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What kind of helmet do you ride with on your Versys?

I was just wondering what kind of helmet and helmet style you ride with?

I have a Soumy Road that I like but I am thinking about getting a dirt helmet for the versys..

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I have a scorpion exo 700 full face in high viz yellow, I have thought the same thing wondering about A dirt helmet.
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I use a Scorpion EXO-1000 full face. ("Snell" approved of course, cuz anything less is just a hunk of plastic on yer head...what price your life!)

It ROCKS! Love the built in sun visor.
(Bet ya couldn't tell my "V" is green! LOL
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next helmet will get built in sun visor easier than taking glasses on/off evertime you remove helmet, stagehand what the scorpion worth to buy
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KBC VR3.........comfortable and quiet, too bad they stopped making it. On a side note, KBC offers outstanding customer service. I just sent them an email requesting new cheek pads, new visor, new visor ratches both sides and a new nose gaurd. $20 for cheek pads, no charge for the rest.........they rule!!
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I have a HJC Sy-max 2 flip up for hot days and a Vega V-tune Bluetooth helmet with flip down visor which is my main helmet. I sync my verizon Droid smartphone to it. I have about 8 gb of tunes on it. Love having a soundtrack to my rides.
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And for those of you that want a cheaper offering LIDL have offers on a flip up helmet with built in visor for 49 euros today!!
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Using a Shoei Multitec.

Here the latest. The first helmet with a rear view. Info by Myred.

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Arai RX-Q Urban. I've tried other helmets and Arai just fits me. I have an auto helmet from them as well. Light, wide eye ports, lots of venting.

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Shoei RF1000, full face, white.

I am not confident that a motocross helmet gives the level of protection needed for the high speed and hard surfaces of street riding.
But when riding off-road with the Versys, I would probably be just fine with it.
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HJC IS-16 full-face with internal sun visor. I rode once with my shorty helmet from my cruiser days, but the wife said I looked like a dork.

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Why do you want to wear a dirt style helmet. I am assuming you mean a motocross helmet? If so let me tell you from experience; motocross helmets are not designed for highway speeds. I'm not talking about strength (although the jury would have to make a judgment on that because you can get DOT motocross helmets) but I'm talking about aerodynamics. I've worn motocross helmets while on my "true" dual sports and the runs on pavement at highway speeds are a pain. The wind catches the visor and chin bar much more than on a street helmet. I will say however, if you are riding a lot of gravel roads the motocross helmet has an advantage because you wear goggles that seal to your face and the goggles keep the dust out of your eyes. Some companies are making a hybrid helmet for super moto that look interesting because they have a smaller visor and are more aerodynamic but most of them use a flip up visor rather than goggles so I see no advantage over a street helmet.

To sum it up, IMO; for mostly street with a little gravel road ~ stay with a street helmet. For mostly gravel roads with a little pavement in between ~ a motocross helmet works but even then, I've gone to using a street helmet. I only use a motocross helmet when I haul the bikes to a purely off road area where I stay off the pavement (and of course that doesn't involve the V).

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next helmet will get built in sun visor easier than taking glasses on/off evertime you remove helmet, stagehand what the scorpion worth to buy

They sell for about 300 dollars here in Detroit. (but mine was "free" as part of the sale on the bike. I think my salesman thought I would pick out a plastic lid).

The '1000' is not the only model with the flip shade. (and it is made from a Kevlar laminate..which is another reason why it's kinda pricey).
but i think the '1000' model is the only one that is Snell approved ( I could be wrong on that note).

I used to sell road racing equipment in another life. All we carried were "Snell" approved helmets. (SCCA demands it.) ( I could never understand why DOT standards are so lame).


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Hey Kiwi41 the scorpions are well built lots of padding real snug at first then shapes to your head. I bought mine for the inner shade and wanted a modular.No complaints at all about the helmet It's the EXO-900. I put a scala rider 2 for tunes and bluetooth they run $269-$279 i posted the link earlier on this post

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