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Shoei Hornet Japanese Version Our review of the Arai XD was way more popular than we anticipated. And that tells me that there’s a huge market for what we’re calling “dual sport” motorcycle helmets! I’m not sure if it’s the enormous popularity of the BMW R1200GS or the maybe-it’ll-be-here-someday Supermoto fad that drives the interest in this …

Suomy Vandal Helmet Review Well, there goes another theory out the window. Did I once say that fewer helmet appendages would mean lower noise levels? I hereby disavow ever making that statement!  Read on and you’ll learn why. Based on the intelligence I gathered at the 2006 Dealer Powersports Expo in Indianapolis back in February, …

The “Beginner” Shoei? Self-doubt. It’s a terrible thing. I can feel it around here lately because we’re beginning to wonder just what really does make one helmet better than another. For example, just when we thought we had the helmet noise issue all figured out, the Suomy Vandal (review) blew our theories went right down the tubes. The Vandal …

HJC AC-12 Carbon Helmet Our HJC AC-12 Carbon fiber helmet finally arrived! We first reported on this helmet during our live webcast from the 2006 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, held in February. We had a nice conversation with George Hong, the President of HJC America, Inc. at the Indy show. The helmet was just …

Vega Summit II Flip-up No doubt about it: the original Vega Summit has been the most popular motorcycle helmet of webBikeWorld visitors. Logs show more people visiting our Vega Summit XPV review article than any other helmet review posted on the site. We haven’t spent much more time analyzing the data, but it’s obvious that motorcycle riders are looking …

Installing the Autocom Active-PLUS   Background I got back from my trip to California not long ago and deployed the children to the neighbor’s house the following morning to collect our mail. As hoped, they came back bearing the New for 2006 Autocom “Active-PLUS” motorcycle intercom I had been waiting for. I dealt directly with …

Airoh S4 Motorcycle Helmet Our recent review of the Arai XD “Enduro” styled helmet has generated a lot of interest from webBikeWorld visitors. I hadn’t thought much about the article after it was posted. To be honest, I figured the XD was a quirky helmet that wouldn’t really be setting any design trends. I haven’t to this …

HJC Sy-Max Helmet Review Can someone think of a better name than “flip-up” for this type of helmet?  After all, they’re becoming very popular. And with good reason — flip-ups are really convenient for things like fueling up, talking to toll booth attendants, and where I work, for matching my face to my I.D. badge at the …

CMS GP4 Helmet Review The CMS GP-4 has beautiful graphics and the helmets are of good quality. It has a comfortable fit for “Round” shaped heads. The GP-4 feels slightly short in the front-to-rear internal length. It has good ventilation and a quick-change visor that works well, but it seems louder than average. The liner …

Arai XD Helmet Review For some reason, Arai doesn’t strike me as a company that takes a daring approach to motorcycle helmet design. I’m sure there are many who will disagree with me, but the words that come to mind when I think of Arai are deliberate, evolutionary and staid. Radical they’re not. Maybe the …

The Osbe X-Race Motorcycle Helmet One of the primary goals of webBikeWorld is to bring you information on unique, interesting and hard-to-find motorcycle products and accessories. Well, here’s a good example. The name “Osbe”, may conjure up images of one of Beaver Cleaver’s school mates, but this Italian manufacturer has been in business since 1976. …

The Mid-Range HJC Helmet The HJC CL-SP is a sort of mid-range HJC helmet. It has excellent quality and a comfortable liner and padding. It’s also relatively quiet and has good ventilation. There’s plenty of room behind the chin bar and the new face shield design works well. The face shield is easy to remove …

AFX FX-11 “Lightforce” Helmet The AFX FX-11 has two very unique features: a built-in, battery powered ventilating fan system and an LED light. The LED light is similar to the one included on the Shoei Syncrotec Police Motor Officer motorcycle helmet we reviewed recently. The fan and the light are powered by the same Switchblade power system …

Shark RSi Helmet We were so impressed with the Shark RSR (review)that we named it as the webBikeWorld “Helmet of the Year” in 2004. The RSR didn’t necessarily break any new ground in helmet design, but the overall package and its extraordinary comfort made it stand out from the crowd that year. The Shark RSi is …

