HJC RPHA Max Helmet - Solid
I bought this helmet about a month ago. Have used it almost every day since then. I was using a more inferior model of HJC before buying this one. As of now I LOVE this helmet. I have a smaller head and it fits me perfect! With the other helmet I was using it felt awkward, couldnt turn my head without the helmet moving around. This one fits great with the shape of my head. I feel as if it is a natural body part, not awkward at all. A few of the cons i have to say about it, is that the padding on the top of the helmet is thin. I personally would prefer to have a few more padding layers/strips on the top of the helmet (where the top of your head touches the helmet). Other than that, there is plenty of padding everywhere else. Another con is that the built in sun visor isnt dark enough for me. I will be looking into getting a darker one or getting a darker face shield since most of my riding is during the day when the sun is shining.
Some pros is the padding around your face. Great tight fit. The padding is also removable with snaps. Make it very easy to install a bluetooth headset. I have installed a Interphone F5 in mine and it works GREAT! I even put on the sticky mic near my mouth on the chin piece the flips up on the helmet. People say that is not a good idea, but I have had NO problems and everyone can hear me just fine when I am using it to make phone calls and such.
The look of the helmet is great. Very aggressive look and feel to it. It does vent VERY well. Occasionally while idling I will need to open the face shield so it doesnt fog up, but the second I start moving again the fog goes away. For anyone who is looking for a Modular helmet with built in sun visor, great venting and air flow, removable padding, and a great feel, I would definitely recommend this helmet to you!
June 17, 2013
Good helmet at low speeds
I got this helmet a few months ago and just loved it.
Pros are considerable: the helmet is quite quiet, light for a flip face helmet, the sun visor actually works, it is comfortable, ... the list goes on.
I recently took this helmet on a long (3000 miles) trip and had to use it every day for two weeks for the first time, including a couple of hours a day on a motorway.
And that's where the the cons showed up.
At motorway speeds (85+ mph) the helmet gets quite noisy (I assume the chinguard seal) even when using all the padding . Also, while the airflow is just excellent at lower speeds it starts blasting directly to your eyes at higher speeds which will start bothering your eyes quite badly.
And lastly (and this is the reason why this helmet is going to be shelved for me) is that at those motorway speeds the chin vent does seal properly, rain will get through it, and splatter all over your face and the inside of the visor.
June 16, 2013
This is a great everyday helmet.
The chin curtain is removable. The internal sun visor covers all the way down to my nose. The maximum setting for the sun visor is too much, because it touches my nose. The sun visor's slider is awkward to reach. The top vent tickles my short cut hair. Everything fits together well. It does not squeak. I would not race or stunt in this helmet. It is a great everyday helmet. I pretend it looks like an imperial storm trooper.
June 9, 2013
Nice helmet; More shell sizes contributes to better fit
I bought this helmet as the manufacturer's twin to the Harley-Davidson top-of-the-line FXRG modular, which lists for over $100 more and does not include the pin-lock system. The helmet is lighter, quieter, and fits my long oval head better than my previous two Harley-branded modular helmets built by HJC. I did need one size larger that my head circumference would indicate to accommodate my long oval head. It still leaves a slight horizontal imprint on my forehead from the liner seam stitching after long rides, but not as bad as other helmets I have worn. I wear it without the chin skirt to reduce fogging of my glasses in the cold/damp climate where I ride. If I had a complaint, it is that this helmet is not advertised as not being suitable to accept an internal communications system. Once I looked at the extensive mods and liner damage that would be required, I decided to sacrifice having a communications system in favor of a lighter helmet that is more comfortable while wearing glasses on long road trips.
May 13, 2013
Good bang for buck
I ride an HD Road Glide (and GS1200) and was in my local HD store and tried on their FXRG modular. It fit perfect, had a lot of features, was very light, but was priced at $670 Cdn. I recalled that HJC made helmets for HD so went to Revzilla to see if I could find something equivalent. After looking at countless pictures from all angles I concluded this is exactly the same helmet, minus HD badges. So far it has only taken a few test rides but enough to know it works very well. Comfortable, light, easy to open and close the vents and shields, good visibility. The upper vent blows air very noticeably across the top of the head....the lower vent isn't as noticeable. I have not tried the pinlock system but on a warm day the shield fogged up a bit at stop unless I cracked it open.
I prefer the Nolan ratchet lock system however.
I also purchased the Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset which fits this helmet very well, and works like a charm.
It replaced a Nolan N102, which I liked a lot and was between the Nolan N104 and the RPHA. The HJC fits me just a bit better. I fit a large in any helmet.
May 8, 2013
For long rides
Used it for the first ride that was over 1,300 miles. Very light and solid build. I have a loud bike and the noise was not muffled like I was thinking it would have been. This is why I did not give it a good one on how quite it was. The air flow was GREAT. Wish they would have just made the sun screen down and not have to use the button to get full extension. Higher price but very worth the hit. Think of how long you will have it.
April 10, 2013
Great All Around Modular
I have tried on most of the modulars and have found the RPHA was the best fit for my head. It is snug fit, but allows me to get it on without folding my ears. The styling, stability, light weight, ventilation, and functionally are outstanding. I have been wearing a Shoei TZR for years and I like the improved chin strap with end snap and read pull down cord. I do wear glasses and find this helmet fits them well. The more I ride with it the better I like it. The five year warranty is a plus. I think this helmet is a winner at its price point.
April 8, 2013
The HJC RPHA Max is a great helmet. I would compare it to the Shoei Neotec. I would say the comfort is nearly on par with the Shoei, minus the little extra space around the temples. However there is a weight difference. The Shoei Neotec is listed at 3 lbs. 15-7/8 oz. where the HJC RPHA Max comes in at 3 lbs. 9-1/8 oz. Honestly the only negative marks I could even think to give this helmet would be for noise level. I ride a naked bike and the noise under certain conditions is defiantly noticeable. This however is not a big deal to me because I usually have ear buds in when I ride anyway. The HJC RPHA Max, to me, is an excellent balance of form and function. And at around $175 cheaper than the Shoie Neotec, it's got a lot of bang for the buck.
April 2, 2013