Caberg Duke II - Metal White
Customer Product Reviews
Very pleased with the Duke 2. Much lighter than my AGV. Beautifully made and looks the business. If it wasn't for the high pitched 'winey noise' when I turn my head at speed (probably coming from the sun-visor slider), I would've given it a 5. Great sale price, and superb service as always from SBS. Highly recommended.
Caberg Duke 2 good choice on a budget
Its lightweight (certainly compared to the HJC its replacing), quieter too! Ratchet strap lock is great once you've taught your fingers to do it. On the downside the internal sun visor does not retract into the helmet fully and is left intruding into your field of view. Noted by a previous reviewer I wish I had paid a little more attention. This will prevent me purchasing another unless it gets rectified by the manufacturer. The chin bar lock is fiddly, but i can live with it as I don't really intend to ride with it up. Haven't used the pinlock visor yet, but by providing one in the box it does mean you're ready to go!
I bought the helmet a week or so ago I have worn it most days for over 4 hours a day and it's very light and comfortable. The weather has been atrocious with heavy rain and with the fog screen fitted to the visor there wasn't any fogging at all. I was a bit dubious as a previous reviewer had mentioned it leaked a bit.... after a week of torrential downpours I'm happy to say it didn't leak one bit.
The best value for money by far
I have ridden bikes most of my life (half a century) and therefore owned many helmets. The fit, light weight and finish of the Caberg Duke ll excels beyond even the most expensive helmet I have owned. This is the fifth Caberg I have owned and I can't see me changing makes anytime soon. Thank you SBS.
Looks good but budget quality
This helmet certainly looks good and has some great features. Accepting that it is a budget helmet, I decided I would stretch my finances for a better build quality that inspires more confidence. The helmet certainly has good test ratings for safety but I fear some the mechanisms may not stand the test of time with regular use. A pity
My instructor during my bike test had this helmet, he spoke highly of it, however mostly for its blinding appearance! So I bought one and it is superb...... Great design, great features, comfortable and a fantastic colour. I get alot of stares from pedestrians and gladly most people can see me coming!
...and that is not just the colour. Very comfortable. My head is exactly between M and L so I was advised to go for L which is just about right. Good visibility especially with Pinlock which really works but it is noisier than a one-piece so I wear earplugs. My glasses still steam up at very low speeds but clear as soon as I am moving and opening the visor a little solves the problem. Service from sportsbikeshop exemplary.
After buying the Caberg, I realised how much of an improvement it was over my old lid. It was a much better fit (size was good to tape measure) and therefore much quieter. The pinlock insert addition was much appreciated after I had to pay extra for that on my old helmet. The Caberg has all the features that I need in a modular helmet.
Very good value
I chose this helmet over much more expensive items as a compromise. It's half the price of other helmets I was considering. It is a very good fit for my head, so comfortable that initially I thought I had bought a size too big, but once the chin strap was shortened there was very little movement.. The sun shield is effective with good coverage wrapping around the nose. The chin bar release is harder to use than my previous helmet (Spada) but I think I'll get used to it. It's not a quiet helmet and the chin guard is slightly close, but it is lighter than my previous lid. I wear glasses and I take them off to get the helmet on, but leave them on taking the helmet off. Happy so far. I have fitted a Bluetooth headset in the helmet and there is an effective clip for the microphone boom an a recess in the chin bar for the microphone. The chin baffle (detachable) catches the microphone if it is not pointer high enough, which unfortunately is higher than the recess made for it. It's not the Cavern headset - maybe that one fits better
Punches above its weight...
...or my RPHA 70 is overpriced, one of the two! I'll compare it to my HJC RPHA.... which is a truly superb helmet, but over twice the price. Weight - feel about the same, but although the numbers suggest the RPHA is lighter, the Duke feels lighter on. Comfort - The RPHA is more snug fitting, better padding and more of it (obviously because it's not flip up). BUT - the Duke is extremely comfortable to wear for hours on end. Fit - I'm right on the edge of M and L in fitting, so I go for M sizes to make sure it's snug. This is bang on the money for me. A large would rattle I think. Vision/Visor - Not quite as open view as the RPHA but I can see everything I need to. Peripheral vision is good. The pinlock is a must though, fogs up very quickly without it I found. (Wish I'd know the insert was in the box already..now I have a spare pinlock 30 I don't need). HOWEVER - the smallest fixed opening is a bit too wide for when you just want a little air in. You can just about crack it open but it will close at speed. Open it a bit more and you can't see properly. Not a deal breaker but worth knowing. Noise - bit quieter than the RPHA I'd say, not a huge amount but noticeable. This will be my go to touring helmet (on a Triple S at 6'2" with a PUIG screen) Sun visor - Much prefer the mechanism on the Duke. The RPHA is bit fiddly but I find the Duke is way easier to use. You basically just wipe the top of your head from back to front. Visor is excellent as well. Venting - Meh. Haven't tested it in real heat yet but the options are limited and there's no exhaust ports. Chinbar is always open (to defog the visor...it doesn't) and then there's just the top vent - open or closed. Flip up mechanism - solid as. Really good and locks in well with the P/J switch. Wee bit fiddly to open and close but you get used to it. Fitting extras (camera/headset) - Camera is fine on a flat adhesive mount (Drift). Not really any obvious places for Sena speakers to go though (unlike the RPHA). I got them in ok but it was a faff finding the right place. Overall - feels very plastic compared to the RPHA, there's a clear difference in build quality and materials....but for less than half the price I am blown away by how good it is. Five star SHARP rating is actually better than the RPHA...and that is after all the main reason for helmets...safety....and bug collecting. Genuinely excellent helmet and it looks good. Well worth the small investment!
Caberg Duke 2 Flip Front Helmet
Bought this having had one a few years ago. They are well built and came with a pin lock insert which has improved in shape and size since I last had one and is great as I ride all year round. Helmet is comfortable although I bought a size bigger than I would normally wear because I dont like my chin touching the front of the chin guard. A little more noisy than a full face but that is to be expected. Visor leaked a little in heavy rain but not bad enough to block vision and no worse than other vastly more expensive helmets that I've had. All in all great value for money.