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  • brash Posts: 593
    Performance Poster brash
    28 Mar 2017 05:52 PM
    I've always been an open face helmet guy but for a change I thought I'd give a full face a go. I did my research, narrowed it down to a half dozen or so helmets I thought had the right mix of features, looks and decent reviews and fit my budget of approx $800. In the end I narrowed it down to 3 choices.

    Biltwell Lanesplitter
    Bell RS-1
    Simpson Ghost Bandit.

    The Biltwell Lanesplitter is only new (actually not available to the public) and is ECE compliant, I had the opputunity to buy a pre-release helmet but the risk of not been able to try one on had me a bit worried.



    The Bell RS-1 - is a full featured helmet and was a pretty penny when new but is now somewhat obsolete by the Race Star and is a few years old, these can be had for $400 in select colour ways. It's comfy and typical Bell quality however felt heavy compared to the simpson and the viewing area was smaller.





    Simpson Ghost Bandit - I've pined over the Bandit for years, but was never AS1698 or ECE compliant, the new Ghost Bandit is. It cost a bomb at $799. In my opinion this is the coolest looking helmet there is.




    Review

    So in the end I ended up sleeping on the decision and got the ghost Bandit in gloss black after finding a local vendor for sizing. I am usually a medium and in the Simpson I'm no different, it's a snug fit but completely comfortable for my oval shaped noggin. First things I immediately noticed is how Light this lid is, it's about the same as my open face helmet, the viewing port is huge and is as wide as my peripheral vision can see, this is a huge bonus when riding in Sydney where you need to be able to see cars and trucks from near killing you.

    Of the reviews I read, only complaints were it was a "noisy" helmet and fogged up easy, coming from an Open face this thing is near silent to me, can only hear a bit of whistling when you are at Jail Time sort of speeds *cough* and the visor will fog if you breath through your mouth when stationary with the visor down. I breathe through my nose so problem solved. This helmet is compatible with the pinlock system so fogging can be cured with aftermarket support.

    Venting is excellent, and is probably why it is considered a noisy helmet, heaps of vents and turrets for the breeze to cool you down. I wish the gauze on the vents was black though.

    The helmet has a drop down tinted visor, which looks a bit too RoboCop for me but does work well. I ended up buying an additional Iridium visor which really cuts the light down (darker than sunnies) I wear glasses, they fit behind the visor with no problem and plenty of space.

    Overall, very happy with the helmet and can ride without fear of been nabbed for a "non compliant" helmet with the new rules in NSW. It's a lot of money ($799) but if it keeps my chin from ending up smeared all over the road in the event of an accident I'll pay that money any day of the week.

    With the iridium visor.



  • JFE Posts: 1236
    NSW
    Performance Poster JFE
    28 Mar 2017 07:48 PM
    Good review, thanks. I'm due to upgrade later this year too ... I will look into the Simpson. I've seen the brand around but never read a review.

    Did you consider the Shark Explorer-R? I've read some great reviews including one where it scored very high for safety. Yes it is technically classed as a ADV helmet but ditch all that stuff (removable) and it looks like a cool helmet IMO. Bit cheaper too, circa $500. Made in Thailand.
  • brash Posts: 593
    Performance Poster brash
    28 Mar 2017 08:18 PM
    Sure did mate. And the AGV equivalent. I tried them both at Mca and found the shark too squished across the temples and the AGV a bit tight in the cheeks. They are both good looking lids and get good reviews. Have a look at the Simpson in the flesh and I think you will like it. Only complaint Come to think of it is the D buckle is small and can't be done with gloves on. 
  • rodrocket Posts: 221
    Stock Poster rodrocket
    28 Mar 2017 08:20 PM

    Great write up on the Simpson Ghost Bandit


    If anyone is interest in these helmets or any other Simpson product let me know, I am sure I can do you a killer deal landed here in Australia

    http://simpsonraceproducts.com/motorcycle-helmets/


    regards

    Rod





  • JFE Posts: 1236
    NSW
    Performance Poster JFE
    29 Mar 2017 06:34 AM
    Posted by brash on 28 Mar 2017 07:48 PM
    Sure did mate. And the AGV equivalent. I tried them both at Mca and found the shark too squished across the temples and the AGV a bit tight in the cheeks. They are both good looking lids and get good reviews. Have a look at the Simpson in the flesh and I think you will like it. Only complaint Come to think of it is the D buckle is small and can't be done with gloves on. 

