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Robin DeanMar 6, 2014CommentShare

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Shoei Modular Helmet: Roll Off Test ✓

This is definitely a plug. Not that they're paying me to provide one but when it comes to gear, I feel it's good to promote excessively. To date, I've owned three motorcycle helmets, my favorite being a Shoei modular helmet. These are their stories.

My first was a flat black (newbie cool), modular (newbie tech), Hawk (newbie CHEAP) dual-visor helmet minus the bluetooth system. It's sun visor isn't polarized, the modular attachment points often come loose and, in all of my genius, the flat black surface gained a sheen due to my use of chemical solvents to clean it. For the price, however, it was a smart purchase.

To clarify, Hawk makes a decent starter helmet. That is to say they're protective, feature-rich and comfortable. Subsequently, mine would one day be downgraded to "backup".

Next comes a modular helmet worthy of little mention. Coerced by a salesperson to buy a pair of "Phantoms", I paid more money for something with less features that doesn't break in (ever). I eventually returned both along with some other junk before walking out with a new favorite ...

Enter the Shoei modular helmet ...

Shoei Modular Helmet
  • Like a pillow from some luxury resort, Shoei's helmet padding is flawlessly comfortable.
  • Earpads and a chin curtain eliminate wind entry, making for a quiet ride.
  • There's little if any buffeting (your head doesn't get tossed around by wind).
  • Every vent works. You can actually feel the air flow through while standing still.
  • A fog resistant, pinlock insert comes with.
  • The inner/secondary visor (tinted shade) is well polarized.
  • Shoei modular helmets are among the most successful against the infamous roll-off test.

Proven Safety

“Shoei helmets consistently show very low impact response and the highest crash protection, especially for the full facial coverage and modular helmets.”
- Motorcycle.com

For around $600, it's an incredible helmet. Add Sena's SMH10 + PlugUp.com's 3.5mm option and you've got a recipe for convenient hi-tech riding.

For you current owners, here's how to clean your Shoei modular helmet:

What Motorcycle Helmets Do You Prefer?

Often times, different designs fit different people's heads. Which helmet make/model do you prefer most? What do you like about it and why? Your input is invited. Leave a comment!

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Robin Dean

About Robin Dean

Motorcycle advocate, enthusiast and traveler. Founder, The Riding Obsession (2014). MSF RiderCoach credentials: BRCu, BRC2u, MSRCu, ARCu, 3WBRCu ~ Tidal Playlist

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