Ordered (as usual) via the excellent FCMOTO
I was looking for an inconspicuous matt black helmet with comms (for music & calls) to use on my Bobber.
My two main choices were the new SENA MOMENTUM INC
or the lastest version of the C4.
As the INC hasn´t been released yet, i decided to give the C4 pro a go.
The C4 Pro is a major update from the C4 basic, which i have been using for over a year now. It feels better put together, has a nicer interior and Schuberth finally moved the microphone from the forehead to the side left side of the mouth.
Schuberth finally agreed to use a top of the line Pinlock 120 anti fog insert - instead of the p*** awful “homemade” one used in previous generations.
Fit: the C4 pro now fits like the C3 pro. This means it fits alot tighter, feels much more snug and will require some break in time.
I usually wear a size S (55/56) and the C4 Pro fits me very well, if a little tight on my forehead. But this gives a little with use and as such it feels comfortable and very secure.
I DID NOT like using it on the Bobber.
As great a helmet as it is, it feels - rightfully so- that its been designed and MADE for faired touring bikes and dual sport bikes.
On the Bobber, i had some howling noises coming in through the top vent despite it being closed and the howling only stopped when the vent was opened or i adjusted my head angle.
I should add that it WAS very windy today with strong gusts.
Also, at speeds of 110kph+, i felt resistance and the helmet picked up alot of noise. The end result was neckache making me cut my ride short and head home.
The viewing angles did not work for me either for my body/head position while riding the Bobber. Its OK while riding, but when stopping at junctions i found myself having to twist my neck much more than usual.
Saying that, i have been spoilt by the amazingly wide visors of the Bullitt, X3000 and 3/4 helmets which are impossible to compete with in that department!
I can throw NO negative comments at the C4 pro when riding my GSA. It works exactly as it should and thrives in a faired bike environment with a more upright seating position. But on the Bobber it simply doesnt work for me and mid ride i found myself wishing i had my AGV X3000 with Flare Audio headphones.
The AGV has felt right from day 1 with no break in period or adjustments necessary. It is such a perfect match for my riding style on the Bobber and aerodynamically it is flawless (vastly outperforms the C4 Pro on the Bobber be it highway or city riding even in very windy weather
Yes, the C4 is naturally quieter due to the way it seals around the neck and covers your ears (no ear protection necessary). But this is nothing that can´t be accomplished on the X3000 with a good neck warmer and proper ear protection or earbuds.
My conclusion: If AGV made an X3000 with totally integrated, invisible comms & a pinlock insert, that would be my dream helmet for the Bobber...
The C4 Pro is a welcome addition to my GSA/daily ride helmet shelf.