GMAX GM68S "Dragon" Motorcycle
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Visitor Comments (Below)
2007 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year!
Summary: High quality helmet, interesting
selection of graphics; outstanding air flow; outstanding visor optical quality;
3-position LED lights in the rear; and a
OK, so it's officially 2008, but we
started this review a couple of weeks ago and finished up
all the photos and the video and the post-evaluation discussions before the ball dropped on New Year's Eve.
I even started turning electrons into HTML code before
the Champagne corks popped!
So I'm officially claiming this to be
the last webBikeWorld review of 2007, thus making the
GMAX GM68S helmet eligible for our annual "Best of"
awards for the year. Whew!
And deserving it is -- in a year of
lackluster motorcycle helmet releases and thin pickings for
everything else (are our criteria getting tougher, was
2007 a forgettable year or are
we becoming jaded?), the GM68S was released just in time
to make its mark on '07.
Truth be told, I hadn't thought much
about GMAX one way or the other prior the arrival of the GM68S. I considered the brand to be, oh,
something like a 4th-string contender, to
be frank. I've been monitoring their yearly lineup at the past
couple of Indy Dealer Expos but I didn't see anything that led
me to believe that webBikeWorlders would be interested.
But a recent GMAX ad for the GM68S in
one of the motorcycle industry rags convinced me to
take another look. My expectations were pretty low
and I'll admit that the box sat there for a week or so
before I peeled it open.
Now frequent visitors know that we get a much
bigger kick out of a product that
under-promises and over-delivers, and if this isn't the
textbook definition of that, I don't know what is,
list price for the GM68S is only $119.95.
this one retail for $104.95, including free shipping (in the
U.S.A.), and that's not all: GMAX is having a special sale -- they included a free dark tinted
visor in a fleece visor sleeve, a nice, thick helmet bag
and even an extra LED light cover in dark tint to swap
with the standard red cover to give a stealth look, if
That's right -- on top of everything
else, the GM68S has 6 LED lights in the back (pioneered
Akuma V-1 Ghost
Rider) which can be
rotated through 4 settings: on steady, blinking, fast
blinking and off.
Cool! So let's take a look...
Paint, Graphics and Overall Quality
The "Dragon" graphics shown here are available with either a
black or white background. The Dragon design wasn't my first choice; I
really wanted a GM68S in the
"Crusader" graphics, which I think look cool and different.
However, the GM68S is so new that sizes and colors were limited when we
purchased this one and the black Dragon was the only choice available.
Although the Dragon graphics are nicely
done, the design is a bit derivative, in my opinion.
Nevertheless, it's well executed and the paint on this
example is well above average, with no orange peel nor
dust bunnies underneath the thick clear coat. And
it's not obvious in the photos, but some
of the pinstripes use silver metalflake, which looks
very nice, so overall I
give the artwork an "A".
What sets the GM68S apart from most of
the other helmets in this price range -- and from many
competitors costing a lot more -- is that all the parts
work, they work well and everything has a good feel.
It isn't easy to control quality with this many parts,
including the 9 (count 'em) vents; 8 exhaust
vents and other bits. That everything works and
seems solid and secure is very impressive.
Score: I'll give the GM68S an "Excellent" rating for
paint, graphics and design and for overall quality. See
the ratings descriptions in the summary table at the end of this page.
Helmet Fit and Comfort and Internal Shape
The GM68S has what we'd characterize as a round-shaped
fit. The GMAX byline is "The Better Fitting
Helmet", and although I'm not sure what they really mean
by that, the helmet fits me ver well indeed, with the
caveat that I have a round shaped head.
The size XL shown here runs true to size, neither too
small or too large, but just about what is expected from
this size, so I'll have to assume that any of the other
sizes run true to expectations also.
The removable liner is made with Coolmax fabric,
although it's been too cold here lately to evaluate the
helmet's moisture wicking properties. The liner
snaps are made from some type of plastic, but they seem
to hold everything together without feeling loose.
The liner feels comfortable, it isn't rough or
scratchy feeling and it has good cushioning. The
helmet fits correctly over my head in the vertical
dimension, coming down far enough to provide protection
to my chin and the lower parts of my jaw.
The top of the liner has several large channels to
direct the voluminous amount of air that's funneled into
the front vents down through 8 large holes in the foam
part of the liner and on to the rider's head. This
is about 6 more holes than are typically found in
motorcycle helmets, so clearly GMAX had superior venting
in mind when they designed this helmet.
The back of the chin bar is lined with a nicely
padded, fabric-covered section of material and the chin
bar also has two holes through it to channel the air
from the front directly through to the rider's face.
This is a definite plus because it isn't often the case;
most chin vent air is directed up on to the visor
For more information on choosing and
fitting a motorcycle helmet, please see the
Motorcycle Helmet FAQ page, which also includes a discussion on head
Score: The helmet hits all the right buttons
for me, so I'll give the GM68S an "Outstanding" rating
for its internal shape, comfort and for its roomy
The GM68S feels like it flows more air than just about any other helmet
we've tried. There are 8 front-facing vents that I can count (GMAX
claims 9, but I think they're counting the breath guard, which has vents in
front) and unlike most helmets, every one of them seems to contribute to the
The chin vent cover rotates down and
directs the air through the chin bar and up through a
rack of large channels in back of the breath guard.
Two screened openings on either side of
the chin bar flow air directly through the corresponding
openings in the chin bar padding; light can be seen when
looking from the inside-out, so these vents actually do
something, again unlike most helmets.
But the top vents are the most
noticeable feature of the GM68S; a veritable two-tiered
battery of vent openings, just waiting to grab some air.
The vent channels that run along the top of the helmet
have 5 openings that point directly forward. Each
vent has its own sliding switch to open or close the
The shape and the number of vents scoop
up a lot of air, which has nowhere to go but down into
the helmet through the 8 holes that are clearly visible
in the liner (see the Lightbox photo below for a
GMAX claims 9 exhaust vents, but we
count 4 in the rear of the helmet, the two big ones on
top that form the back of the vent channels and two
smaller screen-covered vents along the bottom of the
The bottom of the tightly-fitted glossy
gasket that covers the base of the helmet does have some
openings at the rear, so perhaps this is where they come
up with the 9 count, but these openings seem to be
backed with the liner and I'm not sure how the air would
escape from them.
But in any case, this helmet flows lots
of air -- probably about as much air as I've ever felt
run through a motorcycle helmet and the equal of
something like the old
X-11, which also has good air flow if memory serves
Now you'd think it would be easy to make
a helmet with good venting if they cared to. The
problem is that more vents usually equal more noise, but
on top of everything else, the GM68S is actually pretty
quiet, considering all those big openings up top.
Score: The GM68S gets an "Outstanding" rating for
venting and air flow.
The size XL GM68S shown here weighs 1677 grams (3
lbs., 11-1/8 oz.), which actually isn't bad, considering
all the vents, the thick plastic vent channels that
contribute to the helmet's substance and the LED light
assembly (more on that in a bit).
This puts the GM68S about 2/3 of the way up in the
Motorcycle Helmet Weights chart, which compares all
of the 84 helmets we've reviewed as of this writing.
1677 grams is in the neighborhood of the
Sy-Max (Modular); the
Bell Sprint full-face and the
(Enduro). But the GM68S is lighter than several other
full-face helmets, including the
HJC CL-14 and the
KBC Force RR.
