HJC IS-17(5 star Sharp safety rating) Matt black motorbike helmet £127.99 @ SportsBikeShop
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HJC IS-17(5 star Sharp safety rating) Matt black motorbike helmet £127.99 @ SportsBikeShop

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Found 27th May
If you're after a top Sharp safety rated helmet with both pinlock (stops the visor fogging up) and an integrated sun visor, but don't have a spare £400 then consider this from HJC.

There's a really helpful review here which includes a video.

billyscrashhelmets.co.uk/hjc…ew/
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tintowellfan59 m ago

Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. …Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. It must be the hardest colour for the car driving eejts to spot. Surely white or silver is a better choice for safety. Maybe just showing my age, but rather be alive with my white helmet, than dead with a black helmet, particularly matt black. My bike is matt black, and is almost invisible to me when I go into my garage so I would rather my head was as visible as possible.


Same could be said about buying a black bike, more so.
Edited by: "rev6" 27th May
tintowellfan14 h, 25 m ago

Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. …Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. It must be the hardest colour for the car driving eejts to spot. Surely white or silver is a better choice for safety. Maybe just showing my age, but rather be alive with my white helmet, than dead with a black helmet, particularly matt black. My bike is matt black, and is almost invisible to me when I go into my garage so I would rather my head was as visible as possible.


After many years as a road death investigator in London I am strongly of the opinion that car driver's don't see bikes because they are looking for cars when they pull out - bikes don't register regardless of visibility. Do you think Police motorcyclists don't have cars pull out in front of them? Black helmet is fine - if you are relying on helmet colour to live I suggest you try a different mode of transport.
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I have this helmet, same colour too. Bought as it's 5 star rated and has the visor. Fits well and love the flip visor, which is useful.
Nice to see Daverobeo mention SHARP rating as I've seen several helmet 'deals' posted which when looking up they have 2/3 star ratings!
I have this, and from there, great helmet - made my old one feel like cheap crap

regardless, only cost me £99.99 as they price matched a random ebay seller at the time
It's a bit ugly but the 5 star rating is good I guess
I had an is17 about 6years ago. Was ok I guess, but cost myself 50 quid in an offer new.

I don't think this is a great deal. Shark s900's are superior and the same price
Mine has sun visor and pin lock and flips with a 5 star safety rating for £130. I guess it’s a ok price and depends on style but the market is saturated at this price level.
Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. It must be the hardest colour for the car driving eejts to spot. Surely white or silver is a better choice for safety. Maybe just showing my age, but rather be alive with my white helmet, than dead with a black helmet, particularly matt black. My bike is matt black, and is almost invisible to me when I go into my garage so I would rather my head was as visible as possible.
Good price for a great lid..
tintowellfan59 m ago

Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. …Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. It must be the hardest colour for the car driving eejts to spot. Surely white or silver is a better choice for safety. Maybe just showing my age, but rather be alive with my white helmet, than dead with a black helmet, particularly matt black. My bike is matt black, and is almost invisible to me when I go into my garage so I would rather my head was as visible as possible.


Same could be said about buying a black bike, more so.
Edited by: "rev6" 27th May
Was looking at this last week but went for the FG-ST in the end which i have been using today and am very happy with
Good price for the 5 star rating and the pin lock. Wouldn't get a helmet without that now.
The important thing with any helmet is fit and if this one suits your head shape, it's a good deal. Looks like returns are free with the seller, so that's good.
tintowellfan3 h, 26 m ago

Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. …Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. It must be the hardest colour for the car driving eejts to spot. Surely white or silver is a better choice for safety. Maybe just showing my age, but rather be alive with my white helmet, than dead with a black helmet, particularly matt black. My bike is matt black, and is almost invisible to me when I go into my garage so I would rather my head was as visible as possible.


There is a lot of irony here but I'm the same. See, before I got a bike I was thinking something garish like bright yellow as the main colour but then I went to a dealer and looked at some bikes and I get shown this black sports bike and I like to pretend that the bike chose me not the other way around.

