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Looking for opinions from those who have used modular and full face helmets. I have a HJC modular now and like it, but thinking of going to the full face helmet, which I have never had. What did you like about both, which would you get again or keep.

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This is one of those questions it is all about you. Each has ups and downs . We like modular because you can open them any time you wish They have a great field of view. If you flip a modular up while riding close the clear shield then raise the chin it will not create drag. If you open the shield and the chin it cause a lot of neck strain.
Mine is and HD and wife's is a HJC other than color same helmet. The newer version have better vents than the earlier ones. Sena or Card head sets mount with little effort. Like all helmets buy the right size they should fit snug.
Full coverage are a bit lighter. Hard to get on and off and of course if you choose to open it in traffic or a parking lot, not an option.
 

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There are definitely trade offs to both. I've tried a bunch of both kinds and have finally given up using a modular in favor of a higher quality full face (Arai Quantum X). Modulars are great for getting on/off easy, taking a drink or just catching a little more air when it is hot out. However, a GOOD full face is a lot lighter, quieter and safer. My Arai is far more comfortable than the HJC's and Shark's I've had, but I do miss being able to easily grab a drink of water.

I really wanted a Schuberth C3 Pro (what my wife wears), but my head shape just didn't work with their helmets. If you do go modular, I suggest Schuberth or Shoei Neotech over any other brand.
 

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I have the Shark Evoline 3. And am considering going full face. The weight is starting to bother me. And I dont have a weak neck. I love the versatility of the Shark. The complete flip back is what made me buy the Shark. Not a fan of the hood scoop look when up. And the chin bar is also DOT/ECE approved for impact protection. Only 2 modular helmets are dual homogilated. Shark and I believe the Nolan. I'm on my 3rd year with the Shark. This will be the last year for it. Been looking at the Simpson Ghost Bandit.
 
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Definitely an individual thing , full is definitely stronger , the chin bar is the weak link in the modular .. Seven years ago I was narrowed down to the Nolan N104 Outlaw and Shark Evoline modulars .. Money wasn't much difference and I don't recall the reason now , but I chose the Nolan ..

I have used full face and for me I just prefer the modular ...

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All, thanks for the input, some great info.
 

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I tried a couple of modulars, but all were heavier than I liked. I went to a carbon fiber full face and don't mind wearing it because it's so damned light.
What brand did you go with? I am looking at the Klim carbon fiber but its a modular.
 

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I just went with a Shoei full face flat black and really am starting to like it a lot..Very comfortable and easy to change from my dark tinted visor for the day and switch back to the clear at night...
 

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When modular first came out they grabbed the wind so it was hard to have it open on the highway. But the top brands have fixed this. I ride with mine open except when it's raining or cold. Don't like using a fullface.

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What brand did you go with? I am looking at the Klim carbon fiber but its a modular.
Funny ya mention that, because the helmet I ended up with is a Slingshot helmet. Carbon fiber, and made by Klim, who got bought up by Polaris I think, which makes sense. It's one of the best helmets I've ever used. Lightweight, field of view is great (something I usually have a problem with in full face), and with the tinted visor just looks badass :grin:
 

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I like my shoei rf sr full face, light and quiet as well as very comfortable. I have the transitions visor so I don’t bother carry extra shields with me anymore.
 

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Again. It is really about personal preference. I had a HJC modular mainly for riding in the rain. Flipping it up for a quick drink of water or some extra air and it acted like a sail! It was definitely heavy which did finally bother me on multi day trips. Ever consider a 3/4? I ended up with a nice 3/4 Shoei J-Cruise that i use in poor weather and can wear it for weeks at a time. If you go this route, get the Pinlock system I never had any fogging issues no matter how cold or crappy the weather is, worth eating the few extra bucks for that safety.

So many options, so many opinions. Have to narrow it down to YOUR wants and needs

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My own personal experience, and I have a big, oblong head, 7 1/2 hat size.

I wear modular probably 100% of the time while touring. Why? Convenience, weather and object protection, conversation, drinking, fill ups, etc. I have tried many, my two current ones are a Schulbreth C3 Pro and a Nolan N104, both in size XXL. The C3 Pro is a little quieter. Big price difference. I have had that Nolan seven years and absolutely love it.

Sport biking and track days, always full face. Why? Protection and quiet. I love Arai helmets because they make different shapes for different heads, they are also light weight. Mine is a Profile. They have changed the lineup recently.

Running around town, I wear a HJC or Akory half helmet, against my better judgment.
 
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The only time I'm not wearing a polo helmet is when it's raining or super cold outside.

I have an Icon black full faced helmet and it's fantastic but I very rarely wear it.

Interesting to read others thoughts on this one.

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In my sport touring days I ran through 2 nolans. decent quality, decent price. Not too heavy. but a couple100k on them.

Downside, most are noisier than a quality full face. And I believe they all come with the "do not open when riding" disclaimer, if I remember right. Makes sense to me.. (at least nolan did... so not all)

Towards the end of sport touring I ran an RF1000. super quiet. To be honest, I can say the weight was that much of an issue, but if you compare a nolan to a... that overprice german fucker... I forget, the German one is damn heavy, or at least it use to be.

On my last NW trip, Thor pounded the hell out of me in my 1/2 helmet. I stopped at a small shop and bought a off brand modular for a 150. I could see again. best purchase in a while, beside a cool ass set of bag guards.
going from the 1/2 to the modular mid ride, I didn't sweat the difference in weight, maybe jacked around for 14 years gave me a good neck...? who knows.

If you are a tourist and stop allot, take pictures, talk at stop lights, drink, pick your nose, etc. do quick stops and hate taking of your lid. Look up some dealers and got side by side some modulars to fulface for the weight comparison etc.
 

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I had Shoei and Arai full face for years - no I have a Scorpion Modular - I like it and it's reasonably priced
 
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