Suomy Helmet Review
By Lyle Dove
The Spec-1 R Suomy helmet is a premium motorcycle helmet. But, like any helmet, it has its drawbacks. Read on to learn the strengths and weaknesses of the Suomy helmet.
The Suomy helmet is offered in a wide variety of graphic styles. The detail and finishing on the helmet is superb. You can't wear one without drawing compliments. The bad side of this, is that you'll constantly worry about dropping it or scratching it.
The light weight of the Suomy helmet is one of the biggest draws. The helmet is noticeably lighter than its competitors. You'll appreciate this on longer rides when neck fatigue would normally set in.
There are a couple of drawbacks to the Suomy helmet. Noise is an issue. This helmet lets in a fair amount of road noise. You'll want to consider a pair of ear plugs if you go with this helmet, especially if you've got aftermarket exhaust.
Changing the shield is also not as easy as it should be. Shield removal requires a special tool and takes a few minutes. Not a big deal, but something to consider. According to Suomy, this is a "feature" - the shield will not pop off in a crash.
This helmet is also at the high end of the pricing scale. If you shop around, you can find a good deal, though. I like to use MCGearDeals.com. They have a listing of the best deals on Suomy helmets.
Another drawback of the Suomy helmet is the inability to close the top vent channels. I'm not sure whey they wouldn't have included this feature in the design. When riding in extremely cold weather, this will be an issue.
In my opinion, Suomy helmet is just as comfortable as any other on the market. Suomy sizing is not entirely accurate, but once you find the right fit, the light weight and comfortable liner make this a very comfortable helmet.
So, there you have it. This helmet's got excellent graphics and safety (Snell and BSI certified) with a high price tag and a few inconveniences (shield removal and noise). You'll have to decide for yourself if a Suomy helmet is right for you. Most will agree that it's a good package, especially if you can find one for a good price.
Best Deals on Suomy Helmets
Lyle Dove is an avid motorcyclist who enjoys all aspects of the sport including motocross and road racing. When he's not out riding, he spends his time writing articles on the sport he loves.
Be sure to read his article on
Add your comments
For more Motorcycle Helmets articles: