Any recommendations for a quiet 3/4 helmet
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:25 am quote
So, I may be chasing an impossible thing here, but I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a "quiet" 3/4 helmet. I currently have an Origine 3/4 helmet, looks great, it matches my scooter, and I really like it, except that it's pretty noisy. It catches a lot of wind around the ear pieces and makes a lot of noise. Does anyone have suggestions on 1. Can I quiet my helmet down or 2. A cool looking 3/4 helmet that is fairly quiet? Any help would be appreciated.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TPMJSMK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:47 am quote
Re: Any recommendations for a quiet 3/4 helmet
Splitear_Leland wrote:
So, I may be chasing an impossible thing here, but I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a "quiet" 3/4 helmet. I currently have an Origine 3/4 helmet, looks great, it matches my scooter, and I really like it, except that it's pretty noisy. It catches a lot of wind around the ear pieces and makes a lot of noise. Does anyone have suggestions on 1. Can I quiet my helmet down or 2. A cool looking 3/4 helmet that is fairly quiet? Any help would be appreciated.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TPMJSMK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Ear plugs. Use them with my FF which ought to be a lot quieter than a 3/4.
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:46 pm quote
no such thing as a quite 3/4 or half helmet.

FF are much better for wind noise reduction.

A few things you need to do is wear ear plugs for sure, trust me ringing in the ears is horrible to live with and you need to do everything you can to prevent it.

next use a full face shield, this will help a lot in directing and stopping wind from the sides of the helmet, BUT still wear ear plugs.
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:54 pm quote
I have no noise complaints with mine:

https://www.blessthisstuff.com/stuff/wear/headwear/agv-diesel-hi-jack-helmet/
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:09 pm quote
I have 6 helmets from number of producers, 5 open face ones and 1 AGV full face. The 7th one which I had to sell after one ride was Schuberth M1 with communication package, the fit was not for my head shape and despite Schuberth clams it was not as quiet as Davida one. The best one as far as workmanship, fit, and noise reduction is Davida Jet helmet I bought 3 years ago. The biggest problem is that there are no distributors in North America and only way to get one is to order on-line. Buying helmets without trying is a risky business, I was very lucky because I bought my on-line without trying but it fits like a custom made one.From my experience before you buy one please try it, put it on and keep it on for at least half of hour, this way you will know that fit is right and no 'hot/pressure spots' will bug you when riding.
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:33 pm quote
Ear plugs
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:11 pm quote
I bought a Bell as it had the docking bay for the Sena system. It was not cheap but I never wear it as it is by far the noisiest helmet I have ever had. I continue to use the old, cheaper, Fulmer as it is acceptable as far as wind noise goes.

As stated above, my full-face Shoei helmet is quieter. I occasionally wear that in the winter when it is cold. I am slowly getting over the claustrophobia of putting it on.

It is tough trying helmets out as most online stores will not allow a return if the helmet has been worn outside, i.e. other than just being tried on indoors.

I was lucky enough to find a store-front dealer that let me zoom up and down the road a bit.
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:02 pm quote
I use a Shoei J Cruise that is really nice and pretty quiet - though I do wear earplugs for even greater noise comfort...
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:22 pm quote
HJC IS-33 (or the IS-33-II) can be pretty quiet.
The first version will fit into an LX's underseat storage, just barely. I haven't tried the revised version to see if it fits also, but I expect it would.

Shuberth M1 does not fit under the seat*. It's ok as far as noise goes, but it is rather expensive. Being able to install a Pinlock fog shield makes a huge difference if visor fogging is a problem where you live, or when riding in rain. It vents rather well. Unfortunately, in extreme cold weather it may vent too well (the helmet/logo shaped screen at the back draws air through).

Nolan's N20 and N20 Visor aren't all that quiet, though they are very good looking helmets and each easily fits into the pet warmer. The retractable visor on the non-face-shield version will allow distracting airflow around the edges in crosswinds. Note that the retractable visors are interchangeable between those two models.


*LX series. The helmet does not have D-rings on the chin strap, either. I secure mine on my LXS with the Schuberth T-handle adapter. Unfortunately, the hole in the T-handle does not fit over the D-ring hook under the seat. This can be solved with a suitably sized carabiner: insert the T-handle in the chinstrap buckle, then feed the end of the T-handle through the gap in the seat hinge (from the front of the seat). Clip the carabiner though the hole in the T-handle, and close the seat. Check to ensure that the carabiner cannot be pulled through the gap in the seat hinge no matter how it's oriented.

