Dual sport or Street helmet – Which one is better?

Dual sport vs Street helmet – what to take?

Today’s topic is going to be about the most important gear – the helmet. Which one to take on a long motorcycle trip. Stay with me and I will give you my opinion about it.

So let say that you already planned your trip. The bike is ready, the money are fact, but you still wondering which helmet to take. It’s a good question and I will try to answer it as simple as possible. Maybe the best option is to buy a modular helmet, something like Schuberth or Shoei, but not everyone is ready to spent 5-600 hundred dollars for helmet. I am not going to review the offers from the market, there are thousands of models. What I will do is to give you few ideas to think about.
During the years I have used any kind of helmets:

Off road

You can find tons of information in Youtube and compare each one of the models. They all have pros and cons.
Don’t forget that we talking about the choice of helmet for a long motorcycle trip.

What that is mean?

1. The helmet need to be comfortable – light, but safe. You will have many riding hours and it need to be already proof before the trip.
2. To be as quiet as possible.
3. Easy to operate, put it in or out.
4. Easy to lock and unlock.
5. Easy to clean.
6. Possibility to lock it to the bike. Some open face helmets are not possible to lock. It needs to be something easy to forget in the case it get stolen.
7. Suitable for any weather changes and any terrains.
After all that I just said I will reduce the possible choices to just two options:

Dual sport and Street helmet.

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Rogelio Degino says:

nice advice

Glyn Greenwood says:

How about a flip front helmet.tends to have a lot of space between chin and chin bar,open up in nice weather,close in cold,best of both worlds ?

F.L. Burghardt says:

Modular for me. I don’t ride off road on purpose (BMW R1150R) and have some thousands of miles with a simple HJC helmet. Very comfortable and I love the integrated sun visor. The movable chin bar allows me to put glasses on before the helmet and I enjoy riding with the bar up at low speeds. I also have a small Wunderlich windscreen extender so I ride with the visor open unless it’s super cold. Most of the bug splats end up inside the visor 🙂

dwayne marshall says:

Just one point .. what ever helmet you choose make sure it is a proper fit.. to snug you will not enjoy your ride to loose and the helmet may come off in an accident. Ride safe

Jaycbee024 says:

I have a Nolan as well, and agree they are tight.
I like Modular helmets for this reason, when you can complete move the chin bar out of the way it helps a ton.

Rakesh Suryavardhan says:

Does this enduro helmets cause more wind noise during highway rides? For example cruising at 120-130kph

paul anthony bulao says:

i hope you invest in a good microphone. your content is very useful…

tordenskrald says:

Would you also recommend the dual sport helmet for sport-touring?
I mean the riding position on my bike is more sporty and I don’t tend to go off-road, my bike is not made for that.
I don’t like highways but most of my trips begin and end with a full day of highway ride, so wind noise is an important factor.
I like the look of the dual sport helmet, but I’m not sure it’s a good option for me. Already have some problems with hearing damage due to wind noise…

Jennifer Campbell says:

How about an open face helmet? Not those crazy skull cap ones that Harley pigs often wear, but a good protective helmet without the chin guard.

Tim says:

Great video!
It has really got me thinking about trying a different helmet.
As Wind Talker said, I never gave dual sport helmets a consideration, because I figured they were strictly for off road riding.
Thank you for the video!

William Ross-Hughes says:

I love my O’Neal Serra

Arthur B says:

Not sure what your native language is but your English is excellent! Thanks for the great videos. I recently bought a Shoei Neotec. Unfortunately I had to shave quite a bit of material from the cheek pads because it was too tight but other than that I love it. I bought with the SENA unit made for the helmet.

cris mueller says:

Thanks for that; really helpful.

Peter Andersen says:

Hello from Canada! Good info, much to think about for a rider returning to bike riding after having been away from it for a few years. Looking forward to exploring the open road with my 2011 BMW R1200GSA.

MaverickX2k5 says:

I have a usual street helmet and must admit: longest time I had it on nonstop was 6h. But my helmet was comfortable and I had no issues installing a sena com system. Big advantage for me is the channel for glasses, so thats no problem either. I never considered another type of helmet and I’m very happy with my choice so far. but I want to thank you for these hints, I will at least try one to see the differences myself

CanzZz says:

is this oneal sierra adventure helmet very quiet? because i have the problem with my enduro helmet that the wind noise is way too loud. every time i come from a 1 hour ride i scream at people instead of talking because im almost deaf haha

Ron says:

I want to press the play button on his shirt.

Alberto Harres Rocha says:

I first bought enduro helmet and I hated it, it’s heavy and you start to have pain in the shoulders after riding some time, you freeze your face in the winter, the sunblocker pulls your head to the back in the road in high speeds thus giving you neck pain(which can evolve to a worse problem in your body)

In January I went to Uruguay with my Bell M4R and it was good enough, not perfect but I made it better than with the enduro helmet. It has the problems that you say but for me it pays off.
Sometimes, in the trip, it was hot as hell inside my helmet and I could barely breath, so I had to open the visor many times due the minimum space inside the helmet, but opening just a little bit was good enough.
I don’t have bluetooth mics but I can see this as a problem.
Also I did not had problems in the offroad.

