Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Iowa City, IA, USA
Helmet Noise - any advice
I am new to the BMW world and recently upgraded from a 2004 Sportster to a 2004 K 1200 GT. With that transition, I went from a half helmet to a full face. My full face helmet was an old Vega that cost me $80-$90 dollars back in 2000 when I first got into motorcycling with the purchase of a 76 Honda CB 550. It was time for a new helmet, no doubt.
I realize that helmet opinions are all over the board. I have very little experience with them. In reasearching internet reviews and talking to people, I had come to the conclusion that helmets seemed to have a "brand cache" that drove up the price. With that in mind I purchased a HJC IS-16. Seemed well made, nice features fit well and very affordable.
I rode it for 200 miles today on the superslab at 80 mph and it really sucks. I wished I had that old Vega the whole time. That old "piece of junk" is about 60 -75% quieter than the HJC. The Vega requires no ear plugs for noise what so ever, almost like being in a bubble.
I want a quiet helmet, I don't want to spend $700 but I will spend $500 if that is what it takes or I will spend $80 again.
What gives??? I need some advice. Also if someone loves the HJC I will cut you a deal.