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Vemar Jiano EVO TC Helmet Preview (DOT Version) A Vemar Chimaera for the U.S.A. The Vemar Chimaera, aka Vemar Jiano EVO TC in the U.S., was first introduced at the EICMA show in November of 2010 and described in my report on the2011 Vemar Helmets. The Vemar Jiano EVO TC is now just coming online …

The Akuma Ghost Rider We’ve brought you some very interesting, unique, hard-to-find and downright curious products in our reviews over the last 6-plus years. Finding cool motorcycle goodies is always a thrill for us and I hope it is for you, too. It isn’t very often when a motorcycle helmet hits each of those buttons; …

Arai “Profile” Helmet Review Arai is making a big marketing push with the Profile, so I thought I’d start out by deconstructing some of their sales propaganda to see if I could sort out some of the claims. Arai says that the Profile has “so many new features and such a completely new and unique …

SCHUBERTH C3 USA DOT Helmet Review SCHUBERTH has made a big commitment to the North American market and the big news here is that there isn’t much news. That’s because the DOT version of the C3 is nearly identical to the popular ECE version of the helmet in every way — and that’s a definite …

Caberg HyperX Motorcycle Helmet Review The new Caberg HyperX is a unique modular helmet with a removable chin bar, making it highly versatile for street riding, touring or adventure touring. The quality construction and solid feel sets it apart from other helmets of this type. Crossover Helmet Review Series: ▪ X-Lite X-402GT Review ▪ Caberg HyperX Review …

The Zox Genessis RN2 SVS Helmet The Zox Genessis flip-up has a nice surface finish, a comfortable liner and decent face shield. But its other features and functions just aren’t quite up to par. The weight and ventilation problems also make this helmet difficult to recommend. Be sure to check out our 3D video and …

Bell Vortex Motorcycle Helmet Review The Bell Vortex is a beautifully made helmet with outstanding ventilation and a best-in-class face shield system. It meets the DOT standard and it’s Snell 2010 approved and comes with a five-year warranty. It is slightly heavy and a bit noisy, but it would be difficult to find a better …

The Vega Summit Flip-Up Helmet The Vega Summit 3.0 is an evolution of the original Vega Summit flip-up. It has a comfortable liner and a secure-feeling rotating visor and the price is right. But is that enough? I’m not sure when Vega first started selling helmets. But the Vega Summit XPV was reviewed on webBikeWorld before our …

Shoei Qwest Motorcycle Helmet Review Smooth styling, sleek appearance, outstanding quality… The Shoei Qwest build quality is a benchmark helmet that others should aspire to. The Shoei Qwest was named the webBikeWorld 2010 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year! UPDATE: November 2010 – Shoei Qwest Receives 5-Star SHARP Rating (see our SHARP rating page). I used to think of …

HJC RPS-10 Motorcycle Helmet Review The HJC RPS-10 moves slightly upmarket with a solid offering. But how does it compare with the Shoei Qwest? We’ve always been partial to HJC, for a number of reasons. First of all, the helmets are available — you can find one at just about every Mom ‘n’ Pop motorcycle …

The Akuma R3 Apache The R3 Apache is the third military-themed helmet made by Akuma. This one has 3D-look graphics meant to educe visions of the AH-64 helicopter used by several nations. The helmet also includes the Akuma Integrated Power System with front and rear LED lights. While the graphics may not be for everyone, …

SCHUBERTH SRC Review and a SCHUBERTH C3 Redux The same high-quality SCHUBERTH C3 as always and now with the available SCHUBERTH SRC (SCHUBERTH Rider Communications), a Bluetooth intercom system. Made by Cardo (Scala Rider), the SRC will fit any C3 helmet. An SRC system for the C2 and SCHUBERTH Concept helmet will also become available …

Nolan N90 Motorcycle Helmet Review Outstanding quality, relatively quiet, comfortable and with a few interesting safety/convenience features, the Nolan N90 is the flip-up to beat. We liked it so much, the Nolan N90 was named the webBikeWorld 2010 Flip-up Motorcycle Helmet of the Year! Nolan has been making flip-up helmets since, well, forever. So they know …

