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Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories Welcome to our premium modular helmets guide this video is going to encompass these four helmets that i have in front of me that range from around 450$ all the way up to 700$ plus so again premium modular motorcycle helmets here that were going to talk about and hopefully we can narrow it down for you if your in the market for a new modular. There's some key differences between these all of them are fantastic helmets very well made and premium features if your not familiar with modular helmets basically that means it just has a flip up chin bar , your going to be able to raise that up out of the way if you wear eye glasses that's a huge advantage you can easily get your glasses on and off . All of these helmets accommodate glasses very well they also work very well if you need to talk to somebody at a light or a gas station you can easily raise that up and have a face to face conversation with somebody if your a smoker if you want to take a drink with your helmet on you can do all of those things with a modular helmet so convenience factor is really high with a helmet that is in this price range obviously you paying for a lot of comfort features and premium features that your just not getting with less expensive modular helmets the fit and finish of each of these is very very good and i just want to stress that each one of these helmets is good each in its own right and were going to kind of run though these from my left to my right from least expensive to most expensive and kind of break down the differences between the four that i have in front of me. So first here on my left , to your right , is the Nolan N104 now this is the only helmet that doesn't have a composite shell it has a polycarbonate lexane shell its manufactured in two shell sizes these were made in Italy again its a nice fit and finish . One of my favorite things about the Nolan is it keeps the chin bar very very tight and low when you look at how the shield mechanism and the chin bar mechanism opens and functions in fact if i close this down and open it again if you focus on this pivot right here you'll see when you open it up it actually starts to raise and then it slides back into place and then it has a nice secure detente at the raised position its called an elliptical pivot instead of being on a single access raising up like most other modular helmets this one actually keeps it nice and low and then there's actually a chin bar lock on the side so if i click that in that actually going to prevent the chin bar from coming down at all . So if you like to ride with the chin bar in the raised position at all and i know all motorcyclists if you wear modular around town or if its hot out a lot of the time you'll keep the chin bar raised. A lot of manufactures actually don't recommend that just for safety reasons obviously you don't want that chin bar to accidentally fall down but well talk real world here i know a lot of you guys going to be wearing modulars are going to ride with the chin bar open. This one is going to prevent it from accidentally coming down on you, even with this unlocked it still has a very nice locked detente if you want to close it you will have to apply some pressure to move down and your going to have to click down into place. All the helmets up here are going to have metal to metal latches obviously as a safety feature you don't want the chin bar to open on accidentally open all the chin bars up here have very secure latching systems I'm not going to elaborate on that on every single helmet here . We do have a full helmet brake downs of each of these helmets so if you do actually want to see how the latches work and hear more about the features of each of these helmets you'll have a chance to watch those videos at the end of this one. To talk some more about the chin bar mechanism on the Nolan though its a little different in that there's a two stage operation there's a tab on the base that you can pull forward its just going to get that other one to come out squeeze those together that's what actually releases the latch.So its a two stage procedure to get that released and that's just an extra safety feature that's going to help keep the chin bar down and secure in case of an accident . You have a European style ratcheting strap on the Nolan these are nice and handy because you can get them on and off with gloves on and that's infinitely a nice feature just going to adjust the strap to where its comfortable to you and then it will just ratchet into place and some Americans are a little leary of these but they are incredibly strong or at least as strong as the D ring system that's found on other helmets that were used to here in the US but its actually very common over in Europe. Fully removable interior on the Nolan talk about the Ncom system briefly they have a Ncom communication system you can remove this base plate here pop that off and install the Ncom system and you'll easily be able to integrate their communication system with the helmet here though its going to integrate very cleanly. It has nice openings for a speaker pockets and plenty of room in the chin bar for a mic. So Definitely a great option for those of you running a communication system , and last but not least internal sun visor there's a slider on this slide that forward its going to deploy the internal sun shield it does have an anti fog coating on it and its spring loaded so you click that red tab and its just going to raise that up nice and smoothly out of the way. Pin lock lens is included with the Nolan so for the external face shield anti fog is accomplished with the anti fog insert. In fact while were talking about pin lock all of these helmets up here include a pin lock ready shield with the pin lock insert included in the box . So you are paying more for these types of helmets but you do get all those types of features included . Ventilation system last but not least on the Nolan is pretty ingenuitive the way that they have designed it they have a single slider up here on the top , and the first position is meant to crack this upper air scoop , fully released all the way to the back it is not only going to open this air scoop here but it also opens the brow vent at the front of the helmet . You'll see that they integrate a spoiler into the shell itself and then there is an exhaust port out the back to help warm air escape out the back of this Nolan . Again the Nolan N104 is going to retail for 449$ you'll have to jump on our website to see our current pricing is we are able to discount the Nolan with a pretty healthy discount but you can jump on there and see what those go for currently on our site. So for retail price ten dollars more 459$ for the HJC which is the next one to the left here. This is the RPHA Max which is brand new this one just came out it was just released and we are really impressed with it it has their premium integrated matrix shell its actually manufactured in three different shell sizes these ones are made in Korea but you see a lot of design influence over from the RPHA 10 which is their premium road race helmet or the RPS 10 which you might be familiar with so really top of the line features coming out in this helmet very aerodynamic design HJC uses extensive wind tunnel testing and development of both the aerodynamics of the shell and the ventilation system for the RPHA max very very nicely done helmet. Ill place this helmet on the scale here you can see its very light weight 3.6 pounds that's almost as light in fact that lighter then a lot of full faced helmets and its almost as light as its full faced brother the RPHA10 . So definitely a very well constructed helmet . Chin bar opens with a simple pull of the tab on the bottom that rotates up on a single access but it does stick up a bit further then the Nolan which all of the other helmets up here are going to be in that boat. You have what they call their cool forever interior fabric its moisture wicking fully removable customizable you can change out different sized cheek pads you have pockets for speakers on the sides here that should accommodate just about any kind of communication system standard D ring and chin strap for the closure . This does have an internal sun visor much like the rest of these helmets here this one is deployed with a slider on the top . This is just going to slide forward and lock into place and you can see it lowers down there it does have an anti fog coating on it , and then there's a button on the top here you press that and its going to retract that up . You might have noticed like the Nolan this one is also damped so its not a jarring sudden spring loaded motion its more of a smooth nice retraction. This helmet includes a max vision pin lock shield. You can see the blue outline on the face shield here its nice and large that's how the outline of this pin lock is going to sit on the shield so your going to get unrestricted vision out of the helmet here . And the pin lock insert if your not familiar with it creates a duel pane effect you have an interior shield a small bead of air and your actual external face