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Old 03-26-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Motocross helmet vs road helmet - which do you use for highway use?

Just a quick question about what helmets you people are using when riding on the road and touring. Do you use road style helmet or motocross helmet and googles? Or do you alternate?

I have both options available to me but I'm starting to wonder if motocross helmet and googles isn't the way to go all the time on the adventure, I seem to get less low frequency buffeting that way. Wind noise I can deal with, I just use earplugs.

Only problem then with the motocross helmet is that since it's now early spring where I live I'm freezing my bloody nose off instead!

So what are you people using? Motocross helmet or road helmet for long trips and have you noticed any difference in buffeting between the two?

Or is it just me?

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Old 03-26-2013, 03:40 PM   #2
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:41 PM   #3
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Not an expert but I would imagine the shells are designed to take hits from different medias and angles for one. I normally ride with a RF1100 but sometimes I use my VX Pro for short freeway to dirt runs and I hate it. Can't stand the visor catching the wind.
Great question, I'm interested in knowing the answer.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:41 PM   #4
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:43 PM   #5
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Shoei RF-1100 here. Works great for most situations.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:45 PM   #6
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I have a dual sport helmet, MX helmet and one of those goofy flip face things.
I like the DS helmet for colder times of year or when I'm taking a longer trip that also involves off road. I can use Goggles with it for the dirt, but can also flip the shield down when on the road. Works good, but buffers a bit.
For local riding in the summer its the MX with safety/sun glasses.

If I know I'm hitting the slab for a long distance I like the flip top goofy helmet, Its nice to move the chin up while going slower or stopping and no buffering when at speed.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:47 PM   #7
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I'll occasionally wear a motocross helmet on my XR650L, but only if I'll be riding on dirt - with other motorcycles.

The problem that I have with motocross helmets is that you also need to wear goggles if you're going to keep the dust out of your eyes and you lose peripheral vision with goggles on. If you don't wear goggles, the ONLY other advantage to a motocross helmet is that there is a bit more air available for you to breathe when going slow and working hard. They're also significantly cooler when the temperature is below 60 degrees or so.

I wear a Shoei RF-1100 at all other times including all of the time when riding my 990 Adv. I get better protection from temperature, bugs, and small rocks with that helmet.

I bought an AFX dual-sport helmet a year or two ago, trying to find the best of both worlds, but I've decided that you get what you pay for and I didn't pay a lot for that one. It's not really better in any way than either of the other helmets.

So I guess the answer to the question here is road helmet (RF-1100) for highway use.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:59 PM   #8
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I wear a street helmet 99% of the time.
If I am riding trails and don't anticipate speeds greater that 50 or 60mph for brief periods I'll wear a full dirt helmet.

Had a Shoei Hornet,... Hated it for anything except dirt. Even sucked on dirt at speeds over 40.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:33 PM   #9
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XD-4. I put a pinlock shield in it so it no longer fogs up either. The other day it was 16 degrees with no issues
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:52 PM   #10
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Arai XD......For colder paved trips use the shield. Off road take it off and use googles, the XD is made so the googles fit correctly.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:00 PM   #11
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I use a Hornet on the street (because I'm a slave to fashion) and its rare I do triple digits. In the dirt a Kali Parana (because its very light). Long street rides I pull the visor off the Hornet, also a pin lock in the Hornet to stop fogging
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:10 PM   #12
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As long as both are DOT rated you should be OK with both. The way I choose is by weather, and how much 50mph+ riding I will be doing. If it is hot out I will use an motocross style helmet they get better air flow to keep you cool. If I'm going to do a lot of 50+ mph riding I will wear a street helmet because the wind noise gets annoying. Recently I got a Dual Sport helmet and this is the way I go now if I'm going to do mud riding I will just wear a set of goggles with it to keep the visor clean. If you want to know more about it let me know, but I don't want to jack your thread.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:19 PM   #13
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XD-4. I put a pinlock shield in it so it no longer fogs up either. The other day it was 16 degrees with no issues
Same, I had a Shoei Hornet in New Zealand and it suffers wind buffeting way more than the XD4, the XD4 has a larger gap between the helmet and the peak allowing much smoother airflow.

Also the venting on the XD4 is superior.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:44 PM   #14
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For road/gravel/fire road work on the big cc dual sport bikes I have used an Arai XD (1st Gen) for 5 or 6 years. Loved it. I just got an Arai XD4 and can't wait to use it this Spring.

For trail riding on my dirt bikes I always use the cheapest DOT and Snell (much more thorough certification) certified lid I can find. Helmets used for riding 200-450cc dirt bikes in the woods take a beating (branches, falls, etc) and need replacement often. For the last few years it's been the Bell MX-1.

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Old 03-26-2013, 07:53 PM   #15
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The day I was wearing this....

I wish I had been wearing this...

For me:

Dusty or hot? = dirt helmet.
Long times (highway) at speed or potential cold weather (rain/snow) = Dual sport helmet with visor.

If on a long ride and not sure which way it could go - I err on the side of the DS helmet. It is easier to open the visor and let in some air than it is to duct tape up the vents and the side of the goggles because my cheeks are getting frostbite.

Personally I have a Shoei shaped head - Hornet for DS - VFX for Dirt.

Choose the helmet that fits your head the best.

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