Nitro N1200-VX Steve Plater Replica Helmet We’ve been compiling the list of our picks for the best motorcycle products of 2005. That article will be posted soon. But unlike last year, there will be no “Motorcycle Helmet of the Year” award for 2005. This year, there’s really no standout helmet, like the Shark RSR (review), named …

Bell Mag-8 Helmet Review Have you ever wondered what happened to Bell motorcycle helmets? Bell owned the market seemingly forever, and the distinctive Bell logo was everywhere. Bell was the Arai, Shoei and Suomy of its time, and their helmets adorned just about every motorcycle rider and racer in the U.S.A. If you were serious …

A Police Helmet With a Built-in Flashlight and Rechargeable Battery: The M5 Switchblade Power System This is a review of the Shoei Syncrotec Police Motor Officer motorcycle helmet. It is identical to the Syncrotec that you and I can purchase from any authorized Shoei retailer. But this helmet includes an interesting option: the M5 Switchblade …

HJC CL-XS Dual-Sport Helmet “Enduro” styled helmets continue to attract interest from a dedicated but relatively small group of Adventure Touring bike owners. The HJC CL-XS shown here is the fourth Enduro helmet we’ve reviewed, only one of which is legally available for sale in the U.S.A. (the Arai XD. The others are European models …

GPA “Aircraft” Motorcycle Helmet Review Motorcycle helmets can be classified by types, such as open-face, full-face, flip-up or half-helmet. But beyond that, there really isn’t all that much to physically distinguish them, other than style, colors and graphics. A helmet looks like a helmet, more or less. Another word for this situation might be “boring”. …

Craft R2 Aerospeed and the Craft RX6 Quiet, comfortable, excellent value, good quality for the price Craft Helmets are becoming popular in Europe, and they are now being distributed in the U.S.A. through SMF Cycles. One of the interesting features of all Craft Helmets is that they are U.S. DOT FMVSS 218. Also, they also …

Craft R2 Aerospeed and the Craft RX6   Summary Quiet, comfortable, excellent value, good quality for the price. Introduction Craft Helmets are becoming popular in Europe, and they are now being distributed in the U.S.A. through SMF Cycles. One of the interesting features of all Craft Helmets is that they are U.S. DOT FMVSS 218. …

Halo Helmet Band Review Inexpensive safety item that fits almost all full-face helmets Shoei helmets were once available in a bright orange color. I believe it was called “Safety Orange”. No one bought them, so that color was discontinued. Too bad… Think about it — a motorcycle rider’s helmet is normally the highest point on …

“World’s First Helmet With A Built-In Rear-View Mirror” About one year ago we received a mysterious delivery of a Reevu helmet. I wore the helmet and took photos and started the process for a webBikeWorld review. Then I received a just-as-mysterious note asking us to return the helmet immediately and not to say anything about …

The Z1R ZRP-1 Helmet The Z1R ZRP-1 helmet has a strange internal shape that may not fit all riders. It also has an uncomfortable and rough-feeling liner. Top if off with a very flimsy face shield and poor ventilation. So it supposedly transmits lower G-forces in a crash…but if it’s not worth wearing, who cares? …

Fog City vs. ProGrip Review Review Anti-fogging properties are excellent, but photochromic ability does not meet expectations. Our search for the perfect solution to visor fogging has taken us from anti-fog coatings like FogTech and Cat Crap (apparently no longer in business) to visor inserts like Pinlock. We’ve had a few detours along the way for visor cleaners …

AGV TiTech Helmet Review AGV is a very familiar name to motorcycle riders around the world. The company AGV (Amisano Gino Valenza) was established in 1947 as a manufacturer of leather seats and bicycle saddles. Gino Amisano was a motorcycle industry visionary, having pioneered the concept of motorcycle racer endorsements. I first remember seeing the …

NOJ Quiet Rider Review   Summary Attaches to bottom of helmet between liner and shell. Difficult to fit on some helmets. Doesn’t block all noise, depending upon helmet design. Windproof, claimed waterproof. Introduction Our Motorcycle Helmet Noise page has generated a stack of emails since it was first posted. These confirm our belief that helmet …

