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Old 09-26-2012, 08:03 AM   #1
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Modular Helmet Value/Advice

I bought a cheap ($90) HCI 89 series modular helmet. I love the modular design so I would like to get a better one since this one already has problems with the sun glass portion. So I am looking for advice on bang for the buck modular helmet. Anyone know of a good/great buy and quality. I'm sure you get what you pay for but I ain't spending $600. Yeah Yeah I know that's all my head is worth. $300 or less for sure. Thanks in advance! (Roll Tide, semper fi, yaddi yah, carry on)
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:23 AM   #2
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Scorpion EXO-900 Modular Helmet

I was running this helmet last week when I high-sided and came down on it. Retails for $260ish. I got the helmet for $80 at a Harley dealership as it had a scuff on the left side in the box. Ran it for about 10 months in cold, hot, rain, sleet, etc and never really had any problems. Review C&P from my crash thread:

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I was actually impressed by the Modular's performance on impact and tumble. I didn't slide at all but took a series of rolling blows across the front and chin, both sides and rear of the helmet after initially spearing the pavement with the top right corner of the shield.

While I was initially knocked unconscious, I regained my awareness shortly after my body stopped tumbling. I remember being very woozy for a few minutes but no concussion or lacerations other than a "harry potter scar" from the helmet mashing my sunglasses onto my forehead.

The Chin Bar is/was latched into place with two rather substantial hook/loop levers at the bottom jaw and maintained it's integrity but the right side hinge on the bar/shield combo was deformed. These hinges are in the shape of a T, with the top of the T fitting inside a keyed quick release integral to the helmet itself. One leg of the top of the inserted T sheared off from the deformation of the helmet that occurred on initial impact.. This did not affect the rolling protection of the bar in any fashion, and may in fact have absorbed/mitigated some of the initial impact.

I would definitely say it passed with flying colors. Flying a 10-12 foot drop with no concussion actually surprised the EMTs that checked me out.

Impact Resistance = 4/5
Only for the deformed hinge which doesn't really matter.
Style = 2/5
HUGE!!!!!!! If you're not a big guy you will look like Darth Helmet.
Noise = 3/5
I can use my bluetooth, but have to tuck behind windscreen or slow to <55
Comfort = 4/5
Good fit, room for balaclava, air pump on neck is nice for adjustments. Points off for air leaks (electrical tape in hinge can fix)

If you have a touring windscreen or ride with earplugs, this is an awesome helmet. If you have a wind noise issue or ride in winter, it is somewhat leaky to cold air and obviously is going to be noisier than a one-piece. The comfort and flexibility on club rides is awesome and if you hate removing your helmet in convenience stores, it's perfect.

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Old 09-26-2012, 08:25 AM   #3
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:34 AM   #4
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I was running this helmet last week when I high-sided and came down on it. Retails for $260ish. I got the helmet for $80 at a Harley dealership as it had a scuff on the left side in the box. Ran it for about 10 months in cold, hot, rain, sleet, etc and never really had any problems. Review C&P from my crash thread:
IIRC you had the Scorpion EXO 900 modular correct? I also have one that I crash tested last month when I hit a deer at 65mph in Nebraska. The helmet did it's job well, although I don't think I had any big impacts, just lots of rash. I was conscious the whole time and zero head issues. After the crash I think I like that the helmet is kinda big and it seems the chin bar comes down lower than other helmets I own. I only had it for about a month before the crash but I really liked it. I was going to replace it with a Schuberth but have decided I will buy the Scorpion again because of price and I was very happy with it.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:09 PM   #5
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I have a Shoei Multitec and love it. I "only" paid $350, I believe.

Now that mine is about at it's end, I want a hi-vis replacement and Shoei doesn't make one.

I've looked at several other modulars and did not like them until last week when I stopped by a local BMW/Ducati dealership and saw the Schuberth C3. They have demos you can borrow so I may try one out..
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:18 PM   #6
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Schuberth C3!...cough cough. I just checked the price.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:24 PM   #7
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Yeah, sorry.. just general comments that the quality helmets are few and far between..
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:28 PM   #8
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I'm not a fan of modulars (Just can't get past the fact that there is a hinge that could move during a crash). But I tried a bunch of them on at Iron Pony and the 2 that stood out far above the rest is Shoei Neotec and Nolan N104. No I didn't ride with them on but from a fit and finish, materials. fit, etc...those two were far above the rest. I tried the Schuberth but that thing rides really close to the chin. I have a Jay Leno chin and it touched the front so that was out.

It's a helmet for gods sake. Save up and get the real deal.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:20 PM   #9
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I just picked up the the new shoei neo tech and am very impressed...cheaper that the c3 but not by much.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:40 PM   #10
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That's the upgrade to what I've got - just with the added sun screen..
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:54 PM   #11
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I have a Shoei Multitec and love it. I "only" paid $350, I believe.

Now that mine is about at it's end, I want a hi-vis replacement and Shoei doesn't make one.

I've looked at several other modulars and did not like them until last week when I stopped by a local BMW/Ducati dealership and saw the Schuberth C3. They have demos you can borrow so I may try one out..
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:04 PM   #12
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That's not hi-vis.


.. is hi-vis..
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:57 PM   #13
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I took a Multitech out for a ride, and really liked it. It wasn't much nosier than my Shoei Qwest, and I could really like the opening for using my Camel back on longer rides and the convienence of it other wise.

The Brilliant yellow is almost hi-viz, it certainly functions the same. My last three helmets have been bright yellow. Two Shoei's and one Scorpion in actual Hi-viz that I passed on to my wife. People still comment on the regular yellow that it really stands out, no one really noticed the Hi-viz being any brighter. In fact, one person said it wasn't as easy to spot at the MWG as my old one.

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Is your wife wearing the Olympia phantom?
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:54 AM   #15
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That yellow helmet makes you look like a LEGO mini figure,
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:47 AM   #16
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Better if you add one of these!
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:41 AM   #18
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I'm leaning toward a HJC Symax III in hi-viz. Any thoughts on this helmet?
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:37 PM   #19
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I just don't dig the 'feel' of the HJC. I've never owned one, though.
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I have a Shoei Multitec and love it. I "only" paid $350, I believe.

Now that mine is about at it's end, I want a hi-vis replacement and Shoei doesn't make one.

I've looked at several other modulars and did not like them until last week when I stopped by a local BMW/Ducati dealership and saw the Schuberth C3. They have demos you can borrow so I may try one out..
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Prior to the Multitec I have had several HJC's, they are a joke in comparison.
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