New helmet


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I picked up a new lid a couple of weeks ago.

KBC FFC Element on the left next to my old HJC Echo CL12.

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From the rear

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My favorite view

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Inside the old HJC (non removable guts)

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Inside the KBC (removable guts)

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Side view

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Opened up

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Vent detail

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My impressions so far..
The KBC is way louder than the HJC, I expected that from a modular.  It is also about 8 ounces heavier.  Air flow is much better when closed.  With the old lid I kept the shield cracked all the time.  It is super nice to be able to crack the chin open when sitting in traffic or tooling around a parking lot.  The padding is much more substantial and removable for easy clean up.  The ear cups are more spacious making speaker mounting much easier. The finish is a lot higher quality and the color is a pretty close match to my '06 Blue/Gray. A bargain helmet at $230. (the HJC was less than $100 so you can understand why I wanted to replace it) I could have gotten it cheaper online but it was in front of me and I wanted it right then.  For a budget lid, and modular to boot I'd give it a 7 out of 10.
 

Red05

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Good looking helmet. I hear the modular helmets are quite a bit louder, but I'm sure the convenience of the flip up is nice.
 

Tufbusa

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Looks cool but I'm not a fan of the hinged open face. There is no check pads to keep the chin strap from trying to decapitate you during a face plant. But it is better than an open face helmet. Most track day/schools won't let you on the track with that helmet. So keep your old one for track days anyway.
 

HOLLYWOOD33

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(Tufbusa @ Sep. 13 2006,04
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) Looks cool but I'm not a fan of the hinged open face. There is no check pads to keep the chin strap from trying to decapitate you during a face plant. But it is better than an open face helmet. Most track day/schools won't let you on the track with that helmet. So keep your old one for track days anyway.
That's the same feeling I have with those types of lids. Trust me, it's veeeeery tempting to have one down here in South Fla, but I just don't feel too safe with those. Hopefully you'll never have to "test" it!!!
Good lookin lid though.........
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(Tufbusa @ Sep. 13 2006,07:flamethrowing:) There is no check pads to keep the chin strap from trying to decapitate you during a face plant.

So keep your old one for track days anyway.
Gotta disagree. Plenty of cheek pad in this one, in fact it hugs my face a bit tighter than than my old lid. Having said that, there is a warning label right on the side of the chin stating plainly that the chin guard will NOT protect you in the event of a faceplant.

Definitely keeping my HJC, need a spare anyway.
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Tufbusa

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(fsusux @ Sep. 13 2006,04:49)
(Tufbusa @ Sep. 13 2006,07
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) There is no check pads to keep the chin strap from trying to decapitate you during a face plant.

So keep your old one for track days anyway.
Gotta disagree. Plenty of cheek pad in this one, in fact it hugs my face a bit tighter than than my old lid.  Having said that, there is a warning label right on the side of the chin stating plainly that the chin guard will NOT protect you in the event of a faceplant.

Definitely keeping my HJC,  need a spare anyway.
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Look at your photos. Your flip up has no facial support. The pads are perfectly parallel to each other. A full face helmet should have a pad that wraps around your face underneath your eye and down on your jaw to give you facial protection in case of a face plant. There is no padding in the flip up portion of your helmet. If you do a hard face plant in that thing you may be talking in a whisper the rest of your life? But they are handy. You can flip them up and chat with friends or a passenger without removing your helmet. I personally would not wear one. I dress for the crash not for the ride.
 

Aquaman

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#15
Now that is a cool arse helmet! Love the graphics. [/Quote]
Sorry,not trying to jack your thread...

My siggy is even better...how come you didn't notice this???
 

Shanling

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Guys - If you want to look at flip face helmets, click below. I bought mine from a seller in England.

http://www.designerhelmets.com/prodcat.php?cat=Caberg

http://www.classiccruiser.com/product.asp?item=400906

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/caberg-justissimo/

http://www.rivetts.co.uk/product.asp?ProductID=CABJMO

I have this helmet and love the sun visor. This thing looks like I should be flying a fighter jet when wearing it. I actually bought two of the older versions before I bought this one. Anyone that I take riding soon becomes a big fan of the helmet because of how easy it is to get on/off once you have it flipped open. You can wear your glasses even as you are putting the helmet on or off. It is very highly rated.
 

Tufbusa

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(Shanling @ Sep. 13 2006,15:07) Guys - If you want to look at flip face helmets, click below. I bought mine from a seller in England.

http://www.designerhelmets.com/prodcat.php?cat=Caberg

http://www.classiccruiser.com/product.asp?item=400906

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/caberg-justissimo/

http://www.rivetts.co.uk/product.asp?ProductID=CABJMO

I have this helmet and love the sun visor. This thing looks like I should be flying a fighter jet when wearing it. I actually bought two of the older versions before I bought this one. Anyone that I take riding soon becomes a big fan of the helmet because of how easy it is to get on/off once you have it flipped open. You can wear your glasses even as you are putting the helmet on or off. It is very highly rated.
The sun shade is cool. Does the chin strap really come forward around your neck instead of under your chin as the moving flip up photo shows?

I think I'll stick with arai. Fairly spendy but I've crashed a few and so far, my head stayed in tac with arai.

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Shanling

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(Tufbusa @ Sep. 13 2006,18:44) The sun shade is cool. Does the chin strap really come forward around your neck instead of under your chin as the moving flip up photo shows?
Chin strap fastens just like any other helmet except they do come with one of those adjustable snaping kinds so that you don't have to thread it everytime.
 

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