HJC IS-Multi Motorcycle Helmet Review The HJC IS-Multi is an interesting modular helmet that can be easily converted from a full-face to six other helmet types. The question is, do you need a 7-in-1 helmet? HJC now claims to be the “#1 in the World” and they didn’t get there by resting on their laurels. …

Nexx XR1R Carbon Motorcycle Helmet Review How do you make a good helmet btter? Easy: use that miracle of modern science, carbon fiber! The original version of the Nexx XR1R was one of the lightest full-face helmets reviewed on webBikeWorld.com and now the XR1R beats that. The XR1R Carbon is lighter than every other full-face …

Shark Evoline Series 2 Flip-Up The Shark Evoline Series 2 is an update to the original Evoline It demonstrates a commitment to this unique and highly versatile helmet. The updates are subtle but enough to make the Series 2 one of my current favorites. This is our third Shark Evoline review, and this very unique …

Shark S900 Ellipse and Lumi The S900 is the top-of-the-line helmet in Shark’s “Sport Route” (i.e., sport touring) range, which sits below their race range in terms of price. The S900 has high quality and ease of use and it’s loaded with features, . A stunning paint job and five-year warranty round out this excellent …

Caberg Konda Flip-Up Motorcycle Helmet November, 2009 – Caberg has announced a new flip-up (modular) motorcycle helmet, the Caberg Konda, which was announced at the 2009 EICMA trade show in Milan. The Konda replaces the Caberg Trip (review) for 2010. Caberg helmets, which are known for their innovation and style, will continue to produce the long-lived (and …

AGV T-2 Motorcycle Helmet Review The AGV T-2 is new for 2010. It’s one of two helmets in the AGV “Race” category and it uses many of the high-tech features of the AGV GP-Tech. It has excellent ventilation and build quality; a composite shell in three sizes similar to the GP-Tech; and a mix-and-match liner …

Reevu MSX1 Rear View Mirror Helmet Review The Reevu MSX1 is the fist motorcycle helmet with a rear view mirror system! This is an amazing development in motorcycle helmets and it’s obviously an excellent safety feature. But the helmet is also good enough to stand on its own even if it didn’t have the rear …

Bell Star 2010 Helmet Review Just two years from the re-launch of one of the most famous motorcycle helmets of all time, the Bell Star has been updated for 2010. The updated Bell Star has new features, a slightly different head shape and Snell 2010 safety standard approval. The 2010 Bell Star has outstanding quality …

The First CMS Flip-up Helmet The first CMS flip-up feels solid and has a dual homologation as both a full-face and “Jet” styled open-face helmet with the visor removed. CMS has been manufacturing helmets in Portugal since 1976 and they’re now one of the very few remaining independent motorcycle helmet manufacturers with European production. We …

AGV K3 Helmet Review That the K3 is the most basic street helmet in the AGV lineup matters not. The helmet exudes quality and it includes some outstanding features and good comfort. The smooth external shape helps reduce noise and makes a noticeable difference in reducing head toss. AGV has been making helmets since Vincent …

HJC CL-16 Review  The new HJC CL-16 continues the HJC tradition of great value with their “bread and butter” CL-series. The CL-16 is one of the least expensive helmets available that meets both DOT and Snell 2010 safety standards. It is comfortable, not too heavy and has excellent visibility with an easy-to-remove face shield. It’s …

The Shoei X-Twelve The Shoei X-12 has superb build quality, paint and graphics. But, it’s very difficult to get around the fact that this helmet is very expensive And that may be a difficult obstacle for many to surmount. We ran a “First Look” of the new 2010 Shoei helmets back in 2009. That included …

Updated Sintesi is Improved My original review of the Caberg Sintesi was published on webBikeWorld in September of 2009. My conclusion about the helmet was…inconclusive. I usually have fairly strong opinions one way or the other about a product, but I ended that review with mixed feelings, or what I’d call a “60/40” opinion of …

Nexx XR1R Helmet Review The new Nexx XR1R is definitely different, with a unique shape, very light weight and outstanding outward vision through the large eye port. The internal shape is also adjustable by using the included pads, which allow a semi-custom fit for different head shapes! Nexx has quickly built a reputation for building …

