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HJC IS-17 Chin Curtain Chin curtain for HJC IS-17 Helmets.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Borders on useless!
PostedMarch 31, 2014
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nWo4Life
From Washington Twp
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
I can't believe I have to wrote a review on a chin curtain, but it is what it is. When I first rode my IS-17, the first thing I noticed was the tremendous amount of air that blasts up under the chin bar. Now, I know a lot of helmets don't come with chin curtains and air flowing up is something that happens. But this is a different level of air flow. I fell the air hitting my temples, dust and debris get in my eyes, and don't even THINK about wearing an IS-17 in cold weather. The other stupid thing is for $7, why isn't it included with the helmet?! I could see if they wanted another $20 for it to tell it separately but for small change like that, just include it and stop nickle and diming us.
But none of that even matters. TheIS-17 chin curtain is too short and too thin. So it doesn't stop ANY air from flowing up and making you cold and making your eyes water. It blocks dust and debris but that's it. You'll still be uncomfortable. And it's a shame, too. It's pinlock ready, it seems like it would be a perfect do-all helmet once you add the curtain to block the wind. But it's not, it fails miserably in the cold. Who cares if the shield never fogs if your entire face is literally numb? I was so excited to get the chin curtain installed to solve what I believe to be the only problem with the IS-17 and it didn't change a thing. It will probably be amazing when it gets hot and I'll welcome all that air. But I'll be cursing it on cold mornings. you just can't stop the air flow. Don't even bother buying this chin curtain, it doesn't do what it was designed to do.
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
No, I do not recommend this product.
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 Leo Vince GP Corsa Slip-On Exhaust Kawasaki Ninja 300 2013
Leo Vince GP Corsa Slip-On Exhaust Kawasaki Ninja 300 2013
Leo Vince GP Corsa Slip-On Exhaust Kawasaki Ninja 300 2013 The GP Corsa 4-Stroke Silencers of the LeoVince line, developed exclusely for the market of up to 250cc displacement 4-stroke motorcycles offer perfect balance between look, performance and price. The GP Corsa full-systems allow 250cc racers to shed more than 13 pounds on the CBR and over 9 pounds on the Ninja when replacing the stock exhaust. The silencer, completely manufactured in AISI 304 stainless steel, is a round design, developed too limit noise levels, improve the engine sound and guarentee the perfect flow of exhaust gas. Internally it is filled with high heat resistant fiberglass that guarentees reliability and long life. It is availablewith an aluminum or carbon casing, secured to the chassis by a stainless steel strap, lined with a vibration damping rubber gasket. The GP Corsa Offers CAD/CAM design for precise fit Designed after our Moto GP Moto 2 exhaust systems Significant weight savings over stock exhaust with the full system Slip-ons boost horsepower across RPM range (linear power) TIG-welded 304 Stainless Steel link pipes Sleeve options include Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Removable sound insert for more aggressive tone Machine-specific tuned to work with stock fuel settings NOTE Please check local laws before purchasing. Some modifications may be prohibited in some states.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Yes it's worth it and baffle in vs. baffle out
PostedDecember 21, 2013
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nWo4Life
From Washington Twp
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I've been eyeing this thing for a while and now that there are plenty of reviews and YouTube videos, I finally gave it a shot. I am so glad I did because the GP Corsa is a very nice upgrade for a perfectly fair price.
Installation was easy with the bulk of my time spent removing the massive stock muffler. That thing is a huge, bulky pain. Installing the LV GP C was really simple, really straightforward and took about 20 minutes. I'm pretty mechanically inclined, but have no automotive experience. I was a little intimidated at first but it seems silly to me now after now easy it was to install.