So I have a black bike and it's now time to get some gear. As I was just "testing the water" with motorbiking I didn't want to spend a crazy amount and I factored in summer coming too which means don't get all black it will be roasting. But since I didn't want to spend a lot the colours were limited so I ended up with black trousers and black and white jacket, black and white gloves and black and white helmet. Major fail...

I'm planning for the next bike to be white but I wouldn't go to the bookies with that.
tintowellfan6 h, 5 m ago

Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. …Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. It must be the hardest colour for the car driving eejts to spot. Surely white or silver is a better choice for safety. Maybe just showing my age, but rather be alive with my white helmet, than dead with a black helmet, particularly matt black. My bike is matt black, and is almost invisible to me when I go into my garage so I would rather my head was as visible as possible.


I was concerned about visibility when I first started riding, until the bright yellow XXXL size scooter rider was knocked clean off his land barge by a careless driver. At the end of the day it doesn't matter what you wear, with daytime running lights any driver who bothers to look is going to see you. Those who don't are going to hit you.
No amount of garish fluorescent clothing is going to change that.

But back on topic; I paid £110 for mine (Grey pattern) about a year ago..
Extra daytime running lights, like on some big trailies, do much more for visibility than helmet colour.
Interestingly enough, there was an Australian investigation some years ago which appeared to show that wearing a white helmet could lower the accident risk by around 25% though I think it was a pure numbers based study
snagzie14 h, 39 m ago

I had an is17 about 6years ago. Was ok I guess, but cost myself 50 quid in …I had an is17 about 6years ago. Was ok I guess, but cost myself 50 quid in an offer new. I don't think this is a great deal. Shark s900's are superior and the same price


I have to say I struggled to pick between the two, they both look like good helmets but the sharp rating swung it for me. The shark gets a 4 and this one gets a 5.
Wearing all green Kawasaki leathers helmet bike worse as car drivers can't see you amongst the bushes, grass n trees. U can buy led strips for your helmet and bike and wrap Xmas tree lights around yourself if ur that worried but that still won't stop the dumbos in their Peugeots who don't even bother to look.........
tintowellfan14 h, 25 m ago

Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. …Always wonder, as a biker myself, why some bikers choose a black helmet. It must be the hardest colour for the car driving eejts to spot. Surely white or silver is a better choice for safety. Maybe just showing my age, but rather be alive with my white helmet, than dead with a black helmet, particularly matt black. My bike is matt black, and is almost invisible to me when I go into my garage so I would rather my head was as visible as possible.


After many years as a road death investigator in London I am strongly of the opinion that car driver's don't see bikes because they are looking for cars when they pull out - bikes don't register regardless of visibility. Do you think Police motorcyclists don't have cars pull out in front of them? Black helmet is fine - if you are relying on helmet colour to live I suggest you try a different mode of transport.
I bought one of these (with pink graphics) for my GF- she loves it - and also fitted the sena 10upad which replaces the lower cheek pads to integrate bluetooth very discretely.
terrible idea to buy a helmet without trying on lots of different ones to check you get one with the best fit.
the most expensive and fancy helmet in the world that fits badly will almost certainly give worse protection than a cheap one which fits perfectly (assuming both have the required crash test ratings).
Why do they never sell XXXL
blackrat6228th May

After many years as a road death investigator in London I am strongly of …After many years as a road death investigator in London I am strongly of the opinion that car driver's don't see bikes because they are looking for cars when they pull out - bikes don't register regardless of visibility. Do you think Police motorcyclists don't have cars pull out in front of them? Black helmet is fine - if you are relying on helmet colour to live I suggest you try a different mode of transport.



After 30-odd years of riding in London I completely agree with this. Most car drivers are looking for spaces in traffic and the motorbike in that space rarely registers as they glance around. Look up saccadic blanking.
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