In conclusion, I think that a >light< enduro helmet beats the street helmet in hot weather, otherwise I would stick with street helmets.

dwayne marshall says:

Happy new year sir hope you have a wonderful year. thank you for your videos

Stanisław Bober says:

Fully Agree:)

Elends Huraglump says:

… noch mehr Möglichkeiten und Komfort  bietet der Klapp-Endurohelm  ADX-1 von Scorpion. Das ist sozusagen ein three-purpose Helm.  Meiner Meinung nach zur Zeit der beste Allround-Helm für Tourenfahrer. Für Brillenträger und Bluetooth-Nutzer bereits bestens vorbereitet. Auch der Preis passt. Ansonsten stimme ich Dir in allen Punkten zu.

Karmelo Kresonja says:

Like it, thank you

Kirk Lively says:

i have a Schubert C3 Pro. great modular helmet a little hot in plus 30c weather. my best buy was EarSmart moulded ear plugs. plus added beak to helmet in order to use googles for more air flow

Tom Henderson says:

I guess what I would really like is a retractable visor on my modular helmet! Riding into the setting sun is really miserable.

TheGreat Bear says:

Damn, every topic you touch, you bring me new and useful information! Thank you for your videos, I will subscribe, no doubt!

strikezero01 says:

dual visor helmet is what I need rider now..

Kirsten Higgins says:

But don’t dual sports catch the wind a bit more? What if I don’t want to have my head facing down the whole ride

innocent odeny says:

Very informative. Thank you

BigFiveJack says:

You do not discuss 3/4 helmet?

patrick coleman says:

enjoyed your style of presentation, I have done a lot of long trips here in Australia and currently use a Shark Evoline series 3 
which I find has more that enough room in front of your nose and of course can be legally be ridden with the chin bar up with no aerodynamic problems.
thanks Patrick

Puftara says:

I usually agree with you, but now is not the case… Proper street, as you call them, helmets are lighter and much less noisy. You mentioned aerodynamics already. The lack of space is not an issue if you buy a newer model communication device. Also I never had a problem with the visor fogging. Pin-lock works as a charm. Same goes for the glasses, there are helmets with liners that have space for glasses. Ventilation: well if you buy a good helmet it want be a problem. Of course, when I say good I don’t mean $100-200 helmets. Those are good for lesser bikes (200-300cc) and city commuting. I know that $500 is much for a helmet for many people but it is the thing that you have all the time on you head while driving. It is protecting your head, and affecting the whole riding experience. So light, well ventilated, quiet as possible and with the best possible visor. I like those with springs that almost vacuum the visor…
And flip-up helmets are way to heavy and noisy in my opinion. Plus they usually don’t look that good. And while driving longer distances I can’t wait to take my helmet off anyway, no matter what type it is…
Keep up the good work, maybe improve a bit the quality of your mic, and happy holidays with a lot of safe and enjoyable miles…

Ya Ghos says:

Thnx for the right information .. Love from pakistan

ekim andersom says:

I was planning to buy a modular, but to me there are just to many things on it that can break.
I went with the Arai tour X4, because of very good ventilation, quality, the fit was perfect, pinlock, and a big visor for good view.

JDOG1337 says:

You make pretty good videos, but just a suggestion – Invest in an external mic or do something about the acoustics in your recording room… The low quality of the audio in these vids detracts from the great information you’re sharing.

Bill Papadakis says:

i wear an off road helmet in the city because i have a much bigger field of view

Nizarimi Abdul Wahab says:

“It need to be easy to forget in the case it gets stolen”. Hahaha… one of the finest and “rarest” advice on motorcycle helmet. Simply means something that you’re not going to regret or to mourn over it.

Ian Lindsay says:

I use a modular Nolan with internal “sun glasses” and built in BT Coms. I have to agree about the lack of chin space. I’ve twice had a bee fly into that small space though. I wonder would enduro helmets catch more bees. As for the sun visor, I have a strip of black insulation tape on the bottom edge of my clear shield that functions as a sun shade when I open the visor and it can be positioned to perfectly shade my eyes. Thanks for you videos. They are very informative and obviously based on lots of experience and sound logical thinking. Cheers, from sunny Australia.

Praveen A.S says:

What will better helmet for night riding that too in raining situation?

Wind Talker says:

Thanks for the advice. I always thought that enduro helmets are for off road guys…but your points make sense. Thumbs up!

Ronald Gaylord says:

i have to say my favorite helmet is the open face helmet with a pop up face shield.

JaCzerwin says:

I like your english is very pure ,I understand what you talk

yogeshavl says:

I’m following up so many motorcycle channels on YouTube but, your information is really really helpful and grounded. Thanks

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