A Good Cheap Helmet Bell Helmets used to own the industry in a way that’s hard to understand by anyone who doesn’t remember. There are dozens of excellent helmets to choose from today, manufactured to very high quality standards and meeting the world’s best safety standards. I have no proof to back up this claim. …

Suomy Spec-1R Motorcycle Helmet The Suomy Spec-1R Extreme has beautiful graphics and paint. The quality of the helmet overall is excellent, although the face shield doesn’t quite fit properly. It’s a bit louder than average and has a “Neutral” to “Slightly Narrow” internal shape. An emphasis on style over substance and the seemingly obligatory use …

SCHUBERTH S1 vs. Shark RSR The Battle of the Big Ones! You’re looking at about $1,400.00 worth of motorcycle helmets. These are two of the most expensive helmets on the planet. But decent helmets can easily be found for $200.00 or less, so are these really 3-4 times better? Is the SCHUBERTH S1 the “ultimate …

Zamp JS-1 Helmet Review The Zamp JS-1 is a nice-looking open-face helmet. It offers a decent level of quality; certainly not the best, but we’ve seen much worse for more money. There are so many motorcycle helmets to choose from — so many styles, colors and types. How to pick one for a review? We’ve …

One of the Best Cheap Helmets Good quality, comfortable liner, quiet on unfaired bikes but can be loud when affected by turbulence. Air flow could be better. Lots of chin room. The CL-14 face shield provides good visibility, but this one is rather flimsy. According to our search logs, one of the most popular helmets …

The Draxtar “Tank” Helmet webBikeWorld logs have consistently demonstrated that motorcycle helmet related pages are the most popular topic for webBikeWorld visitors. Our email also indicates that motorcyclists are keenly interested in information about unique or unusual motorcycle helmets. Manufacturers should take note — build a unique-looking helmet and the customers will be there. My …

Shoei VFX-R Air Pastrana 2 What’s this?  A motocross helmet in a webBikeWorld review? Hey, why not?  We’re always looking for an excuse…or not…to buy some new gear, and the new Triumph Tiger sitting in the garage gave us the inspiration. The popularity of Supermoto bikes with some of the local riders got us thinking …

Smith OTG “Airflow” Goggles Review Comfortable with wide and thick foam padding and wide 33 mm strap. Strap has silicone strips to prevent slipping off the helmet. I haven’t owned a dirt bike in a long, long time, so I’m definitely a neophyte when it comes to modern off-road riding equipment. When we decided to …

The Classic SCHUBERTH Flip-up I’m not sure if anyone has actually charted the evolution of flip-up helmets, but if they did, SCHUBERTH would certainly be right there at the root of the flip-up family tree. The SCHUBERTH C2 is the direct descendant of the Concept, which was the lid that probably did more than any …

Sea Foam is a “do it all” motor treatment, fuel additive, carbon cleaner, fuel injection cleaner, fuel stabilizer and more. Works in two-stroke, four-stroke and Diesel engines. I’m probably the only person in the world who can’t wait for the next oil thread in my motorcycle discussion group. I love ’em! Motorcyclists who know better …

Nolan X-1002 Flip-Up Helmet The Nolan X-1002 flip-up helmet is relatively expensive, louder than average and somewhat uncomfortable due to a thin liner. Two hands needed to rotate the flip-up visor. Includes an external sun shade. Someday, maybe, we’ll see the perfect flip-up motorcycle helmet. It would meet all worldwide safety standards, with a comfortable …

Pinlock Anti-Fog Visor Insert Review It works and it prevents fogging. The Pinlock anti-fog visor insert is available as do-it-yourself installation kit or from the factory on some types of face shields. Let’s see — we have an anti-fog liquid coating calledFogtech (review). Then there’s an anti-fog wax coating called Cat Crap (review). How about pre-treated …

Jarow Convertible Motorcycle Helmet NOTE:  This helmet is no longer being manufactured. This review was originally posted as the Jarow Convertible, which was distributed by ProtecQ. We had received many complaints about ProtecQ’s service regarding this helmet. ProtecQ is apparently no longer importing this helmet. Nichols motorcycle supply is now the importer and distributor for Caberg in …