AFX FX-140 HiViz Modular Helmet
Visible and functional for the price
This is my first motorcycle helmet but I can tell they probably make them lighter, more aero, better fitting and more durable then this. You just have to pay more to get all those things. I wanted a helmet that stood out in traffic as I do about 90% of my riding on a cruiser in highway settings. This does that very well. Visibility is also very good looking out of the helmet. The drop down sun shield is great because I wear glasses. It works great but I'm sure there are higher quality sun shield lenses out there. This one seems a little less crisp than I would like. I first got a medium but my forehead was pinched way too much causing the helmet to not sit properly on my head. So I returned it for a large and the large is actually a little too big. I must have the wrong shape helmet for my head shape. I guess I'm more of an oval shape and this helmet must be a round shape which is why the medium pressed too hard into my forehead.
I had the helmet for 3 days and the hinge came loose on one side and then completely unscrewed. I had to take the hinge plate off, apply a sealant tape to the screw and tighten it back. Then a day later found I had to do the same to the other side. Since then I haven't had any problems with the modular mechanism working correctly. You can take out all the pads to wash except the neck pad. I love the ease if the buckle chin strap.
Over all this is a decent helmet if you have a round head and aren't afraid to take the side plates off to tighten the hinge screws down. If you do it right you can put the plates back on. Ventilation is OK. I live in Texas but have only been in 90 degree heat so far. As long as you're moving ventilation works fine. I love the high visibility aspect and will probably always have a helmet this visually "loud", and if I had a round head would probably keep buying this helmet each time it was in need of replacement.
October 13, 2014
Quiet, with great peripheral view
CON: A bit heavy if you are used to a super lightweight helmet
PRO: Cool Euro-look. Super quiet (considering it's a modular). The visor bends around the helmet so far that there is absolutely zero obstruction in your peripheral vision. Plenty of venting at speed, yet it's great for winter riding if you close all the vents.
NOTE: I like that the modular front rotates up and over the helmet and rests on the back (although you can't ride with it like that for very long unless you've got a Vin Diesel neck, too much weight at the back)
November 6, 2014
I bought this helmet thinking it was so cool!!! however i did for about 3 weeks until i was going 70mph on the express way till i fell my face shield shake. while i was riding the modular hing broke on the left side. therefore, this is what you pay for, cheap plastic. order something other than an afx helmet.
Thanks for reading
September 3, 2014
Enticing Features / Shaky Delivery
I love the features on this helmet and for the price it's hard to beat. However, I've had issues since the day the first one arrived. I followed the sizing guide, measured with a tailors tape and the first helmet was far too small. The sun visor was gouging my nose. Exchanged for an upsize and it's still tight. I'm hoping it will break in over time. Maybe a size up (again) would help but with the return policies, it doesn't seem worth it. The final straw came when both attachments of the visor/chin bar unscrewed while riding. Each side was a different week, but both times I had to pop the side cover (plastic snaps) and screw the visor back in. You just notice the extra vibration (and visual distortion) while riding and then at home notice one side is no longer attached to the helmet. Both of these issues can be fixed during assembly and sales. Otherwise, it's the right idea.
September 20, 2014
A decent inexpensive helmet
The only issue I have experienced is the visor fogs up when closed and stopped or going slow. I deal with this by cracking or opening the visor. Other than that I'm pleased with helmet.
July 21, 2014
Fine helmet. Great buy!
A lot of others reviews are pretty accurate; with fitment, weight, looks, etc. The only one I will contest is the air flow but then again I might be expecting too much. I live in Dallas and since it gets awfully hot here, my head still sweats but not until after about 1/2 hours ride in the closed position. I've only ridden with the face shield open is while already inside my community. For the price and value I'd buy it again.
July 21, 2014
This is a great helmet for the price would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great first helmet comes in different color for people preference. I would buy this helmet again.
August 26, 2014
Great helmet, but HEAVY!
I like this helmet a lot. It has a ton of features and the price is crazy cheap for what you're getting. BUT! The one thing keeping this helmet from being perfect is the weight. I have never felt a helmet so HEAVY. I consider myself to have a strong neck, but I immediately felt the weight as soon as I put it on and it doesn't get lighter the more you wear it. Combine that with the fact that this helmet, although having a cool style, is just plain big. It's wider and longer than any of my other helmets and really takes over your face. This makes it feel even more unwieldy. Too bad. I would've gladly paid twice the price for this helmet if it was lighter. But I'm keeping it for all the pros:
-Available in hi-viz
-Ratcheting neck strap
-Cool "euro" style
-drop down sun visor that actually goes low enough
-ability to ride in open face mode (for a short time at least)
-ratchet neck strap means no D rings to lock to your bike
Like I said, I'm keeping the helmet. It does everything I want it to do and it's relatively comfortable with decent noise isolation and air flow. Just be prepared to handle the neck strain.
June 24, 2014