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It’s Official I’ve reported before on Forcite and said that it will come to the U.S. at some point in the future, but now some information from Digital Trends indicates that the smart helmet will come to the U.S. soon. According to the publication, the helmet will come to the States in 2020.  For the …

Alvin Halfaker, the founder of Quiet Ride Helmets, is a man on a mission, a man obsessed by noise, specifically the harmful noise that riders all over the world experience every single time they get on a bike. It’s the wind, the sound of the tires on the pavement, the engine, and the engines and …

Introduction Regular readers of webBikeWorld reviews might be thinking, “they already reviewed the Corsair-X a while ago”, and those readers would be correct. wBW founder and editor Rick Korchak reviewed the Corsair-X back in November of 2015. Now nearly four years later we have a Corsair-X back in our leather gloved hands for a look …

A Return to the Matrix I was very eager to get my hands on the new and improved version of the Matrix Alpha Streetfighter helmet after reviewing the first model. As most readers know, there was some controversy around my original review, which sparked a rebuttal from the management at Matrix Helmet. But I can …

Sena Gains (a) Momentum Anything to do with technology, motorcycling, and relatedly safety education and training gets my utmost attention – always has, always will. So, when Sena announced the first Momentum helmet in 2017, it got flagged, and Sena’s evolution of this product has been followed with interest. Quite incidentally, in jumping into a …

Introduction In seeking a replacement for a well-aged Bell Mag 9 Sena (less the Sena) three-quarter helmet that was used primarily to testing Bluetooth systems, we were on the lookout for something similar but with some updated features and a better build. And in checking the wBW review listings, coverage of LS2 products has indeed …

Motorcycle technology continues to change and innovate – and so does gear technology, specifically helmets. Modern helmets are safer, more comfortable, easier to use and enjoy, and more versatile than ever before, but there are more innovations coming. Enter the smart helmet. Okay, so the idea of a smart helmet has been around a while, …

Introduction SCHUBERTH has long been known for its high-end class-leading helmets. After reading Cameron Martel’s recent review of the C4 Pro, I was intrigued to try out a SCHUBERTH helmet. Shortly after Cam’s review, the opportunity came up to try the open face M1 PRO, and I jumped at it. The M1 PRO is SCHUBERTH’s …

Head Shape Analysis Simpson doesn’t list any shape for the helmet on their site, but Revzilla calls it “Neutral Oval” which I take to mean something between Round Oval and Intermediate Oval. I would agree with that or say that it has a definite Round Oval bias to it since it fits my Round Oval …

*Note: The Klim K1R Karbon helmet seems Round Oval shaped but the Klim rep I spoke with informed me it was designed Intermediate Oval. It fits my head perfectly so I’d say it has a strong round bias if it’s IO shaped. That means it won’t be any fun for people with narrow or long …

First Impressions Who is GMax? I know many of you are familiar with the brand already but this is my first encounter with them. I scoured the internet and found scant information so I reached out directly via email and got a fast response. GMax is an American company based in Idaho that began designing …

Introduction I have always wanted to get or try a NEXX helmet, especially something in the ‘Adventure’ line – so in being provided with a NEXX X.WED2 X-Patrol Helmet (also known as the X-Wild) for this review, one more ‘helmet-related’ item is now crossed off the proverbial bucket list… as informal as it is. NEXX …

Introduction Last summer I purchased a 1999 Kawasaki ZRX 1100. It is a bike I liked when it originally came on the market. It is a replica of the early 80s KZ1000R, which was a tribute to Eddie Lawson’s winning Kawasaki race bike. As Cycle World put it, “a replica of a replica”. I even …

I’ve Fallen Prey To A Bell SRT Modular Predator First Impression & Fitment I’ve just finished reviewing 3 successive helmets that all (to varying degrees) hurt my head to wear. All of them were shaped too narrow for my Round Oval skull. Thankfully relief came in the form of this Bell SRT Modular lid that …

Quick Specs $499 / Intermediate Oval (Neutral bias) / 3.83lbs / 1,737g Note: NEXX provided this X.VILITUR at no cost for the purpose of this review. NEXX’s First Modular is a Good One Hot off the heels of my SCHUBERTH C4 Pro review is NEXX’s first-ever modular helmet, the long-awaited X.Vilitur. Priced at $499, it …

Quick Specs $209.99 / Intermediate Oval  / 3.81lbs / 1,728g A Modular That’s Heavy on Features, Light on Weight The HJC IS-Max II is the successor to the venerable IS-MAX modular helmet that we reviewed back in 2009. That helmet was a quality one when it came out and has served many riders well. The …

Starting Today, You Can Get a Heck of a Deal I’m signed up for Revzilla’s sales alerts, and today I noticed that the motorcycle gear retailer is offering Schuberth helmets with some serious discounts. Some Schuberth helmets are marked down by as much as 65 percent. Seeing as how the company makes some of the …

First Impressions & Basic Information The first thing everyone is going to say about the Biltwell Lane Splitter is that it looks cool. This helmet is a fashion statement. Of course, there will be some naysayers in the looks department because everyone has their own opinions when it comes to style. I think it looks …

A Tale of Two Helmets: GT Air vs. GT Air II I’m regularly informed by many people how my 14 yr old son “looks just like you.” I can see similarities for sure, but to me, he’s taller, updated, improved, and a less hairy version of me that society will happily embrace whereas it mainly …

Background It’s been a long, tough winter here in the heartland. Record snowfall and record flooding have kept us indoors and dampened our spirits. I can’t remember a time when I’ve longed for Spring more than this year. So I was very excited when the GMAX OF77 helmet arrived at my doorstep, heralding the beginning …

