - my wife has, and can NOT drive after dark. She can't tell if traffic is in her lane (head-on) or the other lane....

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Cycle Gear has a showroom full of helmets, starting at 99$ for a modular, my next helmet i'm going to try them.
What I would recommend.

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As for laser surgery - be advised that you can have "haloing" around lights after the surgery - my wife has, and can NOT drive after dark. She can't tell if traffic is in her lane (head-on) or the other lane....


I know, I don't want to derail this thread but if you could take the time to add more detail in this thread http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=50305
it would be appreciated. How long did the halos last after the surgery?
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The thing about modular helmets is the only thing that holds the chin bar down are 2 hooks which latch onto 2 small posts. My concern is if you take a digger and the right amount of force is applied to the helmet in the right place you can say goodbye to your chin bar, which, as your sliding down the road can catch on things. So you might want to consider how much you like your face before you get one. Regardless, I have a few friends who ride with them and the only reason they seem to own them is so they can smoke with their lids on.

I highly recommend spending your money on a full face. As a generalization they tend to be a I have had a Shark S700 for the last 4 years and will replace it some point this summer with either a Shoei or and Arai. I also am blind as a bat without my glasses and have never had problems with them being uncomfortable but the wings on the side are quite thin. If you have big chunky glasses, the helmet that you will find allows you adequate comfort will probably be a shell size to big.

As I used to tell customers who would go after a cheap helmet "how much is your life worth?" Yes it was a sales tactic but I much prefer to have a face at the end of the day.

I apologise for the self opinionated rant but I have seen to much carnage to not wear a quality full face and voice my opinion.
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I've seen a lot of statistics and not once has any of them suggested modular helmets or expensive helmets are less effective. There are many stories of crashes with modular helmets and I don't recall one of them claiming the modular helmet was the cause of any injuries, likewise for sub $300 helmets.
On the flip side, statistics don't say they are more effective in crashes either.
Ever try to get a FF helmet off of an unconscious crash victim without pulling on their head and neck?
If you were unconscious, with a neck injury and had thrown up in your FF helmet, you would probably wish for a modular.
Just saying, things aren't always as black and white as they seem.
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DOT certification is on the honor system. Snell is independent. When I see a Snell sticker on one I might give it a try. Ever see a modular on any serious racer?
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DOT certification is on the honor system. Snell is independent. When I see a Snell sticker on one I might give it a try. Ever see a modular on any serious racer?
Never saw a modular on a "racer" of which i'm not.....

But i do see that most long distance riders (all of the ones that I know) wear modular helmets.....

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