Speed and Strength SS2200 Solid Speed Helmet
Great price for a great helmet with different features
The chin bar is removable on this helmet, which is a new feature to me. It's a different take on the modular helmet. While great, the downside is that it can be a little difficult to re-install the chin bar. It takes a few seconds to get it lined up right.
The view is exceptional! The visor is extremely clear (even the silver mirrored visor that I bought to go with it). The visor seems to be optically correct and is great for peripheral vision.
Putting on the helmet, I find that I have to wiggle it a bit to get my ears to seat perfectly in the ear pockets (but I have big ears!). I went with a large, and one of my past helmets was a HJC, sized large. There is just a tiny bit of wiggle in the helmet. So, I would compare their sizing to HJC. The chin bar is really close to my chin, and often times, I can feel it touching my beard.
The slide down visor is easy to use. I wear sunglasses similar in size to Oakley Gas Cans, and the inner visor will slide down over my sunglasses. Although, i find that the silver mirrored visor and the inner visor are usually enough for daily riding in sunny Arizona.
The vents work well at keeping me cool, when I have air flow. My only beef is with the nose vent. I don't know which way is open when I first put it on. It would be great if there was a molded label with the front vent so I could see it in my rear view mirror (prior to riding).
The visor (both silver and clear) tend to fog up a bit when standing still. Just cracking it a bit is enough to defog.
The chin strap is a bit different. I'm old school, and as such, I like the old school D-rings. This system uses an adjustable locking tab. They're much better than some of those aftermarket locking tabs (that last one season) for retrofitting the D-rings. Speed & Strength's system seems to work well and should hold up.
Despite my nitpicks, this is a great helmet at a great price. It looks great for both sport and cruiser (I ride a FZ6 and a V-Star).
March 9, 2015
you can see it all!!!
great peripheral view in this helmet. easily secured strapping with quick release lever allows you to put it on with gloves on.. and if your thinking about getting a bluetooth headset... this helmet has groves that allow for easy installation , and it keeps out of the way.
February 2, 2015
Not sold as pictured
I love the helmet. Great styling and functionality. It was delivered in just two days! The only drawback is that it doesnt come with the smoke shield as pictured. The smoke shield really completes the look of the helmet and will set you back another $35.
December 1, 2014
Good overall Helmet
It is a little noisy but then I put on a Cee Bailey windshield. No more noise.
It has great airflow I like the double visor. I wish they made one with a longer visor for riding into the sun. The sunscreen is good but they need a visor.
September 15, 2014
Very versatile, if a bit noisy
Excellent value. Leaves you with options for all seasons.
September 8, 2014
Great Modular Helmet with Nice Features
The style of the helmet is looks good. I like how the visor comes down close to the bottom of the chin bar. The vent controls and drop down visor are easy to find and use. The latch system is convenient. The size is a tad bit to big for me, but going to a smaller size would be too small, but this is dependent on the size of the user's head. Another big plus for me is the ability to see your peripherals easily with the shape of the visor.
The only thing I don't like about it is the noise level. The wind noise can get annoying, but I wouldn't call it a deal breaker.
August 8, 2014
Great for price. Noisy
Helmet fits about normal size. Fairly hard interior and ear cups do not surpress road nose very much. Wearing face guard helps with noise. Ventilation is about average. The included sun shield works well, but is somewhat milky.
Shield tips up out of the way and up half way for better ventilation to the face. When tipped up, air flow through vents is somewhat blocked.
Good helmet for day trips or around town, but not long rides.
July 28, 2014
Great helmet, comfortable for my large, oval head
I'm a very casual motorcycle rider. I own a small dual sport bike (KLR 250) that I use for commuting and occasional pleasure rides on my local logging roads and easy trails. I wanted an open-faced design since most of my riding is low speed, in very light traffic, and almost always in nice weather. I was sick of the motorcross design that suggests maybe I shouldn't be on the pavement.
I've got a huge head that is deep and fairly oval. I historically have had much difficulty finding a helmet (or baseball cap) that works for me. The ubiquitous round head shaped helmet usually results in me having a helmet that pinches my forehead and back of head but I swim from side to side in it. I usually feel like a stick with a basketball attached by the time I get a helmet to fit on my head.
To make matters worse, I live in the boonies, more than 100 miles from the nearest helmet dealer (and they have very limited options). So I'm relegated to ordering online.
I initially purchased the HJC IS-33, which is similar in style to this helmet. I really liked the styling, features, and price of that helmet bit the fit was simply too round. Thanks to Revzilla's trade-in policy, and Alex's recommended I quickly had the SS2200 on my doorstep.
I'm really excited about this helmet. Fit is good on my head, I like the removable chin bar. Ventilation seems good. Visibility is tremendous with/without the windscreen down. And I don't look like a goofball. I wish there were a few more colors available in this model but I am pleased with the silver.
Only cons are that I still get a very slight pinch on my forehead about an inch above my eyebrows. I expect this will subside as it's only very slight and noticeable after an hour or so. The drop-down sunglasses feature doesn't really work for me, or at least I don't like it. Perhaps it'd be useful in a pinch but I planned on sunglasses underneath the windscreen anyways. YMMV.
Kudos to Revzilla for their great return/exchange policy, quick delivery to the west coast, and Alex's product knowledge. He recommended a specific model based on my description of how the HJC didn't fit right and my ideas of what I was after.
June 9, 2014