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Quietest Motorcycle Helmets

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Silence is golden, especially when riding. We try to keep the road noise in our helmets as minimal as possible - just enough to be aware of our surroundings. RyanF9 shares his selection of the Quietest Motorcycle Helmets. Quietest Motorcycle Helmets links and video timestamps: 0:10 - Schuberth C3 Pro: https://frt9.co/lqw8wj 2:46 - Shoei Qwest: https://frt9.co/dphhun 4:36 - Schuberth S2: OUT OF STOCK 5:57 - Shoei’s RF-1200: https://frt9.co/axv9gw Gear up for your next adventure at fortnine.ca: https://frt9.co/98au9e Connect with us: http://facebook.com/fortnine http://instagram.com/fortnine http://twitter.com/fortninecanada
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G Man (3 days ago)
Got a round ass head no Shoei for me.
stormfront (5 days ago)
What up Youtube great motorcycle helmets at https://www.motorcyclesclub.net, I spoke with service reps there, and they got me a badass deal I'm also a big fan of RedBeard Leather Craft best moto seats you will ever lay your eyes on.. great experience Motorcycles Club, two thumbs up... your welcome in advance
Connor (8 days ago)
Can we get a 2019 version of this video? Maybe some cheaper lids or at least ones that aren't discontinued?
stormfront (21 days ago)
Yo guys great unique helmets at https://motorcyclesclub.net, I talked with the grease monkeys there, and they hooked a great deal I'm also a big fan of Red Beard Original best custom seats you will ever lay your eyes on.. great experience Motorcycles Club.Net, two thumbs up... your welcome in advance
MOTAZ ABEIDA (2 months ago)
Is this king joffry??
2GRIPZ CRUISER (4 months ago)
The only thing i want to hear in "Grams" is wxxd this sux👎
Alex Nather (5 months ago)
Wow ur ugly
DUCzilla (5 months ago)
ever test an cms gtr-s helmet, i think its very quit!!
R J (6 months ago)
SENA noise cancelling
Edward Valentino (7 months ago)
You should think about subtitles with standard measurements fo your viewers who don't follow metric measurements
BZed Triquarter (7 months ago)
Favorite motorcycle videos on the planet.
David Womack (7 months ago)
Any updates to this video based on 2018 helmets?
2fab4ulololololololl (7 months ago)
I sweat way more than the average person. I need a quiet helmet that breaths, what would you recommend?
Mark Jones (8 months ago)
“Airgo!” I see what you did there.
John Doe (8 months ago)
Both Schuberth's; Only 3 stars on SHARP and Red/poor rating on the temples...
jeevespreston (8 months ago)
Windshields are fairly common accessories, do the sound characteristics of these helmets change when the airflow is altered by a windshield? Thinking about the RF-1200... At 61 years old, years of riding, years of rock and roll, and years of war video games, yes I have tinnitus, it IS real, it's permanent, AND annoying as hell!! Protect your hearing, you can't trade your ears in on a new pair...
Johannes Carlsson (8 months ago)
How does the Qwest and RF1200 compare to the GT-Air?
Bob Wilson (8 months ago)
Is it safe to buy an old new helmet like the qwest? I hear that when it was produced , after 7 years it’s worth getting something new. So would you recommend getting an old lid like this.
Quintin Dodds (9 months ago)
ive never had an issue with noise bothering me, i use a basic icon helmet with no ear plugs. im confused by all these people wearing them and saying they are needed, ive never seen a single person around where i live use them and no one suffers hearing loss.
Richard Emerson (9 months ago)
I left my NoNoise ear plugs (small - ahem - plug) out so I can hear you once again deliver a good video. Thanks for all of the good work. Even if we in the States can't buy stuff from your lords and masters.
Matthew Barger (9 months ago)
you know i never tire from watching your videos. very articulate, comical and intelligent with a flare for the dramatic and never boring. so when do you make your first television or Broadway appearance? gotta get tickets for that
Jonas Foellner (9 months ago)
My father bought Schuberth for years, until recently because of the price. I want to keep up familiy tradition but changing from a modular to a s2 sport although i wear glasses
Alec Cox (9 months ago)
I just want to know where I can get nice, 5x helmets for my fat head.
rlui0514 (9 months ago)
Time for an updated video Ryan!
