GMax GM54S Pink Ribbon Helmet
I love this helmet, but...
When I crashed my bike my Nolan N90 did its job. The Nolan was quieter and lighter. The ventilation was OK and the fit was better than my HJC full face non-modular brain bucket.
Now comes the GM54S as the replacement. It is comfortable beyond belief on my round head. I didn't think a helmet could be so comfortable. The ventilation makes it a superb summer helmet. The ventilation is so good in fact, that I have reservations about being able to wear it when the weather turns cold. (I ride year round in spite of being in New England) It has speaker pockets. The padded strap is comfortable. And the price! Life is good.
Now the "but..."
The shield and visor clarity both suck. Either is OK by itself. Not good, but OK. Trying to use both at the same time is a problem. The distortion is bad enough to be an actual distraction. Distracted riding is not a good thing.
Seriously, this helmet is so good in all other respects that I would be happy to pay $50 - $75 for an optically clear shield.
Would I recommend it? Yes but with reservations. As long as you are aware of the shield/visor clarity issue and are willing to live with it, it is a great helmet at a fabulous price.
August 26, 2016
Excellent for price
I am very satisfied with this helmet. Airflow in summer time is great. If your looking for a helmet that has all the features of high end then look no further.
August 24, 2016
Nice budget helmet
I bought this helmet a few months ago and it's been great. I'll start with some pros: This helmet looks nice, internal sun visor is amazing, air flow is spectacular, and the modular design is done well. Some cons: THIS HELMET IS LOUD. I have to ride with ear plugs and even then it's really loud around 70+mph. It seems most of the noise is from wind entering from the neck as well as from either side of the helmet where hinges for the modular helmet are. This helmet also feels a bit cheap but that is to be expected with the price point. It still feels like a solid helmet and i believe it will protect me in a crash. Overall the main drawback for me was wind noise, other than that I love the helmet.
August 10, 2016
LOVE this helmet!
Lighter than my last helmet, decent air flow, snug comfortable fit...looks sharp as well. Very happy with this purchase!
August 4, 2016
It's heavy @ 1st, but I got use to it. Has little pockets for head phones (i can't use ear buds) tons of vents, it's 100degrees here & I'm not ringing wet when I take it off. Very well padded. Light on back is great, especially when my tail light went out 1 night. The view is unbelievable, great on side vision, like I don't hav a helmet on. Love the adjustable sun shade inside. I'm not easy on my helmet & it's holding up great. I feel so safe w/this helmet. Wish had gotten sooner.
July 30, 2016
You get what you pay for
It is what it is. Its a loud, mediocre helmet. In the month I have had it I have already had the two front vent covers fall off. The Wind noise is awful at speeds above 35, and even with all the v vents open I sweat like a pig.
That being said, for the price, considering it is a modular helmet with integral sunshade and rear light, its a trade off. The modular chin guard is great, super easy to get the helmet on and off and nice to cool off/talk at stop lights. The red flasher is helpful as well at night, as well as the neon yellow actually working very well. Apart from the sweat, the helmet is very comfortable on my head. I never feel constricted or heavy. Granted Im a strong and large guy so its not too burdensome to wear it.
All in all, I will not be buying this brand again for the reason of air flow and noise level. I would much rather have a quieter helmet with a cooler head than a modular one.
For a cheap first helmet it definitely did the job I expected, but next time Im going to go the extra $100 and get something better
July 23, 2016
We bought three of these helmets (one for me, one for my hubby and one for my 17yo daughter). I love all the features this helmet has but the drawbacks are significant. The helmet is very heavy (4.5 pounds) resulting in a sore neck every time I wear it for distance rides. Holding my head up in windy conditions is a chore. I've only had mine for a couple months and the two plastic pieces that slide the sun visor up and down blew off while going down the road. I have a fairly narrow face but the cheek pads squeeze so tightly that my upper jaw is in misery after a couple hours. A larger size may fix that problem but then the rest of the helmet would be too big. My husband actually has dents in his head from the weight of the helmet after a day of riding. My daughter hasn't worn hers much. Hopefully hers will be better. We've already replaced mine and my husband's with something else.
July 19, 2016
helmet is all that Revzilla says that it is.
I took the Gmax gm54s out for its first spin this weekend. The fit felt very secure and comfortably snug. I like the ease of operating both visors. The Sun Shade visor is great with the only exception that I find that it distorts my vision slightly with my prescription glasses. I will probably restrict my use of that only to those times when the sun is in my face. I find that the noise level is pretty quiet and airflow seems good. It is really nice to put on a helmut with a pristine visor. Guess that will not last for ever but was not overlooked or unappreciated. Color is great: almost a rock solid match for the moto guzzi metallic grey. Very pleased in Virginia
July 19, 2016