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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-07-2007, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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modular helmets...opinions

I am thinking of buying a modular helmet and have received many opinions of them. I like a full face helmet but don't use one very often as it is a pain to place my eyeglasses on, so I've been using a HJC 3/4 helmet, but want to get back to more protection.

I have heard some say that modular helmets don't lock properly (HJC helmets in particular "POP" open) Has this happened to anyone here?

Pro's and con's.... any opinions would help me decide whether or not to buy one

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I've always wanted to try a modular helmet, but never have yet.

IMO, any (decent quality) full face is better than an open face.
Even if it would pop open, it will still be giving you as much protection as a 3/4 helmet, wont it?


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I thought about getting a modular or "flip up" helmet myself. Most of the better ones shouldn't pop open on you...but then you never know what might happen in a crash.
I don't wear regular eyeglasses, but I almost always wear sunglasses. I think for now I can put up with the slight inconvienace it takes to remove my specs, put on the helmet, open the visor, slip my glasses back on...or , open the visor, take off the glasses, remove the helmet, put the glasses back on...
Those extra steps don't bother me as I just feel the advantage of wearing a full face helmet is worth that little bit of trouble.
There are some nice flip helmets on the market, if I were to buy one I'd likely get the Shoei Multitec , a bit expensive, but I really like Shoei helmets.
Many folks I know that have flip helmets say they hardly use the feature, except for the whole eyeglass thing.
If I lived in Europe where I constantly might find myself having to show my face at borders ...(your papers please..)..the flip up would make alot of sence to me.
I don't think any flip helmet has managed to get a SNELL sticker, and I have heard of some opening up in a crash, so for now I'll stick with the full face helmet.
But if the whole eyeglass thing just bugs you that much, make sure the fiip helmet you get fits well and will in fact go on without you having to remove your glasses. (on some the padding on the sides end up knocking you glasses anyway)
I know several riders who have the Nolan Flip helmet and do like it.

I think when it comes to safety equipment , only you can make the call on what you are comfortable with.

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Have you seen the Nolan N42 ?

A friend of mine bought a Nolan N42 and I was so impressed, I am getting one too.

It is technically an open face helmet, but it has a full clear shield and a dark visor as well. The build quality is nice and the price reasonable as well.
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I have had the HJC modular for about 3 years. I like it. I usually wear an open face in warmer weather though.
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I read that modular helmets have a tendency to fail in a crash at the hinge area, and the hinge can then penetrate thru the skull.

You can read more about this failure by visiting the following link:

http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Helmets.html#Helmets

As further evidence of this problem, note that there are no current modular helmets that are Snell-certified.

You can of course duck this possibility by getting a full face helmet.

You can also significantly bump up the safety factor when you ride by purchasing a helmet that has a really bright but solid color--bright yellow, for example.

You can read more on the effectiveness of this "bright" idea passed on by one motorcycle columnist (and long-time rider) by visiting the following:

http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/str...ity/index.html

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I have a Nolan, got it a year ago and like it, gives me the ability to open if it gets hot and close if high speeds or bad weather aproch

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may be noisier...

Let me preface this with the 3 signs of old age - the first is loss of memory...and..ahhh...mmmmm...I can't remember the other 2. I had been researching helmet info for my son, and I didn't print it out, but I read somewhere that in addition to the modulars sometimes opening on impact, they were also noisier than the regular full face. That probably varies with manufacturer. Sorry I can't source the infor.

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I read that modular helmets have a tendency to fail in a crash at the hinge area, and the hinge can then penetrate thru the skull.
You can read more about this failure by visiting the following link:
http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Helmets.html#Helmets
Guess that write-up proves my thoughts wrong about....
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"IMO, any (decent quality) full face is better than an open face.
Even if it would pop open, it will still be giving you as much protection as a 3/4 helmet, wont it?"


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I have all three styles; full face, 3/4, and modular. I personally prefer the modular. It allows me the ease of showing my face and almost the protection of a full face. I have to be able to let our gate guards(AF base) see my face daily. It also makes gas station attendants friendlier when they can see some detail. The modular works well as I wear both hearing aids and glasses and can keep them all on while I don the helmet. I use the 3/4 around town and the modular out of town. Each person should investigate and make their own decision based on their comfort level and desires.

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