HJC CL-17 Redline Hi-Viz Helmet
I nearly always get a comment on this thing - The colors pop - it looks great. I use it as an autocross helmet so I can't attest to the quality for the cycle crowd but it does what I ask and it looks fantastic.
August 23, 2016
Been waiting for a helmet like this for a long time. Very pleased how it came out
August 23, 2016
Good, Comfortable, but loud
The helmet is very comfortable, a bit heavy, but really good for the price. The only problem is the wind noise is really loud going more than 30 mph.
August 22, 2016
after two months riding the only flaws i have found in this helmet are the visor could use a couple more open positions, seems to be only closed, half way or full open. my other little issue is the "flat" D-ring on the chin strap, maybe a personal thing but my preference is for rounded D-rings.
would easily recommend this helmet to anyone.
August 22, 2016
Good helmet at a great price
This helmet doesn't exactly take the cake in the style department (it's fairly large), and you'll definitely be hearing the wind in your ears -- earplugs are recommended -- but I feel quite confident that this thing will save my brain in an accident.
The wind flow keeps it comfortable on the hot days, and with a pinlock in the shield, I don't get fogging -- and can keep the glare out of my eyes with a tinted pinlock.
August 16, 2016
Awesome helmet w/ a killer Color Scheme
I ride an even mix of City and Highway and this helmet has been superb. It is a little heavy but that instills more confidence in the Snell rating and how well it will protect my dome.Very stable at highway speeds thanks to the aerodynamics and a little noisey but I often wear earplugs for the long trips so this doesn't bother me. The clear visor is is excellent and there is enough space in the sides to wear sunglasses to cut down on the sunlight during the day. My only point of discomfort is the cheekpads. I wear a L in every helmet I've owned but the cheeks here are very snug. Thankfully HJC offers replacement pads from the other sizes for the helmet so you can get a sort of "custom" fit. And that retro point scheme is on point.
August 12, 2016
After returning a couple helmets i was skeptical if I'd find one that fit me properly. My head is 61.5 cm so i was right in the XL size, but every XL helmet squeazed my cheeks as if to pop my head like a zit. I got the CL-17 because of the available 5XL cheek pads which are breaking in beautifully after only a couple hours of riding.
The helmet is comfy, and true to size. The lense will fog a bit and get hot at a standstill. But even in 90+ with high humidity, as soon as you are moving with the vents open it is plenty cool enough to keep the visor down and be comfortable. The padding materials aren't as plush as what you get in something like the RPHA, but gets the job done. Venting and anti-fog is also not as good. But it does allow you the option of a pinlock film which is great.
This helmet seems to like an upright position. My first ride with it was on my Dad's FJR and even that had me creating a pressure point on my neck from looking up. Riding the FZ-09 shouldn't cause this issue, although I'm hoping with more break-in it will go away completely.
Unfortunately for us guys with fat faces our options are limited. I'm 6'2" and 350 lbs and this combo is the only thing i could get to fit. I feel like the value for money is great though. At its price range the CL-17 meets or exceeds my expectations in every category.
August 11, 2016
Picked up a HJC CL-17 Helmet in solid white to replace my ancient Scorpion EXO-700 (which itself succeeded a long line of Shoei RF models).
Make no mistake - the fit and finish on the HJC-CL17 is really good for the $. The faceshield seals well against its grommet, the eye port is huge, and vents are easy to operate with gloves. The liner pads and interior shape are very comfortable from the outset, although I did have to swap out the stock 35mm cheek pads in my Large for a 30mm set, which made the fit about perfect.
Noise. And this is a big one. Even coming off premium Shoei's, I'd still really be loving this helmet in almost every respect except the noise. I always wear earplugs, and even with the firelights in, the roar is to the point of distraction as soon as I'm underway on my '07 FJR1300. By comparison, the Scorpion EXO-700 was quiet to the point of not really "needing" earplugs at all. I went with the HJC-CL17 because reviews had pegged the Scorpion EXO-710 as "noisy" as well as having issues with cheekpads popping out, but now I feel I pulled the trigger too soon.
Chinstrap: the chinstrap lands further back on my throat than any other hemet I've ever worn. The distance as best I can measure is about 2mm closer to my throat than my Scorpion strap, but it makes the difference, as the HJC strap sits right at the notch above my adams apple which isn't comfortable. Perhaps with enough daily wear, I'll be able to get it to sit a bit more forward.
Shield: The shield could use at least a 4th notch between the lowest and mid positions, as the mid position is too high and allows air/debris to hit your eyes, while the lowest "cracked open" position doesn't really flow a lot of air behind the FJR fairing.. Its a nitpick, but really affects the quality of the ride after awhile.
August 10, 2016