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svenrico 17-05-21 07:55 PM

fibreglass helmet
 
Any recommendations for a quiet full face fibreglass helmet , not more than say 200.

DJ123 18-05-21 05:33 PM

Re: fibreglass helmet
 
The Scorpion range is good, their Exo series. usually found at Infinity Motorcycles. I've had the Ex0 1200 the past 2 years. Only changed up due to the Visor seal breaking up, and no replacement offering.

They fit similar to an HJC (apparently, i've not had one in years) & a Shoei (i've just got the GT Air 2).

DJ123 18-05-21 05:33 PM

Re: fibreglass helmet
 
The Scorpion range is good, their Exo series. usually found at Infinity Motorcycles. I've had the Ex0 1200 the past 2 years. Only changed up due to the Visor seal breaking up, and no replacement offering.

They fit similar to an HJC (apparently, i've not had one in years) & a Shoei (i've just got the GT Air 2).

daktulos 19-05-21 08:47 AM

Re: fibreglass helmet
 
No recommendation from me, but if you're researching helmets, I've found https://billyscrashhelmets.co.uk/ to be useful.

Dave20046 19-05-21 09:45 AM

Re: fibreglass helmet
 
+1 to both of the above. I was sorely tempted by the Scorpion above but ended up with a Nolan/X-lite which is great.

I really like Schuberth too but they are ridiculously expensive. Schuberth are very quiet lids,I had one for years before my most recent.

You will find the best recommendation is ...what fits. Shoei and HJC are raved about by people (incidentally, I think HJC are ****) but they simply don't fit my bonce so it's pointless knowledge. Your best bet is to go to a physical shop that stocks a broad range and see what your headshape is.

yokohama 19-05-21 07:08 PM

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And once you've checked billyscrashhelmets, this is a useful next stop. https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/
Dave's advice is good. It's best to try various helmets on. I'm using a Scorpion Exo and it's a good fit for me. Shark and AGV are OK for my head but HJC is a complete no no. And it was Arai good and Shoei bad or vice versa, can't remember.
Plenty of places to try in North Yorkshire. Infinity York have a good range, a couple other places in York too. Teasedales in Thirsk and more options in Darlington/Teesside.

svenrico 19-05-21 08:33 PM

Re: fibreglass helmet
 
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Originally Posted by yokohama (Post 3128550)
And once you've checked billyscrashhelmets, this is a useful next stop. https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/
Dave's advice is good. It's best to try various helmets on. I'm using a Scorpion Exo and it's a good fit for me. Shark and AGV are OK for my head but HJC is a complete no no. And it was Arai good and Shoei bad or vice versa, can't remember.
Plenty of places to try in North Yorkshire. Infinity York have a good range, a couple other places in York too. Teasedales in Thirsk and more options in Darlington/Teesside.

Haven't been to Infinity for a while but Teasdales helmets are 'at the expensive end of the range'. I always try a helmet on but you don't know how quiet (or noisy )they are until you have ridden with them on. A flip up G mac helmet I bought is virtually useless because the wind noise is unbearable.
A helmet with a visor seal breaking up isn't much good though !

Dave20046 19-05-21 09:56 PM

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Originally Posted by svenrico (Post 3128553)
Haven't been to Infinity for a while but Teasdales helmets are 'at the expensive end of the range'. I always try a helmet on but you don't know how quiet (or noisy )they are until you have ridden with them on. A flip up G mac helmet I bought is virtually useless because the wind noise is unbearable.
A helmet with a visor seal breaking up isn't much good though !

Might be worth spending a few quid more to avoid ending up with virtually useless lids kicking about?

Don't get me wrong I hate the "how much is your head worth" blackmail they use to turn on the profit tap but it might ensure better value (total cost of ownership wise). My Schuberth was 160 reduced from something stupid and it did 8 years of heavy use, at that point in time I was aggrieved having to spend more than 150 but my previous sub 100 lid had done 6 months before getting so loose it was swivelling round my face in the wind. I'd have never entertained it at 350ish RRP but so glad I bought it for a couple of reasons one of the main ones being I learned that lesson - knowing what I know now I would have paid the 350 for it. With brands that are known for quality you've a bit more reassurance.
That said, 200 isn't cheap and should get you something decent...but i've never heard of GMac so thought I'd give a bit more food for thought.

Also, flip fronts are renowned (or I know them to be) for being louder than standard lids, and more offputting for me - much heavier. Weight is my highest priority on spec - IIRC the Scorpion mentioned above was the best for weight vs money when I was looking and also had some good fitment features (blow up cheeks) I'd definitely see if you can try that one on anywhere.