If you have the optional comms unit, remove it from the helmet and put it somewhere secure.
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:18 am quote
Fit a screen on your scooter.
Wear earplugs.
And if you really want quiet above all else, get a FF helmet
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:00 am quote
ApsevTorontoWest wrote:
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I like the Nolan N43e/N44/N40. Basically a 3/4 helmet with a chin bar. Quiet, good ventilation, and good visibility. Also protects the front of your face, which has to be a plus.
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:29 am quote
I have a Diesel Hi-Jack 3/4 helmet. Love it and i'm on my 3rd one. It's made by AGV. Great helmet maker. Here's a pick. The face shield is clear. Don't look so in the pic tho. Have the black and gray one. You have to really look at it to even see that it's 2 tones. Looks black. Very comfortable.

AGV-DIESEL-HIJACK-mattblk2-558x558.jpg

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Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:16 pm quote
Raputtak wrote:
I bought a Bell as it had the docking bay for the Sena system. It was not cheap but I never wear it as it is by far the noisiest helmet I have ever had. I continue to use the old, cheaper, Fulmer as it is acceptable as far as wind noise goes.
Weirdly enough I bought a Bell Custom 500 last year to replace my previous open face helmet, and it's the quietest helmet I have ever had.

https://the-cafe-racer.com/bell-custom-500-helmet-vintage-white
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:25 pm quote
judy wrote:
I have a Diesel Hi-Jack 3/4 helmet. Love it and i'm on my 3rd one. It's made by AGV. Great helmet maker. Here's a pick. The face shield is clear. Don't look so in the pic tho. Have the black and gray one. You have to really look at it to even see that it's 2 tones. Looks black. Very comfortable.
Looks like a very nice helmet but looks like from their website they are not making them anymore.
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:43 pm quote
wbdvt wrote:
Looks like a very nice helmet but looks like from their website they are not making them anymore.
As posted earlier, this outfit appears to carry them:
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:49 pm quote
Ok i will check it out as i went to the AGV website and they did not have it there, so I assumed they are not making them anymore
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:04 pm quote
Cycle Gear has them on close out at 1/2 off, but you will need to have a small head. The larger sizes are gone.

https://www.cyclegear.com/gear/agv-diesel-hi-jack-helmet
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:08 pm quote
Splitear_Leland wrote:
So, I may be chasing an impossible thing here, but I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a "quiet" 3/4 helmet. I currently have an Origine 3/4 helmet, looks great, it matches my scooter, and I really like it, except that it's pretty noisy. It catches a lot of wind around the ear pieces and makes a lot of noise. Does anyone have suggestions on 1. Can I quiet my helmet down or 2. A cool looking 3/4 helmet that is fairly quiet? Any help would be appreciated.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TPMJSMK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Iím a big fan of the Schuberth M1 and the Nolan N20. The two are very different and without question the M1 is the quieter of the two. I used it on week long motorcycle trip in Europe and it compares well with my full face Schuberth helmets. I see that a couple of the posts are concerned about the fit of the M1, I have no such problem, in fact the M1 is the most comfortable helmet Iíve ever used. The communication system also integrates as well as any Iíve seen, if thatís important. The only negative Iíve found on the M1 is the size, as others have noted it wonít fit under the seat of any of my 4 Vespas. The N20 is also a great alternative, but noisy at speeds above 30 MPH. If Iím buzzing around town itís perfect as it easily fits under the seat, is comfortable and well made. If I could only own one helmet, it would be the M1, I think itís the best all around helmet on the market today.
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:05 pm quote
+1 on the M1. Other than you guys, I have managed to fit mine in the LX's bucket with the comm system in place. I rode all around Tuscany with it and mine's a fairly large size 59. I wonder if you have a smaller pet carrier with an evap canister?

My wife's N20 Visor even fits under the seat of my GTS 300 (pre-facelift).
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Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:02 am quote
I am also interested in what everyone has to say about quieter ĺ helmets.
I bought a Bell Magnum 8 because it fit the best, when that wore out I got the newer style Mag 9, love the fit but they are very noisy lids now Iím looking for another ĺ helmet as well.
Previously I overlooked the noise issue for fit was paramount, still is, so without stealing the thread what helmets are similar in fit to the Bell, those that are quieter without ear plugs.
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Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:00 am quote
Benelli Boy wrote:
Fit a screen on your scooter.
Wear earplugs.
And if you really want quiet above all else, get a FF helmet
[Emphasis added.]

