By Troy Siahaan
If you’re here expecting something as witty and biting as John’s review of the Bell Eliminator, I’ve got bad news. First of all, I can’t write anything nearly as witty as Burnsie. Not many can. And second, I actually like the HJC RPHA 90. Like, a lot. Among the MO staff, modular lids are hugely popular and the helmet of choice for most things short of track or dirt riding. However, my personal experience with flip-ups in the past has been checkered. Modulars in my normal size, medium, would fit great with the chin bar open, but when closed the hinge mechanism would slowly put pressure on my temples. I wouldn’t notice on short rides, but one long-distance haul was all it took to come face-to-face with a massive headache. You ever been really far from home with a giant pain in the… head… with no choice but to endure for the ride back? Even if you haven’t, you can imagine the amount of suckage that ensues.
Not wanting to give up on modulars, as I love their practicality, the HJC RPHA 90 was offered my way. Sticking with my natural size medium, the RPHA 90 slid onto my head nicely, the Multi-cool interior and antibacterial fabric feeling plush against my skin. Even with the chin bar down and locked I couldn’t feel any pressure against my temples. Things were looking up, but the real test would come after some miles.
Now that I’ve spent some time with the RPHA 90 and ridden a variety of motorcycles with it on my head, I can say (again) that I like this helmet a lot. It fits my intermediate oval head with the chin bar up or down, the top ventilation scoop and rear exhaust port actually flow a decent amount of air, …read more
Source:: MO Tested: HJC RPHA 90 Helmet Review