shield when you install the pin lock insert and that gives you some insulation between the outside air and the inside . It really does a fantastic job at reducing fog , and again all of these helmets include the pin lock insert . Moving on to the right here you have the Neotec . The Neotec is made by Shoei and if your familiar with motorcycle helmets you've probably heard of Shoei they have been around for quite a while they are made in Japan they have an advanced integrated matrix 5 ply shell its manufactured in three different shell sizes fit and finish again very nice what you would expect from a Shoei . You finally get fully removable interior our previous modular helmets did not offer , internal sun visor is deployed on this helmet with a simple slider found on the left side of the shell here. Slide that up here to deploy it no springs or buttons on this guy its just a simple slider very easy and intuitive to use and if you know where that slider is you can get that up and down very easily . That is anti fog coated you have a multi density liner which is the actual foam inside of this helmet which is going to progressively absorb impact and its also allows them built to let in air channels though out the EPS liner so that this top vent can actually function as a ram air scoop to slide it back and that's actually going to draw air down inside the helmet and then you have an exhaust vent on the back here. This Shoei retails for 648$- 662$ so right around that 650 dollar range . There are graphics available that run for a little bit more then that but the solids are right around that 650 dollar range and we actually are able to provide a little bit of a discount on the Shoei as well. Last but not least we have the Schuberth C3 up here on the right . The Schuberth is made in Germany retails for 699$ and there are no discounts available on these guys, they charge a premium on them but it is worth every penny according to those who buy the Schuberth C3. First thing to point out its an extremely clean shell design, if you look at the back here there's no extra spoilers no extra vents on the back its just a very clean shell design which means its going to be the quietest helmet of the bunch here and that's really what Schuberth really prides themselves on its been wind tunnel tested and actually proven to be extremely quiet at freeway speeds so if noise is something that bothers you if your on a longer ride it gives you kind of a fatigue if you want to use a communication system so having a quieter helmet will help you enjoy that a little bit better the Schuberth with a lot of little design features just to get a very quiet ride . In fact if you look at the top of the face shield here you may notice these little triangle shapes here that is what they call tribulaters. Rather then having just a simple face shield that is just smooth and flat that would create a lot of turbulence around the seal here . These tribulaters actually create a bit of a swirl as it comes over the shell of the helmet , so instead of creating extra wind noise around that seal its actually going to promote wind to go up and over the shell of the helmet so it keeps the noise nice and low . Intake vent is a single vent at the top here and then you have a chin bar vent and again no exit vents on the back of the shell but it does create an area for the air to flush out at the base of the neck , so probably not as aggressively vented as for some of the helmets up here but again your getting a very quiet ride with very tight tolerances how the chin bar integrates with the rest of the helmet its a very nice tight and secure fit. Another thing that's unique to the Schuberth if you get it open here they have their anti roll off system which is an additional chin strap so you have your standard chin strap that has a ratchet enclosure much like the Nolan , and this is a German helmet your seeing that European influence in this one , but rather then just coming up and connecting inside the helmet like most do , it also has an additional strap that runs inside around the base of the helmet and you may have noticed there are a couple of rivets on the back here . That is what they call their anti roll off system, So if you were to go down and hit this helmet is not going to be able to roll forward off of your head or out of place. As this chin bar tightens against your neck this rear strap is going to pull tight keep the helmet in place its an additional safety design that Schuberth has used in their design. They also have a very rounded chin bar, so that if you were to go down and hit your chin on your chest its a very round shape so its not going to create an additional point of injury in that area . Ill show you how the internal sun visor works on the Schuberth , so again a very similar design to the Shoei just a simple slider that's here on the side, slide that back to release the shield down and into your vision and then slide it back to get it up and out of the way. Again that's also anti fog coated, it includes the pin lock insert so your getting all the features that your getting with the other helmets plus your also getting additional safety features. Last but not least on the Schuberth there's a couple of things , first of all the interior out of all of these as you would expect for a 700 dollar helmet is the most plush and the softest and just looking at it on camera you will be able to tell its a very premium fabric very comfortable its what they call Techskin design to keep you comfortable in cool weather and warm weather its cool max so its moisture wicking , its anti bacterial its very comfortable fully removable and then another thing you can do on the Schuberth that is really neat. You can remove the neck roll and replace it with the Schuberth communication system it actually integrates the communication system into the neck roll of the helmet. So your going to get buttons on the neck roll you don't have to attach anything externally to add bulk or weight or wind noise its just integrated right into the neck roll it works really really well and again if price is no object for you this is the top of the line helmet for you that your looking at right here. Definitely a very nice helmet again it retails at 699$ and there is no discounts available on the Schuberth line but that's what your going to get for 699 dollars there are some other graphics available with the Schuberth that will give you a little bit more as far as solids for price is 699. Now real quick i didn't have a chance to weigh all of these and while i do that I'm going to talk about the fit. First of all the Schuberth is going to be the lightest one up here talking about this being a 699 dollar helmet it is 3.55 pounds . If weight is something that is of concern to you weather you have neck issues that cause issues for you or if you just want to have a helmet that isn't going to cause fatigue when your on the bike for extended amounts of time the Schuberth is the lightest one up here. As far as fit goes i would say between the Nolan and the Schuberth these are going to be the most round oval shape that we have up here on the table, and then when you look at the Shoei and the RPHA max these are going to be the more intermediate oval or a slightly longer oval shape between the three of these. As for sizing goes these are all a size large I've tried all of them on they all fit true to size i wouldn't need to go up or down a size in any of them although i will say the opening for the Nolan is the tightest out of them pull the helmet on and off over your ears the Nolan is a little bit tighter but again that's going to give you a better seal on the base of your neck to prevent wind noise. The Schuberth weighed 3.55 pounds , by contrast the Shoei is going to be heaviest on the table is 4.05 pounds now and that's a half pound difference try and keep that in mind. And then the RPHA Max again very light weight almost on the same weight as the Schuberth 3.6 pounds so very impressive design on the part of the HJC. And then the Nolan up here 3.8 pounds it kind of splits the difference between the others . Hopefully that helps you narrow it down a bit between these top four modular helmets that we offer at Competition Accessories , they are all fantastic options just pick one that strikes your fancy as far as looks which ever one that fits your budget the best and bare in mind that comfort is something that can be bought that is something that is appreciated on a longer ride i know how a lot of you guys ride year round long commutes long tours you know year long around the world trips your going to want something that is extremely comfortable that you can endure wearing for days and days on end and be very comfortable and not have something that's a distracting or uncomfortable for you.
Information and Details about the HJC Rpha-Max Align Modular Helmet
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The HJC RPHA-MAX Align Helmet has it all. A cool graphic design, an internal flip-down sun visor, flip up chin bar, a Pinlock Shield, comfy padding and extreme protection. If you like modular helmets then the HJC RPHA-MAX Align Helmet is a great option for all your riding adventures.