Baffle out: HOLY SH**! It sounds absolutely beastly. Deep, throaty, loud, perfect. While riding it, people definitely notice. I witnessed several people turn their heads to see where it was coming from only to see me on 300cc's of fury. You'll also get that echo every time you go under an overpass. You know what I'm talking about. The echo your friend on the 600 can produce and you never could. But the baffle out isn't all good. In fact, the pluses end there. There is a significant power loss with the baffle removed. And when I say significant, I mean you will notice it immediately all the way through the range at any speed in any gear. The throttle smoothens out and becomes much less responsive, acceleration suffers significantly and the power band doesn't really start until around 7500 where with the stock can it was around 6000. I didn't hate it, but I knew what I was missing. It's also so ungodly loud at higher rpm that I, like another reviewer, got a headache while testing it out on the highway. Right around 8000 it just hit that sweet-spot perfect note that made my ears begin to crackle. Not something I'd want to endure for a long ride.
Baffle in: It still sounds good. I definitely does not sound bad at all. But it doesn't even come close to the amazing sound of the baffle out. It's still louder than stock, still snaps and pops, still sounds like you upgraded it. But you don't lose any power. Baffle in feels just like stock. No power loss whatsoever.
So in vs. out will be for you to decide. I will be leaving it in most of the time but there will be times where I'll want it out to get the sound. It's only one bolt holding it in. You can even do it if the bike is hot by pulling it out with a pair of needle-nose. You could switch mid ride of you wanted to. Wrap it in a rag and throw it in your backpack.
So this is worth every penny, if you're thinking about it, just do it. You'll he glad you did and you'll save so much money over something else. I actually wanted to give it 4.5 stars but that isn't an option so I figured it deserve a round-up instead of a round-down.
Rides: 2013 Harley Davidson Super Glide Custom FXDC/I
Yes, I recommend this product.
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HJC IS-17 Helmet Features Advanced Polycarbonate Compact Shell is lightweight and features superior fit and comfort by using CAD technology Impact absorbing multiple density EPS liner One-Touch Integrated Smoke-Tinted SunShield (HJ-V7) deploys quickly and easily even with gloves on SunShield features three positions with locking mechanism and easy removal with optional tinted shields available Optically-Superior Anti-Scratch Pinlock Face Shield (HJ20M) features new 3D design with 95 UV protection Faceshield has an anti-scratch coating and can be upgraded with an optional Pinlock insert (sold separately) RapidFire Shield Replacement System provides ultra-quick and tool-less removal and installation of the faceshield 2-Stage faceshield closure system with one-touch center open/close shield locking system for an extremely tight and secure seal ACS (Advanced Channeling Ventilation System) provides full front to back airflow which flushes heat and humidity up and out SuperCool Interior made from anti-bacterial, moisture wicking fabric Crown and cheekpads are fully removable and washable Integrated air deflector is included All IS-17 cheekpad sizes are interchangeable for a custom fit Chin curtain sold separately Meets or exceeds DOT Standards
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great despite some flaws
PostedNovember 1, 2013
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nWo4Life
From Washington Twp
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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What's up, ZLA! Here's another helmet review for you guys as I continue the unending search for the ONE.
I'll start by saying I have 2 other full faces and they both have their strengths and weaknesses. I'm always switching between the two based on the weather, how far I'm going etc... I thought something like the IS-17 would eliminate the need for multiple helmets with all of its features and it accomplishes that, but not perfectly. I still gave it 4 stars and here's why:
I'll start with fit. Don't want to spend too much time here since we're all different. I'm a Large in every helmet except Icon and this HJC was no exception. The large fits me perfectly. It has that new helmet just a little too tight needs to be broken in feel. The interior is plush and soft and has a high quality feel to it. It did create some pressure at my temples but that's probably due to it not being broken in yet. I'm an intermediate oval and wear a 7.5 hat. Large fits great.
Features. There are many and that's probably what you're most interested in. I'll start with the drop-down visor. The included one is a joke. It's such a light tint it might as well be clear. I ordered the helmet with a dark smoke inner visor and swapped it out immediately. Anyone want to buy a backup light smoke? No? Didn't think so. Once you switch to a tint that actually does something, it works really well. Even the dark smoke could be a little darker but I won't nitpick. It works. There's no anti-fog, though, and it will fog quickly if you drop the visor when stopped with the shield closed. I raise it at every traffic light to keep from fogging. Kind of a pain. It's also not optically correct. The distortion is very noticeable at first but I did get used to it and it wasn't much of a distraction after about 5 minutes. But those first few minutes felt really weird. The HJC mechanism isn't the best, either. Every other company has a switch or lever at the side that's easy to find with a glove and feels smooth and snappy. HJC gives a long slide at the top of the helmet that's hard to find since it's directly in line with the release button and the top vent switch. There's a lot going on at the top of this helmet. Overall, the ability to adapt to night and day without changing shields is well worth the annoyance of a switchboard on your head.
