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Motorcycle Helmet Reviews


Also: Akuma Aegis Hydrophobic Visor Regular webBikeWorld visitors know that Akuma Helmets, in partnership with Mr. Wizard himself, Kerry Harris, have developed some of the coolest and most interesting helmets and helmet technologies going. For example, they developed the Sunshift photochromic visor (review) a couple of years ago, which we reported on during our review of the Akuma …

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 …

A New SCHUBERTH Has Arrived! Here is a first look at the new SCHUBERTH C3 flip-up motorcycle helmet. We have one on the way and it will go through the full webBikeWorld evaluation process as soon as possible! NEW! SCHUBERTH C3 DOT Review  |  SCHUBERTH C3 Full Review! No doubt about it, the SCHUBERTH Concept was the …

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 …

An Open-Face Dual Sport? The GMAX GM27S has good quality and an interesting design. It includes a 3-position LED light in the rear. The GMAX GM27S makes an excellent city, dual-sport or scooter helmet. The huge popularity of the GMAX GM68S, the webBikeWorld 2007 Helmet of the Year, prompted us to take a look at some …

Shark RSR 2 Motorcycle I recently became the proud owner of an Arai RX-7 Corsair Nicky Hayden Laguna helmet and Shark RSR 2 Kasuaki Fujiwara racer replica. Being an avid race fan, it has been my goal to one day own a racer replica helmet. But I was waiting for a good deal first because …

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. …

wBW First Look: CMS XR-7 Motorcycle Helmet Our experience with CMS Helmets has been very positive. This small Portuguese company offers high-quality helmets like the CMS GP-4 full-face helmet we reviewed some time ago, which was one of the lightest full-face helmets we’ve ever worn. CMS is a fairly well known name in Europe but they’re not well …

wBWFirst Look: CMS D-Jet Motorcycle Helmet February 2009 – CMS has now released a women’s version of the D-Jet with some nice graphics and new “Mutant” graphics for the XR-7 motocross helmet (see below)! It’s been a while since we reviewed the CMS GP-4 full-face helmet, one of the lightest full-face helmets we’ve ever worn. CMS is …

Arai XD3 Helmet Review The Arai XD3 helmet is a positive step in the evolution of this hybrid helmet. Although most of the changes have seemingly been oriented towards style, they have brought about tangible benefits to the user. Not a perfect helmet in terms of air flow management and internal noise control, but still …

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 …

HJC Sy-Max 2 Helmet Review   Summary 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 …

Anyone Know Rjays? I have been reading (or mostly ogling) webBikeWorld for quite a few years now. I still remember that I was really interested in the X-lite 902 helmet but didn’t have any clue as to how it fits, weight, quality, and so on. So a few Google-ings later I was directed to this …

Raincoat Water Repellent Review   Summary Applied to a motorcycle face shield, Raincoat repels water. After the face shield is treated, the water will bead into tiny drops and roll off. When riding a motorcycle, the air moving over the helmet quickly evacuates the water droplets from the face shield. Introduction Roll your eyes to …

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 …

A Simpson Dual-Sport Helmet The Simpson GS3 MX is the company’s take on the Enduro or “Crossover” helmet. It is lacking in refinement compared to other helmets. Note that the face shield is a $100.00 option at the time of publication! Simpson has been around since the late 1950’s, making a wide variety of safety …

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 …

The Vemar Jiano Flip-up Helmet UPDATE: See the Vemar Jiano Review February 19, 2008 – I took a quick look and a couple of photos of the new Vemar Jiano flip-up (modular) motorcycle helmet at the 2008 Dealer Expo (more…). I don’t have much information other than what’s on the Motonation website. But since then, we have published …

The webBikeWorld Live Report From The 2008 Powersports Dealer Expo   I stopped by the Akuma Helmets booth and what a surprise! Remember a while back when we reviewed theAkuma/MXL Industries photochromatic visor?  We also imagined the visor of the future with electrochromatic visor tinting? Guess what?  It’s here! A material with electrochromatic properties is generally defined …

Zeus ZS 2100B Review Intended to go after the top-end cross-over style of helmet, Zeus has taken a current model and with one minor addition, created a very viable alternative. Overall quality and finish is not up to Arai standards, as an example, but from a function perspective it is very close and even ahead …

Salclear Anti-Fog Treatments: TT, TT-X, D-mist and D-mist+ Here’s another installment in our continuing search for the “perfect” motorcycle visor anti-fog treatment. Until a visor is invented that absolutely and completely resists fogging under any conditions, there will always be room for one more anti-fog spray. If you recall, we recently compared four different anti-fog treatments; …

An HJC Low-End Helmet The bottom-of-the-line HJC CS-R1 has nice graphics but mediocre venting, a slightly strange internal shape and a flimsy face shield that fogs easily. But, in a 2012 update, I discovered that it works very well indeed on the BMW scooter (blog)! Is more better? Yes for horsepower; no for just about everything …

Shark RSX “Intense” Long-Term Report We published an Owner Report on the Shark RSX in December of 2007. It was submitted by “Mr. Monk”, who really liked his RSX in the “Eagle” graphics designed for the U.S. market. The helmet looked and sounded pretty impressive. And since I’m a big fan of Shark helmets and I’ve been …

The Shark RSX Eagle So I went ahead and bought the Shark RSX helmet that I emailed you guys about. All I have to say about it so far is WOW. I felt uber-patriotic when I first saw it. The screaming eagle on it sealed the deal for me. I dig it, hardcore. The liner …

The Scorpion EXO-1000 Is Here! Rather anti-climatic after the long wait and buildup, the Scorpion EXO-1000 is built like a tank and loaded with features, but more isn’t necessarily better. Finally! After all this time, the EXO-1000 has arrived. webBikeWorld had the world’s first photographs and product information on this helmet, which we posted on …

7EYE (Panoptx) Zephyr Women’s Sunglasses and Taku Men’s Sunglasses As you can see in the right-hand column, we have plenty of webBikeWorld reviews about motorcycle helmet visors, visor cleaners, anti-fog treatments (and more on the way), sun shades and more. But we never quite got around to motorcycle sunglasses, for some reason. It certainly couldn’t …

Itech Fog Free Spray C-Clear, Optic Guard and Vari-CLEAR Anti-Fog Treatments What started out as a review of Itech Fog Free Anti-Fog Spray turned into a search for this year’s “perfect” anti-fog coating. You won’t find it here, unfortunately, but the search will continue… Kevin started the latest round in what’s become almost a yearly survey …

The Zox Nevado R The Zox Nevado R is yet another surprisingly good helmet from Zox. It’s an excellent value for the money with high quality throughout. The build quality seems way better than it should be at this price point, with one major exception. And it’s also relatively quiet for a flip-up helmet. How …

Another Mil-Themed Helmet by Akuma High quality, unique graphics, good air flow and a built-in LED flashlight and red LED lights in the “exhaust pipes” make this helmet a standout. How do you one-up the Akuma V-1 Ghost Rider (review)r?  It’s not easy, to be sure. But remember: the Air Force inventory includes the F-117 Nighthawk …