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Should I buy a dual sport helmet

Should I buy dual sport helmet? An interesting and informative response from Revzilla.

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Agree. Pretty much what I say when asked for my opinion.

(BTW- I do NOT use an ADV helmet, despite ALL the "adventures" I post threads on...!)


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I'd rather put my money into an extra tinted shield, or even better one of the new photo chromatic shields that automatically change from clear to dark. I do think some form of a tinted shield is almost mandatory though. I can't stand glare.
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I had a Shoei Hornet, and loved it. It met an untimely end last fall, and they weren't available when I replaced it this spring, so I got a street helmet instead. Since I'm strictly a commuter, the beak never posed a problem at speed, and worked well to block the sun as I'm constantly driving into a blinding sun (East in the morning, West in the evening). It also worked well with the pinlock. Only downside was noise. But I miss it. Unless my riding habits change, my next helmet will probably be another Hornet.

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the visor helps with raiding into the sun. and I do generally like the extra space infront of my nose/mouth. but they are noisier
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Haven't owned an "adventure" helmet although I've probably had several dozen "street" (non-adventurous?) helmets over the years. My prime criteria are comfort, weight and wind noise. I've been both successful and unsuccessful even when researching the daylights out of a particular helmet. Bottom line is that no one but you can decide.

Revzilla and webbikeworld are two very good sources of detailed information IMHO, and are my go-to places. Good luck with whatever you decide on.

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I'd rather put my money into an extra tinted shield, or even better one of the new photo chromatic shields that automatically change from clear to dark. I do think some form of a tinted shield is almost mandatory though. I can't stand glare.
I just bought a Bell with a chromatic shield after suffering with a cheap flip helmet that was uncomfortable possibly due to the weight.
It's good to have the gradual darkening/lightening of the screen, but it's not poloroid like my sunglasses so isn't quite as good as you would think, & it also darkens on days when it's not sunny, which is frustrating.

I had offroad helmets & that's about all they are good for!

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On most off my helmets I've added two lines of "electricians tape" along the inside top of the shields (cost = about 1cent), which has been a BIG help riding into the sun.

One of my helmets is a BELL REVOLVER EVO w/ the dark inner shield that comes down. It's OK, but I STILL feel a few lines of tape would improve it....
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of a small piece of dark window tint instead of tape.
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Should I buy dual sport helmet? An interesting and informative response from Revzilla.

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Great info, thanks for the read.

I wish someone would figure out how to at least put a small visor on a full face, that could be flipped back when not needed. I was riding home due west the other night and the sun was on the horizon just scorching the sh*t outta my retinas. Got so bad I could barely see and had to slow down. Just about then a semi passed me and was shadier than an old oak tree. I followed him until the sun went down.
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or a small piece of dark window tint instead of tape.
The electricians tape can be "seen thru" when looking directly at the sun, but it's VERY dark (which is good...)!

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I bought an Arai XD4 specifically for its peak. I've become dependent to some sort of visor after 50+ years of wearing some sort of ball cap... so for me it was nearly mandatory. I have no difficulties with the helmet when checking over my shoulder or lifting or lowering my head. For me, it's perfect.
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Great info, thanks for the read.

I wish someone would figure out how to at least put a small visor on a full face, that could be flipped back when not needed. I was riding home due west the other night and the sun was on the horizon just scorching the sh*t outta my retinas. Got so bad I could barely see and had to slow down. Just about then a semi passed me and was shadier than an old oak tree. I followed him until the sun went down.
That's the beauty of my XD4's peak. In similar situations, I just lower my head until the peak hides the direct rays of the low sun... Immediate vision through my shield. It's like shading your eyes with your hand.

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That's the beauty of my XD4's peak. In similar situations, I just lower my head until the peak hides the direct rays of the low sun... Immediate vision through my shield. It's like shading your eyes with your hand.
Come to think of it, I sit behind a big old windscreen with my visor opened anyway. Extreme windnoise and buffeting aren't an issue for me. Actually, one of these may be just what I'm looking for.
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Good points in the article. I did get an ADV type helmet, however, the Arai XD4. Kind of a cross over. I'd always ridden sportbikes, so was leaned forward enough for the top of the helmet to block the sun. Sitting upright on the Versys I constantly had the sun in my euew, so I really like the visor. Haven't noticed any problems at highway speeds.

Adding tape or one of the available dark tinted strips to the top of the visor on a regular helmet works great, too.
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Saeng/TA Stealth Edging

This Stealth edging gives you 2" to 3" more wind protection around the shield and acts as a Sun block if its at the right height. It seems like it would slow you down all the way around the shield, but it actually acts like a fairing in giving you better stability and somehow increases your efficiency in the century mark winds. It's especially good if your shield is thin width ways and getting wind on the edge of your visor banging around.
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On most off my helmets I've added two lines of "electricians tape" along the inside top of the shields (cost = about 1cent), which has been a BIG help riding into the sun.

One of my helmets is a BELL REVOLVER EVO w/ the dark inner shield that comes down. It's OK, but I STILL feel a few lines of tape would improve it....
I've added the two lines of tape. BETTER, but still NOT perfect at sun-up....

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I use Sunblocker tint strips on my helmets. I especially appreciate the stuff at this time of year when the sun angle is low. And the view through the face shield is sort of like the letterbox format in some movies.
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I use Sunblocker tint strips on my helmets. I especially appreciate the stuff at this time of year when the sun angle is low. And the view through the face shield is sort of like the letterbox format in some movies.
Thanks for the information, the Sunblocker tint strip works fantastic! I always used to just focus away from the Sun riding in to it in CA, but now the 100% UV tint strips really make a big difference. Riding into the Sun is no big deal now
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Polarized sunglasses and photochromatic shield. If the sun is so low that it is dangerous to ride, I go a different direction, or take a break. Not worth the risk. If I can hardly see, then the cage behind me might not see me.
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