HJC FG-17 Helmet - Solid
This is my first motorcycle helmet. I have an HJC AR-10 II which I use for HPDE's in my car. I was impressed with the AR-10, so I decided to give the FG a try. Ended up getting the matte black version. Unlike the photos, it doesn't come with a solid logo sticker above the visor. Instead, it has a 4 piece rubbery logo instead, which I removed in order to have a logo-less helmet. Despite everything that I have done, after removal of the rubber logo, you can still faintly see the shadow where the logo was. It's not that big of a deal, just an observation. I did end up buying the chin curtain for the helmet, which dramatically helped the amount of noise and wind entering the helmet at speed. There is a slight buzzing noise coming from the shield (I believe) when you turn your head at speed. I don't notice it with ear plugs in, but when I've gone plug-less, I've noticed it. Venting is good. Ended up adding an light smoke shield, which is plenty dark for me. The shield doesn't really stay up unless you lift it all the way up. Not sure if most motorcycle helmets are this way, because my AR-10 II isn't like this. On that one, I can leave the shield open halfway, and it doesn't move at all. If I open this one halfway, and nod my head, it will shut. Not a huge issue, since it's always closed when riding. But that might be something to look at if you like to keep it open. Overall, I'm pleased with it, and would recommend it.
February 15, 2014
Mr. Bang for the BUCK!
If you are like most people in this world (like myself) you are a middle-class citizen.....do not make millions, work hard for what you have, but like to have nice, working, and reliable things. Obviously all of the people reading this like ok ok LOVE to ride...and you are looking for something that will number 1 keep you safe...well this is a check. It has the DOT/Snell ratings. You also want comfortable, reliable with some nice features. Well again this product has it. For the money this has quite a bit. It has 3 main vents for air (2 top and 1 mouth), it has a nice sleek design made to be comfortable and not super heavy because of the materials it is made from (fiberglass composite), BUT in my opinion the nicest feature of this helmet is the locking system for the face shield and the pins for the 2nd attachable shield to stop your shield from fogging up (and yes it actually works very well). The locking system is nice because it makes pretty much a full air locking system to cut down on noise and the pins are great because who likes foggy shields!??!? NO ONE! again this helmet is the bang for the buck pick for what you get. I have the flat black and it is very easy to clean and I have not have had any problems with using cleaners and keeping it Matte looking (it still looks matte and the cleaners do not give it any sort of glass look what so ever) Great choice people! Have fun and safe riding!
February 3, 2014
Really great product for the price
I've owned this helmet since July 2013. I did get into a highside accident going about 40mph and the helmet protected me. There was just one scrape on the lower right part, near my right ear. I have no replaced the helmet yet and have covered up the scratch with a Alpinestars sticker.
Style - It is a pretty basic looking black full face. I have the gold mirror lens and it looks phenomenal. I've gotten lots of compliments.
Comfort - I can ride with this thing on all day without any issue. I ride a 2011 Kawasaki ZX-6R which is a pretty aggressive riding position. When on the highway I have to look up most of the time and the helmet is not heavy at all. I feel no strain on my neck after a long ride.
Protection - Like I said, I highsided at 40mph. Protected my head but my head was also not the one that came into contact with the road the most...my knee and elbow was.
Air Flow - Has plenty of flow when you want, and you can block it off when you don't want it. I have yet to learn how to use the vents at the top. I use an Alpinestars Touring Winter Balaclava in the winter and nothing in the summer. I have had no issues in either season.
Features - Removable liner, vents up top, vent near mouth, pinlock lens, quick release lens system, and locking lens. These are all fantastic features. Lens doesn't fog, and I like how it locks along the gasket.
Noise - I usually have headphones in so I don't notice. Even when I don't use headphones I don't notice the wind all that much...I guess I'm just used to it?
Weight - I can ride with this thing on all day without any issue. I ride a 2011 Kawasaki ZX-6R which is a pretty aggressive riding position. When on the highway I have to look up most of the time and the helmet is not heavy at all. I feel no strain on my neck after a long ride.
I would HIGHLY recommend this helmet.
January 14, 2014
Helmet is kinda heavy, but still very good helmet and price for snell approved.
January 13, 2014
This helmet saved my life
I can't say how it compares to other helmets, because I was a new rider. It was very tight at first, but got to be extremely comfortable for my big head.
I got in a bad wreck and cracked this helmet but I am alive today. Just paying my respect. It is a great helmet. No head injuries here.
This is what it looks like after a wreck:
Ride safe. I didn't and I paid.
January 8, 2014
Very satisfied with this product
Tried the modular helmet, found it to be a bit heavy and uncomfortable. I decided to try the solid helmet and have been very pleased. The size chart placed me right in the "medium" category but a medium helmet was very tight. I returned that one and ordered a large. It's still snug, as it should be, but the more I wear it the more comfortable it is becoming.
It is a little noisy, but I don't really have a refernce by which to rate it. Surprisingly, it seems a bit quieter with with the shield open a bit. Maybe something about the air flow around the helmet.
The shield is very clear, almost as though there is no shield.
I have to put the helmet on and then put on my glasses/sunglasses. I cant find any way to keep them on and put on or remove the helmet.
Since it's been fairly cool, I haven't had much need for the vents but in just experimenting with them, I don't see much difference with them open or closed. I may get more feel for that when warm weather returns.
Overall, this helmet is very comfortable with good visibilty. I think it is a very good value for the money and would recommend it.
A word on Revzilla service - outstanding, awesome, unparalleled - are a few words that come to mind. I spoke with several different reps, they were all very patient and professional. Revzilla even picked up the shipping on the helmets that were unsatisfactory. I rate them five stars on a five star scale! I will definitely be a returning customer.
January 2, 2014
Very nice and comfortable helmet
I got the white one. And I also added a blue screen.
Really nice combo IMO.
The helmet is snug and comfortable for my head (kind of round shaped), which is exactly what you should be looking for.
Cannot speak about durability, as I owned it for a few weeks only.
Construction seems solid to me. Very good air flow with the intakes opened, and isolation with those closed.
Easy to open screen, even with gloves.
December 30, 2013
Great helmet, even better price.
This is my very first helemt. Didnt want to skimp on saftey but didnt want to break the bank. This helmet was perfect. Its on the lower end of top tier helmets based on helmet materials. Dont have much to compare it to but it fits very well( maybe a bit snug). Sales rep I spoke to really was great to deal with. Gave me a run down of comparable helmets which were all at least an extra $100 minimum.
December 23, 2013