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The RPHA 70 ST represents HJC’s top shelf sport-touring helmet and is an evolution of the original RPHA ST. Features such as a lightweight and rigid shell, an internal sun visor, and included pinlock ready visor and insert are just the beginning of the features packed into the RPHA 70 ST. Introduction If there were …

The Zephir Is A Super $169.00 Helmet Deal from the Helmet Gurus At Vemar The Vemar Zephir is a contender in the sub-$200.00 full face, all-around street helmet segment. It throws a lot of features into the mix, some of which are hard to find all in one place, especially at this price An internal …

El Estrecho “X” Para El Cráneo, This Arai Helmet Will Definitely Help You Stand Out In A Crowd “The Narrow X For The Cranium”. OK, so it’s my attempt at cuteness using a very limited knowledge of Spanish. But this new Arai Signet-X in the “El Cráneo” graphics does two things really well. First, it gets you …

The Newest Member of the Shoei Family The Shoei RF-SR is brand new to the lineup. It’s also the least expensive Shoei full-face helmet. But, it carries a lot of the Shoei DNA from helmets like the Shoei X-Fourteen (review) and Shoei X-12 (review). Shoei markets the RF-SR for both “street performance” and “long-distance touring comfort” and we …

HJC’s Helmet Building Talents Applied to Update to HJC’s Best Helmet. Did They Improve An Already Outstanding Helmet? Read On. The HJC RPHA 11 Pro is the update to the popular RPHA 10 Pro. RPHA helmets are a step above the average HJC product line. They are a showcase for HJC’s helmet building talents, according …

Pilot Motosport Made A $100.00 Helmet. So, How Good Can A 100-buck Helmet Be? Let’s find out… “You can’t get something for nothing.” It’s a tired saying but one that is hard to argue with. However, it can be surprising how much you can get for seemingly little. Over the years we have reviewed helmets from a …

Nolan N87 Helmet Review It just doesn’t get any better than this! The new Nolan N87 beats every other helmet in its price range. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to spend twice as much and still get as much. The N87 has fantastic build quality and just about every feature you need in a full-face …

Round Heads Rejoice! The Arai Quantum is back! Round-heads, earth-shaped heads and “bulb” heads finally have a helmet that fits. It’s been a long time — nearly 7 years — since Arai had a “Round Oval” helmet in their U.S. lineup. The last Round Oval helmet offered by the Japanese company was the Arai Quantum II …

The Three Stars Are Here The 2016 Bell Star was announced at the 2015 AIMExpo (Report) and described in our 2016 Bell Star Preview. The new Bell Star now comes in three different versions: The street/sport version (this review), the Race Star and the Pro Star. Prices range from $449.95 for the street/sport version to (please …

T510: “Performance Sport Touring” The Scorpion EXO-T510 is a reasonably-priced mid-range helmet with a “kitchen sink” of features. It’s all wrapped in a variety of colorways and finishes starting at a list price of $209.95. The low price point does show up though in a few key areas that may or may not be a …

The New Caberg Drift The Caberg Drift is the Italian company’s newest top-of-the-line helmet. The Drift is a street/sport or “high-tech” touring helmet with a composite carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass shell. A full carbon-fiber shell version of the Drift is also available. The composite shell results in a light weight helmet that makes a positive …

X Marks the Spot! The Shoei X-Fourteen is here! It’s a radical new helmet design and it looks the part. As a Shoei helmet, the build quality, paint and graphics are, of course, superb. The radical design features include a multi-part interior that takes owner customization and fit to a new level. The interior can …

An Intercom-Ready Super Value The sub-$250 helmets made by Bell are probably the best-kept secrets in motorcycling. HJC overshadows everyone else when it comes to value-priced helmets and there’s nothing wrong with that. But there’s something extra special about the $100 to $250 helmets in the Bell lineup and we have reviewed nearly all of them …

Arai Defiant Gets the Pro Treatment The Arai Defiant Pro Cruise is a variant of the originalArai Defiant we reviewed in June of 2014. The Arai Pro Shade (review) is standard on the Defiant Pro Cruise. Also, the special face shield to accommodate the Pro Shade visor is included. The Pro Shade may seem a bit strange but …

