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Post by Bear on 20th August 2008, 10:10

My 5 Cents...

I have ridden an RT when i have had my bike serviced and the BMW system V is great, Like a Star @ heaven would not change it... cheers
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Post by Andre on 21st August 2008, 06:54

I had my BMW Sports Integral helmet since 2004 and still love it. Used it with both my R1100S and R1200RT. It is quiet and well ventilated. The helmets that open in front, like System 5, are more noisy but more convenient at stops because you don't have to take it off to talk (have a smoke or drink something). They are also easier for ladies to put on. In the end a matter of personal choice. I will stick to my Sports Integral for now. bounce
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Post by Rudivv on 21st August 2008, 09:39

Andre thx for the info.
At this stage I'm strongly considering the Sport Integral

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Post by JR on 21st August 2008, 10:01

Rudivv wrote:At this stage I'm strongly considering the Sport Integral

As I stated earlier, the Sport Integral has been discontinued and replaced by the Sport Full Face.

However, you stiil might find a few "left-overs" at dealers
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Post by Andre on 21st August 2008, 22:26

I am sure the Sport Full Face will be a worthy replacement for the Sports Integral and will retain the good traits of the latter plus some improvements Very Happy
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Post by JohanGT on 21st August 2008, 23:12

I fitted one on my K1200GT and it is incredible! At first I wondered if that small wing would make any difference and even Ina is finding a difference as a pillion. It is much quiter on the bike and a lot less wind buffeting for the pillion.
The last time we went to the lowveld we had to Twisted Evil travel as speeds of up to 180 km/hour to stay with the group and we could still have a nice chat.
If the screws works itself loose, use some of the white tape used by plumbers to seal the joints. This prevents them from working loose and you can still unscrew them if required.
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Post by Andre on 22nd August 2008, 07:17

Johan, have I missed a message somewhere Question We are talking about helmets Exclamation Anyway, I heard about the little "wing" one can fit to the bike's screen and that it works very well. Very Happy
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Post by Richard H on 27th August 2008, 20:19

I need to replace my helmet - I can't get replacement visors anymore.

Price is a consideration, but the biggest factor is...fit !
A quiet helmet helps me nothing if it won't fit on my head. Crying or Very sad

Somehow I was constructed with a cranium that is large in circumference and tall as well. The BMW System 4 size 64/65 will fit snugly on to my head, but the full face piece closes onto my chin, not under it.

I would also like to get a plain WHITE helmet, alternatively YELLOW, these being the most visible to the blind-as-a-bat drivers with whom we must share roads.

So, if anyone know of a White helmet in XL with available visors that cost less than a year's insurance on my bike, please tell me...!?? Shocked cyclops Shocked
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Post by JR on 28th August 2008, 00:04

Want to purchase a Good Helmet - Page 2 Whiteb10

newest technology BMW helmet @ R4 468 (excluding discount). The visor includes a demister that really works

Must be fairly close to match your price criteria
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Post by Andre on 28th August 2008, 06:57

It is a really nice looking helmet and reasonably proced Very Happy It also looks as if it will be quiet if I look at the design. Definately worth a look bounce
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Post by JohanGT on 30th August 2008, 23:55

The demister-free helmets are great, but I do find that my glasses needs a lot of wind to remain fog-free. Maybe somebody has come across something that can be used on glasses that Really works?
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Post by JR on 31st August 2008, 00:21

If you find a solution for the glasses other than contacts, please let me know as well
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Post by JR on 31st August 2008, 06:47

Richard H wrote:.........So, if anyone know if a White helmet in XL with available visors that cost less than a year's insurance on my bike, please tell me...!?? Shocked cyclops Shocked

and Richard H..........

take it you don't like the answer or the helmet?..........thanks for telling us Wink

oh well, at least for next time we know, it's not necessary to look for pictures and prices in order to post a comprehensive answer.
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Post by Richard H on 1st September 2008, 21:08

I needed to actually try it out first, K1200S...Neutral

I did try it out this afternoon. I first had Anita measure my head - 61cm. Then I tried the biggest size on the shelf - a 63/64cm.
I would need to permanently deform the helmet to get it over my ears - the bottom edge lip form is too narrow.
The off-road helmet is even worse!

With the face-piece open, the System 5 will (just) get onto my head if I pull the sides apart, but the very low brow pushes my spectacles into the bridge of my nose and the chin fits so tight that I feel someone is trying to strangle me.

