Upon first meeting this unique ¾ dome piece, I was instantly in love with its aviation infused styling. Having grown up around aviation, I am a sucker for anything that looks like it could have been used in the cockpit of an F-16, and the Momo FGTR definitely fits this profile. The only thing missing is the oxygen mask, but alas being the terrestrial animals motorcycles are, it was understandable that Momo chose not to include one.
The overall appearance of the helmet is summed up in one word. Round. There is nothing narrow about the shape of the helmet's shell and it fit like it looks, giving a very tall and round profile. My head shape is fairly narrow and in order to get a good fit I had to cinch the chinstrap down pretty tight. This made it a little uncomfortable at speed on the highway, but around town the helmet was ideal. The field of view with and without the face shield in the down position is excellent.
Aside from the round head shape the helmet is very comfortable. The lining is a plush, easily removable, moisture wicking material that makes city riding on hot days less grueling. Although there is no additional venting, the venting provided by the open face design is more than adequate. I tested this helmet from July-August, in the mid summer heat, and was very happy with the moisture control and airflow. The eye shield is replaceable and easy to unscrew, and the liner pops in and out in just a second or two. The d-ring chin strap is slightly too far back for my personal comfort but comes equipped with a chin pad on the strap which helps to alleviate some of the pressure.
If you like to ride fast, or enjoy highway touring, this helmet is not for you; under 65mph is wonderful, but anything above that and the helmet is out of its element. The overall shape and large shell means a high profile, which translates to pullback at speed. I found that I had to tilt my head slightly forward into the wind to keep the helmet from rotating back on my head. For all its fighter pilot feel, it really isn't designed to go fast. It is strictly a nice, stylish DOT alternative to a full face for city or low speed commuting; you get a convenient face shield to avoid road debris and rain, and a comfortable, but not restrictive, liner that allows plenty of air to move around your head.
The overall negative is that it has a large round profile and there was pull back at speed. With the price point at $299.00 you might expect a composite shell or other features, however that wasn't Momo's aim with this lid. The positives are that it's very comfortable at slow speeds, offers great visibility and eye protection and the styling is killer.
Alex is an agressive street rider who recently sold his Harley-Davidson Sportster to buy a 2005 Ducati Monster S2R. His first bike was a 1975 Suzuki GT550. He enjoys riding the back roads outside of West Chester but enjoys all his time on two wheels. He resides in Philadelphia.