Schuberth C5 Modular Helmet + SC2

Schuberth C5 Modular Helmet + SC2 Review Summary

Review Summary

The Schuberth C5 is a modular helmet with outstanding construction, an intermediate oval shape, excellent ventilation, noise management, and styling.

Pros

Style (it matches my bike)

Quality construction & materials

Noise levels

Distortion-free visor

Pinlock Included

Sun Visor Included

Integrated Communications ready (speaker/antenna pre-installed)

Cons

Only two shell sizes

Weak visor detents

Top vent operation could be smoother

Price

Review Summary

  • The Schuberth C5 is a premium modular helmet aimed at the touring rider.
  • The C5 has excellent build quality, ventilation, and noise levels.
  • The C5 has speakers and antenna pre-installed for use with the optional SC2 communicator.  The SC2 is similar in functionality to Sena’s premium 50S and 50R models.
  • With few negatives, the C5 is the best modular helmet I have ever used.
  • It is pricey at $869 plus $349 for the SC2 system.

Introduction

In 2019, I reviewed the Schuberth M1 Pro with the SC1M (Sena) communicator built in.  I very much enjoyed the helmet and have used it often since. In addition,  I am a big fan of modular helmets. I jumped at the chance when I was offered this spring to review another Schuberth.

I have been lucky to ride over 4000 kilometers with the Schuberth C5 with SC2.

About Schuberth

Schuberth has been around for more than 70 years. Producing protective helmets since the 1940s. In 1954 SCHUBERTH developed its first motorcyclist helmet. This was the beginning of a success story that continues today. Today, SCHUBERTH develops and produces helmets for industrial safety, police, fire, Formula 1 sports, and motorcycling.

2010 SCHUBERTH formed the North American office, returning to the US and Canada. This brings a local office for sales, service, and warranty to better service loyal customers in the region.

Schuberth C5 Helmet hanging from motorcycle handlebar

Schuberth C5 Helmet Features

As you would expect from a leader in motorcycle boots, and with Gore-Tex in the model name, the Alpinestars boots are loaded with features:

From RevZilla and Schuberth (North America) Websites:

  • Fiber Glass shell reinforced with carbon fiber for improved shock absorption strength and lighter weight.
  • New chin strap positioning to improve comfort in the throat area featuring Anti Roll Off System ( A.R.O.S)
  • Double chin air intake to improve ventilation, featuring exchangeable chin part filter. New back spoiler featuring new air extractor
  • Plug and Play communication system based on Sena 50S system with speakers, Mesh Antenna, FM Radio Antenna, and Bluetooth Antenna preinstalled in the helmet shell.
  • Fitting System
  • Claimed 85 DbA at 100 km/h on a naked bike.
  • DOT and ECE-R 22.06 Certified, depending on location.

Visit the Schuberth C5 product page for a complete list of features.

First Impressions

Back in the spring, when I was offered to review the C5, I was asked what graphics/color I would prefer.  I wasn’t too particular, so I provided some options, including Master Grey and Yellow, as you see here.

Before delivering the helmet, I purchased a 2023 Husqvarna Norden 901

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Best bike and helmet cameras 2023 reviewed

Sometimes called action cameras, helmet cameras or adventure cameras, bike cameras are small and incredibly designed cameras that can capture HD footage without weighing you down or being ungainly. 

Sharing our two wheel exploits with family and friends has become a global phenomenon with the rise of data recording Strava and other GPS tracking cycling apps, with bike cameras providing a more exciting way for sharing our best rides, or ride edits with fellow cyclists.

There is however another dimension to owning a bike camera, to capture evidence for when a bike ride goes wrong. Much like a car dash-cam, these cameras will allow you concrete evidence should you find yourself in a situation where you need it.

In the UK there is even a dedicated website, Nextbase, that can help you summit action camera footage directly to the police, drastically reducing the process time and complications.  

Whatever your reasons for purchasing a bike camera, be it a helmet, bars or seat post rear-view camera, you can be assured there’s a perfect one for you.

We’ve included lots of helpful hints and tips, which you’ll find after the main product reviews. However, your considerations are likely to be focussed on image quality, battery life, storage capabilities and, given that it’s going to be fixed to your bike or helmet, durability.

Image quality will largely be dictated by the cost of the camera, but you’ll also want to consider image stabilization and frame rates (FPS). When it comes to battery life you’ll need to think about how long you’ll be shooting for – most batteries will last a couple of hours. 

You’ll probably want to try and match data storage to the resolution you’re shooting in – if you’ve opted for high-resolution camera for the best picture quality you’ll need more data storage. Finally, look for a camera that can take some punishment. Some will be waterproof but you can also consider the addition of a waterproof case.

We go into more detail on how we test at the bottom of this page, but all of the cameras featured here have been tested for resolution, image stabilisation, battery life and storage as well ensuring they’ve been used across a variety of weather conditions.

