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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Recently bought a new helmet. Been using a Shoei GT-air for maybe six years now. Have used a few Shoei helmets over the past years, yes good helmets. So the GT-air was not cheap, got a good deal on it, but it's getting old. I was using it almost everyday. About a year a go I was at a bike show/event in the Phx area. They had helmets at the show, checked out the LS2 helmets, seem nice. Went ahead got the modular from a dealer in town. Must admit I have been hesitant about buying a modular, but several of my friends like their modular helmets. So I got the one they call the "Strobe". Must add a note to this. I actually called up LS2's service rep. She is a very nice lady. She actually talked me into checking them out at the local dealer and trying them out there, so I did. I actually got the helmet for the same price as I would have on line. So the review: Got the white with graffics Strobe. The interior is nice , sun visor that pops down smoothy I might add. The front of the helmet pops up nicely and the shield opens smoothly. So the negative, it is noisey, but most modular helmets are I have read. So I do what I have been doing for years on longer rides I wear my ear plugs. Now in all fairness to me personally my Shoei GT-air is not all that quiet either, especially for a plus $500 helmet. So for a lower cost helmet so far I am pleased wth the LS2. Who knows maybe if I get tired of noise I may buy one of the solid full face lids.

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Nice review, thanks. Last season I was on the hunt for a full face helmet to fit my "long-oval" head....I had to return a Arai Signet-Q after having fit problems and not feeling it was worth $500+. I had read that the LS2 buckets were very good and fit long oval heads well. When I returned the Arai to Revzilla, while talking with the rep. he also recommended I try an LS2 next. As things go, I found a Bell Qualifier locally that fit and did the job at the right price, so I never did get to try the LS2....

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I have to wear a full face helmet on my XR because of the turbulent air coming from underneath messing with my prescription glasses. Not a big deal because I prefer a full face anyway (except when it is 95+ degrees and 95+% humidity). I am a cheap a** and have been wearing scorpion helmets for the last 5 years or so, get last years model every couple of years for cheap.
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I hear you on the money thing. The last one I bought was to fricken much money. So when I seen the LS2 helmets I figured might as well give them a shot, they fit my head good. Time will tell if I like the modular thing. It does seem strange opening the front of the helmet up to me still. I was iffy on the front opening up on the safety end of it. One other thing I did not mention is the pins that the front closes and locks onto are metal , not plastic. I know some of the modular helmets use plastic pins, just seems wrong to produce a product like that. I personally have never bought a Scorpion helmet, but they seem very nice. I do not actually care for the pump up feature they have on most of their Scorpion helmets. So going on a short ride today, will put in the ear plugs. Going to go check out the new Triumph Bobber. Hopefully I get a test ride. I want to ride the other Bonneville models also with the new water cooled engine. Who knows it may be my next bike after the Victory wears out. Want the power the Thruxton is suppose to have, but I want the comfort of the T120. The T120 is suppose to be more of standard seating position over the more sporty position of the Thruxton. Had a Triumph Speedmaster before the Victory and I really liked that bike overall, put lots of miles on it.

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I usually buy my helmets on this site. They have some great deals on new old stock helmets, jackets etc.

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are Bluetooth helmets new to the market. I would think that would be a big pluss

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are Bluetooth helmets new to the market. I would think that would be a big pluss
they have been out for a while now. The biggest issue with them had been that cross compatibility was not possible. I am not sure if that is still the case as I think some companies may have downloads for compatibility. I still prefer to just buy a separate blue tooth system such as the Sena or Cardo.

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I have to wear a full face helmet on my XR because of the turbulent air coming from underneath messing with my prescription glasses..
I'm responding cuz I experience very little, if any of the turbulence you mention. I had a medium height w/s plus the Vic fork mounted deflectors. I say had, cuz I now have a 7Jurock flip the same height and width as the OEM but where the OEM narrowed at the bottom, the 7Jurock doesn't do that, so there's more lower coverage. The air is even more calm with the 7Jurock.
You might want to go with a medium height 7Jurock w/s and try the lower deflectors. I wouldn't like turbulence either and I wear a FF helmet too.

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I'm responding cuz I experience very little, if any of the turbulence you mention. I had a medium height w/s plus the Vic fork mounted deflectors. I say had, cuz I now have a 7Jurock flip the same height and width as the OEM but where the OEM narrowed at the bottom, the 7Jurock doesn't do that, so there's more lower coverage. The air is even more calm with the 7Jurock.
You might want to go with a medium height 7Jurock w/s and try the lower deflectors. I wouldn't like turbulence either and I wear a FF helmet too.
Ricz, I have been kicking around the ideal of lower deflectors for a while but didn't like the $300 price tag. I was hoping the new deflectors that mount under the triple tree would be the answer but after seeing them I hate the look. I run the shorty windshield for two reasons, the medium cuts right into my line of sight and I also prefer the looks of a small windshield. So the buffeting is probably curable for me but I am sacrificing a solution based on looks and not wanting to shell out $300 for two tiny pieces of plastic. I did buy the OEM medium windshield for dirt cheap a couple of weeks ago but I don't think that will solve anything except make my better half happier on the interstate. With the shorty windshield the air still almost clears the top of my head but I can hold my hand right off the side of the tank and feel the turbulent air.

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Vanity, vanity, all is vanity. I don't remember where that quote came from, but your post reminded me of it. Should you want a higher w/s sometime, you could install the medium height one, take a 6" to 8" length of blue tape (or similar) fold the ends to give yourself tabs to lift it, place it horizontally on the inside of the w/s about 2" below the top and go riding. Is the top of the tape at a height you'd like the w/s to be? If not, raise or lower it a bit and ride some more until its where you'd like it to be. With an erasable marker, on the front side, draw a curved line where you want the top of the w/s. Cover the heel plate of your saber saw with blue or masking tape and cut along that line - slowly to leave as smooth and edge as possible. Then sand smooth, using finer and finer grits. Viola! A w/s that is the correct height for seeing over and at the same time, affording more wind protection.
Re lower fork mounted deflectors; some here have made their own, spending less that $40, using 1/4 clear plastic and strap type clamps.

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