Some helmets feel lighter than they really are, while
others feel a bit heavier than the readout on the scale
shows. The GM68S is probably in the latter
category. I think the large channels and vents up
top, along with the LED light assembly and batteries in
the rear, make the helmet feel slightly top-heavy,
although it isn't really noticeable when riding because
the helmet shell seems just a touch longer and lower
than normal and the excellent fit balances the weight.
Score: I'll rate the GM68S as "Excellent"
for its acceptable weight considering the number of
features and for its good balance.
GMAX GM68S - wBW
Lightbox - Click photo to view.
Liner Vent Holes
2 LED Covers
LED Circuit Board
The GM68S that was delivered to us has a remarkable
visor that more than one wearer has said is the
clearest, most optically correct visor they've ever
used. It gives an uncanny feeling of having an
invisible barrier in front of the eyes; the visor simply
disappears and the view ahead seems no different than if
the visor was missing.
This is not an easy engineering feat, apparently,
because even very expensive helmets get it wrong more
often than they get it right. Until you've ridden
behind a visor as clear as the one on the GMAX, you
might not notice, but I can tell you that there's a big
I'm not sure why or how, but all I know is that the
visor on this helmet is noticeably better than any other
visor I've used on any helmet, and that's pretty
And get this: at the time of this writing, GMAX is
running a special sale -- they're giving away a free
dark tinted smoke visor with the GM68S. It comes
in a very nice, fleece-lined visor sleeve to match the
thicker-than-normal fleece helmet bag that comes with
The visor rotating mechanism on our GM68S has 6 detents, which hold the visor in any one of
positions, including a small opening to demist the visor
and allow more air on to the rider's face without
This "crack open" feature is suddenly going missing
from several helmets we've reviewed recently. A
couple of new helmets have only a 3-position visor, with
the first opening position bringing the visor half-way
up. This is unacceptable, so the GM68S gets extra
points not only for its ability to keep the visor open
to any of the 6 positions, but also because it feels
relatively sturdy and without flexing as it's moved up
The visor seals correctly against the helmet all
along the eye port gasket and the gasket has an extra
flange on either side at the top to help it seal without
gaps. This also involves some extra work and
expense and many helmet manufacturers either don't
bother to mold the visor to match the helmet contour or
they leave a gap at the outer edges, which can be a
source of noise.
Finally, the eye port seems a bit wider and taller
than average, giving the rider a very good view from
inside the GM68S.
Score: We rate the visor clarity, operation and
visibility of the GM68S as "Outstanding".
The GM68S also features 6 LED lights in the rear,
located horizontally at the back of the large vent
A switch in the middle is used to cycle the LED
lights through off, on, blinking and fast blinking.
We tried this feature at night and also during a foggy
morning and the lights do help to make the rider more
noticeable. I wonder if it's possible that the
blinking lights in the rear skirt the boundaries of the
law, but we'll have to believe that GMAX did their
homework and that the lights are legal.
The switch that turns the LEDs on and off is very
sensitive on our helmet and we found the lights turned
on unexpectedly more than once after handling the
helmet. It would have been better if the switch
had a stronger detent, because it's also nearly
impossible to locate and feel with gloves once the
helmet is on the rider's head. The solution is to
switch on the lights before wearing the helmet.
The LEDs have a red cover as standard, but GMAX also
includes a dark smoke tinted cover, which camouflages
the lights when it's installed but still allows them to
be seen. The cover is removed with two Phillips
head screws and the two AAA batteries are located behind
the circuit board, which is rather hard to remove (see
Lightbox photo below). But since LED lights use
very little juice, we're hoping the batteries won't need
replacing for some time.
I'm skeptical of the cover's ability to keep out
water, so if I was going to be riding in wet weather
with the GM68S, I'd probably run a thin bead of clear
silicone sealant around the edges just to be on the safe
But overall, this is a nice feature that isn't just a
gimmick, and it definitely gives the helmet yet another
Score: Extra points for the addition of the LED
lights and their potential for safety.
There's usually a direct correlation between the number
and size of the vents and the amount of noise
transmitted to the rider, although the reality isn't
always so black and white.
When I first looked at the two-tier vent system on the
GM68S, I figured this would be one noisy helmet, but I'm
amazed that this isn't the case. It sort of blows
all the theory away, because although I wouldn't say the
helmet is quiet, I will say that it's much quieter than
I expected for sure.
The vents induce a noticeable wind rushing noise
along the top, and an occasional whistle here and there,
depending upon the angle of attack of the rider's head
vs. the air stream. I can only assume this might
be better or worse depending upon manufacturing
tolerances of any one particular helmet.
But overall, I'd say that the helmet is surprisingly
quiet, with maybe slightly more wind rushing noise than
normal, and what is noticeable isn't bothersome to me
and it's a good compromise considering the amount of air
that flows in. Some or many helmets make as much
noise with little or no apparent air flow, and that
bothers me much more because it doesn't make any sense.
The GM68S also seems very good at controlling the lower
frequency "booming" noises that are typically noticed
along the bottom of a helmet. This type of noise
can be especially bothersome when riding behind a
smaller fairing or windscreen that dumps the "dirty" air
on the bottom half of the helmet.
But the GM68S controls this noise very well, possibly
because of the standard chin curtain under the chin bar
in front or perhaps because the lower portion of the
helmet fits correctly along the bottom of my head.
Remember that we always wear correctly
fitted, high quality earplugs and an extra helmet liner
when riding, and we strongly recommend that you always
wear hearing protection also. See the
Earplugs and Hearing Protection page for more
information on choosing and wearing earplugs.
And also remember that your experience with noise levels
will probably be different because it depends on many factors, including your
head shape, the motorcycle configuration, prevailing winds
Score: I'll give the GM68S an "Excellent"
rating for its ability to control noise, taking into
account the amount of air flowing into the helmet.
The GMAX GM68S is DOT FMVSS 218 and it has a
thermoplastic shell. It uses the preferred D-ring attachment system
and the chin
strap padding is very good. The end of the strap
is secured with a large plastic snap. The chin
strap seems more comfortable than average.
Addendum: The ear pockets on the GM68S are
larger than average; there is no padding over the ears
and a plastic liner over the helmet foam forms the
"bottom" of the pocket, so I think that speakers could
very easily fit inside the helmet and could probably be
secured to the plastic liner without problems.
The GMAX GM68S's styling isn't subtle, but in our
opinion the helmet offers high quality with an
outstanding feature set. It has the best venting
and the best visor clarity all with the best value for
the money of any helmet we've seen in 2007 by far and,
in fact, it's probably the best helmet deal we've ever
seen since we started reviewing helmets nearly 8 years
The helmet has a list price of $119.95 at the time of
this writing and we found ours for $104.95, including
free shipping, a free tinted visor in its own visor
sleeve and the extra LED light cover.
So in a year which had us thinking that there
wouldn't be a single outstanding motorcycle helmet, the
GMAX GM68S came along at the last minute, and we're
giving it the webBikeWorld 2007 "Motorcycle Helmet of
the Year" award. Congratulations GMAX! We'll
have a full report on the products of the year coming
Review: GMAX GM68S Motorcycle
||Suggested Retail Price: $119.95
|Colors: Dragon and Crusader
||Made In: Taiwan
Date: January 2008 Notes: Unfortunately GMAX
is not currently distributed in Europe, only in the U.S. by Western
Power Sports and Marshall Distributing and in Canada by Gamma
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to Poor, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding.