FEATURES
  • Advanced P.I.M. (Premium Integrated Matrix) construction
  • Carbon fiber, aramid, fiberglass and organic non-woven fabric materials are combined to produce a remarkably strong and extremely light shell
  • Designed for superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology, three different shell sizes offer an extremely light, quiet and comfortable modular helmet
  • Includes Breath Guard and Chin Curtain, as well as a new innovative chin curtain “extender”
  • Flip-Up Chin Bar and Face Shield
  • Innovative center one-touch open/close locking system designed to be opened with either hand
  • Flip-up chin bar makes communicating with your helmet on easier, and wearing glasses more comfortable
  • ACS Advanced Channeling Ventilation System
  • Full front-to-back airflow flushes heat and humidity up and out
  • Chin bar intake vent provides airflow across the shield interior to help eliminate shield fogging
  • Removable, Washable Interior
  • Removable, washable and antibacterial moisture wicking comfort liner
  • COOL4EVER interior liner offers self-cooling properties that wick away moisture and keep the rider cool
  • Eyeglass grooves can accommodate riders with glasses
  • HJ-25 Pinlock® Prepared Shield and Base Plate System
  • Optically superior Pinlock®-prepared 3D face shield provides 95% UV protection
  • Innovative center one-touch open/close locking system is designed for an extremely secure seal
  • Simple and secure RapidFire™ shield replacement system offers ultra-quick, tool-less removal and installation
  • Pinlock® 100% Max Vision fog-resistant lens included
  • HJ-V7 SunShield Visor System
  • One-touch integrated smoke-tinted SunShield deploys and retracts quickly and easily
  • Three positions for adjustable SunShield lever