So, I must fall into the 5 percentile that the makers feel is not worth the trouble to produce helmets for...
Crying or Very sad

BTW - the price (before discount) is 15,6 months insurance premium.
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Post by Andre on 1st September 2008, 21:49

MadnohB wrote:If you find a solution for the glasses other than contacts, please let me know as well
I feel for you guys with glasses. It is difficult enough to keep the visor clear without having to worry about glasses. I wear contacts so I don't have that problem. Wish I had an answer to your problem but I am afraid I don't. Come to think of it Oakley and other specialised sunglass brands have lenses for various sports and they claim it does not fog up when you start sweating. Maybe there is a type of material for lenses that optometrists can use to help with this problem Question
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Post by Richard H on 7th September 2008, 23:03

Riding with glasses SUCKS !

Coming back from a rally at the Wild Coast Sun way back, I encountered cold and rain in the Midlands. I found myself having to look through:

Rain on outside of visor.
Spray on inside of visor.
Spray on outside of glasses.
Sweat mist on inside of the glasses.

It was impossible - so I took off my glasses.
I tried riding in the emergency lane (as the traffic was passing me) until I saw a shape ahead of me - a stationary truck. I just swerved out and the overhang of the truck passed over my shoulder...! affraid
Fortunately, there was no traffic in the lane and I survived.
I pulled off at the next off-ramp and stayed there until the rain passed by.
Next time, I'll just pull over and find a good coffee shop or pub if it's going to last all day. drunken
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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 11th September 2008, 12:22

Yes this is always an issue. I bought a "Fog City" 2 years ago. For those who dont know what this is - it is a thin filament - much like a thin visor that you stick to the inside of your visor. It then creates an insulating airpocket between the external visor and the inside of the Fog City visor. End of problem on the visor.

Normally when riding into rain i will take of my glasses and ride without it as the main problem of misting glasses still persists. But at least my visor does not mist up and i can keep the visor completely closed, clicked in.

Coming back from Natal in April of this year, traveling with Andre, we ran into a very heavy rain storm and rode in it from Van Reenens to Villiers - roughly 300km's in and amongst the peak traffic as it was the end of Easter Weekend - never had any problems - could in fact see better than in the car.
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Post by Tony R on 11th September 2008, 14:22

I also have a "fog city" inside my visor and I agree that they are brilliant. I wear contact lenses during the day but if I ever ride at night which is not often I wear glasses and the fogging of them can be very bad. Glasses and helmets are not happy bed fellows.

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Post by Bear on 11th September 2008, 15:25

LeRoy Olivier wrote: I bought a "Fog City" 2 years ago. For those who dont know what this is - it is a thin filament - much like a thin visor that you stick to the inside of your visor. It then creates an insulating airpocket between the external visor and the inside of the Fog City visor. End of problem on the visor.
Hi LeRoy,

Where can one purchase the "Fog City" ??
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Post by steyngert on 11th September 2008, 16:18

My wife took a Scuba course recently, and all the experienced divers put a little drop of Sunlight liquid inside their masks and rinsed it out slightly with water. This results in having a fog-free diving experience. I wonder if a similar thing might not work on glasses/visors before one embarks on a trip? In theory, it should...
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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 11th September 2008, 19:22

Yes - you can spit in the inside of the diving glasses or take half a raw potato as well - also works. Not all bike accesory shops stock it - bit pricy - if i can recal i paid roughly R500 for it. Every penny worth it.

I ordered mine from the Biketique in Pretorius street - just as you come of the Witbank Highway into Hatfield - just before Duncan on you right hand side. At first they did not know what i was referring to, but eventually one of the young ladies realized that i was looking for the "Fog City" and ordered a few of them.

Still regard that as one of the best investments made in bike safety. Have paid for itself over and over again, especially in the rainy seasons. Only bought one, for myself - did not bother getting one for Elsabe as she does not drive and dont need it.
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Post by Tony R on 12th September 2008, 09:37

I went on a RAT weekend. Riders Association of Triumph. See we do have a sense of humor. One of the guys on the ride who has a Triumph tiger works for Arai and when we arrived at Kaapschehoop he offered to service the Arai helmets and then gave us all a free fog city. I didn't realize that they cost that much. Scored a serious bargain it appears. But I agree it is worth having. The visor never mists up, which means that in winter you don't have to ride with air vents open blasting arctic air into your face. Contact lenses don't like that at all.

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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 12th September 2008, 17:37

That is excellent - coming back in the rain in april the temp in the rain was roughly 5 degrees, and i could see the white mist in front of my mouth in the helmit as i exhaled - but no misting on the inside of the visor/Fog City.

My advice to all who dont have it - get it, if you are not in the market for a new helmit that is supposed to allow for this.
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Post by JR on 12th September 2008, 18:41

or just stick to the Shoei or the BMW Sport helmet...............come standard with their own patented anti mist strip inside the visor
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Post by Bear on 15th September 2008, 12:42

Hi,

I bought a "Fog City" equivelant at Full throttel on Saturday for 260.00 bucks, it is an Italian make and is also light sensitive. Will fit it this week and give feed back as to how it works.
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