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From "D.A." (04/11): "I bought
this helmet after looking at your reviews, I want to
say that I love this helmet. I have been ridding
sport bikes since I was 19 and I am now 35. I have
had several helmets threw the years fro Arai, Shoei,
HJC and so on.
I must say the Gmax GM68 is right up there with my
$400 and $500 helmets. I was surprised with the
weight of it. From the looks you would think it
would be a little bulky and unbalanced feeling on
your head but it is quite the opposite. Noise level
is minimum and the shields are amazing. Gmax knocked
this helmet out the park!"
From "D.M." (03/11): "I recently
purchased a Gmax 68S XL helmet as per your
recommendation. I had also been wanting an HJC
modular helmet which just had gone down $100, but
this helmet was also on sale.
I bought the Gmax because being a newbie, I figured
the safety lights would help me out much more and
keep drivers safely back by not crowding me. So far
it has worked well, even on a foggy morning.
I do find it very noisy with the wind but engine
noise is quiet due to the wind noise. Maybe I have
too many vents open. I also purchased a Cortech GX
Air jacket with a pair of Cortech Accelerator
gloves. By the way, the bike I bought is a pristine
1996 Yamaha XV535."
From "J.R.H." (7/10): "I have been
very happy with the fit and comfort of my GMax Crusader
helmet for almost two years now, but have to admit that
I never used it on the track -- it was my 'bargain'
helmet, appropriate for light street use but not track
Well, unfortunately I put it to the test in a crash last
Sunday and since I was moving at a good pace, I was
amazed by how well the helmet took the punishment.
I sustained no damage to my head or face, internally or
externally -- the helmet did it's job and protected me,
which I am obviously very happy about. No surprise
that the venting system broke off, but the shell was
totally intact and even the visor stayed in place (it
even still ratchets). I will have no qualms about
replacing it with another GMax lid, and will also not
hesitate to now use it on track days too."
From "A.A." (4/10): "I bought a
GM68S after looking at a bunch of helmets, and taking a
trip to the local bike shop to find out what size and
shape my girlfriend's head was for her first helmet.
Came to webBikeWorld to check out what might fit and
found the GM68S and there glowing review. So I
She loves the helmet and all the vents, took it out for
a ride this weekend and she didn’t say it was noisy,
heavy or any of the stuff I would complain about in a
helmet. Yesterday I went to go pick her up from
work which is about 2.5 miles away and figured the
weathers nice I’ll pick her up on the bike. I
locked her helmet to the side of the bike and took off.
When I got there we noticed that the plastic screw and
black cover that holds the sunshield and visor in place
on one side was missing. It must have walked its
way out of the helmet. It was only used twice, so
I emailed Gmax and hopefully they’ll take care of it.
I’ll keep you guys posted. I’d recommend anyone with the
sunshield use some temp Locktight on those screws."
From "S.T." (4/10): "I recently
bought the GM68S helmet out of a catalogue at our local
dealer. I perused the many pages of helmets and
liked the price and looks of the mat black lid.
The lights, in my mind, are a good safety feature that
may well pay off someday. I can not compare with
many other caps but this one fits me perfectly.
My shaved head has the wind and rain sensors on alert at
all times. I got caught in a rain storm last week (40
deg F) and I did not feel any rain in thru the air
scoops. It is a bit noisy and I am behind a small
wind shield but have absolutely NO buffeting. I
did notice that the material on the cheek/jowl is
already seeing signs of wear from my 5 o'clock shadow.
I think this will be a problem for me very shortly.
Overall I would definitely recommend this lid to anyone.
After I bought the helmet I read the reviews and had to
agree with most points. Keep up the great reviews
on products, I use them often."
From "A.K." (6/09): "Bought the
GM68S Monday. What a great buy. $100 for
helmet, dark shield, helmet bag, blinky lights, etc.
I rode over 5.5 hours on Tuesday with the helmet.
Wow, is this thing light. It flows more air than any
helmet I have ever owned or tried. I didn't really
hear any of the booming noise from the neck opening like
I hear from most helmets.
At least to this point, this is the most comfortable
helmet I have ever tried. Amazing value.
Would probably be a terrible winter helmet for even with
all the vents closed it still flowed a great amount of
Not the greatest fit and finish when compared to Shoei
or Arai, but then again they are out of my price range.
Well done GMAX and thank you WebBikeWorld for giving me
the heads up."
From "NJW" (1/09): "First of all I’d
like to say I thoroughly enjoy this site. This is
my FIRST stop when researching motorcycle equipment
especially helmets. I bought two lids based
heavily on the recommendations of webBikeWorld (this one
and the Scorpion EXO-400).
The finish and materials are excellent. The
helmet bag is good quality and the included for free
smoked visor also came with a very good visor sock.
This further solidifies the fact that you no longer need
to spend upwards of $300 to get a quality helmet
anymore. “Well do you have a $120 head or a $400
head?” Yeah right; it's DOT certified so I tell
the nay-sayers to jump in the lake. Shoei, Nolan,
Arai: I’m sorry but you no longer occupy my dreams.
I have the GM-68S Dragon just like the photo on the
site. I have a large, round cranium and the XXL is
very comfortable. Despite the large top vents and
the L.E.D. assembly the helmet does not feel heavy.
Is it Shoei X-11 light? No, but my EXO-400 feels
heavier. The padding removes and replaces easily
I concur with the site; there is a LARGE volume of
air moving through the vents. I first wore this
helmet on my cruiser with a windscreen and was at first
a little concerned that the reviews may not be true as
the volume of air I felt through the vents while riding
a cycle with an upright position was average to a little
above average. Then I wore the helmet while riding
my Sportbike. The GM-68S must be optimized for
Sportbike aeros in mind because there was a veritable
torrent flowing through those vents caused (I speculate)
by the change of slipstream.
Not sure if it’s because of the venting, but this is
a L-O-U-D helmet. I wear earplugs (when I remember
to…oops) so this isn’t as big of an issue to me.
The anti-fogging capability is better than most but not
as good as helmets with anti-fog visors; my EXO-400 is
much better in this regard. It has a slightly
“cracked” position for the visor to aid in this and yet
not freeze your eyeballs out.
The sleeve under the chin-guard keeps cold air/wind
from flowing underneath and is also included.
Switching out the visor seemed relatively simple but
I’ve only done it once to see how to do it.
To those thinking the LEDs on the back are a gimmick:
maybe so but anything that aids in visibility and
therefore safety is no gimmick. These lights can
be seen from at least 2 blocks away. There is very
little battery draw as I’ve had this helmet for 4 months
and am on the same set of AAAs (and this is even
forgetting to turn them off for hours) with a minimal
loss of illumination.
I would definitely buy another one. The value
per dollar is high. I can see why this was a
webBikeWorld helmet of the year. Happy riding."
From "G.C." (1/09): "After doing
some research on the plethora of helmets out there I
purchased a GM68. I wanted to shoot you a quick
message to thank you for the review which was very
This being my 1st helmet I really have no basis for
comparison, however from a person that has never owned
one before I can say the fit was 'spot on' and the
overall comfort of the liner was good. The
ventilation is good but as with any helmet with lots of
vents a bit on the noisy side.
As described the visor is great and quite easy to change
even for me... Overall for the money its a good
comfortable helmet and look forward to many days of
riding. Thanks again for the review and the video
From "Zh" (12/08): "I have been
using this helmet for about 2 months now. The GMAX
brand is marketed as SOL in Malaysia. The model
line up as well as graphics are identical. In fact, on
the visor of my helmet, there's actually the GMAX logo.