Street, Sport and Track Day Helmet The Kabuto RT33 is a relatively lightweight street/sport full-face helmet, brand new for 2015. It splits the difference between the top-of-the-lineKabuto FF-5V (review) and the Kabuto Aeroblade III (review). This gives Kabuto three very similar helmets in $50.00 price increments, starting at $349.95 for the Aeroblade. One differentiator is that the …

New Nexx Top-of-the-Line Supersport Helmet The Nexx XT1 is the Portuguese company’s new premiere full-face motorcycle helmet. It’s what we’d call a “supersport” helmet, with features such as the locking face shield and Pinlock posts cribbed from racing helmets. But the very nice, full coverage internal sun visor and “quick release” chin strap retainer, along …

Sport Touring and Street Riding Excellence A helmet that fits? A miracle! The Kabuto Kamui is said to be the helmet for sport touring, aka street riding. And it’s perfectly suited for that task…especially for us “Round” heads. The level of quality belie the Kamui’s low list price; it’s just a penny under 250 bucks. …

The Arai Signet-Q Gets the Pro Tour Treatment Arai has a couple of new options this year; the popular Arai Signet-Q (review) gets a “Pro Tour” option and 2014’s Arai Defiant (review) also has a doppelgänger, with the Defiant Pro Cruise version. The Pro Tour and Pro Cruise treatments include the Arai Pro Shade sun visor (review), fitted to the SAI …

A Helmet for the Rest of Us Round-heads, narrow-heads and anyone else with a head shape way out on the ± 2σ and beyond tails, rejoice! The impossible is possible and you too can have custom-fitted motorcycle helmet of your very own. All you need is money — lots of it — and an appointment …

Scorpion EXO-R2000: High-Tech Benchmark? The Scorpion EXO-R2000 is the company’s top-of-the-line racing helmet and it’s packed with features and technology. For its first all-out racing helmet, Scorpion worked with MotoGP racers to re-think every aspect of motorcycle helmet design and they’ve come up with a winner. The helmet comes in 4 shell sizes and 6 …

Fire and Water: It’s Elemental! Take your basic Icon Airmada helmet, pump it up to levels previously unknown in motorcycle-land and you have the Icon Airmada Elemental. The Airmada has been a very popular helmet for Icon, offering a lot of go for not much dough. It’s available in solid colors and a cornucopia of …

Nexx XR2 Helmet Review The Nexx XR2 sits between the popular Nexx XR1R and the top-of-the-line Nexx X.T1 helmet in the 2014 product line. The XR2 updates the XR1R to bring it into the mainstream and it’s a definite improvement from the first XR1R we reviewed back in 2009, a revolutionary helmet that wasn’t without …

Can HJC Improve the IS Formula? The HJC IS-17 is a sort of mashup between the HJC FG-17 (review) and the HJC CL-17 (review). Both of those helmets were reviewed recently on webBikeWorld and many of you asked for an IS-17 review, so here you go. In the U.S.A., the IS-17 trades the Snell certification for an internal …

AGV Skyline Motorcycle Helmet Review The new AGV Skyline slides into the “GT” category of the AGV expanded 2014 helmet lineup. The Skyline differs very little from the AGV Horizon (review). Both helmets have a very similar appearance, with the newer generation AGV styling theme readily apparent. Both helmets have an internal sun shade, which leaves …

HJC FG-17 Helmet Review The HJC FG-17 slides in just under the company’s top-of-the-line RPHA-10 race helmet, which was formerly known as the HJC RPS-10 (review). The FG-17 incorporates many of the high-spec features from the RPHA-10, including the unique centrally-located visor lock. It has a fiberglass composite shell in place of the polycarbonate shells …

Kabuto Aeroblade III Helmet Review The OGK Kabuto Aeroblade III is the newest version of the popular Aeroblade series. It’s basically a street/sport version of the Kabuto FF-5V (review) that was reviewed recently on webBikeWorld.com. The Aeroblade III uses the same type of composite shell and the internal shape and fit is roughly the same as the …

