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Jan 19th 2018, 08:16 AM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  Pasco

  2016 K1300S
NEXX Helmet Advice

Does anyone have experience with NEXX helmets, particularly the XR2 Carbon model? Julie and I are looking to replace our Arai helmets with something lighter, and this model NEXX helmet appears to be the lightest full face helmet on the market. Any thoughts/advice?
Rod
Jan 19th 2018, 08:30 AM   #2
 jared p's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  here

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Yes. They're great on the outside, garbage on the inside, horrible wind noise, pad system falls apart, literally falls apart with use. Go with something else. Or do some exercises, helmets don't weigh that much to begin with.
Jan 19th 2018, 08:33 AM   #3
 mgfchapin's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  '15 Daytona 675R
I've raced with a few guys that wore NEXX helmets and I've seen them crash OK. With most things moto, I'm all for "light," but I don't believe that's always a good thing for a helmet. Carbon fiber is light but it's stiff, and I don't trust it as shell material any more than plastic.

I'm also an Arai guy, and I like that they still use hand-laid fiberglass. If I were shopping for something lighter, I'd look at a Bell Star. They use an aramid/fiberglass/carbon mix for the shell, which I trust a lot more. I have friends that have had gnarly crashes in a Star and come out just fine.
Jan 19th 2018, 09:02 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
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Originally Posted by mgfchapin
I've raced with a few guys that wore NEXX helmets and I've seen them crash OK. With most things moto, I'm all for "light," but I don't believe that's always a good thing for a helmet. Carbon fiber is light but it's stiff, and I don't trust it as shell material any more than plastic.

I'm also an Arai guy, and I like that they still use hand-laid fiberglass. If I were shopping for something lighter, I'd look at a Bell Star. They use an aramid/fiberglass/carbon mix for the shell, which I trust a lot more. I have friends that have had gnarly crashes in a Star and come out just fine.
+1 for Bell Star. I'm an Arai girl, but I absolutely love my custom Bell Star Carbon. Comfortable, light, aerodynamic, and with a wider eyeport than my Arai. Plus, I love the Transitions visor. The only downside compared to my Arai is that the visor is more likely to fog up. I haven't looked into adding a pinlock. I'm not sure if you can add one to the Transitions visor or not.

I've never tried a NEXX so I can't offer any comparison. And I haven't crash tested the Bell (knock on wood) so I'm glad to hear from mgfchapin that it has crashed well for his friends.

Oh, the other downside is that, of course, it's expensive, and it costs far more than the limit on helmet replacement for my insurance.
Jan 19th 2018, 10:03 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1, Aprilia RSV4 R
+2 for the Bell Star line. I have a Bell Star (for street) and Race Star (for the track) and I love them. Bell's commitment to safety is beyond most manufacturers, most of their helmets can be found with at least the MiPS technology.
Jan 19th 2018, 10:54 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
I don't believe in cheapping out on my helmets...if you want real quiet and lightness nothing beats a Schuberth...get them on year end sale and you've got the real deal...
Jan 19th 2018, 10:56 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  '15 Daytona 675R
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I don't believe in cheapping out on my helmets...if you want real quiet and lightness nothing beats a Schuberth...get them on year end sale and you've got the real deal...
NEXX helmets aren't cheap at all, which unfortunately creates the misconception that they must be awesome.
Jan 19th 2018, 03:16 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
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Originally Posted by mgfchapin
NEXX helmets aren't cheap at all, which unfortunately creates the misconception that they must be awesome.
I wasn't knocking Nexx helmets..as I haven't done any research on them...it was just my two cents on helmets in general and I like my Schuberth..best helmet I've ever had...I have a modular (C3) but am thinking of going full face with an Schuberth S2 or R2...
Jan 19th 2018, 04:00 PM   #9
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  Oct 2016
  Yakima

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Originally Posted by chadams66
I wasn't knocking Nexx helmets..as I haven't done any research on them...it was just my two cents on helmets in general and I like my Schuberth..best helmet I've ever had...I have a modular (C3) but am thinking of going full face with an Schuberth S2 or R2...
I picked up an AGE Veloce TXT straight from Italy last fall for both weekends and track days. Super light, more so than my Shoei, quiet and has a huge visual "window". It too is a carbon/glass mix I believe and I couldn't be happier.

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Jan 19th 2018, 07:16 PM   #10
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

I have owned 2 XR2 carbon helmets now. I liked the first one so much that after I crashed it I bought a second. Crash was a high side around 60mph, did not ring my bell but did manage to tumble and hit every side of the helmet on the pavement. Knocked all the trim pieces off and scuffed the shield.

Pros:
Huge face shield that is optically flat so no distortion
VERY light weight
Narrow profile cuts through the air really well
Fits my head well, seems like a longer head shape
Has headphone pockets
Lots of air flow

Cons:
The huge face shield is has bends around the top and bottom edge to make it seal to the helmet, makes it really hard to use the shield in any position other than fully closed or fully open.
That narrow profile makes getting my head in and out of the shell a very tight squeeze, like being birthed I would imagine.
Face shield is not fog proof like on a Scorpion
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Jan 20th 2018, 07:21 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Arlington

  '16 ZX-14R SE (Harambike), '08 ZX-10R (The Son of a Bitch), 03 R6 (...), and the HAWG TY.
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Originally Posted by jared p
Yes. They're great on the outside, garbage on the inside, horrible wind noise, pad system falls apart, literally falls apart with use. Go with something else. Or do some exercises, helmets don't weigh that much to begin with.
This, literally. I've owned two. The first one I wrote off to being a lemon, and after the second one being the same I'l never own one again. Absolute shit.

They sure look spiffy though!

Jan 20th 2018, 11:45 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Washington

  16' Tuono Factory, 08' GSXR 1K Track, 15' Kawi Concours
I have been using the Bel Star Race for about 5 years now and give them 2 thumbs up. Prior to that I wore Arai and definitely noticed a great improvement in aerodynamics with the Bell. At speed the Bell is much steadier than the Arai.
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Jan 20th 2018, 09:05 PM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  Pasco

  2016 K1300S
Great responses everyone!! Thank you for your experiences and advice.

Rod
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