Here is a picture of the SOL version of the 68s:
Photo 1 and
The SOL brand is hugely popular in Malaysia because
of its economical price and attractive design.
The only previous helmet I have used is the
Striker (which is one of your user-reviewed
helmets). Comparatively (with both helmets being
size M), the Rjays liner feels more supple and instantly
comfortable unlike the GMAX which was slightly tight at
first but needed a week or of 'running-in'. But
after that period, it was quite comfortable. No
problem for long rides.
The ventilation is miles better than the Rjays.
Which is important when temperatures range from 35-40
degrees Celsius and it is very humid. But, there
is a downside. The GMAX is NOISY. I
recommend earphones especially of speeds above 100km'h.
The visor clarity is second to none and the paint has
a quality feel to it. No complaints there.
One disadvantage of the 68s to me is the lack of EPS
in the ear and cheek area. Which I have noticed
(in) none of the GMAX helmets have.
I hope webBikeWorld will review more GMAX helmets as
they have a quality line up of lids.
Thanks. Keep up the good work."
From "L.M." (12/08): "Hi, I
submitted to you awhile ago that I fixed the vents on my
Gmax 68S helmet and I just noticed someone inquired how
I did it. Here's how I did it:
Remove the LED assembly from the rear just to get it
out of the way.
The two front scoops pop right out. They're
held in by 3 tabs, push the front of the scoop up and
towards the back and it should pop out; just be careful
not to break the tabs. Work it carefully!
Removing the two front scoops will reveal a plastic
Phillips head screw on each side.
Remove the plastic extractor covers on the back the
same way: they just pop out. Use a small, thin,
flat screwdriver or something similar to work both of
them out. This will also reveal a plastic Phillips
head on each side. Unscrew all four and the whole
scoop/extractor comes right off.
I used a small flat screwdriver to poke a hole in the
mesh screens then used needlenose pliers and a hemostat
(I have access to medical stuff because of my job, I'm
not a pothead) to remove them from the helmet.
This takes a little bit of work and time.
Once the mesh is removed you have great access to the
styrofoam and can remove whatever foam is blocking
access to the inside of the helmet or just widen the
hole using a pencil - of course, do this at your
discretion. And no, no styrofoam came out with the
mesh, so I'm 99% sure I did not ruin the integrity of
the protection of the helmet.
Like I said previously, I messed with the liner
inside also to make sure it lined up with the vent
holes. If you look at the liner the way it is, you
can see that some of the ventilation holes are blocked
by the liner. I took the liner out then separated
the front of the liner where it's sewn together using a
seam ripper and carefully removed the thread.
I then used adhesive Velcro to make sure it stayed
where I wanted it to when I put it back in - one side of
the Velcro applied on the styrofoam and the other side
applied to the liner. I used only four SMALL
pieces of Velcro to achieve this. Remember, do
this at your own discretion. Adhesive on the
styrofoam will cause it to degrade over time just like
any substance will.
Once you're satisfied you've cleared out the vent
holes of whatever may be blocking the airflow, just put
everything back together! Scoop/extractor on top
attached with four Phillips head screws, plastic
extractor covers pop right back in, the two front scoops
also pop right back in - push the front tab in first
after you align it, then the back of the scoop down and
it should lock into place. Don't forget to put the
LED lights back in, too.
Yes, it's a bit of work, about an hour and a half's
worth if you take your time and do it right. You
do get more airflow once you do all of this.
The downside? It's a little bit of work and any
bugs or debris that get in the scoop while riding can
make their way to your head! That's why I wear one
of those UnderArmour cap things on my head.
The upside? I only paid a total of $105 for my
Gmax including shipping, and it flows way more air than
my Shark RSR2 ($400 sale price) ever will. Yes,
I've looked at my Shark helmet and there is NOTHING I
can do to improve it. It's ventilation system just
Oddly enough, removing the mesh screen from the front
vent that provides air to the face shield DID NOTHING to
increase airflow. Just leave that in.
Finally, one more time: do this at your own
discretion. We've all seen this statement:
'Altering your helmet may make it unsafe to wear!'"
From "justsayyes" (11/08): "Comment
- I've been using the G68S for about four months now and
have the following comments. First; however, I'm
riding a BMW R1100S with the stock (low screen), and
raised rear ride height along with the low-for-a-BMW
clip-ons - meaning the riding position is a slightly
lower crouch than a Ducati Monster. I purchased
the Gmax to replace an aging and damaged Shoei RF-800.
Fit: Slightly tighter than the Shoei,
especially the narrowing taper to the opening and at the
crown. Both were XL's, but the Gmax is slightly
tighter, and definitely rides higher (probably due to
the tighter fit at the crown of the head).
Materials/Workmanship: Just fine, in
fact great for a $105 helmet. Vents could fit a
bit more flush, vents could open and close more
positively, chin strap could be softer, but it is a full
$250 cheaper than an RF-1000. Mine is matte black.
Visor: Clear is superlative. Smoke
is also great when NOT looking into a low angle sun.
Getting both along with a fleece bag is just terrific.
Venting: Between the riding position and
fairing, the angle of attack for the vents are just
wrong for me. I expanded the foam liner holes with
a pencil, to get more air-flow, but it's still not
great. I believe it's actually pretty good though
because if I raise my head up a bit and look straight
ahead, then the air-flow improves considerably.
Here in Northern CA, the cooling qualities of a helmet
are pretty important in the summer. Bottom line is
that if it's hot enough, I try to ride in a more upright
position to maximize the airflow through the helmet.
One other saving grace, opening the visor just one
indent improves air-flow quite a bit without increasing
the noise or letting much turbulence into the front of
Noise: LOUD, seriously loud.
However, as with venting, it appears to be at least
attributable to the angle of attack for the vents.
Noise lessens when I get my head out of the turbulence
caused by me windscreen. When I open the visor one
indent, the noise doesn't increase, but it DOES get
lower in tone which I find less bothersome. Bottom
line is that you need decent ear plugs with this helmet
all the time. With my Shoei, I could skip the ear
plugs for rides less than 30 minutes; not so with the
Conclusion: Great, cool looking helmet for the
money. No regrets here."
From "B.C." (10/08): "When Vega decided to quit
supporting the Summit XPV modular helmet, and I couldn’t
find a way to rig the broken cable that released the
catches to open the helmet, I decided to try something
different. Went to my local motorcycle shop and
found the GMAX GM68S at a bargain price, I had to have
For just over $100, a helmet with all the vents to
keep my head cool in Texas heat, a clear AND a tinted
visor, and even the LED lights in the back. Mine
even came with the tinted cover for the lights. So
I brought home, and decided to see what exactly I
bought. Backwards yes, but it was cheap and I didn’t
That’s when I came across your website, and knew I’d
made the right purchase. Not only did your review
of the helmet give me all the information I needed, the
comments from the users were great. Almost
everybody loved the helmet, and those that didn’t seemed
to be using them in situations not designed for the
helmet. But (KD's
comments below) made me glad I chose it.
Then yesterday, that comment rang true again.
This same helmet saved my life. Nothing like what
happened to (KD), but a wreck those who haven’t been in,
I was leaving for work at 1:30 am, and was about 5-6
car lengths behind the guy in front of me. Figured
I should slow down from the 55 mph speed limit so I
could use my brights, as I had seen deer on this road at
least twice a week.
About the same time I thought that, wouldn’t you
know, here comes Bambi skipping across the road.
