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My Arai Corsair RX-7 is no longer safe to wear... I have tried on the Arai RX-Q which is supposed to be almost the same shell as the RX-7 and Corsair V but it's too short in the chin.

I've been contemplating a HJC FG-Jet 3/4 helmet but would like to know if anyone rides their K12/13GT next gen with anything other than a full face? How is the air, the noise, your thoughts...

I hate buying new helmets - to much like shoes or a pocketbook IMHO (not that I buy those BTW)

Thanks in advance for your insight...
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I watched my brother get his jaw wired shut so it could heal after a car cut him off while wearing a 3/4 helmet. He was lucky that they were going relatively slow in a residential area, or it would've easily been much worse.

I'll never wear a 3/4 helmet on the street . . .

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When I crash I prefer to have my Shoei full face helmet on my head, however, when cruising around locally, I wear my Bell Magna 3/4 helmet with retracting shield and sun visor with ear plugs. Much more comfortable for short rides.
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Meese I hear ya - I've always worn a FF helmet with Arai's being my lid of choice in the past 15 years. We don't have a huge selection locally so I guess its off to Lake George and Americade this week to see if I can get another Arai to fit this melon of mine...

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Shoei Multitech. Best of both worlds. Full face at speed... flip it up when needed. I've had two and it's the only thing I wear.

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Shoei Multitech. Best of both worlds. Full face at speed... flip it up when needed. I've had two and it's the only thing I wear.
Thanks Robert - the helmet that I had with my first BMW was a System I and while noisy, loved it. I'll look at the Multitech and the new Neotech Shoei today. Found a local place that has them.

I also found a place online closing out the Multitech for $299 vs the Neotech which is $630 locally (gulp).

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Jeff, you are correct. It is like buying shoes or that other thing... It's a personal choice that starts with a personal fit. I'm a Schuberth C3 fan, it just plain works for me.

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Thanks Robert - the helmet that I had with my first BMW was a System I and while noisy, loved it. I'll look at the Multitech and the new Neotech Shoei today. Found a local place that has them.

I also found a place online closing out the Multitech for $299 vs the Neotech which is $630 locally (gulp).
I looked at the "Neo" vs "Multi" thing a few months back while I was waiting at A&S for tires. And for the life of me when I had them side by side I could not understand what justified the extra cost. Yeah...they're like twice the price. But it's like so many other bike related things. It's an expensive hobby! The sales dude there tried to sell me on newer, more space age design, internal sun visor which I didn't like, new foam polymer, more aerodynamic, bigger, better, faster...blah blah blah. Next time I'm ready for a new helmet maybe but I've got a lot of trouble free comfortable miles in the current Multitec.

Modular is the way to go though. I don't think I could ever go back to a solid full face.

Check this Neo / Multi comparo out. Covers the differences pretty well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDpbDRSbFYQ

I know a guy with a Schubert modular too who is very happy with it.

You might want to try them on in person though. Fitting things like that online always worries me.

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Helmets are like seats Jeff, a very personal buying decision. My Shoei X-11 is getting a bit long in the tooth and I'm considering a Schuberth C3 Pro. It's quiet & comfortable and will be my first modular. Don't Google the price unless you're sitting down.

As far as the actual purchase, save a few $$$ and consider ordering online. I dig Todd at The Helmet Harbor as well as Revzilla for the Schuberth line. Free shipping always gets my attention.

Good luck with your decision!
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The Arai Signet Q it is...

I have literally have spent hours looking locally at helmets from Arai, HJC, Schuberth and Shoei. First the selection was pathetic, none of the newer models and *if* I was lucky enough they had both a L and XL in stock (not the color I wanted which is white btw).

I ended up taking the day off of work and rode the K12GT to the Americade in Lake George where "The Service Pavilion" out of PA had a trailer. The salesman (Robert) measured me, and looked at the size and shape of my melon - suggested that I the Signet Q and after a couple of questions, swapped out the helmet from a L to an XL so I had more chin room, swapped the standard cheek pads and liner for a 12mm cheek pad and 12mm liner...

Let's just say it fits nicely. They didn't have a white one in stock so I paid him for the helmet ($620-10% = $558) which INCLUDES the proper components to fit me. Will be shipped in 5 business days from their PA warehouse.

I appreciate all the feedback!
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