Klim TK1200 Helmet
Purchased a Klim TK1200 helmet from the local BMW dealer recently and I thought Iíd share a few thoughts.
One primary reasons for my choice of any helmet is weight. I have some neck issues and need to ride with a helmet in the 3 lb. range. The TK1200 fits nicely in the range, weighing in at about 3lbs. 4 ozs. depending on color. It really feels light while wearing as well. Some other features really impress me; the photochromatic (Transitions) visor adjusts to changing light conditions seamlessly, a real benefit here in Florida. The optical quality of the visor is great as well, and the field of vision is excellent.
I have a 57 cm noggin and the Klim medium fits fine..initially a bit tough on the ears putting the helmet on and taking off until I learned to rock it back and forth a bit. I also had to get used to the ratchet chin strap, but now I find this feature much easier to use than D rings.
The visor detents work smoothly and I havenít had any fogging issues as I usually crack open the visor until moving at about 10 mph. The helmet does come with a pinlock lens but I havenít found the need to use it as of yet.
The one issue I do have with the helmet is aerodynamics. At any speed (havenít used it above 65 mph.) the helmet does a fine job with air flow as long as I keep my head in the air stream. But, above 45 mph. if I turn my head even slightly to the side the helmet puts side pressure on my head and neck. I will probably get used to this, but itís somewhat disconcerting. Iím wondering if this is normal for modular helmets (this is my first one) or unique to the TK 1200 design. Any feedback from members would be greatly appreciated.