Anyway ramble above aside 1) Find a brand that fits your head (even if trying on an expensive model in store it gives you an idea of the brand shape and you can find a cheaper model elsewhere 2)work out your top spec requirements (quiet?) 3)Read loads of reviews, as above

svenrico 20-05-21 09:38 PM

Re: fibreglass helmet
 
Will do a bit of researching into helmets. I thought fibreglass would be a step up (and possibly quieter ) from my usual polycarbonate ,or whatever it is currently called, type of helmet.

svenrico 28-05-21 09:42 PM

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Helmets at Infinity - Scorpion Exo 510 at 150 or HJC i70 reduced from 200 to 130. I sort of like the Scorpion which has the 'seat belt' type buckle rather than the HJC double ring fastening which I am not keen on. However, the salesman seemed to point to the HJC helmet being more aerodynamic because of its narrower width and therefore potentially quieter. Not sure !

Dave20046 29-05-21 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by svenrico (Post 3128904)
Helmets at Infinity - Scorpion Exo 510 at 150 or HJC i70 reduced from 200 to 130. I sort of like the Scorpion which has the 'seat belt' type buckle rather than the HJC double ring fastening which I am not keen on. However, the salesman seemed to point to the HJC helmet being more aerodynamic because of its narrower width and therefore potentially quieter. Not sure !

Which fitted better? If you couldn't tell did you notice you had to go to an extreme of size in one brand to get it to get on your head? That's a tell it's probably not the right shape. I'm normally a medium or a small - in HJC I could only get XXL on my head and even that was painful.

I must say I much prefer the D loop fastener, it ensures your helmet has the right fit everytime you put it on.
(And you also don't get your third chin caught in it painfully every once in a while when rushing like me)

Also the aero dynamic bit sounds like ********, it might make a minor difference but if the design isn't acoustically friendly it will be worse than the next lid - but I'm not 100% on that

svenrico 29-05-21 07:56 PM

Re: fibreglass helmet
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave20046 (Post 3128945)
Which fitted better? If you couldn't tell did you notice you had to go to an extreme of size in one brand to get it to get on your head? That's a tell it's probably not the right shape. I'm normally a medium or a small - in HJC I could only get XXL on my head and even that was painful.

I must say I much prefer the D loop fastener, it ensures your helmet has the right fit everytime you put it on.
(And you also don't get your third chin caught in it painfully every once in a while when rushing like me)

Also the aero dynamic bit sounds like ********, it might make a minor difference but if the design isn't acoustically friendly it will be worse than the next lid - but I'm not 100% on that

Haven't actually tried one on yet until I feel I know which one I
want ,considering Covid precautions etc.

Dave20046 30-05-21 10:11 AM

Re: fibreglass helmet
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by svenrico (Post 3128955)
Haven't actually tried one on yet until I feel I know which one I
want ,considering Covid precautions etc.

Oh don't they let you try them on...or are you worried about the covid? I can't recall how long it lasts on fabric surfaces.
The problem with that plan is you might take weeks deciding then try on the victor and find it's no good.

svenrico 31-05-21 08:46 PM

Re: fibreglass helmet
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave20046 (Post 3128970)
Oh don't they let you try them on...or are you worried about the covid? I can't recall how long it lasts on fabric surfaces.
The problem with that plan is you might take weeks deciding then try on the victor and find it's no good.

I was thinking about the shop as much as myself ,just didn't want to try helmets unless I was pretty sure it was what I wanted, but a bit of a chicken and egg situation really, it depends on the fit whether any helmet is suitable. (They do let you try them on though if you want.)

svenrico 26-07-21 10:42 PM

Re: fibreglass helmet
 
Shark would have replaced my 100 helmet under warranty because the tab to open the buckle broke, but I decide to pay the extra for a Shark Daven which is fairly quiet.

gadget 28-07-21 08:27 AM

Re: fibreglass helmet
 
I bought the Scorpion exo 510 air a year ago and tbh it's probably one of the most comfortable lids I've ever had. It was a great deal as it was in the colours of John Mcphee gp jockey, so has a bit of the Scottish flag mixed in with the Union Jack. Granted ... not everyone's cuppa tea but as I rate John it seemed like a good choice as far as replica lids go, it was 225 but I got it for 115.
It has a really comfy removable washable lining, drop down dark internal visor, quick buckle fastening, good vents, pin lock, pump up cheek pads (which work really well tbh), micro quick release ratchet visor, no more wind noise than any other helmet I've owned, relatively light, fit 'n' finish is excellent and as good as lids costing 3-4 times as much, can't really fault it especially for what I paid.
Might be worth a look.


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