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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 …

Shark Evoline DOT Helmet The Shark Evoline has now been homologated for North America with this version that meets U.S. DOT safety standards. This Evoline seems tighter, more comfortable and it has a very high level of finish compared to the Shark Evoline ECE (review) version we reviewed in August of 2008. The Evoline is now one …

The Fulmer D4 “Evil Spell” The Fulmer D4 has a few unique features that help separate it from other inexpensive helmets. Fulmer’s Air Channel Technology ventilation system really does seem to work. It also gives the D4 an interesting and smooth shape that also helps control noise. Strong detents in the visor and an impressive …

The Fulmer M1 Modus “Flamethrower” Combining high-viz orange and retro-reflective white make this the most visible helmet on the planet. It’s a basic flip-up design without frills. But it’s also very solid, making it feel more like a full-face than a flip-up once everything is latched up and ready to go. We’ve often bemoaned the …

The SCHUBERTH of Flip-up Helmets The SCHUBERTH C3 combines light weight and a comfortable fit. It also has the most effective noise control system we have experienced in any flip-up (or full-face, for that matter) helmet. We published a SCHUBERTH C3 “First Look” just three months ago in August of 2008. At that time, SCHUBERTH claimed that …

Scorpion EXO-700 Neon Review The new Scorpion EXO-700 “Neon” motorcycle helmet was announced one month ago, in October of 2008. The original press release from Scorpion is included below. Scorpion recently sent us a production Neon so we could take a closer look, and this is our report. Why all the coverage on the EXO-700, a …

HJC FS-15 Carbon Helmet Review Near flawless quality, beautiful carbon fiber, very light weight and comfortable. Good ventilation and an easy-to-use face shield, all at a very reasonable price for a carbon fiber motorcycle helmet. Meets DOT safety standards and Snell 2005 certification. The HJC FS-15 Carbon was named the webBikeWorld 2008 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year! …

Full-Face Helmet With LEDs The GMAX GM68S is a high quality helmet with an interesting selection of graphics. It has outstanding ventilation and face shield optical quality and a bargain-basement price. Unique is the word for the LED lights in the rear. It’s officially 2008, but we started this review a couple of weeks ago …

Xpeed XF-705 “Spider” Helmet Review The Xpeed XF-705 has the features of a much more expensive helmet. And it can usually be found at a hefty discount from its list price, making it a super deal. We first discovered Xpeed back in February at the 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis. It’s now September and …

Nolan N103 Flip-Up Motorcycle Helmet The Nolan N103 is the latest version of this popular flip-up helmet. It’s well made, loaded with features and feels substantial, but it’s 2008 — shouldn’t 21st Century technology be giving us lighter helmets? Each flip-up we review seems to be heavier than the one before… Let’s see — we’re …

Shark Evoline Helmet Review The Shark Evoline is a new helmet design that picks up where the ROOF Boxer (review) left off. It’s more functional than a simple flip-up helmet because it is dual homologated as both a full-face and “Jet” style helmet. This means that it’s legal to wear the Evoline with the chin bar rotated …

AGV Stealth Helmet Review The Stealth sits at the top of AGV’s “Street Road” collection (GT Series in Europe). This lightweight has sleek lines and it flows large volumes of air with a unique front chin vent. AGV has a long and storied history, with riders like Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts, Johnny Cecotto, …

The FF-5 is the latest helmet from OGK and it follows in the foot steps of its worthy ancestors. OGK has a knack for getting air to flow through a helmet for rider comfort. They also know how to reduce weight and how to exploit aerodynamics in a way that other helmet manufacturers don’t, won’t …

Vemar VSREV “Italy” Helmet It’s good to see Vemar back in the U.S.A. Meantime, the brand has been popular in other parts of the world for some time. The VSREV has a different and interesting internal shape. It may please some owners who may be having a hard time finding a comfortable fit with other …

Vemar’s Best Helmet? The Vemar VTXE fits just under the VSREV in the Vemar lineup. In many ways, this is the Vemar helmet of choice. It offers excellent noise control under most conditions and very good build quality. It also has a high degree of comfort for round and neutral head shapes. Good outward visibility …

The New Vemar VSR Helmet What is it exactly that gives certain brands a mystique and cachet? Sometimes, all the marketing dollars (or Euros, in this case) in the world can’t buy excitement. There are a very few motorcycle helmet names that seem to rise above the crowd and somehow become “the” helmet to own. …

HJC Sy-Max 2 Helmet Review The Sy-Max II appears to be very similar to the European-only HJC FS-Max we reviewed exactly one year ago, in May of 2007. However, this DOT-approved version has better quality and I’ve come to appreciate the styling, which makes the original Sy-Max look rather plain in comparison. The Sy-Max II …

Givi X.01 “X Zero 1” Motorcycle Helmet Review Let the debate begin: is it the Givi X.01, the Givi X01, the XZero1 or….? Givi has devoted an entire website to this helmet, which they’re apparently calling the XZero1; the Givi UK site calls it the X.01. But whatever you call it, this has to be …

AFX FX-28 Motorcycle Helmet Review Middle-of-the-road flip-up that could use improvement. When I think of motorcycle helmets, AFX isn’t the first brand that comes to mind. AFX probably won’t like me saying that, but I guess I’m not really sure where they fit in the motorcycle helmet hierarchy. I only know that the company has …

Icon Airframe Motorcycle Helmet Review Icon has been around for only a few years, but they’ve had an extraordinary impact on the motorcycle industry. Their edgy “street/stunt” styling pushed the envelope of motorcycle fashion, and everyone else has seemingly been playing catch-up. You can see the influence of Icon’s trendsetting style by taking a look …

New Name, Decent Helmet Excellent quality is a surprise at this price. Non-movable top vents. Sizing runs small. Very nice selection of graphics. Brow vents in visor. Relatively quiet. Slightly short in front-to-back dimensions. I’ll admit it: I hadn’t even seen a SparX helmet, but I knew I wouldn’t like them. Why?  Well, it was …