Here are some basics you should know about Modular Motorcycle Helmets…
Modular motorcycle helmets look very similar to full face helmets, however, the main difference between them is the flip up front of the helmet. The front of the helmet flips up underneath the visor allowing a significant amount of ventilation…which is a huge benefit when it is extremely hot out and just putting up the visor doesn`t help. However, you really can`t ride with the front portion of the helmet flipped up. This is something you can typically do at a stop sign or at a set of lights. If you do ride with the helmet flipped up, you will experience a lot of wind buffeting on your helmet and can even brake the flip up portion.
Combination of Full Face and 3/4 Face Helmet
This helmet is a great compromise between a full face and a 3/4 face helmet. It has the advantages of the protection of a full face helmet and the ventilation of a 3/4 face helmet. It can also be adapted to use a communication system…just be sure you bring your helmet in when you purchase your communication system for the best fit…not all communication systems are alike or will fit a modular helmet. One disadvantage to the modular motorcycle helmet is the that it is weaker than a full face. Since the front of the helmet flips up, there is a hinge on the side of the helmet which creates a weak point. This weak point allows the front of the helmet to flex significantly more than a full face. So for this reason alone a modular helmet will not pass a Snell certification…which is higher then the DOT certification. However, most if not all modular helmets have at least the DOT certification…but as always look for the DOT stamp on the helmet to be sure.
Shark Evoline Modular
Ok, so now I will contradict an earlier statement where I said you cannot ride with the front of the helmet flipped up on a modular helmet….until now! Shark has introduced a Modular helmet in the Evoline. The front of this helmet not only opens up to expose your face…it also flips all the way to the back of the helmet allowing you to ride with the helmet in the fully open position! This is truly a great benefit as now this helmet will fully act as a 3/4 and full face helmet….rather than just at the stop lights. It also has a really mean look to it in the fully open position (see the pictures below) which can provide great ventilation and protection with the flip of the switch…literally.
So there is some basic info on the modular helmet….to summarize it has benefits of both a full face and a 3/4 face helmet with protection and ventilation. However, the Shark Evoline adds an additional benefit of being able to ride in the fully open position.