The face shield is a godsend. No anti-fog coating but it comes pinlock ready. So there's even more money you have to spend, but it's well worth it. I ordered the helmet with the pinlock insert and installed it immediately. It works absolutely perfectly. It won't fog on you at all. Not even a little. That's what makes the foggy drop down visor so frustrating. Finally a definitive solution to fogging shields, but then having to deal with fog elsewhere. The pinlock system adds weight, though. So don't be surprised when you feel the heft of the shield. You're trading weight savings for absolutely zero fog and in my opinion, it's a worthwhile trade. The shield release system is about as easy as it gets with only Bell and Shoei being slightly easier. Visibility is good but it's tricky with the pinlock shield in place and the inner shield dropped. There's a lot in your peripheral vision with all those pieces crossing each other. Not so much that head checks are ineffective, but it's really distracting. Not enough to deter me, though, and it's something I feel I'll have. I trouble getting used to. Had to mention it, though.
Ventilation feels non-existent. Opening the top vent did nothing. I couldn't feel any air flow with it open. In fact, most helmets get a lot louder when you open a vent but that didn't happen here so I wonder if the vents on the IS-17 do anything at all. But there could be a reason for that which I'll get to later.
The noise level of the 17 is very acceptable. Wind noise is very low, but road noise is very high. My Bell Vortex has such high wind noise that I can't hear anything else. My Icon Alliance muffles wind noise wonderfully but also muffles everything else. The IS-17 is right in between those. Wind noise is low, but you'll hear every car you pass, you'll have no trouble hearing your engine and you'll hear anyone coming up behind you. So for those of you who want dead quiet, this isn't it. But if all you hate is wind noise, you're covered.
It's got a great shape to it. Mine's a large and there's no bobble head effect. It's pretty perfect in that respect and looks like you want a helmet to look if that makes any sense. I got the intake graphic in blue. Paint quality is beautiful, high gloss with nice lines and gradients with a good mix of solids and metal flake. Definitely worth the few extra bucks for the graphic.
So far, all my complaints have been minor and easily fixable, but I have one major complaint that will prevent me from wearing this helmet until the solution becomes available. This thing desperately needs a chin curtain. Badly. Horribly. In the worst way. I got so much dust in my eyes I had to pull over. Not safe. Pieces of leaves got sucked up in there as well. It made for a very difficult, distracting, and overall unsafe ride. At the time of my writing this, there is no chin curtain available but ZLA has informed me that it will be available soon. I'll be ordering it the second I see it. That might also be why I didn't notice any airflow from the vents. I'm not exaggerating here, so much air is sucked into the helmet I could feel it around my temples. With that much air flowing from underneath, I'm not surprised I didn't feel any air from the vents. I'll leave a follow-up review as a comment after I get a chin curtain on there.
So my overall review on this is that it's a good helmet out of the box but 3 accessories make it really great. The dark smoke internal visor, the pinlock insert and (when it's available) the chin curtain. It's a little heavy so I'm not sure it's a great option for long distances, but for short to medium trips it's borderline perfect. It could very well he the best commuting helmet ever made, especially those days where I ride to work in the dark and then ride home in direct sunlight. If you're looking for just one helmet to do it all without changing shields or having to carry extra stuff, the IS-17 fits the bill. Just know that while it's not perfect, it does everything very well after you add the 3 very necessary upgrades.
Any questions, just leave a comment.
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Yes, I recommend this product.