All I remember is seeing the deer directly in front of
me, and then smack, then I’m crawling around on the
Took the helmet off and though the black ring that
goes around the outside bottom edge fell around my neck,
the helmet was in one piece, as was my head. Have
a broken shoulder blade and a swollen hip, but didn’t
even have a headache.
The whole helmet is scratched pretty badly, and the
back cracked on the right side (apparently that’s the
side I landed on according to my injuries), but it saved
my life. I’m attaching pictures to prove it.
I must say, I’m 100% with K.D. on his last sentence.
'Gmax is the only helmet I will ever wear…'"
From "D.J." (10/08): "I purchased the GMAX
GM68S helmet after reading your review and just got it
today. The main selling point for me was the
amount of air that the helmet flows according to the
review. I live in Hawaii, so the weather is always
pretty warm and airflow in a helmet is extremely
important to me.
Unfortunately, and maybe I got a bad helmet, this
helmet feels like it flows almost no air to me. My
previous helmet, a Joe Rocket RKT101, flowed a LOT of
air, but was very noisy. The GM68S is very quiet,
but at the cost of me feeling my hot breath bounce off
the visor and back onto my face even at highway speeds &
leaving me with a very sweaty head. I imagine this
helmet would be excellent in a cold climate, because it
feels like my head is completely sealed off from the
outside world in a vacuum.
A previous review from "L" had airflow problems as
well, so it could be a defect in manufacturing i
suppose. He fixed his by altering the helmet, but
I'm not sure exactly how he went about it (did he remove
the mesh from the inside of the helmet, or did he pull
it out of the vents from the outside, etc?)
Editor's Reply: Apparently, some
of the helmets have a problem where the fabric liner
blocks the air channels through the EPS foam, and/or
some foam bits were left in the air channels, blocking
the air flow. This is a common problem with many
helmets, unfortunately. Try looking under the
liner and see if the air channels that come through the
foam are clear and that there is a direct channel out to
the vent. You can try blowing through the vents
while holding your hand on the inside of the foam to
check for air flow.
We did not have this problem at all with ours, but
apparently some of the newer GMax helmets are having
D.J.'s Response: "I took the
lining out and checked out the vents. The front
vents did seem to be a little closed off, so I tried to
clean them out with a pencil like "L" did. That
helped, but still not as much air as I would like.
I think the Joe Rocket felt like it flowed so much air
because there was no built in wind guard under the chin,
which allowed much of the wind bouncing off my body to
be directed up under my chin and onto my face.
That is probably why the helmet was so noisy as well.
Like they say, I guess there is no free lunch.
Quiet or Air, take your pick."
From "L" (10/08): "Hi, enjoyed your review
of GMax's GM68S helmet. When I got mine, yes, it
vented well, but not as well as I thought it would.
So I separated the liner inside so the liner would
actually line up with the holes in the foam better - I
separated the middle liner from the front by undoing the
stitching then using adhesive-backed Velcro to hold the
liner in place.
That helped, but still not great. So, I decided
why not and carefully tore out the screen mesh covering
the vent holes. In doing so, I found the two top
front holes were completely covered by the Styrofoam.
I used an unsharpened pencil to clear out the holes.
After reassembly, I took it for a ride. Wow, what a
difference! Totally different helmet now.
Of course, I don't recommend these actions, but in doing
so I fixed some "problems" with my helmet. I live in
Florida, so any ventilation is important."
Editor's Reply: Yes, we've noticed also
that the air channels in many helmets are either blocked
or don't line up with the corresponding holes in the
liner. It pays to take a look at these when the
From "DT" (9/08): "I recently purchased the
Gmax helmet after my Vox modular started to come apart.
I was looking for something that stood out in the crowd.
The GM68S certainly supplied that. I ride a V-Star
1100 and have owned several helmets before this one.
I love how clear the visor is. No complaint there.
When I went out to ride the first day I got it, I
couldn't tell if I had the visor up or down. Even
the tinted visor, which I use primarily, is crystal
The vents make a huge difference here in (Texas).
I decided to test the helmet and left it out in the sun
for a few hours before I went to ride. Within a
mile, the helmet was already cooled off. I
actually felt hot air coming out of the back exhaust
vents! To me, I love the vents.
One big problem I did notice is the noise level.
It's LOUD. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that
the vent system didn't quite match the curve of the
helmet. I think I'm going to try a little silicone
in the cracks to see if that will quiet the noise
volume. I do have to say that it is one of the
quietest helmets I have owned. Also, in the
corners of the visor there is a significant gap. it
looks as if the helmet I received didn't have any seals
there. I think a little bit of foam tape will
clear it up.
I did like the way the artwork was done on the helmet.
I found no chips, scrapes, or flakes when I looked over
my helmet. I have had several compliments on the
paint scheme. I haven't had a chance to look at
the Crusader artwork in detail, but if it looks as good
as the dragon scheme, then it'll be a true work of art.
As far as the sizing goes, I always go with the next
size up when I order helmets. The sizing chart
said I should have worn a large, but I went ahead and
ordered the XL. The XL is tight in the cheeks, but
after wearing it for about a month now, they have
started to loosen up considerably. I guess it's
the shape of my head, but the crown in the helmet feels
like it sits further back on my head than my other
One of the main reasons I decided to go with this helmet
is because of the lights. During the day people
don't see them much (being little LEDs, they can't do
much). But at night, I had a friend tell me he
could see them flashing almost a quarter mile off.
I guess, that means they work pretty well.
Overall, this is a marvelous helmet for it's price.
I'm sorry to hear about "WJ" (below) and that helmet.
My chin strap is firm, but smooth. I haven't had
the opportunity to purchase any Shoeis or Arais, but
from what I came from, this is one of the best helmets
I've ever owned."
From "JA" (8/08): "I've had my G68S since
March 08 and have put about 6000 miles on it riding a
VTX1300S and my '06 BMW R1200GS and I can say that it's
one of the best helmets I have owned at any price.
The shield's optical quality is by far the best of any
shield I own (I have 11 helmets ranging from $99 cheapos
to a $600 Arai and several Shoeis). My first smoke
tint shield had a foggy film that could not be removed,
but the dealer quickly replaced it with another tinted
shield that was clear.
The noise level is low, but still significant enough to
warrant wearing ear plugs IMO. The fit and finish
is very good with no obvious poor fitting components
like vent intakes and such. The padding and
Coolmax fabric do a wonderful job of wicking the sweat
away from my head even in 95 degree heat.
I usually wear a polypro helmet liner on the hotter
days, but even without it I'm impressed with the comfort
level this helmet offers. I have to believe "WS"
(below) got a bad helmet based on his review which is so
far out of spec with the other reviewers here."
From "J.B." (7/08): "I bought this helmet
approx 1 wk ago. I ride a GSXR 600.
So far I have been very impressed with the helmet.
My last helmet was a HJC CL-15; similar cost, however a
lesser helmet in my opinion. They have similar
noise levels and the Gmax has much better venting.
I have noticed a whistle noise on the new helmet that is
a little annoying!
The overall fit and finish of the Gmax is better.
My visor on the Gmax seals better and is MUCH clearer
than the HJC. The cheeks were a little tight at
first: I stuck a bowl in the helmet for a couple of
nights and it helped to break them in- the helmet fits
So far I am very impressed. Great helmet at a VERY
Thanks for all of your input and work at
From "W.J.": "Thanks for the
wonderful website and reviews. I visit daily and
love to see a bit of scientific method put into your
review techniques. Anyway, here are my comments on
Just picked one up the other day for track days.
