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Modular Helmets

I'm sure this has been discussed more than once but I didn't find anything yet...

I was just curious the opinions on modular helmets vs a true full face helmet. I think they are cool and was leaning toward getting one but after some discussion with a guy who seemed very knowledgeable about helmets I will probably go with a full face helmet.

But - as I said - was just curious.

I guess I should explain what I was told....

He said the modular helmets can't be Snell approved. He also talked about "if" one were to be riding while the lower part was flipped up and had an accident - that piece could be caught on something and break the person's neck - or rip his head off.

Also mentioned that he wouldn't be comfortable wearing one because the "hinge" part would be a weak point in the helmet (not his words but his basic meaning).



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I'm sure this has been discussed more than once but I didn't find anything yet...

I was just curious the opinions on modular helmets vs a true full face helmet. I think they are cool and was leaning toward getting one but after some discussion with a guy who seemed very knowledgeable about helmets I will probably go with a full face helmet.

But - as I said - was just curious.

I guess I should explain what I was told....

He said the modular helmets can't be Snell approved. He also talked about "if" one were to be riding while the lower part was flipped up and had an accident - that piece could be caught on something and break the person's neck - or rip his head off.

Also mentioned that he wouldn't be comfortable wearing one because the "hinge" part would be a weak point in the helmet (not his words but his basic meaning).
I personally run a hinge style full-face and I like it. The locking mechanism is solid in mine, and I feel comfortable with it if an accident were to occur.

I'm no Albert Einstein, but I doubt you should be riding your bike with the helmet shell open. My visor flips up as well so I don't ever have a reason to flip it up while riding.

I am sure if the same stresses were exerted to similar full face and modular helmets, a full face would win out, however.

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I have a flip helmet and I love it, you don't ride with it in the up position what would be the point to that, it has lift up visor and built in flip down dark visor, great helmet, and I also have standard full face helmets but usually wear the flip up. just my oppinion
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^what he said...

A full face will be stronger than a modular, and usually less noisy. There have been several cases of the front part of the modular helmet popping open in a crash, so safety wise it's kinda a cross between a full face and an open face (3/4) helmet...with a bit more leaning in the FF direction

I believe there are two modular helmets that have passed the SNELL tests, but not sure who makes them. I'm thinking Shoei Multitec and one by Zeus.....

They are very popular in Europe where one needs to show their face at border crossings. Not much of an issue here, but nice for those that wear glasses I hear....

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but nice for those that wear glasses I hear....
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^what he said...

A full face will be stronger than a modular, and usually less noisy. There have been several cases of the front part of the modular helmet popping open in a crash, so safety wise it's kinda a cross between a full face and an open face (3/4) helmet...with a bit more leaning in the FF direction

I believe there are two modular helmets that have passed the SNELL tests, but not sure who makes them.

They are very popular in Europe where one needs to show their face at border crossings. Not much of an issue here, but nice for those that wear glasses I hear....
And useful at gas stations were they won't serve you with your helmet over your mug shot, as you know us bikers are all criminals and are out to rob the garage clerk, lol
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I agree having the flip up helmet would be convenient now and then.

The helmet guy I mentioned (called himself a Helmet Purist) told me that type of helmet was created in Germany for the motorcycle cops so they wouldn't have to take their helmet off every time they pulled someone over.

decisions...decisions....



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im a smoker and love my modular! plus sunglasses go on easily

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