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The Arai of Off-Road Helmets The Arai VX Pro4 is new for 2014, having been previewed on webBikeWorld in the Spring. A significant update from the popular Arai VX Pro3 and a worthy successor in the VX Pro off-road family tree. The VX Pro4 feels “just like an Arai” as soon as it’s pulled out of the …

A True Modular Multi-Sport Helmet The AFX FX-55 is a true “modular” helmet, in that it can be converted to one of 7 different styles by using the included parts. This “many helmets in one” concept isn’t new but it is rare and, to be honest, still yet to be perfected. We first came across …

Third Generation Budget Dual Sport Helmet The FX-41DS is a very angular take on the dual-sport helmet and it has several important feature differences from earlier AFX DS (Dual-Sport) helmet designs. For example, compared to the very popular AFX FX-39DS (review), the peak is new and it’s mounted independently from the face shield rotating mechanism. Also, …

wBW Quick Look: AFX FX-120 Updates We first reviewed the AFX FX-120 (review) in March of 2013. The FX-120 is the company’s top-of-the-line helmet, with a list price of $149.95 for solid colors and $159.95 for graphics. While overall we rated the FX-120 as a pretty good value, the original version of the helmet had a few issues …

Scorpion in 2015: R for Racing and T for Touring October 20, 2014 – Scorpion is back! Actually, they never left but a recent “strategic repositioning” has given the company a new focus. One result can be seen in our recent Scorpion EXO-R2000 review, a very impressive helmet with so much tech your tongue would be …

New Bell Qualifier, Moto-9 Flex and MX-9 Helmets October 19, 2014 – We haven’t reviewed anything from Bell Helmets in quite a while but that will change soon. The renowned American brand introduced several new helmets at the 2014 AIMExpo (Report). The new Bell MX-9 Adventure dual-sport helmet (Preview) was announced last week, along with the very interesting …

SCHUBERTH Announces a New Open-Face Helmet October 16, 2014 – SCHUBERTH introduced the M1 helmet today at the 2014 AIMExpo. UPDATE: SCHUBERTH M1 review now posted! This is not a replacement for the funky SCHUBERTH J1 (review), but a new open-face helmet for the product line. I still use my J1 in hot summer riding and the removable …

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 …

AFX FX-21 Off-Road Helmet With “Conehead” Liner The AFX FX-21 is a comfortable and very lightweight helmet that can be used for both on- and and off-road adventures. The EPS liner features the “Conehead” dual-density molding technology, which fuses two layers of EPS in a shape that is claimed to help distribute impact loads and …

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 …

AGV Compact Helmet Announced July 29, 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – AGV announced the “Compact” helmet today for Europe, which combines “the safety of a full face helmet and the convenience of a modular helmet”. This helmet is known as the AGV Numo Evo (review) in the U.S.A. The AGV Compact is a flip-up with …

SCHUBERTH C3 Pro Helmet Review The SCHUBERTH C3 Pro is an evolution of the popular SCHUBERTH C3 (review). Although the helmet may appear identical, it has several updates and improvements, added based on owner feedback. Only a C3 owner might notice the differences, but the changes are significant. The updated C3 Pro features include a rear …

New Arai Defiant Added to the Lineup The Arai Defiant (Arai Rebel in the UK) was introduced in 2013 and updated with a few new graphic choices for 2014. The helmet is similar to the Arai RX-Q (review) but it has a new ventilation system, revised cheek pads and a few other updated features. I own an …

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 …

Nexx SWITX SX.10 Helmet Review The Nexx SWITX (“Switch”) SX.10 helmet is a radical new take on motorcycle helmet design. The helmet has a removable cover which can be easily replaced (“switched”) by the owner. The helmet shells also come in different colors and the replaceable covers come in every color imaginable. Owners can even …

The Arai Pro Shade Visor System  The Arai Pro Shade system adds a fold-down tinted sun shade to an Arai SAI-type face shield. The system cannot be installed on a standard Arai face shield; instead, it replaces it with a modified face shield that has the special attachment for the sun shade. The sun shade …

Icon Announces the Airframe Statistic April  24, 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – The Icon Airframe Statistic (photos below) is a radical design that lists the percentage of impact areas on a full-face helmet. The numbers apparently come from the COST-327 helmet study “Motorcycle Safety Helmet Test Procedures – Interim Report Manuscript” in February 1998. From …

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 …

AGV Numo Evo Flip-up Motorcycle Helmet Review The new AGV Numo Evo flip-up helmet is now the top of the GT range in the AGV helmet lineup. A new AGV Skyline (review pending) is now in the second spot in the GT lineup, moving the AGV Horizon (review) into third position. The AGV Miglia II (review) continues to anchor …

