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Am just getting back into riding and need all gear. I will be shopping helmets tomorrow and am pretty sure I am going modular. I have a cycle gear in my area and to me this looks like something I am interested in for the wife and myself.
https://www.cyclegear.com/gear/bilt-...uetooth-helmet
Can I get opinions on this helmet? Are there any features it does not have that I may want to look at something else?


Another question. I have never used actual motorcycle gloves, but want to try them. Are there any summer gloves that offer good protection that is not going to break the bank? Any suggestions?
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I see the helmet has an internal sun shade. If you wear glasses, make sure you can deploy the shade with your glasses on.

I like Hugger gloves. Nice quality at reasonable prices. They are a little harder to find now that the Harley shops are selling HD branded gloves only, but plenty of independent shops sell them. Can buy em online too.
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You know the old saw "you get what you pay for." Bilt helmets are not premium. That said, I think they are decent helmets for the price. If you want the best protection or a quieter helmet, you will have to pay a lot more. The only issue I have with them is that they don't work for me. I have a slightly more oval head and I think they must be made for round heads. I have never found one that felt comfortable for me.

As to gloves, I look for palm and knuckle protection. Otherwise, for summer, I look for a decent amount of mesh and for cold weather, plenty of wicking and insulation. If those criteria are met, comfort is the next and most important criteria for me. Speaking of which, my old summer gloves need replacing. CycleGear, here I come!

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Ok. After researching a bit more, listening to the fact I was looking at a bad helmet. I have what I rhink is my choices down to 2.

1. Scorpian Exo 920
2. Hjc IS max ll

Did I do any better this time? Keep in mind I need 2 helmets and have about $500 to spend.
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My advice is buy the best helmet you can try on, and like the fit.

I bought a Bilt modular and I like it. I like the fit. I tried a few others that were more money, but the didn't feel right.
It is a bit noisy, but not crazy.

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I tried that. Cycle gear is all I have with any kind of selection. The only modulars they had were the Bilt and Sadici as well as some 5 amd 6 hundred ones
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Buying a helmet without trying it on is a complete crap shoot. I've done it but I knew I could have ended up with a fancy paperweight.

I have had a few Scorpion helmets, Exo-250, a couple of -400s, and a -1000. My overall thoughts on them were that they came down a little lower on my neck and were very quiet, but the helmets I had were VERY heavy. Not sure if their newer models are still like that. Now I have an IS Max II. A little louder than my Exo-1000, but after wearing that bowling ball around for a couple of years, the HJC weight is barely noticeable.

If a Bilt helmet fits and you like it, knock yourself out. It might not have the fit and finish of a $500 helmet, but a big price tag means nothing if you hate wearing it because it doesn't fit.
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The Scorpian is actually lighter then the HJC
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Ok. After researching a bit more, listening to the fact I was looking at a bad helmet. I have what I rhink is my choices down to 2.

1. Scorpian Exo 920
2. Hjc IS max ll

Did I do any better this time? Keep in mind I need 2 helmets and have about $500 to spend.
The IS Max II is a good helmet for the price. It is what I have now, in the modular style. It is slightly on the oval side of neutral as opposed to being more of a round fit. It is not quite oval enough for me, but it's close enough. It is noisy, though, even though it does not have as much air flow as other helmets I have had. If it feels good and fits snugly, goferit. Never tried on the Exo 920, but I think the fit is very similar to the IS-Max II.

Installed:
RAM mount for TomTom Rider 400 (with anti theft module)
6000k LED Headlight & Spots; Kisan Headlight Modulator (works with LEDs),
__Brake Light Modulator, LED License Plate Holder
Longer Kickstand
Dobeck EJK 3.0
Lucky Mirror Extenders
Misc. RAM Mounts for Cup Holder, SPOT, Phone, etc.
Chuckster BAK, Trailer Hitch and Cooler Rack
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Ray's Throttle Mod
Things to do:
Drilling Baffle Plates (Maybe)
Paint HF Tag Along Trailer to Match Bike

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I like the HJC over the Scorpion myself. Plus the HJC is pinlock ready. IS-Max II on clearance HERE.

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