GMAX GM11D Dual Sport Helmet - Graphic
I own a GM68S and have ridden with that helmet to Alaska twice. Gmax offers a lot of bang for the buck. So I decided on the GM11D after trying on multiple other helmets at a local dealer. Nothing felt as good as my old helmet. The main reason to buy the new one was the peak (or visor) Riding to Alaska you tend to ride into the sun. The peak seems perfect for blocking that later in the day sun for my upcoming AK trip (yep again)
Other things I liked about the Gmax over other Dual Sport style helmets is that the visor goes all the way up without hitting the peak and is out of your view. A simple but nice thing.
I was also surprised that this helmet was fairly good on noise level. My other full face helmet seemed about the same. So that is a big plus.
My only negative is the positioning of the lip to open the shield seems to far back. But the more I use it the easier it is to do. It works fine but it different and that is probably all it is.
Fit also seemed a bit larger than my other helmet. I ordered the same XL size as my other helmet and it is a bit loose. So I am exchanging it. Which is very nice and shows good on Revzilla IMO
This is a lot of helmet for the money Looks great too (Dark tinted shield is even better) which is a bonus.
March 11, 2014
Absolutely best bang for your buck at around $100
I did extensive research on an inexpensive helmet to purchase for riding off road/trail on my KLR650. I wanted something comfortable, and safe, but didn't want to worry about dropping it or scratching it all up like I would with my Shoei Qwest. After watching several video reviews of different helmet brands, I committed to the GMAX GM11D in Titanium. My Qwest is matte black in medium. I did like GMAX recommends and measured my head again to determine that I should be in a medium in the GMAX also. When the helmet arrived (a few days earlier than expected) I was pleasantly surprised by the style and look.
I'd like to remind anyone who negatively reviewed this helmet, this costs under $100. The standard features on this helmet, including the cool max interior, could easily put this in at least a $200 range. You can notice minor blemishes in the shell, but nothing I wouldn't already expect. When I first put on the helmet there was a bit of pressure near the front of my hairline, and directly to the rear of my head. Many reviewers will describe the sizing on this helmet as more for a rounder head. I have an oval shaped head, and knew that prior to going into this. After knowing how popular this helmet was I had to find out for myself. I pulled the liner out and, with the back side of a spoon, pressed the Styrofoam down just a tiny bit in the places I felt pressure. I reattached the liner and viola! Perfect fit. This helmet actually fits a tiny bit looser than my qwest, but that's probably more the shape of my head. The padding isn't as dense either, but another reason I wanted a dual sport helmet is for venting in the summer months. I love my qwest, but everyone knows there aren't many vents and especially in black matte, it's pretty warm in the summer. This helmet has great venting, and the eye port is gigantic. I haven't ridden over 60mph with it yet, but haven't noticed any buffeting, and the peak doesn't cause any pull at all. I don't understand the people who said this helmet pulls, or that it is loud. The qwest is one of the quietest helmets on the market and I want to say this one is right there with it. Maybe people are comparing the pull to not wearing a helmet?? In addition, I ordered and installed a smoke colored face shield. After riding without one for a day, I was impressed by how much the peak blocked out the sun. I don't think a tinted shield is necessary, but I'm used to riding with one so I'll keep it for a bit. I will say that the "smoke" color is much darker than expected, so prepare for that. I'm not sure I will even purchase another street helmet now that I've been exposed to the DS line. Thank you G-Max, for making such a quality piece of equipment at an amazingly affordable price point!
April 13, 2014
This is a great helmet
Bought this for my brother and he loves it uses it for his dirt bike and street bike
November 25, 2013
Does everything it's supposed to and looks good doing it.
I read countless reviews on sweveral helmets and even though several had said the Gmax was not the one to buy I decided to find out for my self and pulled the trigger on a silver one. I guess some people are pretty picky because I have not found a single issue with mine that would be a deal breaker. I love it and will not hesitate to pick up another one when I eventually wear this one out!
December 11, 2013
Not great, not horrible.