Shark Raw Soyouz Helmet Review The Shark Raw helmet (2013 Preview) is certainly a looker. But like most things radical, the chances are that you’ll fall into one camp or the other — you’ll either love it or hate it. There probably isn’t a better-looking helmet on the planet for sinister bad*ss cruising, but unfortunately, …

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 …

HJC CL-17 Helmet Review The HJC CL-17 is the latest iteration of the company’s “CL” line of motorcycle helmets, which are probably the world’s most popular helmet type. The CL-17 improves on almost every feature of the already-excellent HJC CL-16 (review), including a new shell and redesigned ventilation system. The internal shape best fits “Neutral” to …

Caberg Tourmax Helmet Review The Caberg Tourmax is the “World’s first enduro flip-up helmet”. The helmet is also homologated to both the P and J ECE standard, which means it is legal for use when riding a motorcycle as either a full-face (visor locked) or as a “Jet” style helmet (visor locked in the upright …

Fulmer RX4 Helmet Review The Fulmer RX4 is the latest version of the company’s “RX” off-road helmet series. The RX4 has a more modern off-road helmet shape and style than previous Fulmer RX helmets and it’s available in a range of bright colours and graphics. The overall build quality and construction is excellent and 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 …

HJC CL-Max II Helmet Review The HJC CL-Max II is a basic, no-frills, flip-up motorcycle helmet. It’s comfortable (for “Round” shaped heads) and the price is right; it can be found for $115.00 in solid colors. One of the big selling points for the CL-Max II is that it is available in a huge number …

Caberg Tourmax: World’s First Dual-Sport Flip-up Helmet! October 25, 2013 – Caberg Helmets is celebrating its 40th anniversary in typical Caberg style with another motorcycle helmet first. The Caberg Tourmax is the world’s first dual-sport flip-up motorcycle helmet! UPDATE (November 7, 2013) – The Caberg Tourmax prototype has arrived! Full review coming soon. Here are some …

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 …

New SCHUBERTH Helmet Colors for 2014 October 20, 2013 – Final report from the AIMExpo show. SCHUBERTH has spiced up their color palette for 2014 with many new colors. The SCHUBERTH C3 Pro (preview), the SCHUBERTH SR1 (review) and the SCHUBERTH S2 (review) all get the treatment. I took a closer look at the SCHUBERTH C3 Pro at the SCHUBERTH …

October 17, 2013 – There’s retro and then there’s retro. The new Bell Bullitt is both. Not sure who’s going to buy one of these to actually ride with… Maybe somebody making a 1960’s movie who needs a prop? It’s apparently meant to be a Bell 60th anniversary special. Here’s the info from the (edited) …

2014 Shark “Raw” Helmets October 16, 2013 – The new Shark “Raw” helmet has to be one of the most unique designs…ever. I ordered one — as did many other webBikeWorlders — way back in the Spring. The helmets were supposed to be here in July, then September. Well, the wait is finally (almost) over! …

Nolan N44 Helmet Review Releasing even a single new helmet design is a major undertaking; three at once is nearly unheard of. But that’s just what Nolan is doing today, with the release of the brand-new Nolan N44. Also released today are the completely redesigned Nolan N86 full-face replacing the Nolan N85 (review), which was the …

Nolan N91 Helmet The Nolan N91 replaces the Nolan N90 (review), which was the 2010 webBikeWorld Flip-up Helmet of the Year. The N90 was and still is a very popular flip-up helmet. Priced at $150 less than the flagship Nolan N104 flip-up (review), the N90 is what we like to call a “steal”. The N91 continues that legacy. …

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 …

The Shoei Open Face Helmet The Shoei RJ-Platinum R is a modern take on an iconic motorcycle helmet design. It’s a popular helmet with touring riders and cruiser owners. The RJ-Platinum R has an excellent build quality. It also has a comfortable interior that is somewhat different from other modern Shoei helmets. The solid-feeling shell …

The Visorcat Visor Cleaner The Visorcat is a motorcycle helmet visor cleaning system. It includes both a replaceable sponge and a wiper blade and a reservoir to hold cleaning fluid. The Visorcat attaches to the left hand with an adjustable nylon wrist strap. It feels awkward at first, but I quickly became used to it. …

Shoei Hornet DS Helmet Review The Shoei Hornet DS in its DOT guise is comfortable and feels very solid. It is also Snell M2010 certified. It has a huge eye port that provides outstanding visibility for the wearer. The Hornet DS may feel less like a dual-sport helmet than any other I have tried, and …

World’s Best All-Around Motorcycle Helmet Bargain? I’m baiting you, of course. A little bit, anyway. After all, as we’ve said for many years, there is no such thing as the “best” helmet. Or jacket. Or gloves, boots, pants, oil, tires… The fact of the matter is, there are just too many variables involved to pick …