+5points
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Bell Rogue Helmet Purpose built to guard against the elements, the new Bell Rogue Helmet has the look of a half helmet with the comfort of a 3 quarter. Featuring an adjustable and removable muzzle, the Rogue Helmet offers an innovative solution for exceptional rider comfort. Add in a lightweight composite shell and ultra-comfortable interior, and youve got the perfect weapon for a day on the road. Features Lightweight composite shell Durable and innovative Muzzle for optimal rider comfort Adjustable Muzzle features removable liner FidLock magnetic connection makes it easy to put on/take off the Muzzle 3 shell and EPS sizes for maximum comfort and size range Removable and washable interior Convenient speaker pockets Premium stainless steel D-rings and metal badges Five-year warranty DOT approved Please Note The muzzle on this helmet is purely for comfort and is not a protective element. This helmet should provide a similar level of protection that an open face helmet would provide.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Major disappointment
PostedSeptember 8, 2013
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nWo4Life
From Washington Twp
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Average
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
Since I first saw the Rogue on the net months ago I knew I wanted it. One by one I read reviews of people complaining that the muzzle creates major pressure on the nose. After trying it on yesterday at RevZilla's store in Philly, I can confirm that the Rogue definitely doesn't fit everyone and I'm sad to be left out.
The helmet itself fits beautifully. So comfortable. As a stand alone half or 3/4 helmet, it's great. Im a large in everything but icon so I grabbed a large and it fit me perfectly. Then the muzzle entered the picture and that's where I was really glad I didn't waste 250 on this gimmick.
1st, you can't put the helmet on with the muzzle in place. Once the helmet is on, it's really annoying to get the magnets to locate and click into place. All I could think was now annoying it would be trying to do this in a parking lot or holding up a group cause stupid me can't get his gimmick helmet on right. Once I finally got it in place, one thing was abundantly clear: it hurt. Serious pressure right down on my nose. I tried adjusting it but it only got worse. Taking the breath box out was the only way to solve the problem but the muzzle sits so low that my entire nose was visible and it loses the whole look that should make it so cool. I moved the breath box higher, but it still wouldn't fit. The one and only solution was to tilt the whole helmet back on my head. This effectively changed the angle of the muzzle so it sat where it was supposed to; HIGHER. But I couldn't wear the helmet that way, it felt like it was on the back of my head.
I tried. I tried so hard to make this helmet work and in the end, I couldn't. Add me to the list of guys that can't wear the Rogue. Bell needs to redesign the pivot of the muzzle adjustment so it pivots at the helmet and not at the muzzle itself. It needs to be raised and lowered, not just pivoted. If they do that, it will eliminate the common pain problem. More people would be able to wear their awesome looking helmet.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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River Road Twin Iron Gloves Features Genuine all-leather construction Comfort Gel Palms offer protection, comfort and provides nerve protection on long rides Reflective piping provides increased visibility Reinforced knuckles offer added protection Hook-and-loop closure provides a secure fit Perforated leather on top of hand allows breathability Includes a 1-year manufacturer's warranty
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Definitely worth their price
PostedJuly 13, 2013
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nWo4Life
From Washington Twp
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
I've been riding in these for 3 months now and they're starting to look a little beat up but they're not falling apart or anything. It looks like I've had them for 3 years as opposed to 3 months, but again, they're holding together great. They're very comfortable, the padding is a big help and the knuckle protection is decent. Remember, we're talking about a $50 pair of gloves here, not $150 pair of Alpinestars.
In 90+ degrees, they're still fine. I don't care what gloves you wear in that heat, it's not going to be pleasant. These do surprisingly well. I can't feel any air coming through, but my hands never get unreasonably sweaty. I should be peeling these things off some days but they just never let my hands get nasty. I've never had to dry them out from sweat.
I've also ridden them in the rain (not on purpose) and they aren't waterproof. At all. They don't claim to be so no points off there, but if you were wondering how they do in the rain, they get wet and so do you. And they take over a day to dry so try not to get them wet. I've also ridden them on some cold (not really) 40 degree mornings and my fingers were numb. So they don't do cold, either.
The picture looks like they offer some wrist protection but they don't. The wrist is constantly bunched up because the velcro strap is pretty basic so if wrist protection is important to you, either look elsewhere or make sure your jacket cuff covers your wrist.
