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Old 8th February 2018, 15:00   #2566
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Opt for either between a IS17 (Heavy and a bit noisy due to ISV) or best is get the FG17. The best bang for the buck. Light, very well ventilated, stable at speeds above 200kph too and compact.
Thanks Akshay. I wear specs so need either a sun visor or switchable shields. The bell blacked out one comes with two shields. Funny part is that the fiberglass FB has a sharp 4 star whereas the IS 17 has a sharp 5 star rating.

Leaning towards the bell due to the price unless the HJC comes around the 12K mark (read an earlier post about a user getting an FG-17 for 12K) . Any issues with the bell lids? How is the wind noise?


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Another option if you can get is Shark S700S - excellent helmet for the price.
Checked high note performance and their website does not have this in their inventory.
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Old 8th February 2018, 16:30   #2567
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A bullet classic 500 that goes above 200kph?
I was mentioning about the helmet stability. Had done 200+kph on a Busa.

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Thanks Akshay. I wear specs so need either a sun visor or switchable shields. The bell blacked out one comes with two shields. Funny part is that the fiberglass FB has a sharp 4 star whereas the IS 17 has a sharp 5 star rating.
There is a provision for use of spectacles with FG17 and the visor change mechanism is very easy. A dark visor will set you back by around 3K.

Also Bell helmets are quite noisy. No doubt the transition shield is a huge plus. But then it costs also equally steep. I would recommend HJC over Bell any day.

Personally use HJC FG17, Shoei Qwest and X-Fourteen.
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Also Bell helmets are quite noisy. No doubt the transition shield is a huge plus. But then it costs also equally steep. I would recommend HJC over Bell any day.

Personally use HJC FG17, Shoei Qwest and X-Fourteen.
Yes, the transition one with high note is for 17K. The blacked out one is 12. This one comes with one clear and one smoked out visor.

Having a provision for specs is nice. Both IS and FG have this or only FG?
Also depending on country HJC has different lock mechanisms. Does the India spec come with a double D ring?

Shoei under 15K in India? Who sells them?
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Shoei under 15K in India? Who sells them?
Shoei doesnt have a distributor in India - and i doubt you will get anything for 15k in Shoei :-)
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Yes, the transition one with high note is for 17K. The blacked out one is 12. This one comes with one clear and one smoked out visor.

Having a provision for specs is nice. Both IS and FG have this or only FG?
Also depending on country HJC has different lock mechanisms. Does the India spec come with a double D ring?

Shoei under 15K in India? Who sells them?
Both FG & IS have it. IS is more prone to noise as it as a cavity for ISV.

Also HJC FG-17 world over comes with Double D-Ring. Where as IS-17 comes with micrometric retention.

I happen to mention the Shoei reference because of speed and stability usage issue one was doubting above. I get my helmets from the US. Qwest cost me around 27K. X-Fourteen around 65K.

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SHARP updates:
MT Mugello has been rated 4 stars, Shoei Ryd gets 5 stars.

Meanwhile, Airoh has a brand new ST501 model line, for sport-touring, below the ST701 line. Xlite's new X803 range looks good too.
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Anyone aware where Nolan brand helmets are available to buy (or) possible to try & see in Bangalore?
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Great information on what goes into making an arai. Although it is mostly marketing, there are a few bits about why they do what they do. Watch all episodes here:


And considering it is still the only family run helmet business abound, i think the owners will stand up to what they make better than any esop driven CEO ever will.
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Latest Arai touring helmets, the Quantum x, Signet x in the USA, the QV pro in Europe, and the Astral x in Japan (all the same apex touring lid) get a 5 star rating in SHARP.

https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/helmets/arai-qv-pro/

Also exceeding snell 2010 and Dot standards.

The newer Arais seem to be killing it at the sharp standards. The older ones... Well avoid them if you find them at a deep dish discount anywhere.
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