Let’s delve into our handpicked best front and rear view cameras which we think are the best you can buy right now. 

Our pick of the best bike and helmet cameras

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LS2 Explorer Plus Helmet Assessment

Ls2 Explorer Plus Helmet ReviewMaja Kenney of Maja’s Motorbike Adventures evaluations the LS2 Explorer In addition (Off-Street) Helmet.

Possessing ventured into the environment of adventure motorcycling I wanted a new helmet to match the exercise and of study course, my new journey bicycle, way too!

The to start with effect was a extremely positive a single even in advance of I took the helmet out of the box. The packaging itself is well imagined out, with good style and design. The helmet itself is packed in the standard drawstring bag and as a bonus, it also arrives with a have bag. Which is my flight have-on sorted. It also comes with an inflatable helmet ring for when you are fitting the comms to the helmet, eliminating the peak or the visor and usually storing it. Ls2 Explorer Plus (off-road) Helmet Review

The helmet also comes with a pinlock and a set of blanking plates to use when the peak comes off. I like that about the helmet, I can use it with or without the peak depending on the kind of using I want to do. The removing of the peak is really uncomplicated, you need an allen key that comes in the box with the helmet and a Phillips screwdriver (you have to use your personal) to eliminate the screw holding the peak in spot at the top of the helmet. It took me 10 minutes to clear away it the to start with time mainly because I took a even though to figure out how to take out the blanking plate at the prime without breaking it (it just snaps in and out of the mount) but subsequent situations the full system took only a number of minutes. I really like the sturdiness of the mounts and that you want to screw the visor in place, it feels a lot simpler and not as flimsy as it does with the plastic methods on some other helmets. Ls2 Explorer Plus (off-road) Helmet Review

The only matter I have discovered soon after making use of the helmet for a several months is that the rubber that seals the visor at the leading appears to be rubbing against the pinlock when you open and close the visor. My pinlock now has obvious markings at the sides. This is extra of a cosmetic annoyance as it does not impair the vision by itself. 

The seem by itself is quite intense, with the chin piece coming up extremely large and this does suggest I had to marginally tilt my head down to see the bike’s dials (when compared to the highway helmets I have). Nonetheless, it will come with a really broad side look at which helps with the periphery vision.

With each and every new helmet, I know to hope it to be restricted for the 1st few rides, some acquire a though to ‘bed in’ and cease providing me a pressure headache. I was delighted to locate out that the in good shape is exceptional and even just after donning it for a very good 3 hrs

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Forcite MK1S Bike Helmet Evaluate

For numerous riders, their total-experience motorcycle helmet is more than a crucial bit of safety gear, it is also considerably of a respite from the planet. Place one on and you’re suddenly nameless, enclosed in a bubble of tranquil as you pilot your steed by means of city website traffic or across continents. Outside of the motorcycle itself, a helmet is usually a single of buys riders agonize around the most.

When touring bikes like the Honda Goldwing began to mature tech-sensible in the early 1980s, helmets started to see some tech as properly, normally in the kind of in-helmet speakers for chatting between rider and passenger or other riders via CB radio (keep in mind all those?). And with audio devices showing on top rated-end tourers, you could also pipe some tunes into your hat, which built very long stretches throughout dull countryside a little bit far more tolerable.

The moment portable audio gamers like the venerable Sony Walkman hit the scene, riders like myself who could not pay for a spendy touring bicycle or OEM difficult-wired helmets DIYed our own setups I produced mine by cannibalizing some outdated headphones for songs and wiring up a rudimentary mic for my battery-run CB. It worked… most of the time. When smartphones appeared, the quest for a additional large-tech helmet received a lot more critical, and helmets with developed-in Bluetooth started to look. As microelectronics and display tech received ever far more micro, the idea of putting a screen in a helmet – for greater or worse – grew to become feasible.

In the early times of crowdfunding, the SKULLY “smart helmet” put together a head-up display screen (HUD), audio, created-in personal computer and smartphone linking to great influence – in principle – and elevated millions of pounds. Issue was, the tech nevertheless had a way to go and the dollars raised allegedly went to things unrelated to helmet improvement, and the entire factor arrived crashing down with quite couple $1,500 helmets creating it to riders’ heads.

Other efforts to put a HUD in a helmet arrived and went as perfectly, but lately, an Australian startup took the “smart helmet” concept in a smarter route. Referred to as Forcite (from “foresight”), the original Forcite MK1 intelligent helmet incorporated the anticipated audio speakers and cellphone ops, but dispensed with the head up show plan in favor of a additional subtle and frankly safer visible warning technique.

As a substitute of a head-up exhibit in the rider’s line of vision, Forcite CEO Alfred Boyadgis and designer Julian Chow embedded basic multi-colored LED strips on the top rated rail of the full deal with helmet’s chin bar.

Coupled with GPS audio guidance via the Forcite app, riders get change-by-change route previews from

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