The Suomy D20 Flip-up The Suomy D20 is the company’s first attempt at a flip-up helmet. It feels solid and has a good surface finish and it’s available with several options. These include different size cheek pads and a Bluetooth communications system. Suomy helmets suddenly became very popular a few years ago in the U.S. …

Caberg Sintesi With Dual Homologation The Caberg Sintesi is comfortable and it has modern styling and many interesting features. It can be worn with the rotating visor down or up and it meets the ECE 22.05 safety standard for use in both positions. The helmet is very heavy, however, and our example also has a …

Nolan N43 Trilogy is the DOT Version of the N43 Air September 22, 2009 – Nolan Helmets has released a DOT version of the acclaimed N43 Air recently reviewed on webBikeWorld.com. As we noted in our review, the N43 Air meets the CE standards only. The N43 Trilogy meets DOT safety standards, but apparently it could …

Zeus ZS-806 Helmet Review The Zeus ZS-806 is also new for 2009. With colorful graphics, a lightweight shell and an internally rotating sun visor, the ZS-806 is a nice helmet — but the competition at this price point is fierce. This is the third in a series of reviews covering new Zeus Helmets for 2009, …

Vemar CKQI Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet Unique looks and modular design with removable chin bar looks good both ways. Excellent Bluetooth system that’s easy to use and seems to pair with anything thrown at it. Good build quality. Narrow internal shape and very thin padding mean it may not fit everyone. If, according to Merriam-Webster, one …

Akuma Phantom II MFR Motorcycle Helmet Review Ultra-light carbon fiber helmet is comfortable, has good air flow and is relatively quiet. The Akuma Phantom II is designed as a no-nonsense “Made For Racing” (MFR) design. Another first: the Akuma Phantom II is the first motorcycle helmet to have a genuine Transitions SOLFX brand photochromic visor …

Zeus ZS-3000: A Snell Certified Flip-Up! The Zeus ZS-3000 is the first Snell certified flip-up helmet in the U.S.A. It has excellent quality, a solid-feeling helmet shell and a comfortable liner that is removable and washable. The helmet is also convertible to an open-face “Jet” style. The ZS-3000 is Snell M2005 certified in the small …

Scorpion EXO-900 “Transformer” Helmet The EXO-900 is the first flip-up helmet from Scorpion. It can be easily converted to an open-face helmet with the included parts. The helmet also features Scorpion’s inflatable cheek pads and an internal sun visor. Scorpion has really grown in the last several years, and the company that was originally known …

Nolan N43 “Air” Motorcycle Helmet Review Excellent ventilation and wonderful visibility combined with comfort and very good build quality make this the new hot weather champ. We’ve had our ups and downs with Nolan helmets — more downs than ups probably, but the new Nolan N43 is a definite winner. Nolan is a curious company. …

The HJC IS-16 All-Arounder Solid helmet with excellent quality and many features at a reasonable price. Includes internal sun visor, large chin curtain and good ventilation. The HJC IS-series is new for 2009, with three family members. First is the HJC IS-Max (review), which was recently reviewed on webBikeWorld.com. Next is the HJC IS-33 (review) “Jet” styled open-face …

The All-Around Arai Helmet A solid replacement for the Quantum, the RX-Q has the usual Arai quality and attention to detail. Nothing is really new here though — no revolutionary venting system, face shield or other radical features. The liner material feels a rougher and the padding isn’t as plush as the old Quantum II, …

Shark RSF 3 Motorcycle Helmet The Shark RSF 3 apparently replaces the late and lamented RSX in the Shark helmet lineup for 2009. The RSF 3 is an update to the popular RSF2i. It has typical Shark quality and focus on safety as do all of the other Shark helmets in my experience. After wearing …

June 2019 update: we have finally completed our HJC IS Max II review. Check it out! HJC IS-Max Helmet Review New for 2009, the HJC IS-Max has a modern-looking shape and a newly designed rotating visor mechanism that operates very smoothly. It’s comfortable and quiet and it may actually be the preferred HJC flip-up, even though …