Kabuto FF-5V Helmet Review The Kabuto FF-5V is the latest iteration of the OGK top-of-the-line race helmet. Don’t let the phrase “race helmet” scare you though, because the FF-5V is also an excellent choice as an all-around street/sport helmet. It meets the DOT standard and all sizes are Snell M2010 certified. The FF-5V has outstanding …

Shoei RF-1200 Helmet The Shoei RF-1200 is the latest iteration of the very popular and venerable RF-series. It’s an all-around sport, sport-touring and streetbike helmet that comes in lots of different colors and graphics and it spans 4 shell sizes in an XS to XXL head size range. The DOT version of the RF-1200 is …

Nolan N86 Helmet Review The Nolan N86 is the third new helmet announced by the Italian manufacturer for 2014. The N86 replaces the Nolan N85 (review), which was the webBikeWorld Motorcycle Helmet of the Year in 2012. The N85 was very impressive when it arrived and it had a lot to like. It reminded us of …

Shark Vision-R GT Carbon Helmet The Shark Vision-R GT Carbon starts with the unique Shark Vision-R helmet with its panoramic view. It then adds several small touches to improve comfort and weight for the touring or long-distance rider. These include an internal sun visor, an air pump bladder system in the liner and a new …

AGV “Horizon” Helmet Review The AGV Horizon is a new helmet in the AGV lineup for 2013. It combines the high-end features of the AGV GP Tech and Grid with a reasonable mid-range price and an internal sun visor. The overall quality is outstanding and the Horizon includes a new type of liner and fabric …

AFX FX-120 “Air Pump” Helmet Review The new AFX FX-120 must be the world’s least expensive motorcycle helmet that includes an inflatable bladder system. The system includes inflatable cheek pads and the liner around the top of the head also inflates with an air pump in the rear of the helmet. A special EPS liner …

Shoei GT Air Helmet Review Shoei has been releasing helmets at a fairly rapid clip lately and the new GT Air is brand new for 2013. The GT Air is very comfortable (as long as it fits your head shape). It’s also one of the quietest full-face helmets we’ve reviewed in a variety of conditions …

Schuberth SR1 U.S.A. DOT Version The SR1 was the webBikeWorld 2011 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year and we were anxiously awaiting the DOT version to arrive. The good news is that the DOT version is identical to the ECE version of the Schuberth SR1 (review) in every way but one. The DOT helmet did gain a bit of weight, …

The Vemar “Geo” Helmet The new 2012 Vemar Geo is a new mid-range helmet. It features a “Tricomposite” shell with an angular design. The intake and exhaust vent styling also makes the Geo stand out from the crowd. The ventilation and visibility are good. And the internal sun visor has about the best coverage of …

The U.S. Version of the Schuberth S2 The Schuberth S2 is now available in North America with DOT homologation. The helmet is nearly identical to the ECE version of theSchuberth S2 (review) we reviewed in May 2012. The weight has gone up slightly for the DOT version but otherwise, it’s the same outstanding helmet, with many …

AGV and Dainese 2012 Summer Style Series: The new AGV Grid helmet is an update of the popular AGV T-2 (review). The Grid evolves some of the familiar T-2 features, including that low-profile chin vent with excellent air flow, a “semi-race” fit and excellent overall quality and feel. The helmet shell is made from a combination …

AGV “K-4 EVO” Helmet Review The AGV K4 EVO is the 2012 update of the AGV K-4, which was an evolution of the AGV K-3 (review) from 2010. The K4 EVO has an upgraded liner and padding system that uses a new “skin friendly” fabric. The weight has also been reduced and the quality has been improved. …

The Schuberth S2 Helmet The Schuberth S2 is the company’s new sport/touring helmet that includes an internal sun visor. It is made with typical Schuberth quality and features, including a built-in intercom antenna (for the Schuberth SRCS-2 system only). Its comfortable and the weight is very reasonable, especially considering the features. However, the S2 doesn’t …

Arai Signet-Q Helmet The new Arai Signet-Q is an update to the popular and long-lived Signet. It has the typically flawless paint, quality and construction expected from an Arai. And although the price is steep, there is a noticeable difference between this helmet and what some might call the lesser brands. Indeed, a strong argument …