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Old 03-13-2018, 06:22 PM
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Thumbs down LS2 Helmet - What a piece of junk!

XS11 Friends,

My helmet, an HJC modular is about 6-years old and that's pretty much the recommended limit before a replacement is due.

A few weeks ago I went to the dealer and purchased an LS2 helmet. I prefer the modular style and this helmet seemed to have it all for a very reasonable price (on sale for about $150, normally about $175?). Built-in retractable sun visor, chin cover, BRIGHT yellow for visibility, and the new style bayonet retaining strap.

Unfortunately, at the dealer you try it on, it feels nice and firm (unlike my old HJC) and it seems like a great deal. Wasn't on the bike so took a couple days before the first ride.
  • OMG this thing is so loud inside at anything above 30MPH it's like they TRIED to make this thing noisy. Heck, it might have been quieter with one of those 1/2 moon jobs!
  • The button to open the modular is IMPOSSSIBLE to open with the chin panel installed so I pulled that the heck off just to open the darn thing. The button also sticks bad.
  • The modular "Locks" like poo and ya have to grab both sides to get it to snap shut and lock.
  • The bayonet fitting looks cool but is very uncomfortable and just try to find that tiny release pull with your driving gloves on!
  • A close examination of the modular chin piece shows absolutely the cheapest design and fabrication I've seen (didn't look that close at the dealer).

There is $150 out the window! I'll never wear it again!

Gonna save my pennies and get a high-quality Bell or Shoei.

Ya get what ya pay for... saved some $$$ and got garbage.

In my STRONG personal opinion, avoid LS2 Modular Helmets.... Complete trash.

Sincerely,
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:33 PM
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I've never convinced myself to go modular. I just wear the open face, sometimes. I have an Arai head. I need a new one.(helmet, not head) Nothing else comes close. I can't buy one for $150, or even twice that.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:20 PM
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XS11 Friends,

My helmet, an HJC modular is about 6-years old and that's pretty much the recommended limit before a replacement is due.

A few weeks ago I went to the dealer and purchased an LS2 helmet. I prefer the modular style and this helmet seemed to have it all for a very reasonable price (on sale for about $150, normally about $175?). Built-in retractable sun visor, chin cover, BRIGHT yellow for visibility, and the new style bayonet retaining strap.

Unfortunately, at the dealer you try it on, it feels nice and firm (unlike my old HJC) and it seems like a great deal. Wasn't on the bike so took a couple days before the first ride.
  • OMG this thing is so loud inside at anything above 30MPH it's like they TRIED to make this thing noisy. Heck, it might have been quieter with one of those 1/2 moon jobs!
  • The button to open the modular is IMPOSSSIBLE to open with the chin panel installed so I pulled that the heck off just to open the darn thing. The button also sticks bad.
  • The modular "Locks" like poo and ya have to grab both sides to get it to snap shut and lock.
  • The bayonet fitting looks cool but is very uncomfortable and just try to find that tiny release pull with your driving gloves on!
  • A close examination of the modular chin piece shows absolutely the cheapest design and fabrication I've seen (didn't look that close at the dealer).

There is $150 out the window! I'll never wear it again!

Gonna save my pennies and get a high-quality Bell or Shoei.

Ya get what ya pay for... saved some $$$ and got garbage.

In my STRONG personal opinion, avoid LS2 Modular Helmets.... Complete trash.

Sincerely,
Kurt, if it's of any help, many, many folks on the Honda ST site make the modular Shoei their choice, for fit, buffeting noise reduction, and functionbility of external components, face shield, chin strap, etc.
Hope that may be of help for ya'.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:12 AM
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Kurt, if it's of any help, many, many folks on the Honda ST site make the modular Shoei their choice, for fit, buffeting noise reduction, and functionbility of external components, face shield, chin strap, etc.
Hope that may be of help for ya'.
Kurt, if you decide to go non-modular full-face, I love my Bell Qualifier, and I never thought I'd like one. Not too pricey, visor has transitions which I also didn't think I'd like and love it. Seems not too noisy, and is easy to add a Sena radio system, which I haven't done but might.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:04 PM
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My new one is a modular, HJC RPHD MAX. I really like it
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:42 PM
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Kurt...Shoei Neo-Tec is their modular helmet...but it aint cheap..I was wearing my 9 year old HJC SyMax2 modular when i had my wreck last year,,, I have 2 other Shoeis that are now too old to wear so i bought a new Shoei RF1200..its not modular but it is light and very well ventilated and relatively quiet...
Shoei's arent cheap but they are a good invetment in protecting your noggin...I love mine..got it on sale from Dennis Kirk...
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:10 AM
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Have 3 helmets, HJC (mostly for ATV use) G-Max, and Shoei. Like the Shoei the best (best fit and comfort) but the G-Max flows the most air and is the coolest in summer heat. Noise (G-max is noisy) not really a problem as I started wearing ear plugs several years ago. These are not modular units, all are conventional full-face units. Have not tried the modular yet but would look at the Shoei based on past experience with them.
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:07 AM
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dpotter58 My new one is a modular, HJC RPHD MAX. I really like it
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I use the same helmet. Mine is about three years old now, and has about 35K miles on it. It has a few small problems but no show stoppers. It fits me well, and I have an S10 communications system in it, minus the microphone.
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Old 03-16-2018, 08:52 PM
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Shoei is next.

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Kurt...Shoei Neo-Tec is their modular helmet...but it aint cheap..
That's the helmet I'll buy again soon. I've had Shoei Helmets in the past but hadn't been too interested in paying the $$$$. Now that my miles are increasing significantly on 2-wheels (thanks to the FJR1300) I need a better helmet. Only a momentary "Brain Fart" had me buy this cheap P.O.S. LS2.

The helmet I am currently still using is an HJC Modular and it's several times better than the LS2 (even being 6+ years old). I have the Cardo communication system installed in it and I'm very happy with the Cardo.

I've be getting the Shoei soon.... Planning lots of 2-wheel miles this summer!
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1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
1980 - XS1100SG - The Duck
1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Café
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Old 03-17-2018, 05:28 AM
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That's the helmet I'll buy again soon. I've had Shoei Helmets in the past but hadn't been too interested in paying the $$$$. Now that my miles are increasing significantly on 2-wheels (thanks to the FJR1300) I need a better helmet. Only a momentary "Brain Fart" had me buy this cheap P.O.S. LS2.

The helmet I am currently still using is an HJC Modular and it's several times better than the LS2 (even being 6+ years old). I have the Cardo communication system installed in it and I'm very happy with the Cardo.

I've be getting the Shoei soon.... Planning lots of 2-wheel miles this summer!
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Old 03-17-2018, 02:52 PM
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Excellent choice Kurt.
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