With one exception: a short windscreen ("flyscreen") will increase the noise level.

(It also reduces drag and makes it more comfortable to ride at high speeds -- that's the trade-off for using one.)
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Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:09 am quote
Revzilla has them. I'll have to look and see what size mine is. Wanna say a Small. Which is what i usually wear. Altho if the helmet has a lot of padding i'll take a Medium. My Ruby is a M.

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Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:08 am quote
judy wrote:
Revzilla has them.
They only have extra small (XS)
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Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:47 am quote
Revised experiment
Der Blechfahrer wrote:
+1 on the M1. Other than you guys, I have managed to fit mine in the LX's bucket with the comm system in place. I rode all around Tuscany with it and mine's a fairly large size 59. I wonder if you have a smaller pet carrier with an evap canister?

My wife's N20 Visor even fits under the seat of my GTS 300 (pre-facelift).
Checked again.
It actually does fit (barely, with the seat flexed a little), after you remove the OEM tool kit from under the seat pan.

I have an LXS, so the OEM tool kit is zip-tied to the underside of the seat pan rather than being stowed in the glove box (that the S models don't have). And that was what kept the seat from closing on the M1 helmet.

Thank you.

(Now, to figure out where to stow the OEM tool kit...)
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:26 am quote
Wow, this was my first post here, and boy do you guys and gals come through with the advice! Thanks for all of the suggestions, obviously a lot to look at!
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:00 am quote
Full windscreen on my scooter and a J1 Schuberth helmet. I can hear a pin drop.
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:52 am quote
Try Cycle gear and revzilla.
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:49 pm quote
I figure I'll check out helmets when we are in Italy next month. My favorite n20 for low speed rides to the coffee house, etc. is getting a bit long in the tooth. Looked at Nolan's website and the replacement n21 doesn't have any graphics that excite me right now, sigh.
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:25 pm quote
I am not sure if a 3/4 helmet is ever going to be quiet as others have pointed out.
You can check out a bunch of helmets here

https://www.motardinn.com/motorcycle-equipment/helmets-jet/8003/s
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Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:11 am quote
B that site has a bunch of helmets. Just what i don't need.
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Sat May 26, 2018 2:06 pm quote
+1 on the Nolan N44
+1 on the Nolan N44

It's not quite as quiet as the much much heavier Schuberth modular helmet (the C3) which I used to use

But visibility-wise it's maybe a million times better - offering an incredibly wide almost panoramic view - and when you snap down the visor into the hefty (and protective) chin-piece, it cuts down wind and road noise significantly.

And...did I mention the great visibility?

Obviously fit is a complex issue, but if the Nolan N44 fits your head well, it's a truly fine helmet.
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Sat May 26, 2018 2:38 pm quote
Agree with quite a few of the comments here. Buy an affordable helmet and a pair of custom fitted earplugs. Youíll save a lot of $$$ and cut out a high percentage of the noise.
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Sat May 26, 2018 5:27 pm quote
I normally do my city riding on my GTS 300 with an HJC FG-Jet which is sufficient for day to day and fairly inexpensive. For longer rides or highways I use my BV500 and my Schubert C3 modular which is probably the most quiet modular helmet around. Neither fit under the seat of both bikes but I have a Givi top case for that.
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Sat May 26, 2018 5:29 pm quote
ApsevTorontoWest wrote:
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You need to start carrying the Nolan N40 full with removable chin bar. I canít find these in stock anywhere.
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Sun May 27, 2018 1:30 am quote
My Davida is a lot quieter than my Nolan.
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Sun May 27, 2018 8:39 am quote
johnymoore wrote:
My Davida is a lot quieter than my Nolan.
Okay...I'm curious: what kind of Davida do you have?
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Sun May 27, 2018 8:51 am quote
Based largely on this thread/conversation, I purchased a Schuberth M1, to add to my modest collection (2). Very nice helmet, a bit more quiet than my Shoei, and it fits (barely) under the seat of a BV350...
I'll still wear earplugs, though....
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Sun May 27, 2018 10:38 am quote
Johnny i so wanted this helmet made by David but the fit was horrible. Had to return it. First time a helmet didn't fit right.

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