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
  • Standards: DOT Approved
  • Construction: Advanced P.I.M.
  • Weight: 3.55 lbs / 1610 grams (approx, based on size medium/large solid color)

    Our Thoughts
    Embracing its reputation as a value brand, HJC has focused on helmet innovation and quality. The RPHA-MAX modular helmet has unleashed a flip-up offering a large amount of value. Made of the same lightweight and strong materials that are used in their high-end race helmet, the RPHA-MAX exhibits desirable sporting characteristics while still retaining a touring focus. Often underestimated, this HJC helmet is one not to be taken lightly.


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    HJC Rpha-Max Align Flip-Up Helmet - Craig E.   FL Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Very light weight & flip up mechanism,
    Cons: No speaker pockets, very little lower ventilation

    I ride a KTM Adventure R with this being my primary helmet. Depending on the weather, I wear this helmet when taking out the Road Glide and ZX-14. Very good ventilation on top, no so much on bottom, even with the different riding position. This helmet seems a lot cooler to wear than most, I live in Florida with the humidity. This is the best modular that I have ever owned. I have had the Shoei Neotec & Multitec, Gmax G-54, Vega Summits I & II, several Nolans, LaZer Monaco Carbon Helmets. So with a lot of miles, I have the experience to vote this is the best so far. Fits between oval and intermediate oval. My Arai Signet-Q is a perfect fit for my head This is a 2XL, my Arai is a Large. The LaZer was the only helmet that was lighter in weight, but had no chin room. I really like a lot of items on this helmet. The interior is plush, but wish it had the same interior as the RPHA-10 helmets. I had to cut holes to fit my UClear Bluetooth speakers. I like the flip up mechanism, including the release button. I has perfect detent all the way up. The Pinlock is a nice addition. This helmet has no view restrictions for a helmet. I have great peripheral vision. I wasn't sure about the latch in the middle like that, but all my helmets should be like this. I can use either hand, it has a secure lock down, is very easy to unlock, just great. Fit and finish is 9 out 10, where Arai would be a 10. I would like to see more design and color choices. The smoked two position vision could be a little darker. I stops at the right place in the second position. I'd rather have the sunshield control lever on the left side instead of up in the air at the back. The push button release works good though. Visor pops off and on easily. You can wear glasses with this helmet, no bother, and even leave your glasses on when putting on or removing helmet. I highly recommend this flip-up helmet.

    HJC Rpha-Max Align Flip-Up Helmet - Ray   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: this helmet is light, quiet, air dynamic.
    Cons: Cut off that stupid red tag on the D buckel. The flip up and down takes a little extra effort over others.