Introduction Arai helmets. Anyone who has taken the time to study the process that goes into making an Arai helmet will no doubt agree that they make helmet production into an artform. From the handmade shells to the solid operation of moving parts like vents and visors, Arai helmets are definitely a class leader when it …

Quick Specs $699 / Intermediate Oval / 3.9lbs / 1,769g Note: SCHUBERTH and SENA provided the C4 Pro/SC1 respectively for the purposes of this review. Integrated Electronics, a Revised Fit, & Numerous Improvements Make the Pro the C4 to Wear The C4 Pro: the return to form for this venerable German helmet brand. Having heard …

Quick Specs Under $200 / Intermediate Oval / 3.55lbs / 1,610g A $200 SNELL/DOT-Certified Bargain, & My New Full Face Value Pick The Scorpion website proclaims the EXO-R710 to be the best fiberglass helmet you can buy for its $200 price point, and I have to say that I can get on board with that …

You Might Be Surprised At the Results Crushing a motorcycle helmet with a hydraulic press isn’t the most scientific test of a helmet. That said, it does demonstrate the weak points of a helmet when that helmet is put under extreme amounts of pressure. The team over at the Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube recently …

Some First Impressions I was really looking forward to testing out the Airflite Inky from ICON, and had it out of the box and ready for a test ride as soon as it arrived. I took a short ride on city streets to get the feel of the helmet, learn to locate the controls for …

My first helmet back in 1987 was a bright yellow Nolan dirt bike offering. Maybe some of you reading this had the same one too? It left an impression on me, yet for some reason, I’ve never worn another Nolan product until today. I’ve been missing out! This Italian brand has been building high quality, …

Introduction Carbon fiber. This material seems to offer considerable street “cred” to any piece of motorcycle apparel, accessory, or the hard part where this super strong material is employed. Despite what motorcycle accessory catalogs might show, not everything is better by simply being made from this material. Helmets, though, are one area I can get …

Some First Impressions I always wear a full face helmet just because I ride in an environment that has a lot of sand and rock and the full face protection is appreciated. Putting this helmet on for the first time, it was snug but still very comfortable. The fit is secure but not so tight …

Editors note: this review was updated on March 23, 2019 to add in a response from Matrix Helmets. You can read their response here. Some Less Than Pleasant Surprises I was really looking forward to testing this helmet due to the lightness. I am religious about wearing a full face helmet and the lighter the …

Introduction I have handled a good variety of motorcycle helmets since I started riding in the early ’90s. I’m therefore a bit surprised to realize I’d never owned or tested a helmet from AGV. As part of my review process, I always read up on the manufacturer, even if I’m pretty familiar with them, in …

Need an Awesome Helmet? Arai Has You Covered Arai announced new graphics for three helmets and a new anti-fog shield that should be a helpful addition to the XD-4 helmet. The graphics provide a unique, new look for the VX-Pro4, Quantum-X, and Defiant-X lids. Each one is dramatically different from the other, giving riders plenty of options. …

Introduction It’s been a while since webBikeWorld reviewed a helmet from Shark. In fact, it looks like it has been nearly five years since we reviewed the “Raw” helmet. Maybe part of the reason was that Shark went through some changes in USA distribution? Maybe it was just simply that Shark was never quite the …

Multiple Configurations, Multiple Uses AGV has been building quality motorcycle helmets since the 1940s. Today, Dainese owns it. Any time the company comes out with something new, you’d better take note. On December 12, AGV announced the North American launch of its new AX9 helmet. The AX9 follows in the footsteps of the AX8 helmet that …

Bold New Looks for December We recently received word that Arai Helmets created some new graphics for their 2019 Quantum-X, Signet-X, and VXPRO-4 helmet lines. This gives the helmet designs, which are a couple to a few years old at this point an updated look to keep buyers interested. The Quantum-X and Signet-X came out in 2016 …

The Mod Bandit Stole and Broke My Heart I stopped by the Simpson booth at AimExpo last week to see what they had in store with their unmistakably stylish line of helmets. I was surprised to be presented with the announcement of their first modular helmet design called the Mod Bandit. I knew right away …

The NK-856 is a full-face helmet, manufactured by Chinese Manufacturer NENKI Helmets. It has a safety designation that meets or exceeds DOT FMVSS-218. Full-face helmets offer added security to the head, namely in the face area while riding. They also help keep road noise down, and protect you from the wind, debris, and bugs if …

Background I have been riding for the last few years with an RPHA 10 helmet, but I’d noticed lately that with time the EPS had begun to compress and it was getting loose. With the looser fit, it had become quite noisy and probably wasn’t as safe. It was time for a new helmet. I …

The Ghibli is the second Vemar helmet I’ve reviewed. The first, the Sharki modular, is a pretty good value modular for the money. The Ghibli is an inexpensive full-face helmet, with an MSRP of $139. That is a very appealing price, especially for new riders that are still getting their bearings. Upon arrival, the first question …

In this article, I will be reviewing the third of three ZOX helmets, the Primo C Track. This is a full face helmet. A full face helmet covers the entire head, with a rear that covers the base of the skull, and a protective section over the front of the chin. This type of helmet …

The Brigade SVS Solid is a modular helmet. A modular helmet is defined as being a hybrid between an open face helmet and a full face helmet. They are sometimes referred to as convertible or flip face helmets. I tested this helmet using my 2007 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic. Please keep an eye out for …