Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Athabasca, Alberta, short season & huge bugs
More worms in the can. I have 3 helmets also, an Arai Vector ff with the Hondaline/J&M headset, an HJC IS-33 3/4 with std J&M headset, and an HJC cruiser style half lid with removeable ear/lower section with no sound equipment. The half lid is best for hearing the tunes with or without the earflaps on. The Arai is incredibly noisy...lots of wind noise and the mic is constantly picking up interference from passing vehicles no matter how I adjust the volumes. Th IS-33 is in the middle, but is quietest with the visor up (lot of good that is for eye protection) and it doesn't suffer from road noise/interference except in the worse possible crosswind gusts being picked up by the mic. My wife has the IS-33 and can barely hear the stereo with just the helmet on unless I turn the volume waaaay up (then she says it's too loud...ah, women) but it is fine with the headset. I like the coverage of the Arai, but it's noisy and fogs real easy on cool mornings (terrible on cold days). The IS-33 is the best of both worlds, but does block the stereo without the headset on. The half lid is old enough that I really shoudn't wear it anymore, but it's the most comfortable and I can hear the tunes perfect, but there's no headset or two way comm for us (she has a half-lid too). I've never tried a modular (flip-up) helmet on a bike, but I don't care for them on snowmobiles. We had matching Hondaline helmets w/headsets on the 1500 and I don't recall having any sound issues with them, but time has a way of burying the poorer quality memories.
So all I've done is probably made things more difficult for you, but that's my bit of info.
"If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough!"
current rides: '09 GL1800AD "SENSHI"; 2003 RVT1000r (RC51) "BUSHI"... certified m/c addict. IDMWT #12. GWRRA #028890