Vlastimil Simcik (9 months ago)
I would recommend to try Shoei GT Air, recognized as Shoeis most quiet helmet. It's excellent to be honest.
nuno santiago (9 months ago)
I always wear ear plugs so it doesn't really matter how silent the helmet is.
benjahnz (10 months ago)
These vids are great if you can battle through the 'know it all', smug mug thing.
Greg Jetnikoff (10 months ago)
Need to redo this one. I went looking and most of these helmets are no longer available.
FortNine (10 months ago)
Yeah, sorry about that. We'll make an updated video with current lids. ~RF9
chutta woolco (10 months ago)
Wind noise has gotten painful as the auditory canals now double as an internal crossvent. Plugs are a must to stop the draft
Mark S (10 months ago)
I wear a half helmet with ear muffs. So beautiful.
0Zolrender0 (10 months ago)
all of your content is well reseaarched, well presented and very informative. Please keep up this standard.
TheOritek (11 months ago)
Definitely ear plugs and also a scarf or something on the neck line to block wind from underneath. Not cool looking but my hearing is worth it....
John Skinner (11 months ago)
I got a Harley helmet that is a modular design with a drop down spring loaded sun visor that has the best of all your top picks for only $250.
Rene Van Eynde (11 months ago)
After three Shuberts and one Nolan, I am now very fond of the Shark spartan carbon. I have the impression that this is the quietest I ever owned.
Rey Coen (1 year ago)
Wind noises in a normal motorcycle helmet can go as high as 110 decibels, anything above 85 db can cause a hearing loss. No rider wants this. After a thorough research and testing, here are the most quiet motorcycle helmets https://snippingtech.com/most-quiet-motorcycle-helmet/
michael tubbs (1 year ago)
I know this is old news but if you wannnnttteeeddd to do a durability test on the qwest I know I would watch it.
Maxim Podkolzin (1 year ago)
Amazing review! Why didn't you include GT-Air, it's quiter than Qwest
ARK (1 year ago)
okay so I have an SOL Metalman helmet. It's pretty noisy at high speed. So I am thinking about putting on ear plugs. But I also use a Bluetooth communicator in my helmet and listen to songs while riding. Wouldn't that cut out the sound from it as well?
Jake Fejer (1 year ago)
My dads rf-1200 is really quiet
turtlepowersf (11 months ago)
Jake Fejer yeah my head is pretty neutral and i fit fine in a variety of helmets. Problem is I dont know how bad the wind will be until i hit the freeway. My rf1000 was quiet enough for me at the time, then i bought a Suomy that had a lot of ventilation and was too loud for my liking. That was also on a sportbike so my riding position was different than how i ride now. I ride mostly in the cold so im not looking for a lot of ventilation, just primarily low noise and comfort.
Jake Fejer (11 months ago)
turtlepowersf go try them on at your local store and see what fits best.
turtlepowersf (11 months ago)
Jake Fejer cool, thanks. I'm trying to figure out what will be best for me. i want a helmet that will be quiet in the upright riding position and I'm not sure which direction i should go. schuberth may be the best option but soooo much money. Costs about 15% of the cost of my motorcycle itself.
Jake Fejer (11 months ago)
turtlepowersf actually a sport touring, vfr 800. We just put on a double bubble wind screen which made it even more quiet because it pushes the wind over you instead of into your face.
turtlepowersf (11 months ago)
Jake Fejer does he ride a cruiser or sportbike?
I'm claustrophobic. As I watch you review helmets is feel sick thinking of one on. What alternatives are to full head cover. And noise low but still can hear sirens or horns?
Louis Gordon (4 months ago)
There's no alternative to a full face helmet. Open Face helmets provide minimal protection and you will lose your chin in a crash.
turtlepowersf (11 months ago)
Patricia Howell after full, there is 3/4 which offers no protection to your face and mouth/chin. then theres 1/2 helmet which is mostly just for show but may help the top of your head, assuming that it doesnt fly off. you should try to find a full face with a wider viewing area so it doesnt feel so constricting.
