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I am interested in purchasing a new helmet. I have two in mind: the AGV TiTech and the Suomy Extreme Series. I have only owned AGV helmets throughout my riding career. I love the Suomy's graphics. If anyone has owned either helmet give me a shout, I'd like to hear any pros and cons about either one. The Suomy Bostrom in red would look really good on my red 749!!!


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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (RI749)

The primary rule I advise people to go by is to simply ignore graphics & focus on fit. That's what actually counts.... Then think about vent effectiveness, weight, etc.

Graphics? Save the money and buy a solid color - do you really want to have the same helmet graphics as 5 other people you see when you ride?
 
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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (hank)

hi i have both the suomy extreme and the titech, i think both are very high quality and finish,me myself i am liking the titech just a little more
but i think the suomy is a little lighter, if you like grafics get the red bostrom i had the silver one and just had to get the red one you will like it!!!!!!!
 
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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (hank)

hank said:
The primary rule I advise people to go by is to simply ignore graphics & focus on fit. That's what actually counts.... Then think about vent effectiveness, weight, etc.

I second that


Between the two I would say the suomy is going to be alot better lid, if it fits your helmet.
 
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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (RI749)

got a suomy extreme bostrom for the fit, not the finish. the graphics came as a bonus at the time but i gotta say i feel a bit like a poser riding around in somthing so fancy-smancy. my next one is a solid colour.
the helmet itself offers great ventilation, it's pretty light but is a little loud. oh well.

 
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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (rainman916)

Rainman do you take the same size in AGV and the Suomy?
 
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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (RI749)

While I agree on the importance of fit, a cheap helmet that fits the best doesn't necessarily make for the best choice. I think you have to look at everything. I have had some friends buy Scorpion helmets because they fit well, but then complained about how heavy it was and how hard it was to turn their heads during higher speeds. Thus, lightness and aerodynamics also play a factor.

While the Italian helmets are nice, I think I've found the Arai's to be the best protection possible. They're light, solid, offer great ventilation, and nice aerodynamics. Plus, they're innovative as well in that the facesheild won't pop off upon impact like most. It's definitely more pricey than the others, but we're talking about protection my noggin here so the money was definitely well spent.

As for the graphics, this is definitely up to the rider. Personally, I like graphics as they give more individuality. Remember, others can buy solid colors as well so it's not only the ones with graphics that others can also have.

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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (KingKobra)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by KingKobra »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">While I agree on the importance of fit, a cheap helmet that fits the best doesn't necessarily make for the best choice. I think you have to look at everything. I have had some friends buy Scorpion helmets because they fit well, but then complained about how heavy it was and how hard it was to turn their heads during higher speeds. Thus, lightness and aerodynamics also play a factor.

While the Italian helmets are nice, I think I've found the Arai's to be the best protection possible. They're light, solid, offer great ventilation, and nice aerodynamics. Plus, they're innovative as well in that the facesheild won't pop off upon impact like most. It's definitely more pricey than the others, but we're talking about protection my noggin here so the money was definitely well spent.

As for the graphics, this is definitely up to the rider. Personally, I like graphics as they give more individuality. Remember, others can buy solid colors as well so it's not only the ones with graphics that others can also have.

Arai RX7 Corsair - Matsudo Cobra


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I have owned Arai helmets and they are as good as a helmet gets, but a Spec 1R Suomy and a TiTech AGV are just as good. I will bet there is no Arai that is as light as a Spec 1R and I got to see the empty shell of a TiTech at the dealer expo and there was a huge amount of thought and design that went into that helmet. Arai makes a fine helmet, but it's not the end all.
 
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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (RI749)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by RI749 »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Rainman do you take the same size in AGV and the Suomy?</TD></TR></TABLE>

I'm not Rainman, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express.....
I tried on both of these helmets yesterday and a ML or medium large AGV was perfect and the medium Suomy was almost painfully tight and yet the large seemed comfy I just wondered if once broken in it would become loose. My gunwind Suomy is a medium and had a pressure point at first that went away after a few wearings and became the best fitting helmet I have ever owned. (15+)
 
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Just chiming in on this. I've owned and have tested (wink) both an Arai Astral and a Suomy Spec-1R. AGV fit me a little too tight, so I never purchased one. But, before deciding on AGV or Suomy, do yourself a favor and try Shark. They're not well known here in the states but the quality, features, and craftsmenship on a dollar to value ratio can't be beat!
 
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have a suomy,love the fit venting is ok.all my other helmets have been med,suomy large. bought on ebay new for $150,painted duc yellow and decaled with duc superbike decals(ebay)and have a understated custom lid for around $220
 
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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (RI749)

Not in the running in your line up but FWIW I love my Arai rx7
 
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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (grinder96)

This post is like asking whether a Reebok or Nike would be best. Try it on. Whichever fits you best, then get it. They are all going to protect your melon pretty well. I have a suomy and love it. Ironically, I think my KBC fit me better, but at speeds and the looks dept., i think the suomy is better for me.

Get whatever works best for you.
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Heist »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">...do yourself a favor and try Shark. They're not well known here in the states but the quality, features, and craftsmenship on a dollar to value ratio can't be beat!</TD></TR></TABLE>

My shop just opened an account to carry Shark helmets and I can't wait to get a Shark Duhamel!
 
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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (RI749)

what is the best price in USA for a Suomy Spec 1R replica helmet?
 
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Re: Suomy vs. AGV (Phil 998)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Phil 998 »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">

I'm not Rainman, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express.....
I tried on both of these helmets yesterday and a ML or medium large AGV was perfect and the medium Suomy was almost painfully tight and yet the large seemed comfy I just wondered if once broken in it would become loose. My gunwind Suomy is a medium and had a pressure point at first that went away after a few wearings and became the best fitting helmet I have ever owned. (15+)</TD></TR></TABLE>

i agree with u on that phil. my buddy has a spec 1 medium and it felt real tight . funny though i wear a medium gundwind. but im sure i will get loose after awhile.
 
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