My first helmet 6 years ago is an HJC basic Max 2. I got it because I had somewhat wide glasses then, and I could not fit them thru the opening on a full face helmet.
The modular helmet is easier to put on (flipped up) put your glasses on, then pull the shield and chin guard down. Its also nice when you need to talk to someone or do things like fill your gas tank. Mine has the slide down sun-glasses thing. I never used it, view is not clear thru the plastic, and its not polarized like my prescription sunglasses.
I later got an HJC carbon fiber composite helmet RPHA, after getting smaller glasses that I can fish thru the front opening.
The carbon fiber helmet is a full pound lighter. The difference on your head is significant. I dont think I have worn the modular helmet since then.
The website Motorcyclegear.com has close out and discontinued years at good discounts. I got mine for only $120 with free shipping. That was a steal, I have not seen any carbon composite helmet for that low since.
I have seen them for under $200 - sometimes there are paint styles that did not sell well, or odd colors... You can always have at it with a couple cans of Rustolium and clear coat if you dont like the pattern or color.
Again: the flip up chin guard is nice, but a one piece full face carbon helmet is SO much lighter on your head its worth the functional difference. If you have a chance try on a carbon fiber helmet.
I get the appeal of the half and 3 quarter helmets, esp when riding with a windshield, and not going very far or riding fast... but... I have spent more money on my teeth than both motorcycles. I intend to keep my teeth for the rest of my life, the motorcycles... maybe.
For some reason Shoei does not make carbon fiber helmets, but plenty of others do.
Last edited by KCW; 03-06-2019 at 08:47 PM.