Wesley D (1 year ago)
Hey! My Shoei made the list! I knew dropping all that cash was a good idea! ... right?
smackg (1 year ago)
Love how you negate the whole video at the end with earplugs. Nothing better than perfect fit, fog free helmet with earplugs.
twistedtech361 (1 year ago)
Thanks for providing the quality videos, Ryan
INNOVV (1 year ago)
It's better to try the not so quiet helmets, because thode riders should pay attention to the enviroment around them when theyride, which includes the sound.
turtlepowersf (11 months ago)
INNOVV have you ever ridden before? no helmet is SO quiet that you wont be able to hear sirens or tire screeches. Also, having a helmet that picks up a ton of wind noise will NOT help you hear the environment around you, because all you hear is wind. A noisy helmet is noisy, obviously.
Gordon Douglass (1 year ago)
When Sena Momentum Inc (with Noise-cancellation!!) comes out. Can you do a review? <3 Please, for me.
ShinyFind (1 year ago)
I like that you dont beg for subs like a lot of other YouTubers
Michael Reed (1 year ago)
I'm a Shoei guy... how does a GT Air compare with a RF1200 and the Qwest (which I've never heard of before) ? By the way I ride a GSX1400 so probably a sport/touring style would be best description
turtlepowersf (11 months ago)
Michael Reed i know their qwest is their entry level. intended for scooter owners most likely.
jothain (1 year ago)
Ones buying a new must always try models before buying. I was going to buy Schubert c3 pro after hearing so much good about them. Got into shop and tried all models they had. Something was way off in them for me. None of them felt comfortable at all. I then tried multiple HJC, Arai and Shoei models and eventually got Shoei as it felt most comfortable and quality made lid. Not saying Shoei is best, but always try models and don't buy something just if you heard ie. reviews are 90% good of a product
Auto blipper (1 year ago)
Ryan, what is your opinion about Shark race pro? I heard it’s also a very quiet helmet?
pro tips : wear ear plugs
ekim andersom (1 year ago)
Schubert is overpriced with all their helmets.
Evo Dingo (1 year ago)
Mayne I been seeing and hearing real good things about the RF-1200
CanzZz (1 year ago)
i want a wind noise cancelling (cheap) dual sport helmet... i dont want it to be quiet i just want no wind noises.... is there something on the market?
Mary Brothers (1 year ago)
The quest I owned for a month, I road a quest I was loud, so upgraded to rf1200.
Geoffrey Carpenter (1 year ago)
Great video
V. D. (1 year ago)
3M 39dB earplugs are the best
CPU UK (1 year ago)
I bought the Schuberth S2... not as quiet as the label says, needs bigger chin curtain and ear padding, which it just so happens that Schuberth just happen to sell as an option ¬_¬ Great summer helmet (unlike the C3), but to much air in cold climate.
Canucker (1 year ago)
Good vid.. But one question are you sitting a bicycle with no seat as you spin around?
STR Rider (1 year ago)
Let’s see is you can do a video with HJC RPHA 70, Shark spartan, Shoei GT Air.
Dangleplums (1 year ago)
Is this just for the whistling noises? Can that really damage your ears? I didn't realise it was so loud it has never really bothered me
Snurre86 (1 year ago)
2:04 Is that 32C or 23C?
Sxlky (1 year ago)
The S2 looks so nice
Chris Evans (1 year ago)
I'll use the 1st helmet in fall and winter
Kimeters (1 year ago)
even these helmets are all at the long-exposure hearing damage threshold. wear ear plugs on everything.
Sircade (1 year ago)
Make a vid on best gear for a 50cc scooter
darrell mount (1 year ago)
earplugs are the best alternative, you can use the money you save for a weekend get away complete with motel room and enough cash to see the sights.
