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05-05-2014 01:51 AM
Spockster
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Originally Posted by Ndr View Post
Not sure about the being able to hear more around me thing with a half shell helmet. Me personally, I can hear more with the full face/modular helmets as I have less wind noise directly in my ears. .
That's my experience too, the engine, traffic, anything, I hear it better with the full face on. I took one long ride with the half helmet and no more, just too much wind noise, bummed a set of earplugs for the ride home (my ears ring bad enough already). I do use the half for short trips to the store etc., or rides staying in town at 35 mph or less. Pretty sure wearing no helmet at all is quieter than the half.
05-05-2014 01:26 AM
Ndr I recently switched to a modular helmet. That solve the itching problem on most of the lower face issues.

Most of last season I wore a half shell, I hade very few issues with bugs and rocks getting in my face. Having a somewhat larger windshield helps a lot with that.

Not sure about the being able to hear more around me thing with a half shell helmet. Me personally, I can hear more with the full face/modular helmets as I have less wind noise directly in my ears. I guess that just another example of personal preference and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another.
05-04-2014 01:09 PM
Knifemaker Notes above on FF helmets I'll agree on too. But learn to use your left hand to open the visor...they are all designed for this. (Or are you talking about a "full face shield" on an open face helmet?

I always wear sunglasses. As much as I like my wrap around the ear aviators I picked up a a couple pair of inexpensive polarized glasses to where (with straight ear pieces) sometimes the polarized feature makes rainbow things looking through the helmets visor, but I don't find it distracting and kinda like it.

You can solve the burning heel issue with a set of floorboards. There's a page in my photo below that gives a layout to make your own.

Rear shocks suck. Seems only heavier riders here find them OK. I ended up buying a used set of Progressive 412s. How much do you weigh?


I wear a mesh jacket in summer. Mines a Firstgear and as long as you're moving its not hot to wear. I have Feildsheer mesh pants that are actuslly cooler than wearing jeans.

I left my exhaust stock. I hate loud bikes. Stock mufflers likely the quietest, perhaps someone here would trade you theirs for your HD units.
05-04-2014 11:00 AM
ArkTinkerer
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Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
Its yin/yang with intake exhaust.....if you increase intake.....mehh..
Once ya mess with exhaust, ya need to balance....If ya like the sound ya have, I suggest an earshave and pods......
Yeah, its already been shaved. Has foam filters now. Probably going to replace those with cotton filters.

Could be even quieter but I think I'll just improve the mountings--had to put a big pipe clamp around it to hold it on. Will fab something soon--after I fix my turn signals!

Gas mileage was good--somewhere around 50mpg. I could get use to that!
05-04-2014 02:33 AM
Wolfie Brother Arky.....I wear a 1/2 shell with WW1 RAF goggles....been doin that since 1975.....3/4 in winter though.....I keep a paper towel in my pocket to wipe when needed...I wear a 1/2 mostly because i like to hear all soujnd around me....especially engine and tranny....

Muffler internal volume will make the bike sound deeper, bassy....and sometimes CAN make the bike run better.....Ive run 3 different types of Harley muffs on mine since I got her....stock exhaust looks like a HS shop project.....

Its yin/yang with intake exhaust.....if you increase intake.....mehh..
Once ya mess with exhaust, ya need to balance....If ya like the sound ya have, I suggest an earshave and pods......



05-03-2014 09:48 PM
Spockster The rear damping is easy enough, just grab the chrome sleeve on the top and set both shocks on the same number. Ride carefully until you get a feel for the new setting. I hit the new freeway when I tried number 2 and hit a wavy section in a turn, she held but it was unnerving when it bottomed out and was bouncing along. Of course if you add a passenger, you need to go up on the setting.

I always thought the front forks have kind of a dirt bike feel to them. Handle well and absorbs all but the worst of bumps.

I wear regular eyeglasses too, have always been able to get them in a helmet. I prefer contacts and the Smith and Wesson sunglasses I get from the power plant wrap to the sides of my eyes.
05-03-2014 09:33 PM
ArkTinkerer Did get a fly in the helmet at one point. Came up from under my chin I guess. Had to slow down and flip the face up. With gloves, I had a lot of trouble with my left hand at first. Was easier to reach over with the right and flip it up. Of course that lets the throttle go and takes my hand away from the brake--very bad form!
05-03-2014 09:30 PM
ArkTinkerer Need to check the manual on the shocks. Just been very low on the priority list until I took this longer ride on back roads.

I wear old RayBan sunglasses (40+ years old) that wrap around my ears. If I got something that had straight pieces it would probably work. But I like those glasses for a lot of reasons.
05-03-2014 09:29 PM
Vulcan2000 Most if not all full face shields flip up and this features allows you to scratch your nose if necessary and also allows you to put on sunglasses or corrective vision glasses once you have the helmet on. I have been hit too many times in the past not to have the FF style. There is also less of a chance for insects getting inside once you flip the shield down than other styles so I like that small bit of protection also. The newer helmets have better cooling vents compared to some of the older versions and that makes it much more comfortable during the hot summer rides. Good luck.
05-03-2014 09:04 PM
Spockster Have you checked the damper setting on the shocks? Mine started on 5 and was pretty stiff, 2 was too bouncy, so I settled on 3. Could have too much air in them also, but read the manual.

I can get my fingers to my nose with the full face Bell visor closed. I usually have sunglasses and visor up unless I'm running fast, it's cold, or night when the bugs really get with it. But I'm kinda used to getting hit in the face with hot shards of manganese soaked in sulphuric acid and wax, so ... but a bee is gonna make stop in a hurry. Have to put the glasses on after the helmet. Is your helmet too tight? Should move slightly when you shake your head.
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