This was the first DS helmet I ever purchased. I ride a street legal dirtbike for a living and was looking for something with a wider field of view, something that would keep the wind off my face on colder days, and, since I ride with a partner, something to keep the dust off my face a bit better than a regular motocross-type helmet.
This helmet absolutely fit the bill and worked better than expected for all three issues I was looking at fixing. I really appreciated being able to ditch my goggles and, even with the face-shield closed, I got tons of ventilation. And even with the large amount of air moving across my head, with the chin curtain in and the shield closed, it kept me far warmer than I would've been using a typical MX lid.
A couple problems keep me from fully recommending this helmet and will have me looking at a different brand now that the GMAX is broken.
One, the shield fogs very easily. I guess I'm spoiled with my street bike no-fogs, but keeping your vision clear on colder mornings was challenging.
Two, the liner snaps need a major redesign. Nearly every time I pulled the helmet on or off, one of the snaps (usually those on the rear neck) would unsnap. Aggravating when simply brushing your hand on the liner would cause the snaps to undo. Shame, because otherwise the liner is very, very nice. I should mention that the helmet fit me a bit loose so it wasn't a case of me trying to shove my big, fat head into a tiny hole.
Three, this is fragile! My helmet rolled off my bike and landed IN GRASS and that spelled doom for the shield locking detents. I pulled the shield off, figuring I knocked something loose and would be able to repair it, but there was nothing obvious. After this incident, the shield was either all the way closed or all the way open (after I rigged up a latch to keep the shield up).
Also, last night, I brushed against a branch and the top visor mount broke, causing the whole visor to slide down and cover my eyes. Look at the picture of the helmet and how the visor bolts to the top of the helmet and you can imagine how and where it broke. Prior to this, the front edge of the visor cracked and broke off after who-knows-what happened. The visor is pretty brittle...just wish it were a hair more flexible just to be able to withstand day to day wear.
I could probably find a new visor and new face shield locking parts, and I can deal with the liner issues, but taken all together, it's hardly worth hanging on to, so into the garbage it goes. It lasted 3 months (5 days a week, 8 hours a day) and is probably a really good case of getting exactly what you pay for. If you're gentle on your equipment and you're OK with the slightly goofy looking style, this is a great value. It's comfortable and beats the pants off the normal helmet/goggle configuration. I just need something a little heavier duty and maybe geared for more of the dirt side of our sport rather than the pavement side.
October 16, 2013
I love this helmet!!!!
Great helmet. Shipped really fast. I really like this ste helmet. I would defintely recommend if your are a dual sport rider.
October 14, 2013
Absolute best entry level DS helmet on the market!
The Gmax 11D,S is by far the best entry level, dual sport helmet money can buy. I've tried other brands and they were no comparison. One important feature of this Gmax is the ability to slightly vent the shield. Anyone who's ever worn a helmet will agree. Most others at this price point don't allow this. The ventilation throughout the helmet is paramount. There are many options for shields as well so if you dont like to vent, you can buy a dual lense shield and have 100% zero fog. I have a dark smoke dual lense and it works perfectly. Cheek pads are another amazing feature here. They are the same type used in $400+ helmets. Very comfortable, super easy to clean, wonderfully priced, and the comfort liner is right on par. My helmet is a medium. It comes with 20mm pads but I ordered 25mm and the fit is now perfect. Glad to say I can't comment on how protective this Gmax is, but it does feel very solid and I surely feel confindent while riding. Lastly, quite possibly the best feature of this helmet, is the full shield clearance when raised. Nevermind goggles, even a small pair of sunglasses are a pain to handle if the shield doesn't raise like this one. Overall, there is no helmet this close to a hundred bucks that will give you the standard features and options that this one does. It's definitely a winner. I have matte black but I'm actually ordering another in the white/silver graphic. There are two small downfalls in my opinion, there is no option for a second sun shield, and there should be more color options for the graphic version. I ride a honda so I'd love some red mixed in. Those two changes would make this helmet absolutely flawless. Not a huge deal though. I hope this review is helpful and gives you a bit of insight. Ride safe. Two wheels down!
2008 Honda CRF230L
August 3, 2013
Great helmet for the price
Excellent field of view.Doesn't blow around in the wind
July 8, 2013