Overall, they're inexpensive and you can't ask any more of them then what they provide. I really wish there was a waterproof and/or winter version of these. I like them enough that I would buy a waterproof or insulated pair if they existed.
Lastly, the sizing is a little small. I don't have big hands. At least, I didn't think so. So I went with large but they were just too tight. I could see the seams stressing badly when I made a fist. RZ makes it so easy, though. Switched for XL and they're perfect. Still perfect after breaking in, too.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Bell Vortex Helmet Nothing beats a solid color to highlight the stylish design of a helmet. The Bell Vortex is available in a choice of gloss black, matte black, white or silver four classic color choices in the riding spectrum. Developed in Bells state-of-the-art Santa Cruz, California design center, the Vortex borrows heavily from its big brother the Star. With a solid compliment of features the Bell Vortex is a great choice as a primary helmet for everyday use that can also transition to the occasional track day. A killer price rounds out the package and gives you a big bang for your buck. Features Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum stability and temperature control with minimal noise and buffeting Lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell Contour cheek pads (by means of stacked foam, not hand cut) Removable and washable, antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner Padded Wind collar to drastically reduce wind/road noise Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever Clear NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield. Dark tint and other shields available for purchase separately Five-year warranty Weight 1600g Certification Snell M2010, DOT Note Helmet ships with clear faceshield only. Replacement shields can be purchased separately HERE Bell Vortex Shield . Note Helmet may come with either the magnetic strap keeper or standard chin strap snaps RevZilla's Opinion of the The Bell Vortex Helmet The Bell Vortex Helmet has grown to be one of the top selling and more ubiquitous 200 sport helmets in the RevZilla family. The light weight, Snell Rating and ability to use the Bell Photochromic shield allow the Bell Vortex Helmet to cover a lot of the bases the typical sport or track day rider is looking for in a reasonably priced helmet. Many times we see this type of functionality only available in helmets over the 300 mark. In the 3/4 or tuck position the Bell Vortex Helmet will provide a great solution in just about any spirited or sport riding scenario. If you find a graphic or color that suits your taste and you have an intermediate oval head shape, the Bell Vortex is a great option.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Almost perfect if you modify it
PostedMay 25, 2013
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nWo4Life
From Washington Twp
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Average
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
For my full review of the Vortex, look at the Flying Tiger reviews. This review is my solution to the unnecessary amount of wind noise.
In my previous review, I very snakily said "JUST WEAR EARPLUGS," But earplugs actually don't work. They block out everything BUT the wind noise. So foot in the mouth there. The wind noise is unbearable. It's so loud, my ear drums actually crackle at times. That's bad. That's really bad! I read somewhere that putting tape over the side vents eliminates the noise. So I tried it and it totally works.
But no one wants tape on their helmet. The answer: fill the side vents with caulk! You don't lose any ventilation. Bell very stupidly put them too far forward for them to actually work, hence the lack of ventilation and ungodly noise. I used clear Phenoseal. Get a small tube, not the big one meant for a caulk gun. Fill the vent from the outside only down to the mesh. You don't have to fill it to the eps. Just block the vent. Wipe away the excess and let it dry. It works perfectly. The Vortex is louder than my Custom 500. Yes really. Caulking the side vents makes it dead silent. The transformation is amazing. Do it!
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Yes, I recommend this product.
+6points
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Icon IC-02 Pro Shield Faceshield The Pro Shield from Icon distinguishes itself from the Icon Classic Shield by means of the helmet shield lock. Icon made the switch in 2010 and all of the newer models (listed below) now take the ICON Pro Faceshield. The exception to the rule is the Icon Airmada Helmet, which takes the Icon Optics Faceshield . Features Fog Free Face Shield for ICON Helmets The ICON Proshield (IC-02) is fitted with a helmet shield lock to keep your shield securely closed Designed to work with Domain 2, Alliance, and Airframe Helmets Will NOT fit Alliance SSR, Mainframe, or Domain (1) helmets, ( Icon Classic Shields available for these models) Will NOT fit the Variant (see Icon Variant Face Shield )
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Could be better
PostedMay 20, 2013
Customer avatar
nWo4Life
From Washington Twp
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Very Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Very Light
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
Definitely not fog free. Fog resistant, maybe. But on humid days, if you leave it down at a red light, it'll fog badly. It clears instantly if you crack it. But it's advertised as fog free and I have no trouble fogging it in the right conditions.
