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Old 07-01-2011, 09:36 AM   #1
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:23 AM   #2
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I've got 2 older fullface helmets a Shoei TZ-R and HJC AC-11. Now that time has passed since buying them I found the cheaper HJC turned out to be the better product.

From a strictly street rider perspective, weight is a minor issue and so is overall construction (if they meet DOT). It comes down to price, features and comfort; not in that order. The Shoei caused me similar fitmant problems as the Suomy in the article, but the HJC was perfect right out of the box. Both are about 5yrs old (yes, I know technically they're at the end of their useful life), well maintained and stored in the same location, however the Shoei's non-removable liner is rearing its head as a major flaw. The foam is all but disintergrated rendering the helmet useless, where as the HJC foam is in great condition and fully removable for washing/replacement needs.

My point is that when it comes to helmets big name brands and higher price tags don't always mean better quality.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:50 AM   #3
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I agree that a Name Brand does not always equal the best quality, Sir Angus, but I would argue that the weight of a helmet is extremely important, especially for street riders. A few ounces over the course of many consecutive riding hours can add up to greater discomfort than that of a lighter helmet. And, any increase in discomfort and/or rider fatigue can result in decreased rider safety.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:01 AM   #4
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Shoei needs to step up to the plate with a washable liner. I'm happy with my Multitek because it's nice to get some air and it doesn't rip my earrings out taking it on or off, however it does get a little ripe during warm weather (all two months of it)..
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Shoei needs to step up to the plate with a washable liner. I'm happy with my Multitek because it's nice to get some air and it doesn't rip my earrings out taking it on or off, however it does get a little ripe during warm weather (all two months of it)..
Agreed! My Arai doeesn't have a removeable/washable liner. The only option I can think of is to wash the liner inside the helmet and then let it dry for a couple of days.

Tom, I thought Suomy wasn't going to import their product to the US anymore. (This was from a couple of years ago.) Did the company who owned the import rights go belly-up? Did another company buy the import rights? Or, is Suomy directly importing them, themselves?
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:51 AM   #6
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I agree that a Name Brand does not always equal the best quality, Sir Angus, but I would argue that the weight of a helmet is extremely important, especially for street riders. A few ounces over the course of many consecutive riding hours can add up to greater discomfort than that of a lighter helmet. And, any increase in discomfort and/or rider fatigue can result in decreased rider safety.
Obviously, everyone's experience is different ... I've worn a wide variety of head protection (12ga steel helm to PASGT to motorcycle lids) over the years. When it comes to the latter, even on cross-country rides, I've never felt weight was an issue.

But if weight leads to discomfort for others, then I'll agree with you.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:11 PM   #7
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Shoei needs to step up to the plate with a washable liner. I'm happy with my Multitek because it's nice to get some air and it doesn't rip my earrings out taking it on or off, however it does get a little ripe during warm weather (all two months of it)..
Really a non removable liner on a $500+ helmet............. I guess that liner is what makes them fit and feel so good but come on one summer of real riding would funk it up something terrible
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I'm eyeballing the Arai RX-Q at the moment. My old Quantum is overdue to be retired. Just ordered some new mesh gear, hopefully it fits. Then its new lid time.
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