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i currently have a rf1200 bought it is getting long in the tooth
had a speedway crash
what are u guys using, only shoei please
14 touring s both pikes peak screen and stock


thanks mike
 

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I've been using a GT-Air for several years and love it! The internal flip-down tinted visor is awesome. On really hot days, I ride with the clear main up and it down. Last Oct, I had a minor trackday off with it, so I've ordered new GT-Air 2's for me and my wife. They are due in within a week or so. Give one a try, you may well like it. It's a pretty quiet helmet.
 

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I have a GT-Air and now a Neotec II, with the Neotec essentially being the exact same as the GT but modular. Both have been fantastic. The Neotect II and I think the newer GT-Air both have internal Sena options as well. I have the Sena SRL in my Neotec II and really like the streamlined nature of the whole thing. It can still be maddening to use occasionally, but I had a Cardo before and thought it had the same UX issues.
 

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GT Air for 4 years now. Light, love venting front, back, chin vent not very noticeable since i don't use neck muffler. easy removable pads for washing, well worth $. 1 handed easy gloved operation of sun shield. lighter than my Shark EVo modular. remember to remove pads before purchase to see date of manufacture. i have seen helmets 2 years old sitting in inventory. next helmet i wanna try is no shield for further lightness.
 

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I have both a GT-Air and a Neotec II, and while I would buy another GT-Air, I regret the Neotec II purchase. The Sena SRL is the only comms device you can really fit to the Neotec II, and it's a poorly designed system that makes too many functional compromises in the name of appearances. The buttons on the SRL were designed for form before function, and are the worst UI Sena has created for a comms system.

The Neotec II is also a much louder helmet than the GT-Air, the modular hinge being responsible for the difference. I can comfortably wear the GT-Air without earplugs for anything but a full day of highway riding. Neotec II, earplugs are a requirement for anything more than a quick trip to the store. On the other hand, the utility of a modular helmet is hard to do without, once you've experienced it.

Both are very well made helmets. Both would be better if they had a visor notch that was about 3mm above full closed. Shoei has known about that complaint for years, they don't appear to be in a hurry to fix it. I guess if you want a helmet that can vent via the visor, you just buy another brand.
 

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Both would be better if they had a visor notch that was about 3mm above full closed. Shoei has known about that complaint for years, they don't appear to be in a hurry to fix it. I guess if you want a helmet that can vent via the visor, you just buy another brand.
I believe the GT-Air 2 has this cracked open notch in the main visor.
https://youtu.be/zfU9gjf1OAE?t=103
 

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I also have a GT-Air and love it. I'm also a Shoei guy, fits my head well. I crashed mine on my thumper dual sport at low speed and sent it to Shoei. They checked it out and says it is fine (I have since bought a less expensive dirt helmet for my low speed gravel travels). The new GT-Air 2 would be the way to go. Agree with looking under the cheek pad. I bought mine a year ago and it was manufactured in 2015. Shouldn't be a problem with the GT-Air 2.

I also have the Cardo Packtalk installed in mine, works fine without issues. The Packtalk is great if you have regular others you ride with. The DMC compared to bluetooth works great. Not sure if the Sena integration on the new helmet would limit use of the Cardo. The Cardo app sucks, I don't use it.
 

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I wear an X Spirit 3, X14 over there I think.

After 25 years of Arai, it’s easily the best helmet I’ve ever worn. Light, quiet, great visor system and it looks cool!
 

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Shoei X-14

X-14 here. It is light, quiet and well ventilated. Also very comfortable for me. On the downside, it is at the upper end of the cost spectrum, around $800 Retail, I paid around $600.
 

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I'd be interested in anyone's opinion on the Hornet X2. I might replace my GT-Air with that if this long road trip I've been thinking about comes together.
 

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I was in the same boat last year. Retiring a Bell Star and looking for a new helmet.

I already had a Shoei RJ for the super hot Muggy days that July and August can bring to Virginia. so I knew the fit of a Shoei would be good (better than the Bell, which is why a new Bell Star was not on my list).

I borrowed a Neotec, but it was way heavier than I was used to. It was also noisier.

I live with the shield partially open for more air, so the GT-Air was out, my eyes dried out(I wear safety glasses with the foam dust inserts), it was also heavy.

I bought a RF1200.

Note: I have both Sena 10s and 30k. I have installed one or the other in all of my helmets. It works great.
 

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I have a GT Air which has proven to be a good choice as a street helmet although I don't use the flip down sunscreen much if at all. This comes as a surprise/disappointment since I bought it over the RF1200 specifically for that feature. Since I find the sunscreen superfluous I would go with an RF1200 (or an Arai) next time to gain the Snell rating which I think is the more valuable feature to me. I'm not much of a track rat but if I were and had to live with just on helmet the RF1200 would be the choice for its superior rating. The GT Air is the first non-Snell approved lid I've owned in 20 years and since the RF is so close in spec, details and fit, it probably would have been the better choice in my case. All that acknowledged, it does flow air quite well and if you go full face in a hot climate, it still suggests itself as a good 'un assuming you are not tracking with it and the lack of a Snell rating doesn't bother you.
 

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I bought a Neotec 2. The only drawback I can see is that the faceshields are expensive, and aren't offered in mirrored finishes.

I think the best way to buy a helmet is to go somewhere where you can try a large variety on; that's what I did and how I ended with the Neotec. I was surprised how some helmets just didn't fit the shape of my head at all.
 

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thanks for all the input guys
i think it will be between a x14 or 1200

just cannot ride a helmet that is not snell

mike
 
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