I went with dark smoke. I really wanted an RST mirrored finish but al the reviews of the poor durability of the finish scared me away from that.
It's a major pain to change out. So many other manufacturers have simple visor change systems. Icon's seems so archaic by comparison. Add the time of switching out the side plates and it's even more of a nuisance. I've gotten really quick at it and got extra side plates so I can leave them o each visor permanently. For a helmet company that makes such awesome fitting and looking helmets, Icon desperately needs to revisit their visor design.
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Tour Master Select Visor Bag 600 denier Carbolex outer shell and 300 denier Carbolex inner shell Adjustable waist strap allows rider to conveniently carry an extra shield Soft, brushed fleece lining Fits most motorcycle helmet shields 20 L x 6
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Gets the job done
PostedMay 20, 2013
Customer avatar
nWo4Life
From Washington Twp
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good basic visor bag. You can't just leave your spare visors lying around getting dusty or scratched and throwing them in a bad with other stuff isn't safe, either. This bad is the answer. Simple, cheap, and fits almost everything. Fits my Bell visor fine with extra room. My Icon proshield is taller, but it fits perfectly. As so many others have said, it would have been great if there was a version that held two or more visors. But for the price, I just got two bags. No big deal.
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Yes, I recommend this product.
0points
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Icon Domain / Domain 2 Chin Curtain Chin curtain fits Icon Domain and Icon Domain 2 helmets.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fits Alliance!
PostedMay 20, 2013
Customer avatar
nWo4Life
From Washington Twp
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Very Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Very Light
Heavy
I read a review elsewhere that this fits Icon's Alliance helmet. Desperate for a solution to bugs in my eyes from under the chin bar, I gave it a shot. This fits the Alliance PERFECTLY. If you've always wanted your Alliance to have a chin curtain, this is it. Buy with confidence. It makes the helmet a lot harder to get on, so put it on SLOWLY and be careful or it will hurt a little. Same with taking your helmet off. Just to slow and be careful as it passes your nose. Otherwise, it works perfectly and blocks all air from under the chin bar.
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Yes, I recommend this product.
+3points
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Bell Vortex Flying Tiger Helmet The Flying Tiger pays homage to the 1st American Volunteer Group, a fighter group protecting China during World War II. Sporting elements of the Tigers' shark-faced fighter planes and the distinctive Flying Tiger insignia created by Disney, this helmet is a slice of history. Part of the Bell Vortex Helmet series the Flying Tiger posses a lot of features and functions you don't normally see in a helmet at this price point. The Vortex borrows heavily from its big brother, the Star, giving you a complete package at a killer price. Features Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum stability and temperature control with minimal noise and buffeting Lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell Contour cheek pads (by means of stacked foam, not hand cut) Removable and washable, antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner Padded Wind collar to drastically reduce wind/road noise Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield Five-year warranty Weight 1600g Certification Snell M2010, DOT Please Note Helmet comes with clear faceshield Note Helmet may come with either the magnetic strap keeper or standard chin strap snaps
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Still Love The Vortex, Despite The Flaws
PostedMay 7, 2013
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nWo4Life
From Washington Twp
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
Usually I write a long intro before my reviews but I'll skip it since you're probably concerned with 1 thing above all: The noise. Ill address the noise issue first before reviewing the rest of the helmet (which is quite exceptional). Is it as noisy as everyone says?
Yes.