Kirk Kramer (1 year ago)
Shark EvoLine series 2 or 3 are best ( I.M.O )
Sean (1 year ago)
My old Shark helmet was silent riding on my half fairing 05 SV650 sport. The turbulent wind blasts hits me right my shoulders and up.
kimidam (1 year ago)
Those "turbulators" & "triangle bumps" are actually called Vortex Generators. You can find them on the leading edges of aircraft wings as well and their purpose is exactly as the name suggests and as you eluded to, to break up the airflow and generate low pressure turbulent vortices.
Skyerzen (1 year ago)
check out the Shoei GT-Air. I have the Qwest and I think it's quieter.
Mega Dave (1 year ago)
thanks again dude ! you need your own moto show ! Such a professional feeling on these vids . keep up the good work friend ! 👍👍
Peter Baldwin (1 year ago)
Did you look at the Shark Spartan? It's super quiet - and light...
Mr. Finger (1 year ago)
Your one of the few persons I heard complain about the Schuberth's ventalation, were the vents even fully open? :p
Richard DePas (1 year ago)
Switched the Schuberth C3 from a Scorpion EVO900. The C3 is louder than the EVO900 and fogs worse than the Scorpion with their special coatings. Will be switching back. For comparison, I am riding a K1200LT with more of an upright riding position.
C M (1 year ago)
Hey Ryan! Thanks for all the great reviews on gear! I have been binging on them lately :) I am looking at a new helmet and the two most important features are a flip down sun visor and that it is quiet. I am currently looking at dropping big money on a Shoei GT-Air, but I noticed it isn't in the list here. Is it that you just haven't tried out that model or did it not make the cut for other reasons? Also, could you point me at any other options slightly cheaper? Thanks!
Black70Fastback (1 year ago)
the quietest helmet on this list is still VERY close to the the threshhold where hearing loss begins at 85 decibels remember HEARING LOSS IS PERMANENT. so wear earplugs with all helmets.
Prince of the Ravens (1 year ago)
So, this is probably a dumb question, and I will probably get made fun of. But, I have a Qwest, bought it based on your reviews, that being said, I get pretty claustrophobic in it. Any ideas to help with this? I was fine in the store, but once I got home and used it a few times, well... Halp!
Prince of the Ravens (1 year ago)
Yeah, it's better with the shield open. Thanks! I'll give that a try! I love your videos and reviews, top notch. Glad I found your channel.
FortNine (1 year ago)
Not a dumb question! It actually affects a lot of riders. I assume it's better when you ride with the face shield open? If that's the case, try riding like that with sunglasses to protect your eyes. After a while, you'll get used to the helmet and be able to close the shield comfortably. ~RF9
paradoxiCk (1 year ago)
Hey Ryan, great video as always! Now that you mentioned earplugs, I was thinking that u could do video on best earphhones to use under a helmet! (since most of us dont have money for sennas and cardos...)
Jd B (1 year ago)
There is no such thing as a quiet helmet. Just buy earplugs.
sam jam ham mammogram (2 months ago)
You need both. If you have a loud helmet even earplugs wont be enough
Brewslee (1 year ago)
What about Shoei GT Air ? It's older, but people are saying its very quiet ?
Chris C (1 year ago)
Pytte it's not $5-600 quiet. I have one. Most comfortable liner though. Built in sun shield is why I bought it
Ray McLellan (1 year ago)
Hey F9 guys. Any chance you'll be bringing in NoNoise earplugs brand at any point? got mine from Twisted Throttle and I like em but want to find them at vendors I regularly use
Ray McLellan (1 year ago)
FortNine freaking eh!! now to wrangle up the cash for the other 2 things I need and I'm in business!
FortNine (1 year ago)
Well isn't this a coincidence, we just added them last week. https://fortnine.ca/en/nonoise ~ NeilF9
Joe Power (1 year ago)
my icon helmet is insanely loud, if i didnt wear earplugs id be deaf in a week
Black70Fastback (1 year ago)
dont be fooled by the video. you have to wear earplugs with every helmet. hearing loss begins to happen at 85 decibels. even the quietest $1000 helmet in this video achieves 82 decibels under ideal laboratory conditions. In the real world with varying head and neck sizes, you'll go deaf wearing that one without earplugs as well.
