I bought a hjc modular helmet yesterday and so far I like it. It cuts down on the head buffeting and wind noise. If you want you can ride arouind town with the front up or when its down, the face comes up a couple of notches to let air in or scratch your nose or adjust your glasses. It seems cooler than my 3/4. My half just kinda sat on my head and caught wind. I figure if I'm gonna wear one I might as well have one that will do some good if needed. The Ipod and ear buds work good with it on the valkyrie. I think the sideburners would cause problems listening to music.