Schuberth S2 Hi-Viz Helmet
Excellent features with crazy loud wind noise!
I was enticed by the sun visor and the pin-lock visor. Both are AWESOME in Seattle. Unfortunately, the howl of wind at any speed above 35 is pretty harsh and after a year commuting with that, I'm sick of it. It gets louder with speed. If I put my hand under my chin, it goes away. I understand this might be a product of the airflow around my bike so I'll include that detail: I'm really tall riding a 2005 BMW F650 GS with the stock windshield.
August 12, 2014
Mobility Program worth it
I recently had a crash while in the Czech Republic (old Chekoslovakia). My S2 was damaged though I walked away unscathed. For 3 years after purchase, Schuberth will replace a damaged helmet for 1/3 the price if you have registered the product on the web site. You need to send them several documents including the purchase receipt and a police report. Since this was overseas and there were no other vehicles involved, we did not call the police. I could prove there was an accident with photos and the helmet in the photos. I fully expected that they would find any reason to not honor their commitment. Instead I got my new helmet through the original dealer with no fuss. This is a great helmet and great service worth the premium. If you buy one, REGISTER it when you buy it.
June 26, 2014
Great helmet with lots of features.
Took this helmet immediately on a 1,600 mile trip. Quiet, well- made with lots of aero features. Only had 2 problems. Was caught in 3 downpours with nowhere to pull over on I-95 in the Carolina's-helmet did fog on the inside and had to open the shield to the first detent to clear. Also, after app. 90 minutes a pain developed in the back of my head. I attribute this to a new tight helmet although according to Schuberth's size chart I was right on. My suggestion is to get the next larger size if you are on the borderline. 1st class build quality.
August 3, 2014
Good helmet, but quite a bit disappointed
I ordered this helmet since I will be going back to europe relatively soon, and I need something that has both DOT and ECE stickers on. Since Arai and Shoei don't do it for some unknown reason, Schuberth was my "only" option in that range.
After reading many reviews, I actually got very excited about this helmet, and was looking forward to it. Schuberth has an excellent reputation and is known for making quality products. On top of which, I ride a naked bike so having "one of the quietest" helmet was definitely a plus, and I think it looks great. I had (and still have) a Shoei RF1100 before getting the S2, so that's what I will be comparing it to.
Size: I have at 22" head, which falls on the upper end of a size Small for Shoei. I got used to having a snug helmet so I also ordered a size small for the S2. Wrong decision. It was simply too small, and that was just a mistake on my end. Revzilla's great return policy allowed my to switch for a medium, and that's what I have now. A 22" head is now the lower end of the size chart for a medium S2, which means that I have more wiggle room that I am comfortable with, but it is still a proper fit for me. I think I will be getting some small cheek pads to cozy it up.
Noise: The fact that I have a helmet that is a tad bigger than it should probably lets more road/wind noise in than what is advertised. At highway speed, most of the noise comes from the back of my head. When I put my hand there, things become silent, which is what I was expecting from the S2. To be completely honest, I think the Shoei RF1100 might be quieter.
Air Flow: I can't get any air in. It's very frustrating, especially now that the weather is very warm on the east coast. I do not understand why it's so complicated to let any in. The chin vent is not a vent - it barely cracks open and only lets a whisper of air slide along the shield, but not to my face. As for the chimney vent (on top), I think it might be broken. I do not feel any difference when it's open or closed - I should get it checked. As a result, I have to crack open my face shield, but the first open position is actually quite high up, and directs a torrent of air directly to my eyes due to the geometry of the shield. It's not fun. In comparison, my Shoei has a great chin vent with three positions, and each one of them works exactly how it's supposed to.
Chin curtain: It is made out of velcro and looks like an after thought.
In conclusion, if this helmet had better air flow, I'd be a happy camper, but the truth is, it simply doesn't. it's probably a good helmet, but I had much higher expectations. Maybe I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up too much about a helmet, but I was expecting it to be better than my RF1100 and I got something inferior.
In retrospect, I should have gotten the RF1200, but now I need to live with this guy for a bit.
July 3, 2014
Very stable at speed
There is already a ton of information out there on this helmet. Its light, sleek, flows air well, quiet, and extremely stable at speed.
One concern I had before purchase was that some customers reported hearing a howling wind noise, possibly being created by the chin spoiler (which contributes to stability). In my experience this is accurate. There is a whistle like noise, which is not loud, yet is at a constant pitch which can become annoying. The solution... EAR PLUGS! With ear plugs in, this slight 'howl' or 'whistle' goes away completely and the helmet becomes eerily quiet.
The helmet cuts down on all other noises on the road, so if the whistling noise does not bother you then ear plugs won't be essential.
I had only ever used D-rings for securing helmets before this, and I have to admit that the European style ratchet is extremely easy and quick to use, even with gloves on! The negative side is locking the helmet to the bike with a conventional helmet lock requires a cable, however a thief could easily cut the fabric attached to D-rings in order to steal a helmet just as easily.
In reality an expensive helmet will need to be locked to a bike with a cable through the jaw, be it ratchet or D-ring. I have chosen to take this helmet with me as often as possible.
The matte black with a dark tinted visor looks absolutely AWESOME and I wouldn't change anything about the helmet.
The face shield can be swapped back and forth in a matter of seconds, truly impressive.
July 2, 2014
Bought S2 4 moths ago (March 2014) and I m very pleased with this helmet. Everything is a top notch quality from looks to fit and comfort. I believe Schubert S2 is another example of German perfectionism and attention to details in design / engineering.
The one thing I would like to have little more control over, is air flow. More option between little and a lot of airflow.
July 1, 2014
Understand your motorcyle and the helmet
Helmet feels all encompassing and gives me a sense of security. Noise on first ride was disturbing. I thought I was going to lose an ear drum. I adjusted my windshield up and down without relief. Then I stood up and all noise disappeared. Helmet became the helmet I was hoping for, quite and stable. I ride a 07 K1200GT with a Cal Science windshield. I thought that maybe the stock BMW windshield would work better so back to the garage and ten minutes later I'm on the road again. With the stock BMW windshield the helmet works as advertise. On a naked bike this would be a great helmet. Test ride the helmet on any bike with a windshield. It's Summer in Texas so changing windshields is not that big of an issue. Plus, I purchased the Cal Science to help reduce the noise of my last helmet. Because of the Summer heat here, Abilene TX, I was concerned about venting. No worries there. Great air movement within the helmet.
June 20, 2014
Bought this, my first helmet, before ever riding a motorcycle. Size chart was accurate for me (61.5cm, comfortably roomy in an XXL). Wish they'd replace the sun visor with a transitions lens (if they do I'll probably buy another one, even though my glasses are transitions...hmmm). All other features are exactly as described, and the included Pinlock works, gotta love physics.
Biggest complaint is that when I put it on the day I received it in the mail, some fumes must have been released inside the helmet and I may have had an allergic reaction to them because I experienced an odd and lasting shortness of breath for several hours.
Didn't rate performance because I have literally no frame of reference.
June 17, 2014