     Yeah, can't beat an actual fitting as the final step! Thanks again for the helpful review.

  • DJP_120ci Posts: 152
    Stock Poster DJP_120ci
    29 Mar 2017 06:58 AM
    Neat looking lid brash ????

    Last I looked I didn't think Simpson made an Australian legal helmet, obviously that has changed. Have always liked the look of them

    I recently sold my bell full face so I may have a look at one of these. 
  • Baloffski Posts: 1435
    Victoria
    Performance Poster Baloffski
    01 Apr 2017 03:52 PM
    The "Darth Simpson" helmet. Bell looks better to my mind, although my mind may be full of pot holes.
  • mickle Posts: 1888
    Meadow Heights Victoria
    Motor Head mickle
    02 Apr 2017 12:20 PM
    Glad you like it, that's all that matters.
  • robots Posts: 1110
    Performance Poster robots
    02 Apr 2017 08:07 PM
    Can ride in Vic with helmet cam and tinted visor anywhere, not interested in them
  • Motai Posts: 18
    Perth
    Stock Poster Motai
    27 Apr 2017 10:10 PM
    What about the Shark Vancore...




    HD Forums Australia - shark_vancore_helmet_300x300.jpg

  • Hot and Heavy Posts: 1617
    Hobart.
    Motor Head Hot and Heavy
    28 Apr 2017 08:55 AM
    Great review Brash. I'm looking to upgrade my full face. I've got a HJC and it's awful. It's noisier than my open face and fogs up bad. It's looking like a trip to Vic to try one on. Cheers.
  • brash Posts: 593
    Performance Poster brash
    04 May 2017 11:31 PM
    I've solved the wind noise, the top vents simply put some tape over them from inside the helmet and all the sudden it's silent as an Arai.

    Very impressed with this helmet, light, huge viewing portal, unique look.

    On the odd occasion it will fog when stuck at the lights, only sometimes.

    Hard bit to swallow is the price but you only get one head I suppose. :)
  • Hot and Heavy Posts: 1617
    Hobart.
    Motor Head Hot and Heavy
    09 May 2017 06:19 PM
    I'm heading to Melbourne next week does anyone here know of a stockist there?
  • rodrocket Posts: 221
    Stock Poster rodrocket
    09 May 2017 08:59 PM
    Posted by Hot and Heavy on 09 May 2017 06:19 PM
    I'm heading to Melbourne next week does anyone here know of a stockist there?

     

    Hot, check your PM


    regards

    Rod


  • 09_Muscle Posts: 1
    Stock Poster 09_Muscle
    10 May 2017 06:51 AM
    Hi Rod. How bout a dealer in Brisbane that sells the Bandit? Wouldn't mind having a look at it... Cheers... Mat
  • Baloffski Posts: 1435
    Victoria
    Performance Poster Baloffski
    10 May 2017 03:37 PM
      I too need a new Helmet of Full face type, rather a flip type, as claustro a little. My old Shoei is 20 plus years old, and I live in Victoria. Can I try on one of these Ghosts or maybe I'll just go for a $300 Bell revolver ? Have stashed some coin for new helmet, although open face with silk balaclava and googles were ok for 40 plus years, till somewhere with bloody rain/hail bucketed down and had to pull over quick smart,  lady on the back was clear view with her F.Face helmet. Getting old s"pose. Hit me Mr. Rocket for a look see, thanks. 
    Arrrrghhh!!! just went through pricing , shit, pretty xeee..              
  • Stel Posts: 150
    Stock Poster Stel
    10 May 2017 11:13 PM
    I'll be selling my Sportster very soon and have a lot of gear including a Simpson M30 Bandit Matt Black (with clear and tinted visor and brand new liner/cheek pads) size small.
    I'm based in Glen Waverley and work in Hawthorn, if anyone is interested , shoot me a pm.
    The Simpson is by far the most comfortable helmet I've ever owned.
    https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/simpson-m30-bandit-helmet
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