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Old 10-06-2009, 10:10 AM   #1
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Question Street Helmet offroad

Does anyone else use a "street" helmet for dual sport riding?
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:02 AM   #2
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I've been many random places with my Shoei RF-1000... I don't think there's any downside to it, except that i had horrible problems with a nice layer of dust on the inside of my shield on the street helmet... The ability to use goggles is probably the main benefit of the dirt bike helmet. The sun visor thing also helps a little bit with crap that gets thrown into the air... I had a Shoei Hornet and loved it for DS riding... Crashed in it recently, but I'd buy another in a heartbeat, even for pure street riding...
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:13 AM   #3
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I had to ride 1900+ miles of pavement on my Tiger to get this shot. Sometimes you just gotta make do with what you have. No regrets, especially when riding over the cold mountain passes to get there.


Closer to home I always wear the Hornet, of course.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:16 AM   #4
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I wear a street helmet when DSing. Only down fall IMO is when it is super hot out.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:28 AM   #5
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I used my moto helmet a few times when it was real hot but not as much as I thought I would..but at the same time I hardly ever put the shield down.?? but I think it is nice to know it is there..rain,cold,whatever...
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:32 AM   #6
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Does anyone else use a "street" helmet for dual sport riding?
Yes. All the time.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:52 PM   #7
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I wear a street helmet when DSing. Only down fall IMO is when it is super hot out.
Agreed. However, after 18 months, I have finally bought myself an Arai XD3 (for my birthday present to me from me).

I am looking forward to more ventilation and the sunvisor will be handy when riding home in the evening against a setting sun.

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Old 10-06-2009, 02:04 PM   #8
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I've used the Nolan 102 flip up and liked it. It's nice to be able to flip it up to talk when stopped or runnig slow. But I went to the Aria XD-3. The only thing I can say neg about the nolan is it's a little heavy and I felt it after 10 hours on the bike.






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Old 10-07-2009, 03:55 PM   #9
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Does anyone else use a "street" helmet for dual sport riding?
Only when the temps are low. Eventually the street helmet may be gone entirely after I procure a dual sport helmet. The MX helmets have it all over any street helmet when the going is slower on back roads and trails.

I will say in my opinion, a dual sport helmet has it all over both designs regardless. It has the open face port for off-roading with goggles, but can have the goggles removed and shield flipped down in cold or rain, plus the visor allows shading of eyes when the sun's low on the horizon.

The only disadvantage is if you do about 80 and tilt your head back allowing the visor to catch the wind. I ride with my head tilted down normally so I don't have that problem.
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:35 PM   #10
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can have the goggles removed and shield flipped down in cold or rain.
With the Shoei Hornet at least you don't need to remove the goggles in order to lower the shield (I suspect the Arai is the same). Another advantage of the Hornet is that peripheral vision is phenomenal.
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:42 PM   #11
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Hot, tears your shield up.

Did it one time on a long trail ride, went out and bought a DS helmet the next day. I learn quick.
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