UnsungThermidor (1 year ago)
AHHHHH this makes the decision so much harder. Its a battle between the S2 and RF-1200. I decided after a 2 and a half hour trip to replace my Simpson Ghost Bandit which was absolutely horrific to ride in even with Ear buds and my music at max volume I could still hear it. My only issue with the Schuberth is I have no place to try them on properly. Do they fit like the 1200?
Jim M. (1 year ago)
There is a ear plug on the market that is especially made for riders called Ear Peace. I ordered a pair of them and have to say they are without doubt the best ear plugs I've ever used. As for quietness they are on par with the same ones of a similiar design that you get at any drug store or sporting good store. However where these are superior is comfort. You can wear these all day and hardly notice your even wearing them. They cost 19.99 which I know is expensive but you have to consider the comfort.factor. I love them and will definitely order another pair if needed.
Reveal The World (11 months ago)
Jim M. Do have them as well, unfortunately what's been revealed that initially they designed for musicions and not for bikes.
Kornholeeoo (1 year ago)
Love the videos you provide. Great information. I will have to disagree with you on the Schubert about the ventilation. I just bought the E1. You know the helmet. It's a C3 pro for Adventure riders with the elongated chin and sun visor. First, let me say I have a big ole fat head and I sweat a lot. The back of my head stays wet with sweat for hours after a shower unless I stand in front of the AC for 20 minutes. I rode in 70 degree weather with 85% humidity today and I could feel the cool air on the top of my head at speeds as low as 15 MPH. I ride a 2017 Harley Davidson FatBoy S with the largest wind shield they make. So I get very little wind in my face. Still, the E1 was cool enough that after a 20 minute ride to the restaurant, my head was dry and cool when I took off the helmet. That is a first for me. No it doesn't have rear exhaust ports. They are inside the helmet in the back. You can see two little holes and the exhaust vents inside the helmet. It works. I just sold my HJC Harley version modular helmet because it was too hot, to loud and I sweated like crazy in it. I washed it before I sold it, for sure. I was using my half shell just to keep my head from sweating so much. And the E1, quiet it is. It is the first helmet I can wear with no ear plugs. My FatBoy has the 110 engine and I have V&H BigShot mufflers and they are loud. No plugs needed even with the visor raised. It really is that quiet. You are correct about the pin lock working great. I can close off all the vents and huff and puff all day long with NO fogging on the pin lock. The drop down sun visor is fogged up, but not the pin lock visor. I did see a tiny bit of fog at the very bottom of the visor below the pin lock. But opening up the front vents and that tiny bit of fog went away in an instant, as did the fog on the drop down sun visor. Now I can stand up on the pegs and get above my wind screen and the air flow is even better, so for those with no wind shield, this helmet will work great. I have the 2XL size and it is very snug and very light. It is by far the best helmet I have ever owned. Period. I rode with it in the rain, 50 degrees and 100% humidity and no fogging on the pin lock. My HJC would fog up in all weather, every day. I don't know how Schuberth did it, but they did. And I got mine off EBay from a seller in the Netherlands. $539.00. Shipped to my door in 6 days. I was a little scared with it being so inexpensive that I was fearing it might be a knock off. But no, it's the real deal. You don't have to pay $899.00 for this lid if you do your homework. Anyway, just wanted to share this with you and any others who might be considering the C3 Pro or E1 from Schuberth. The sun visor on top could have been a little more sturdy. It does buffet behind my large wind shield. But when I stand up and get the helmet above the screen, the buffeting stops and it is stable with the air flow hitting it. Love this lid. Thanks for the review. Hope my two cents helps someone thinking on buying it. Ride safe!!!
pib (1 year ago)
Will be there a video with a title: top 5 quiet helmet under 250 or 200 dollar?
mrlems1 (1 year ago)
what about the shoei gt air?p.s. great review,thanks!
Teenu Cheenu (1 year ago)
Hello was different in this video
Joel .A (1 year ago)
what helmet is the quietest with blue tooth?
