HJC RPHA Max Helmet - Solid
Up date from 3 years ago
1st I had to replace the one I reviewed 3 years ago because the Harley fell on it. It appeared to have only cosmetic damage but in a few weeks things quit working right and upon investigation I found several critical fasteners had been damaged rendering it unuseable although I found no fault in the helmet shell. So after over 60 K miles, 3 liner replacements, and no incidents the RPHA MAX is heading to Alaska this summer. I found a plastic lubricant that solved the sticky gear plate issue and checking for loose fasteners when relining the helmet seems to keep things working. I bought an extra pin lock lens and 2 outer shields and all are still serviceable. The venting works well with the padding for cooling. The negatives, air flow over the inside face is not good enough as I still have fogging issues at times in the rain Once a pin lock broke on one side when riding in high wind and heavy rain. Easy to fix, unsettling when it happened. Overall good value, plenty of features, and I would recommend this helmet.
May 17, 2016
Great features for the money.
I purchased this helmet as an upgrade from a less expensive HJC lid. I am very pleased with the comfort and lightweight of this helmet. It is not quite as quiet as I had hoped, but all other features met my expectations. Good bang for the buck.
May 3, 2016
Great Helmet Worth The Money
I am, admittedly, generally cheap when it comes to helmets. Yes, they protect your melon, but they also are wear items needing replacement regularly (particularly if you ride year-round like I do). But I decided to splurge a bit on this RPHA Max modular, and boy I'm glad I did! This is super light compared to my last modular and very quiet. The mechanism works great for the flip face. The integrated sun shield is a nice feature made nicer by the fact that it no longer gives you whiplash when you retract it.
On the whole, I think this a great helmet for the money. The fit is good, the airflow excellent and it does yeoman's work keeping the noise down.
April 5, 2016
Tried to kill me
Do not buy this helmet if you ride a naked bike in wet weather, i loved this helmet until I went from my K1200RS to a F800R, riding home in the rain it flows right into the lock clip for the visor, getting water on the inside of the shield, and then the air pushes it in continuously and can get road water into your eyes, this almost caused me to crash. Very disappointed in HJC for this, should have found this defect during testing.
January 18, 2016
Small and light, perfect for small heads!
After searching for a modular helmet that is significantly lighter than fiberglass models and doesn't make me look like a bobble-head doll yet still contains the features I want, I have finally found it in the HJC RPHA Max Helmet.
My previous helmet was a Scorpion Exo900, bought because a representative at Scorpion assured me that it was manufactured in 3 shell sizes and I thought it would be a smaller profile. Nope, same big profile and even heavier! Also, it came down too far on my head, so the ear pockets were too low.
Fast forward 2 years to purchasing the HGV RPHA Max from Revzilla. I tried it on at a dealership in size Small, so I knew I'd need an Extra Small. This helmet fits my tiny head (hat size 6 7/8, head circumference at forehead 21.5 inches (55cm). The width and length of the helmet fits perfectly, ear pockets in exactly the right place, smooth function of the modular front, integrated "sunglasses" behind the visor, and about TWO POUNDS LIGHTER than any other modular helmet I have worn.
Regarding the low profile of this helmet:
* 8" across the widest part of the front (eye level) of the helmet with the modular face open. The Exo900 is an inch wider
* When the face mod is flipped up, the helmet is still a full inch shorter than the Exo900
* 22. 5 inches measured from the padding at eye level, run around the back of the helmet to the padding at the other eye. Essentially, a partial circumference measurement and again 1" shorter than the Exo900.
Not only do I NOT look like a bobble head doll when riding anymore, but also riding with a much lighter carbon fiber helmet makes my neck feel much better. If you have herniated discs in your neck, too, the HGV RPHA Max will ease the stress due to it's feather weight.
January 16, 2016
This is a very good helmet for the price
I have worn it for several hours on 2 rides. I ride behind a fairing and windshield. The only negative issue is with the penlock shield. In the rain and 50 degree weather I experienced some fogging. This is of course no fault of the helmet. The light weight, fit and noise level are much superior to the $200 price range helmets I have always purchased. I am a fan of HJC and own several of their helmets. They did a good job on this one. Over all I am very happy with the purchase.
January 19, 2016
Great fit and air flow
-About 4000 mi. this summer with HJC.
-Air flow is the best of the 5 helmets I've owned, I often use only the top vent (I can actually feel the airstream on my scalp when I open the vent). I only use the front vent when the inner shield is down, it directs air into my eyes drying them out.
-Fit is great as well, it fits my skull perfectly, no hard or hot spots. It does tend to press on my left ear, but it hasn't seemed to cause a problem even after 800 mile touring days.
-Hinge action is very smooth and controlled, but annoyingly, I cannot latch the front without using a hand on both the front and rear of the helmet. The latch mechanism also appears to be rather frail. I'm hoping not to test this feature.
-the face shield is very long (tall), I put a couple of rows of black electrical tape at the top as a sunguard and still have ample visibility.
-The inner shield works well, but is not very dark. I purchased the dark tinted visor and can use it and the inner shield together and see fine during our Texas summer days. I am able to minimize the light gap at the bottom of the inner shield by holding the release button as I slide the lever to put it into removal mode. The electric tape sunshield blocks the small gap of light at the top.
-Shield changes are easy. I like the locking shield feature.
-Wind noise is similar to other helmets with top vent open, reduced some with it closed.
-I purchased and installed thinner cheek pads to allow more ear and cheek room.
September 8, 2015
Great airflow, louder than expected
- Airflow is beyond compare; huge difference between vents open and closed
- Good fit
- Chin curtain keeps face warm on cold rides
- Louder than advertised; I use earbuds to silence the wind noise
- Chin curtain must be removed on warm days or the heat is painful
Overall: a good helmet at a great price, I would buy it again
September 3, 2015