The Vortex is pretty loud. My other helmet is an Icon Alliance. It's probably half as loud as the Vortex and it doesn't even have a chin curtain. So people complain in reviews and all over the net about how unbearably loud the Vortex is and wah, wah, wah... If you want dead quiet, buy a Buick and ride around and a big comfy cage. The solution is earplugs. While super annoying, the noise problem is a simple one to solve. JUST WEAR EARPLUGS. Oddly enough, the noise is actually at it's worst around 40-45 mph. At that speed, it sounds almost the same as sitting on an airplane at 35,000 feet. It's a low pitch, droning, unyielding bringer of pain. Speeding up increases the volume, but also the frequency of the sound so though louder, it's more bearable. I have an open face helmet (Custom 500) that is actually quieter at 40 mph than the Vortex. Yes really. I can't tell you how they compare at higher speeds. I won't wear an open face above 40 mph. Short missions around town only.
So it's the worst helmet ever, right? Far from it. Just wear earplugs and it's biggest flaw all but disappears. It's only other flaw, however, is one that can't really be solved. It doesn't flow any air. Well, it does, but barely. Even with all the vents open you still barely feel anything getting in. I was sweating after a short ride at dusk in 65 degrees. I imagine it will be murder in high heat. Looks like I'll be wearing my Alliance through the dead of summer.
Flowing almost no air isn't necessarily a bad thing. NOTHING is getting in there. With all the vents closed on my Alliance, I still have gotten bugs under the chin bar and even in my eye. That's actually what prompted me to purchase the Vortex. Fear of a bug in the eye at high speed. The Vortex will never allow anything into it. Unfortunately that also means air. I'm not sure if the chin curtain is removable. If it is, that would really improve airflow but since I intend to ride with it on regardless, I have to rate airflow as poor to nonexistent. In 65 degrees at 70 mph, you can feel the vents are open, but not in that "ahhh that's better," way. It's more of a "Eh, I guess. it's better than nothing," way. And while I'm whining about airflow, I have a VERY hard time opening/closing the chin and brow vents with gloves on. I managed it, but it took way too long trying to find the switches (and failing) before finally getting it. Maybe more time in the helmet will get me more familiar with it. And since the airflow sucks so bad anyway, who cares if they're open or not? Just crack the visor then, right? Sure, if you like a stream of air DIRECTLY into your eyes. The 1st detent is just a little too high. So instead of filling the helmet with welcome, cool air, it just directs it straight to your eyes. The airflow on the vortex is really a perfect storm of terrible. But all these ventilation issues probably add up to a huge positive in colder weather. So in that case, it might actually be flawless since no freezing cold air is getting through, either.
Now for the good and I swear there's a ton of good. The fit is incredible. I'm usually an XL in everything but I went with L this time for a more snug fit and I'm glad I did. It's perfect. Even better than my Alliance which I already thought couldn't be beat.
Vision is better than expected. Head checks are very easy and vision is wide enough to look all the way back over your shoulder with ease. The wind doesn't catch the helmet, either. It's also very light. I was very surprised at how much lighter it is than my Alliance despite looking like a bigger helmet. Comfort/fit wise, I can't find a flaw.
Changing the shield is nothing. I can't compare it to Icon because Icons system is some tout out of the Stone Age. Bells shield change takes seconds, literally.
The magnetic thing in place of the strap snap is cool but an unnecessary feature and all the reports of the magnet falling out have me being extra careful as I feed it through and back through the D rings. I suppose it will last if you're careful and don't just jam it through or rip it out before taking it off. I'll be taking full advantage of Bell's 5 year warranty if it falls off.
Overall quality seems great. I seems well made and the graphics are even better in person. It's a smooth, matte finish which means no fingerprints. You'll turn a lot of heads at traffic lights. Either from the awesome graphics or from drying of heat stroke. Either way, they'll take notice!
So after all that, I still recommend the Vortex. It's light, the vision is great, Snell and DOT, killer looks, noise is easily solved and 90-100 degrees sucks in ANY helmet. If you're thinking about the Vortex but are hesitant from the complaints, don't be deterred. Way more people rate it highly than rate it poorly and with good reason. It excels at all the I present stuff. Fit, safety, visibility... In all, it's a great sub $200 helmet for the rest of us that can't afford a Shoei.
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Yes, I recommend this product.
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