I wanted something with good ventilation as I sweat a
lot while on the track. So far I’ve only used it
on my VFR. My impression of this helmet is as
Pros: Good ventilation. Price.
Cons: Poor build quality, it definitely feels like a
$100 helmet. A couple of the vents don’t fit the
helmet shell properly. Optical quality is
extremely poor. The tinted shield is unusable.
Shield function is very poor. The shield flexes
so much that I pretty my need two hands to raise it.
Not a great idea while riding in traffic.
Not a fault of the helmet but the fit is odd for my
head. My HJC Carbon and Shoei RF-1000 helmets fit
me perfectly. This fits very differently.
Very noisy. Noisiest helmet I’ve ever worn.
The D-ring is terrible. One of the D’s always
seems to rotate 90 degrees and makes tightening the
The chin strap is of very poor quality, it’s so
flimsy that it tends to fold going though the D-rings.
Also, it’s much too long. It flaps in the wind even when
Overall I am very underwhelmed with this helmet.
It seems that every aspect of the helmet is flawed
except ventilation and even a couple of those look like
they may come off when I hit 290 km/h on the track.
It will likely be pushed to the back of the closet and
only used for the occasional passenger. I tend to
take webBikeWorld’s reviews as gospel so I’m chalking
this very poor product up to lack of quality control.
I would not recommend this product to an enemy."
From "B.S.": "A couple of comments
on my experience with the helmet:
1) The sizing, for me, was not quite as listed.
Perhaps I have a different shaped head (seems pretty
round to me), but I wear a Shoei Large and my head
measures in the range for a Large for GMax, but I
couldn't even get my head into the helmet. So, if
you can try before you buy it might be a good idea.
2) The second helmet I got was the correct size, but
the cheek pad snap attachment broke the first time I
tried it . I hope this is not an indication of build
quality. The rep I spoke to at Motorcycle
Superstore said they were having quite a few returns on
these, not encouraging.
3) Motorcycle Superstore has been wonderful to deal
with so far. No problems with either of my
returns. Every call to them has been answered
quickly and professionally. I think I've found
another favorite vendor.
I'm really hopeful that the third time will be the
charm. I'd be interested to know if anyone else has had
issues with these helmets, specifically with quality and
durability. I know it's not a $400 helmet, but no
matter how inexpensive I think there is a minimum level
of quality that should be expected of a protective
From "stahlsau": "Hi, i'm stahlsau
from Germany and i just wanted to thank you for this
review, this is by far the best helmet I've ever owned.
Since they aren't sold normally here in Europe (I
bought) one at eBay US, and after
a fair amount of time at the customs (about 4 weeks) it
After opening the box i was really impressed because of
all that stuff that is shipped with it, be it an
additionally visor, a darkened cover for the LEDs, ...
Well, the LEDs seem a bit childish to me...I just don't
like the idea. It's like flaming airbrush on cars,
just a bit too much. But no matter, I've installed
the dark cover and now no one can see them.
The visor is, just as stated in the review, the best
I've ever seen. The clear vision is superior to
all other visors I've had before, and fogging is no big
problem too. Sure there are helmets with double
visor that don't fog, but they mostly have a somewhat
blurred vision (sorry, English isn't my first language,
I hope you get what I mean ;)). The locking in any
desired position is very save too - I ride a naked bike
and it doesn't move at 200km/h with the visor a pin
The fit is superior to all other helmets I've tested,
too (I have a round head, and size XL fits absolutely
perfect). I've never experienced such a tight, but
none-hurting fit everywhere around my head, it feels
just comfortable and safe.
The double-D-lock seemed to suck at first, but well -
if you get used to it, it's really easier than the other
locks. I always thought double-D is a step back,
but that doesn't seem so anymore.
The noise level is pretty high I think (as stated
before, naked bike without any windshield or s/t).
It's not that the visor lets too much wind through or
something, it's just a high peeping noise all from
60km/h up to the end. Like a flute or something.
I'll try to soften the air inlets with a file, maybe
that will help. On the other side, after a few
minutes you don't hear it anymore...
Anyways, the absolutely Best Thing (tm) is, that this
helmet is totally neutral in the air. With a naked
bike at 200km/h there's no force up/down or left/right,
no turbulence, nothing (sure, the pressure of the wind
from front is still noticeable ;))
Thanks for the review, keep up the good work!"
From "D.S.": "Just so you know, you are
right on with this helmet. I bought one because a
local motorcycle store had recommended it. They
were out of stock and on backorder so while waiting to
get in, I found webBikeWorld. I really thought at
first that the salesman was just trying to get me to buy
any helmet since they didn't have the much more
expensive one that I went to buy.
I am so glad that I found your site, because after
reading the review I ordered through
and got the helmet for about $50 less than the
dealership. I don't know that I've ever said this
about anything before, but I will say it now, this
helmet is worth so much more than what it cost and I
still would have thought I got a great deal at full
dealership price! price!
I ordered a S even though GMax suggested a XS for me.
I have problems with chronic migraines and didn't want
to have a helmet that was too tight. The small is
perfect, fits better than any helmet I've ever had and
looks great too!
There's nothing about the helmet that I don't like
and I will continue to go to webBikeWorld for reviews
and suggestions! Thanks for a great job!"
From "C.K.": "Hello. I recently
picked up one of these based on your excellent review.
Wow. What a great helmet, even at twice the
$107 it cost me to get it to my door. After some
searching on the Motorcycle Superstore site, I found a
separate listing for the SPC model. It comes in a
very subtle flat black color, which really shows off the
red LED cover on the back, and the chrome mesh in the
Oh, and those vents. Amazing. They
actually open to the inside of the helmet, instead of
through magical channels we are forced to assume are
The visor, another feat. Perfectly clear, and
like you said in the review, until you've experienced
it, you can't know how good it can be.
The chinstrap could be a little softer, but I have a
feeling it will slowly break in just fine.
Thanks for a great review, and info on a helmet I
never even would have known existed without you."
From "K.P.": "I am sorry, but I have
to disagree with your take on the GMax helmet. It
has a great price and a FANTASTIC face shield, but the
helmet is so noisy that my wife and I have gone back to
our HJC's after only about an hour of riding. We
broke out the earplugs on the way home and it helped
some, but we were not able to hear the radio or each
other over the wind noise.
I believe the helmet too narrow for a good fit with our
J&M head sets too. We don't normally wear ear
plugs unless it is very windy and were very happy we had
them in the saddle bags.
I'll be fair. Perhaps the wind coming around and
over the windshield of a Goldwing were not the
conditions you tested in, however the wind noise was so
bad I have a hard time believing this hat could ever be
even close to quiet.
Keep up the work though. I think most of your
reviews are dead on."
Editor's Reply: Thanks for the
feedback. Yes, riding behind a fairing or windscreen can
completely change the perceived noise levels in a
helmet. We've mentioned this many times --
windscreen turbulence is one of the biggest factors in
helmet noise. As we state in the helmet reviews,
we always wear high-quality, correctly fitted ear plugs;
all bets are off without them.
I think the GM68S is more oriented towards Sportbike
riding than touring, and it probably wouldn't be my
choice of helmet for installing speakers or for a
touring bike with an upright seating position. We
usually try the helmets on several different bikes
during the evaluations, with and without windscreens,
but it's impossible to know how the helmet will react on
every motorcycle type with every rider and riding
The air coming over the top of the Goldwing's windscreen
is probably causing lots of turbulence right at the top
of the helmet where the big intake scoops live, so I
guess I'm not surprised that this helmet may be noisy on
a motorcycle of this type.