Jason Wang (1 year ago)
Qwest is sold out everywhere...I know the RF-SR replaces it (no high-viz), but what's another one that's a good choice for mere mortals with less than around 500 bucks to spare? Someone said HJC RPHA ST is good, any thoughts anybody? Seems like both have comparable style and features, especially with Shoei GT-Air... Ryan?
Prince of the Ravens (1 year ago)
Jason Wang revzilla.com has the Qwest still.
Dre C. (1 year ago)
What r some other choices?
Black70Fastback (1 year ago)
any other helmet and a set of earplugs
Dre C. (1 year ago)
Would the quest be a good choice for riding a Yamaha Stryker?
FortNine (1 year ago)
Yep! ~RF9
Vincent Cheval (1 year ago)
Sorry man, I have to disagree. I ride with a Qwest and it seems to make a bunch of noise. Not sure how you and I can have such different views... perhaps head shape?
omega5040 (1 year ago)
Vincent Cheval quieter than other helmets perhaps? I never rode wearing one so idk
BelowZero (1 year ago)
Same here. I bought a perfect tight fit QWest but the helmet was everything but quiet ...
AccurateShooter (1 year ago)
Good point about ear plugs. Sustained noise of even 85 dB can cause hearing damage if maintained 7 hours or more. If you're riding long periods you're crazy not to wear plugs. How noisy are bikes? My un-scientific study with a microphone taped to my jacket collar showed 96-98 dB at 70 mph. Without plugs, Those guys with the beanie helmets are going to become deaf. No question about it..
Lorenzo Kane (1 year ago)
Surprised not a single Arai helmet isn't on this list.
op3l (1 year ago)
I always wear ear plugs. The wind noise in even the quietest helmets is way too loud for my liking.
Timo Labrenz (1 year ago)
One-f*cking-thousand bucks for the C3 Pro? They're about 450 to 550 EUR, here in Germany!
Timo Labrenz (1 year ago)
On the other hand, VAT in German is 19%, and in Canada it's 15% max - i think. And you can easily get the helmet for 450 EUR, here. 450 EUR/1,19*1,15*1,48+75 = 643 CAD. Add duty (~75 CND)... Quite a bit cheaper, but still less of a difference than I thought it would be. Guess you're right. Does this helmet actually sell?
Daniel Walsh (1 year ago)
550 EUR is 815 CAD. Add in import + distribution costs, etc and there you go. The Canadian dollar sucks :(
lolcatmaroon (1 year ago)
I have hearing loss and tinnitus and am just 27. As quiet as Schuberths are, they tend to score 3/5 or less with impact protection. The UK government have an independent helmet safety organisation for impact https://sharp.dft.gov.uk - but I wish they did ear/hearing and eye/sun safety too.
Paul Dyson (1 year ago)
Hi, about to buy a new lid and wondering if anything has changed since this review? I want the quietest lid possible, is that still the Schuberth C3 Pro?
schwaizi (1 year ago)
Hi, it is also the quietest modular helmet. I'm wearing glasses and modular helmet makes my life so much easier (do not need to take them off while taking on/off the helmet). Also the C3 Pro is not pushing my glasses out of my nose which many other helmets did when i tested them. After being used to C3Pro, I recently tested one cheaper helmet and i was so disturbed by the noises of my own engine and around so i had troubles to concentrate during the ride. Unbelievable. Definitely C3 Pro worth the money!
casual (1 year ago)
Bro may I ask, since I have around 6K can have 7k, which motorcycle do you recommend me to have for long ride (traveling ) and off-road (camping ) and community (school) ?
FortNine (1 year ago)
Hey Paul - yep! The C3 Pro is still the quietest helmet out there. Schuberth now has a replacement - the C4 - which has about the same quietness level in my opinion, but with improved ventilation. Also worth mentioning is the Sena Smart Helmet, which should be out this year and uses active noise cancellation (https://www.sena.com/product/noise-control-helmet/). That will probably be quieter than the Schuberth when it launches, but I expect the quality of the helmet itself won't be as nice. ~RyanF9
Jonathan Mejia (1 year ago)
looks like quagmires son ..giggity!!!

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