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got my new hjc sy-max flip-up today. first thoughts:

wind/noise levels are really cleared up! going 55+ it seems like i'm going 35 or 40. i'll have to watch it in corners, etc. to make surei'm not going too fast.

one thing creeps me out though. it seems as my field of vision is DRAMATICALLY reduced. going through turns or doing heads checks is a little wierd. maybe this full face thing just takes a little getting used to, but i feel like i'm 'more dangerous' now. the full face makes me feel like i'm disconnected from the bike somehow.
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Re: first thoughts on a full face helmet
chad wrote:
...going 55+ it seems like i'm going 35 or 40.
one thing creeps me out though. it seems as my field of vision is DRAMATICALLY reduced. going through turns or doing heads checks is a little wierd. maybe this full face thing just takes a little getting used to, but i feel like i'm 'more dangerous' now. the full face makes me feel like i'm disconnected from the bike somehow.
After reading posts on MV for a couple of months, I bought a full-face helmet to replace my 3/4 helmet. I rode with it for the first time Friday and had exactly the same sensations you mentioned. I had to adjust my mirrors (no biggie, of course), and it's more difficult to glance down at the speedometer. I definitely increased my speed without knowing it - I passed one of those radar machines that gives you your speed and I was going 15 mph faster than I thought! The other really weird feeling was that "disconnected" feeling. I'm not going to stop using the FF, but I wonder how long before I'm used to it?
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Full Face helmet
You'll get use to wearing it just like anything else.........remember the first time you rode a scooter.....weird wasn't it?
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After a while you'll feel naked when you wear your old helmet.

Or something like that
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You will get use to it. I have a 3/4 also and now that feels weird to me when I have to wear it. And I feel way less protected. I feel the safest with my full face.

As far as the vision goes, you're still seeing way more than you would in a cage!
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Re: first thoughts on a full face helmet
mtn_horn wrote:
I wonder how long before I'm used to it?
I find myself reaching up to adjust my glasses, or cover a cough, and banging my hand on the face shield I guess I have gotten used enough to the helmet to forget to raise the visor!

I haven't noticed the restricted peripheral vision issues others have raised. Perhaps that is because I do wear glasses, so am used to having to turn my head more to check my peripheral vision.
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You wull get used to it. When I wear my 3/4 after wearing my FF for a whilme it feels weird as well. Just a matter of getting used to. But remember the FF should be safer...
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Wait till you sneeze in there....
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I've been wearing a full-face helmet almost everyday for the past 12 months. My perception of the loss of peripheral vision disappeared after a few days. Now I have no sense of being robbed of anything and I have developed a scanning mode where my head turns a bit more that with a 3/4 helmet or no helmet.

I do feel naked without a helmet. Sometimes after washing the scooter I will run up the street to blow off the water from underneath---50 years or so. It's weird not having a helmet.

I have also been wearing foam earplugs for the last 10 months---always. I've found it much easier to focus on riding and the bike. Also have found no loss of awareness of traffic----it just rolls off all that high frequency noise. When I stop and pull them out the world sounds so crisp as opposed to the way things were when I was riding without them.

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