AFX FX-140 HiViz Modular Helmet
Decent price, okay quality
I got this helmet so I could get into work. The guards needed to see my face, and taking a full-faced helmet off and on every time was a hassle. Plus, the bright orange color makes it easy to be seen.
The downside is that you get what you pay for. The front face part came loose from its hinge a few months after I bought it. Not a big deal, since I just tightened a bolt in the helmet and it was good to go. Still, it feels a little cheap.
January 21, 2014
Way Too Small
I measured a Large according to the size chart. But I went ahead and ordered one size up (XL). When it arrived, I couldn't even get it on my head. I returned it and ordered a 2XL. When that arrived, I barely got it over my head. It was still too small. Not really sure how these are measured. Had to return it a 2nd time. I'm just going to have to find another helmet.
I like the look and features of this helmet, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone because it seems like the sizing is quite a bit off.
January 21, 2014
Only complaint is that the front vent never really shuts and so there is a constant whistle at high speed but over all its a great helmet for summer riding
January 7, 2014
A Little Noisy, Good Overall
I love the style of this helmet, the ratcheting clip is a welcome change from the old D-rings. The screen tends to fog up more than other helmets I had, but that's only an issue before I start moving. There is a slight buzzing when going 60+ mph, but that might be fixable with some adhesive if I can find the source.
November 18, 2013
Very Good Value
I've put about 3,000 miles on this helmet and I love it. It's comfortable, quiet and feels very solid. There are only two negatives which are just items to be improved in the next iteration: 1) Ventilation is just average to slightly below average, and 2) the sun shade lever is not easily accessible with my Sena BT unit in place. The 1st might be affected by the Madstad bracket on my V-Strom 650 which makes the area around my helmet very quiet. The lever issue is a result of my choice in communications equipment, not the design of the helmet.
November 14, 2013
Good Helmet, but faded
I bought this helmet for a motorcycle trip across the country. I bought the Hi-Viz orange as I felt it stood out better than the yellow. I received a lot of funny looks, which tells me it was working as intended.
I attached a Scala Rider to the helmet to be able to communicate with other riders in our group. The speakers were easy to route in this helmet, but the boom mic was annoying as the chin bar prevented me from being able to keep it in one position. The way the neck roll is attached to the helmet prevented me from using the Scala's compression clip and had to use the "sticky" mount on the outside, which didn't feel secure since it rode halfway on the rubber trim along the bottom of the helmet.
I normally ride with earplugs, but the couple times I didn't, it was very loud. Most modulars are louder than my other full face, so this was expected...although one of the guys had a Schuberth C3 and said it was quieter without plugs than other modulars with plugs.
The internal sun visor worked very well. No complaints there. It came down further than some other internal visors I have used. It could have been a little darker, but did a fine job.
The main visor took some getting used to. It has the lip to lift it dead center, where virtually all others are slightly off-set. The first detent is in an odd spot. Putting it in this position to allow some air to your face puts the visor edge in your field of view causing some visual distortion. Otherwise, the shield mechanism worked well.
Ventilation was about average. The chin vent was a little annoying to use as there wasn't a good tactile confirmation of its position when you are using gloves. Air seemed to flow from under the chin bar more than from the chin vent, so I guess, ultimately, the chin vent was a moot point for me.
I liked the single action chin lift mechanism, it was easy to use with gloves. The helmet I bought was sung but I still found myself having to put one hand behind the helmet when pressing down on the front to lock the chin bar in place. Essentially it took more effort to lock it in place than to lift it.
The fit of this helmet was good for the price point. You could tell you weren't wearing a $600 helmet, but was comfortable for an inexpensive helmet.
The biggest problem I had with this helmet was that after three days riding in the sun, the color faded. The top of the helmet started turning into more of a pastel color. The plastic vent covers actually started turning white along the edges. I contacted AFX and they said this was very rare, but they have had reports of this happening. I also contacted RevZilla and they had no problem taking it back as a warranty issue and promptly provided me store credit. RevZilla has excellent customer support!
If it wasn't for the fading, I would have kept the helmet. The positives outweighed the bad, for my use.
October 20, 2013
i got a lg was a little too tigth so i went too a xlg its a little to big
but over all a great helment for the money
September 23, 2013
Great helmit, with one flaw.
This is an awesome helmet and I love it! There was one problem with the hinges for the faceplate. They became very loose and one came completely off. I had to remove the hinge covers and tighten the screw back to its normal tightness. After that, there seems to be no more problems. It's a great helmet at a great price!
November 4, 2013