Schuberth S2 Helmet
If you experience neck problems, this helment is for you.
I'm 65 and in good health, but was having neck pain with heavier helmets including modulars. So, considering weight and fit (didn't consider modulars as they are heavier) became important issues. At first the helmet was very difficult to put on and take off, but I kept at it and after a couple of weeks it is now not so difficult and unbelievable comfortable. I can't say which (fit or weight) is more important (maybe the combination), but my neck pain is almost gone completely even on long rides, where I formally would have been miserable. I love the chin strap! I love the pull down sun shade. I find I don't miss the modular, as I analyzed the modular usage and it really wasn't that important. Once it's on, it's on and I feel very safe inside it.
April 8, 2013
Not even remotely worth the $700.
I'm not sure how all these other reviewers are having such a great experience with this helmet. I've been disappointed in its quality and function from day one.
This helmet is marketed as being "ultra quiet". Having worn the Scorpion EXO 400/700, HJC CL-15, and Bell Star Carbon, I can safely say this is the loudest of the bunch by far. The helmet produces a low pitched howl similar to blowing over the top of a glass bottle and is pretty much unbearable without ear protection. Though I wear earplugs on every ride, I can comfortably wear my EXO-400 and Bell Star Carbon at highway speeds without any ear protection, something that is impossible with this Schuberth. I tried the little chin insert which made no perceptible difference in sound levels but made the helmet a pain to get on and off.
The quality of the helmet is what really irked me. Within a couple days of owning the helmet, the little plastic lever used to pop off the shield on the right side of the helmet broke off. The chin strap pad on the right side of the helmet also came dislodged from the little snap button inside the helmet shell. I was able to re-attach it but any force beyond a very light pull on the chin strap would cause it come dislodged- a major annoyance when pulling the helmet on. Also, the little plastic nub on one side of the lens (where the anti-fog insert attaches) popped out during a ride, resulting in a high pitched whistle as wind rushed over the little hole in the shield. I had to tape over the hole just to make the helmet usable again. All of this happened within the first 6 months of ownership, with the helmet being very well cared for. To Schuberth's credit, the helmet was sent in to their technical center and they repaired everything at no charge.
On a positive note, the liner of the helmet is of very high quality and comfort is top-notch. I have no complaints about the comfort apart from auditory concerns. The helmet is a bit heavier than most but nothing unmanageable. Buffeting at highway speed seemed to be slightly improved from my EXO-400 and is comparable to my current Bell Star Carbon. I love the flip-down sun visor, although that's a feature now offered on much less expensive helmets.
Overall I'd say I had a very bad experience with this helmet. I would not recommend it to a friend, and I think the amount of quality issues I experienced is completely inexcusable for a $700 helmet.
February 20, 2013
A great high quality helmet
I didn't find this helmet much more quiet than my current helmet but my CBR1000 (with aftermarket exhaust# is loud and I wear earplugs. The S2 is extraordinarily difficult to get on and off but it gets easier with time. It's very light weight and tapered in the back. My current helmet hits the back of my jacket collar, which pushes the helmet up and forward a bit to impede some of my upward view. No such problem on the S2 and head checks are much easier, facilitating faster/safer lane changes. It accommodates glasses just fine. I like the chin strap design but it's positioned so far rearward against my neck that it was a little disconcerting at first. I took this helmet on the highway in 37 degree weather up to triple digits. Apparently, I left a slight crack in the top vent and cold air circulated inside the helmet in such a way that I really couldn't discern the point of entry. It felt like air was gently blowing into my face even though the visor and chin vent were closed. My head should have frozen but it didn't #don't know why). If so small a crack can create so much air, then throwing everything wide open should be great for the summer heat.
February 19, 2013
Sun visor issues
I have the XL S2.
Helmet is HUGE compared to its L modular brother. Comparable to Shoei Neotec XL.
Te sun visor is small, and the mounting mechanism releases the sun visor if you flip it down swiftly; I secured it with silicon sealant.
The custom com system is way too expensive and based on old Scala technology; past due for an update. You can get two Scala G9 units for the price of one Schuberth custom G4's. Mounts well, and fits well into the helmet though.
Haven't road tested it yet; will comment on rideability later.
January 25, 2013
Super low noise level. Great fitment and more features than you could possibly ask for. At first it takes a little getting used to since the neck line is snug around your neck so it may rub until broken in and also the chin clasp hits your neck unlike D ring fastners. This does allow for extremely fast removal. Overall this is an exceptional helmet and highly recommended.
December 24, 2012
It is an investment and you'll be glad for doing it...
Excellent helmet. A little hard to get in to at first, but once inside has a great fit; doesn't fog up (except the sun visor when stopped and the helmet closed); good ventilation which can be incresead or decresead not only by the air vents but also by two interior little 'flaps'; good sporty looking helmet; luckly haven't tested the resistance; considering that you are riding directly over a motor it's extremely quiet; very stable at faster speeds.
December 11, 2012
Expensive, but very nice
I did a lot of research before buying this helmet, and after living with it for a few weeks, I'm extremely satisfied.
The materials and build quality are a step up from most Japanese helmets. Although hard to pinpoint, there's a strong feeling of "German quality" with this helmet.
My head measures 61 cm and is an "intermediate oval." Arai and Shoei both fit me relatively well. My Arai RX-Q size XL fit well when new, but is a little too loose after break-in. The Schuberth S2 is slightly snugger, and fits just right now that it's broken in.
As others have said, it's light and quiet. There's relatively little noise coming from the faceshield. On my Monster (upright riding position), most of the noise comes from airflow under the chin. Using the supplied chin deflector helps.
I added the SRC-S system which works really well for those times when you have to be reachable when riding. Paired with my iPhone, callers say sound quality is great and they can't tell I'm on the bike.
November 30, 2012
Awesome Helmet...worth the price...
This helmet will fit both men and women and is cool. The fit is great and the style couldn't be any better...be cool on your motorcycle while wearing the Schuberth.
November 16, 2012