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Old 04-23-2008, 08:04 AM   #1
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Shoei Hornet VS Arai XD VS Street Helmet?

I am a dirt rider and have started riding on the street. Right now my 525 motard but soon my 640 Adventure. Curious as to helmet choices. Right now I'm using my dirt helmet w/ goggles and can't stand the wind noise at 60mph. Considering my dirt back ground I was leaning towards a super moto helmet being the Shoei or Arai. I see ther is another brand that makes on Arioh maybee? What is your guys experiences with these helmets? I see a few for sale with guys not liking them. I am figuring this is from them being street oriented and used to a full face closed lid w/o a visor to drag their head around. Either way some direction and opinion would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-23-2008, 08:08 AM   #2
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Curious as to helmet choices. Right now I'm using my dirt helmet w/ goggles and can't stand the wind noise at 60mph.
I freakin' love my new Shoei Hornet. Dual purpose aside, tt's a great street helmet. Has solved the nasty wind noise problem on my KTM 950. Only issue is that goggle space is tight; I'm still working that out.
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:22 AM   #3
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:17 AM   #4
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Arai XD -

The Hornet's visor/peak/thingy is so short and angled upwards to the point it borders on worthless.

Replacement shields for the Arai are half the cost of the Hornet's.
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Old 04-23-2008, 01:00 PM   #5
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The Airoh is only for sale in Europe. You can order it through several sites in the UK, but by the time you pay the painful exchange rate and the shipping charges, the cost gets out of hand. For example, you'll pay 130 GBP, or $260, for the helment, and another 45 GBP ($90) to ship it. That puts you within spitting distance of a Shoei Hornet.
What about a modular (full face flip up) helmet for the street, assuming your dirt helmet is still okay for dirt-only days? YOu can pick up an HJC Sy-Max 2 for a little over $200, or a Nolan N102 for about $265.
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Old 04-23-2008, 02:00 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. That is the info I am looking for. The modular street deal was a possibility as I had said. I was considering price and the street helmet was a good deal for the price part of things. Still wanted the super moto style though.
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Old 04-23-2008, 02:08 PM   #7
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The Hornet's visor/peak/thingy is so short and angled upwards to the point it borders on worthless.
Not true.

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Replacement shields for the Arai are half the cost of the Hornet's.
True.
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Old 04-23-2008, 02:34 PM   #8
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After a less than satisfactory experience with the XD3, the Hornet is perfect for me. It has broken in very nicely and fits perfectly...plus it is quiet compared to that XD3.
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...plus it is quiet compared to that XD3.
Not true.
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Not true.
For my situation it is most certainly true. Of course, machines and windscreens vary.
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:40 AM   #11
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For my situation it is most certainly true. Of course, machines and windscreens vary.
Ah.

Then when I say the peak/visor/thingy, in my situation, is bordering on useless it must also be true.
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:17 AM   #12
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I tried both of these lids on last night. Is it just me or does the arai seem like it has a much higher build quality?

Both the ones I tried on were brand new, but the Shoei pads were so soft it seems like they would be mush after break-in. Don't get me wrong, I am all for comfort, but I also want a snug, safe fit.

I am on a ktm 950 adv. Can anyone weigh in one noise with this bike, stock windscreen?

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Old 04-24-2008, 12:41 PM   #13
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I am on a ktm 950 adv. Can anyone weigh in one noise with this bike, stock windscreen?
Look up the page a few posts.
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Old 04-24-2008, 01:55 PM   #14
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Have you tried a good pair of foam earplugs? I ride on the street 3 out of the 4 seasons with my motocross helmet and goggles, and as long as I have my foam earplugs, I don't notice any objectionable wind noise.
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