From "L.Y.": "After I read your
review I went and bought the helmet and I love it.
Since this model is so good, any chance of your
reviewing the GM58? It looks like it has less
protruding vents, and might be quieter and less
turbulent, and it costs less. If it fits the same
I'd consider getting one.
Keep up the good work, especially with helmets like this
one and the Akuma (Ghost
Stealth), since I'll never get to actually see one
in a store since no stores keep them in stock.
Cycle Gear should really pick these guys up instead of
whatever crappy cheap sub-$100 helmet I saw there last
time, but they probably won't because the great value
will make their Arais and Shoeis look bad. Thanks!"
Editor's Reply: Yes, we will
definitely review more Gmax helmets!
From "K.D.": "On Jan. 23, 2008 my
red, white and blue Gmax helmet kept my head from being
crushed. The Missouri Highway Patrol Report
"states": Traveling at a speed 130mph+ "on my 1200
Yamaha V-max" failed to negotiate a left hand curve to
travel off the right side of roadway striking a ditch
ejecting the driver head first...
I was released from the hospital on Jan. 24 with some
internal head injury. If this helmet would not
(have) held up, I wouldn't be here to write this letter
today. My Gmax helmet has only scratches and a
missing face shield. Gmax is the only helmet I
will ever wear..."
From "J.N.": "On a clear day you can
see forever… Not always true with a full face helmet but
very true with the GMAX. Addressing some of the
issues already brought up:
Fogging is not an issue
with it open 1 detent.
a. That one slot is less than 1/32 of an inch and
having ridden with the visor up 1 to 2 inches this
is a big issue
I can put my glasses on
without bending the ear pieces. I can’t see without
them and that is why I have bought modular helmets
in the past. With this helmet I can put them right
on without bruising my temples.
Air flow is excellent
(and this morning it was 30* and I didn’t freeze).
You don’t have to have to have all of the vents open
to get a lot of flow. (if you have ever worn a full
face helmet when its 107 in the shade this will make
a lot of difference.)
The ear pockets allow for
placement of helmet speakers. Great! Now I can
listen to my Ipod with out crushing my ears.
Noise level is louder
than expected. With all of the vents closed and
wearing ear plugs then it is somewhat quiet but then
again I have a 650 Silverado with the CA Emissions
still on it and that creates for loud pipes.
The rear lights are a
great safety feature. 6 AM on the freeway it helps a
Fit and finish are as
advertised and the chin skirt really cuts down on
the tearing factor. (Glasses)
$107.00 out the door,
Helmet, Bag, Second Visor, and extra light bezel
what’s there not to like. Beats 600 for an ICON and
looks just as cool.
From "R.C.": "I have now had my new
GMAX Crusader for a couple of weeks, and I LOVE IT !
I was worried about the fit of it's internal shape on my
moderate Oval shaped head, so after checking the sizing
on the website, I ordered a Small, and it's right on...
My Extra Small Arai Profile was just a wee bit too tight
in the cheek pads , and also took quite a while to pack
out and fit right- (and our Vancouver, Canada dealers
don't stock thinner cheek pads - special order only!).
After 3 months of wear, the Profile fit almost as well
as my new Gmax G68s Crusader does out of the box - it's
in a size small, without the too tight cheek pads.
After a few days of wearing it now, I believe the GMAX
is the best fitting helmet I have ever owned. The
finish and graphics on the GMAX definitely put helmets
costing 5 or more times as much to shame, including my
2007 model Arai! And the visors - wow! Great
vision, easy changing, 2 visors, c/w the soft visor bag
- This is the best deal I have ever seen in a helmet.
I am not concerned about the lack of a Snell
certification, as I will continue to use my Arai for the
racetrack, and the more comfortable, lighter, better
ventilated, and way quieter GMAX on the street.
Everyone comments on the LED's and I believe they should
be standard on all helmets. I swapped the red LED
cover for the smoked one as it matched the colour of my
Grey/Silver Crusader perfectly. It appears the
LED's are brighter with the red cover on, and I will
swap back tonight, as I commute daily, and at this time
of year north of the 49th it's still dark before 8 am,
and again when I ride home around 6 pm.
Tonight I am going to make a pair of thin ear pocket
fillers from upholstery foam and cover them with
Coolmax... I did this on my noisy Arai, and definitely
improved the noise factor, so I am looking forward to a
nearly silent riding experience on my Ducati Monster
(even the Termi's with db killers out sound much more
subdued in the GMAX!).
My helmet is always in the wind above the small fairing
on the Monster, which has the taller Zero Gravity screen
fitted, and up to 120mph, I have not noticed any
appreciable buffeting. This GMAX seems to cut the
wind just fine, and stays very quiet, although, due to
winter temperatures around the freezing point every day,
I have not opened any of the vents! I have put
foam in the little chin bar vents to stop their flow as
well...my helmet did not come with spare batteries nor
the vent plugs, mentioned by another owner in the
I also really like the way the visor clicks positively
from closed to just a tiny bit open, then to larger
openings, smoothly and evenly... Due to the cold
weather, I keep it open 1 or 2 notches, and that seems
to flow enough air for de-misting, without freezing my
face off, or causing my eyes to tear up. I also like the
high eye port opening, as I get a better view ahead when
tucking in behind the screen. My Arai obscures my
vision, with it's black visor vents in the way, when
tucking in, so I have to sit taller and hold my head a
bit higher up into the wind, in order to seen the road
All in all, I think it's the best helmet value ever!
The older manufacturers had better get their act
together - both the quality and the pricing of their
products needs improving, as this GMAX G68s proves!"
From "B.B.": "Ride: 2005 FZ6, with a
Laminar Lip. Location: Bradenton, Florida.
I was riding with an
HJC SyMax. I have been researching helmets and
trying them on for about 6 months. I have tried
the Arai, Shoei, Suomy, Scorpion, Shark, HJC, and KBC.
I had narrowed it down to the
X-11. The fit, finish, and especially the air
flow were all the major factors of why I had chosen that
The problem was that I just could not justify
spending between $400-$500, on eBay, on a helmet when
the helmet I have was working fine. It was a
little loud and a little heavy, but the MAJOR problem
with it is that it is HOT HOT HOT, and a hot helmet in
FL doesn't work well.
I read your review of the GMAX, so I did a little
internet research on the company. There really is
not much to see out there, so I thought I would go out
on a limb and give it a try.
The size chart on the
GMAX site is dead on. I always took a L-XL in other
helmet lines, so I was nervous about ordering the M,
but I again trusted and it was perfect out of the
The X-11 has great
airflow and so does the GMAX. I would say they
are very comparable in the airflow department.
One thing the X-11 has going for it is that it has
an air vent right above the visor that flows air on
your forehead. don't think that is worth
an extra $400 though!
I always wear earplugs
when I am going to go faster than about 50mph,
however this helmet is WAY quieter than my SyMax.
One thing I have yet to do is steal the extra little
pads that came with my SyMax and put them in the
GMAX ear holes. I am sure that will make it
The visor is great as far
as clearness goes but I agree with the other
reviewers that it fogs up a little fast when at a
stoplight. Mainly in the morning though.
There is really not a problem too much during the
There is a little
turbulence across the top of the helmet, however I
will take the airflow for the turbulence the ducts
The lights are cool and
they make me feel a little more visible, therefore
safer. I couldn't believe that it came with an
extra set of batteries!
Graphics are cool.
