11-20-2012, 08:39 AM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Nikko MotoRacing Vortex N916 orange helmet
Nikko Motoracing helmet N916 Vortex, with optional smoke colored shield. I bought this when I got the Repsol, which was around August, 2011. I've ridden the bike about 11K miles with this helmet in all weather except SNOW!
The pic was taken thru a window - all I have right now, sorry.
Bottom line - I love this helmet. It's a steal for the price and it's orange scheme is a near-perfect match to my Honda Repsol.
I always swap the mirrored, smoke-colored shield out for the clear one that comes with the Vortex when daylight savings ends.
Pros - Price, color and graphics, physical styling, function, comfort, DOT rated, features like reflectors and sunshield, I like the 916, reminds me of the Ducati. I like that it's Nikko, because I'm Miko.
Cons - Loud, breezy, face shield sometimes flies up at speed when looking over my shoulder, vents are hard to find.
I don't mind that it's loud because I never hit the highway without ear plugs.
No worries with this Vortex. If you read "Blowing the Lid Off", the talked-about Motorcyclist independent helmet review from about 5 years ago, where the ZRP Z-1 StrikeBlade (a $100 lid) came out on top with the most protection against brain injury, then you already know the scam that is current helmet pricing. I personally owned, used, and unfortunately "tested" the ZRP Z-1 when some dopey bastard reared me while waiting to make a turn. It truly is a fine helmet.
My friend's reaction to my Nikko helmet was "I can't believe you'd put a $150 lid on your head." It's deeply ingrained cost snobbery. Not his fault. If you want the feature list from the Vortex N916, you can look it up. I really never use the sunshield, but it's cool that it's there, I guess. If I forget my sunglasses one day. I love that I didn't have to settle for graphics like a graveyard or The Reaper or a bomb exploding. Just nice swirlies.
I've been caught in HEAVY rain in this helmet and I guess it's as "water tight" as anything else.
2009 CBR Repsol, 2nd owner
Yoshi R-77 full, SS shawty/Pirelli Angels/Hotbodies tail kit/Throttlemeister/CRG Spectrum Roll-A-Click shawtys/GB Racing engine covers/Honda eCushion seat/Carbone Lorraine brakes/Spiegler braided lines (orange)/Cox radiator guard/Radiator spaced for fan clearance/Engine Ice coolant/Dynojet PC-V/Dynojet IRC/K&N AF/Flapper mod
FIAMM Freeway blaster horns/Repsol 4T Racing 3L oil/SportRider suggested suspension settings (preload left stock)