    I just completed a 2500 mile tour from the S.F. Bay Area across Nevada, Utah and back thru Arizona, and Death Valley. I installed the Sena blue tooth so I could listen to my M3 music. The installation was easy and speakers I just slid into the ear pockets no problem. I do ride behind a full windshield on my Valkyrie. My line of sight is just over the shield. No buffeting at all. Much better than my HJC SY Max II. Unless you just want to spend more money on the German flip-up this is the only way to go in my opinion. Been riding for over 50 years

    Great High Quality Helmet - Ray Follette   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Very Quiet and Comfortable.
    Cons: Takes a little more effort to open and close than the HJC SyMax II.

    I ride a Valkyrie Tourer with a full windshield. This is my second modular. I have had the HJC SyMax II for about 6 years. I loved that helmet, but this one is 10X better This helmet provides much better protection and comfort. I have the Zumo665 with Satellite radio and MP3 and the Sena SMH10 works great with this helmet. The Sena blue-tooth was an easy 15 minute installation. There is plenty of room for the earphones to fit inside the ear cavity behind the liner perfectly. But the great part is how much better the audio is. No wind noise at all. All I hear is great tunes and my motor humming in the background.

    RPHA-Max Align Sm - Garry,Springhill,Fl.   FL Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Light,more quite than many others, very nicely finished,vents very good....very comfortable....
    Cons: D rings,shield and top vent may leak in hard rain,no window for head set or speaker room...

    This is a modular helmet usally worn by touring and sport touring riders,these riders like to communicate....Hard to do with this Hat,have to grind out room for speakers and drill hole for head set intergration.....HJC you can do better......This is a very nice helmet but for this much money these items I talked about need to be addressed....D rings good grief ,of all the things we've made better in equipment we still use D rings,HJC you can do betterYou want to charge top line price then you need to fix these items for a top line helmet...Fit is spot on with the size chart....Face shield is a snap to remove and replace...paint and finish is very good....This is a very good helmet and gives the more expensive hat a run for there money......Highly recommendfor this price

    RPHA Max Align - Garry   FL Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: very nice finish.fit runs with size chart,very solid feel and look.pin lock will be needed in cooler weather as well as rainy days
    Cons: some wind noise behind my 1800 Wing Vstream,stupid D rings come on HJC

    The noise is not the helmets fault I think its dirty air coming from the sides of the windshield,I can put my hand up about a foot away from the side of the helmet and it stops...I moving the wind shield up and down to find the best spot.HJC this is a modular helmet and the folks that use these helmets use communication system soooooo lets get a window in the side and deeper pockets for speakers.....400 plus dollar hat that with a few tweeks will make a very good hat and worth the money...

    WHAT DOES THIS DO - DAVE   MI Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: AWSOME FIT AND FINISH ON ON THIS HELMET SHIELD SEALS NICE FACE OPENS EASY AND CLOSES WELL
    Cons: CHIN VENT DOES NOT SEEM TO DO ANYTHING

    NOISE LEVEL WAS MORE THAN I HOPE, GREAT HELMET FOR COLD RIDING BUT DOES FOG QUICKLY WITH SINGLE SHEILD BUT JUST CRACK OPEN THE SHEILD A BIT ALL GOOD , TOP VENT WORKS GREAT KEEPS HEAD COOL GREAT AIR FLOW. CHIN VENT SEEMS TO DO NOTHING BUT WILL LOOK INTO THAT, GREAT LOOKING LID NICE FINISH, MODULAR DESIGN IS A GREAT THING TO HAVE GLAD I WENT THAT DIRECTION

    Helmut mechanism is defective - Jerry   Recommended by Reviewer: No
    Pros: Seemed like a great helmut
    Cons: hinging mechanism fell apart

    I bought this helmut last August. Great comfort, very light, acceptable wind noise, seemed like a great helmut. I was very happy with it. Last Saturday in the act of flipping up the chin guard both of the hinges operating the chin guard failed. On one side there is a small plastic hinge that simply broke in two pieces. On the other side the the mechanism simply fell apart at the screws. I have used this helmut 20 times max. The interesting part is that when it broke the chin guard was mid way flipping up. The button had released and there was honestly no real pressure being applied over normal operation. This helmut has not been dropped or damaged in any way. I am extremely careful with my helmets. I have never seen a modular fall apart like this one especially for five hundred bucks.




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