They could be a little cooler like the Suomy but
again, worth $300 more? I think not.
The materials used on the
inside (the parts that actually touch your head),
are very nice. Nothing rough in there. I
do wear a helmet liner but I have tried it on
without and didn't have a problem with scratchiness.
It is only DOT certified.
I don't know if they intended it that way or not,
but I like it. I have done quite a bit of
research on the different safety standards and in my
opinion the Snell rating is overrated. It is
just way too hard. DOT is the softest rating,
however I would rather shield my head in something
that will cradle my head instead of something that
will make my head bounce!
This is a fairly light
helmet. I know the chart on the site says that
the SyMax, X-11 and the GMAX are all comparable in
weight however the GMAX feels significantly lighter
than the SyMax. That may be because I use an
XL in the SyMax, a L in the X-11, and I only need a
M in the GMAX, but that may be true for all the
other helmets as well.
Need I say more!
The chin vent's on/off
toggle is kinda cheesy. The detents are real
weak and I feel like after awhile I may have to tape
it in position.
The padded chin bar is a
little bit too fat. I find that my lips and
chin hair rub on it. It will probably be better once
the helmet breaks in a bit.
The vents on the top may
break if you drop it. However, you are not
supposed to wear a helmet after you have dropped it
anyway! It is no worse than any of the other
helmets plastic pieces either. Those will
break too. AND for only $107.99 delivered I
can afford to buy a new one.
All in all I think this is may be the best helmet I
have ever owned. Those other manufacturers could
learn a thing or two from GMAX, and they better watch
From "E.K.": "Before giving a
helmet its final rating, you should always check to see
whether the helmet has EPS below the ear, around the jaw
and at the chin.
The GMAX does not. This is a serious safety
issue that needs to be addressed. Most helmets in
the GMAX price range do have EPS in these areas,
something that does make a helmet safer."
From "H.T.": "Weather conditions: 70
degrees, wind 20mph. Location: Sarasota, Florida, Date:
January 19, 2008.
1. For $108 delivered - A Best Buy. I would
question why anyone would need to speed $500 or more for
a helmet after using the Gmax GM68S Dragon.
2. I bought the helmet because I liked the graphics
and the red LED lights.
3. The medium fit was tight, but it got better the
more I wear it. Tighter fitting than my Nolan or
4. Riding my VTX1300C wearing this helmet, the
twin-engine single crank-pin rumble now sounds like I’m
riding a scooter. Blipping the throttle now sounds
like “MaWomph” instead of “BARAANG!”
5. Now that the motorcycle noises are muffed, you
hear turbulent wind noise going over the Hondaline tall
windshield-helmet interaction. Duck down behind
the windshield and most of that is eliminated too.
6. Riding my FJR1300AE wearing this helmet, the wind
noise is high with all vents open, but close ALL the
vents and crack open the visor 1 or two notches, and
with GIVI windscreen all the way down, the helmet is
pretty quiet, eliminating all lot of the distracting
turbulence - clearly better than the Nolan or HJC.
Raise the aftermarket GIVI windscreen up 2/3rds with the
same venting makes the ride comfortably quiet.
Nearly eerie. Results will likely be different for
your bike, windscreen, and riding ergos.
7. The face shield is virtually invisible and
distortion free - and the field of view is wider and a
little taller. But, it is not polarized.
This is the only helmet I’ve owned where I can change
the face shield. Contrary to instructions, raise
the face shield all the way up, then down one notch,
then press down the slide release. It’s simple -
and easier to clean.
8. The extra dark shield, and helmet bag were free!"
From "D.B.": "I received my Gmax
GM68S Crusader helmet a few days ago and gave it a good
looking over before riding with it. The fit is
great. I actually fell right in the range of a
small and am very happy with it. I did find a few
very minor spots in the finish that were not perfect,
but I was looking really close to find anything.
Hardly noticeable, and the graphics of the red crusader
more than make up for any blemishes.
I rode to work with it today and it was a cool (45 F)
and extremely foggy. It did fog up quite a bit,
but I stuck my Respro Foggy in and had no problems.
I read one owners comment of constant air flowing
through the chin area, and I found some small foam plugs
inside the helmet box to block those off from the inside
(along with extra batteries).
It was very quiet (I always wear ear plugs), no
lifting at speed, good visibility through the visor and
noticeably lighter than my HJC CL-SP (wBW
review) or Scorpion EXO-700 (wBW
All in all a great helmet at at great price!!
As a side note, how come webBikeWorld has never
reviewed the Respro Foggy? It's my favorite
anti-fog method I have found.
Thank you for the great reviews."
From "N.F.": "My new GMAX GM68S was
delivered just several days after your review. I
have been using it since then. I haven't powered
up the sublight engines (that is what that funky port on
the back with the pushbutton is, isn't it???), but
otherwise I've been on surface roads and freeways with
the helmet, with good results.
I like the helmet. I measured my cabeza at 23" and
change, and ordered a large. The fit on my head is
good, but my nose rubs the chin bar. I figured
with enough miles, the helmet may wear a couple of
millimeters off my nose for an improved profile.
Fancy that: a cost-effective helmet that not only is
attractive to wear, but makes me more attractive when I
take it off. BONUS!!! What about some slimming
I noticed that the stock shield fogs up pretty
easily. Don't have that problem with my OGK FF4 or
KBC Force RR. With those helmets, I don't have to
raise the shield at stoplights in the mornings, but I do
with the GMAX. I guess I'll have to order the
Salclear products (wBW
review). Do they make head wax too, so I can
apply a little polish and continue my new motorcycle
accessory-based, self-beautification regimen? No
one ever told me that the more I ride motorcycles, the
more attractive I'd become. WHOA!
Wind noise and airflow are both acceptable, and the
fit and finish met my expectations (set by you in your
review). Another satisfied customer, based on
webBikeWorld. Keep up the great work."
From "L.S.": "Rick, just got my Gmax
GM68S Dragon. I love it! The fit is the best
I've had yet -- the size chart on the Gmax website was
perfect, and it's very comfortable. The finish is
incredible. The color, design, and paint scheme of
the black color I got is awesome, it's beautiful.
Looks great on my head when I look in a mirror, from all
3 angles -- head on, from the side, and from the rear.
The detents on the face shield are tight (maybe even
too much so, but I'd rather have it that way than the
reverse). And those lights -- unbelievable!
One thing about this helmet -- it flows A LOT of air,
even with all the vents closed. Part of the source
of the air may be the vents on the front bottom that are
always open. I wore it yesterday in 37° weather,
and then last night in 26° weather. I won't be
wearing it anymore in the winter. Just too cold.
Also, I can't really asses the noise characteristics
of the helmet yet. The major noise that bothers me
when I ride is the low pitched, booming wind-rushing
noise that comes up from underneath my helmet. I
haven't been able to really asses that because I just
put the Two Broters VALE slip-on on my K1200R, and that
thing is so obscenely loud, it completely drowns out the
wind noise, even with custom earplugs.
I've ordered the power tip noise suppressor (for the
exhaust) which should arrive any day. If it
doesn't reduce the noise substantially, I'll have to
take the Two Bros off and put the stock muffler back on.
But I did notice that the Gmax has full cutouts for
the ears, which I think removes some of the noise
insulation that other helmets have, and thereby allows
me to hear more exhaust noise than with my HJC CL-SP (wBW
review). I'll write more after I put the noise
Thanks for alerting me to this great helmet.
Looking fwd to riding with it in the hot summer