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Suomy Extreme Chin Vent The chin vent on the Suomy is rather pedestrian.  It works via a simple latch that opens and closes the vent.  Quite frankly, we’ve seen better quality vents on helmets costing 70% less than the Extreme. That said, the vent does work, and like the AGV Ti-Tech, the chin vent directs …

RIA2 Permanent Anti-Fog Coating for Motorcycle Visors A permanent anti-fog coating for motorcycle face shields that works and is a better solution than the Pinlock or temporary anti-fog coatings. Just a few weeks ago, in March of 2011, the Université Laval sent us a press release announcing a new permanent anti-fog coating for motorcycle helmet face shields. …

Our Full List of Categories – Motorcycle Gear Reviews, Motorcycle Brands, Recommended Products & Other Articles Over the years we’ve tested, installed, dropped, worn and reviewed thousands of motorcycle products. Clothing, helmets, gear, intercoms, lifts, gloves and every other conceivable product has crossed our path. Unlike most review sites you see these days we test 100% …

Face Shields, Helmet Visors & Other Helmet Accessories All Reviewed By Our Hands On Expert Editors It’s hard to keep your eyes on the road or track when the sun is beating down on your face and there is glare and shadows impeding your vision. The good news is that there is a simple solution …

New ACU Five Star System to Combine Snell and ECE 22.05 Motorcycle Helmet Safety Standards The Autocycle Union (ACU Motorcycling GB) fulfills a role in the UK that is similar to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) in the U.S.A. Both serve as the the governing bodies for motorcycle racing, they help organize motorcycle clubs and …

Motorcycle Helmet Reflective Stickers Looking for reflective stickers for your helmet? Streetglo claims to have over 150,000 different designs, including reflective stickers, decals and striping for motorcycles, helmets, cars, trucks and more, in every color, shape and size imaginable. Many of the stickers don’t appear to be reflective until they’re energized with a light source.  …

Making a Nolan Motorcycle Helmet When CIMA International, the U.S. importer and service center for Nolan Helmets in the U.S.A., asked if I’d like a personal tour of the Nolan helmet factory while I was in Milano for the EICMA show, I naturally jumped at the chance. In a past life, I worked in manufacturing …

Motorcycle Helmet Noise One thing’s for certain: If a webBikeWorld review reports that a helmet is relatively quiet, we can count on getting an email from someone telling us that it’s the noisiest helmet they’ve ever tried. Conversely, if we think a helmet is loud, we will surely get emails informing us that we’re dead …

Methods for Evaluating Visor Anti-Fog Treatments In the most recent webBikeWorld anti-fog treatment comparison article, we discovered that the anti-fog treatment applied to the visor during manufacturing can have an affect on the anti-fog coating applied by the owner. That is something we hadn’t considered in the past. In response to that article, several readers …

Night Vision Visor for Motorcycle Helmets A new night vision motorcycle helmet visor technology may end up being a real game-changer for those who ride in the dark. This Scotopia Technologies unit we’re reviewing is a pre-production sample. However, it proves the concept of adding night vision capabilities to a motorcycle helmet. It’s the first …

Pinlock Gets A Competitor WeeTect is a new name in anti-fog visor inserts for motorcycle helmets. But WeeTect Inc. isn’t new; the company has been in business since 1993. They manufacture all sorts of eye and face protection products including visors and face shields for motorcycle helmets, safety helmets and more. The company also makes …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Nexx XR1R Diablo First Look November 22, 2011 – Let’s say you finally decided to buy thatDucati Diavel (report) you’ve been lusting after. Now there’s a big decision: what helmet to wear? Answer: The Nexx XR1R Diablo, of course! The Nexx XR1R Carbon (review) is one of the lightest full-face helmets on the planet and it has among …

DIY Helmet Sun Blocker Need a quick and easy alternative for a sun shield for your motorcycle helmet? Use exposed X-Ray film! You can usually get a piece for free from a local medical clinic or a lab that has an X-Ray machine. This sun shield remains in position whether your face shield is in …

e-Tint MX-8 and AX-9 Liquid Crystal Anti-Fog Visor Inserts An LCD Anti-Fog Visor Insert! Our 2008 Dealer Expo report included an article on a unique and interesting new product for motorcyclists: an electrochromic visor. It wasn’t quite ready for retail at that time and after more development, it started shipping in August 2009, when it was introduced as …

Bell RS-1 Bell Announces the RS-1 Note: The Bell RS-1 review is now live. The RS-1 slots between the Bell Vortex (review) and the top-of-the-line Bell Star (review). That’s a pretty small slice, because the Vortex is an excellent helmet that has many of the features of the Star at a street price of only $134.99. The Bell RS-1 has …

Schuberth Returns to the U.S.A September 17, 2010 – Rumors of Schuberth’s return to the U.S.A. have come true and the company announced its new California headquarters and helmet sales in the U.S. for the first time in four years. The new Schuberth Helmets offices in Aliso Viejo, California will serve as the headquarters, which …

Fine Vision Anti-Fog Visor Insert Review I’m singing in the rain with the Fine Vision anti-fog visor insert. It’s not pretty but it does the job, keeping the visor from fogging in damp conditions with minimal disruption to vision when the weather is fine. I love my BMW System 5 helmet. It’s far and away …

The Transitions SolFX Photochromic Visor and the Akuma Chameleon Photochromic Visor Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better and that it couldn’t be done, how about this: A photochromic visor that turns from clear to…mirrored! But wait — that’s not all! The Akuma Chameleon isn’t just photochromic; it’s a true Transitions SOLFX brand …

Clear Shot Motorcycle Helmet Visor Cleaner Very rugged case holds a bottle of lens cleaner solution and two microfiber cleaning towels. I’m not sure if the “perfect” motorcycle helmet visor cleaning kit has been invented.  Ideally, we’d have visors that repelled all of the dirt, bugs and water and would never need cleaning. But that’s …

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 …

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; …

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 …

Sprayway Motorcycle Helmet Visor & Windscreen Cleaner Non-ammonia based cleaner, works great on helmets and visors. I haven’t found anything that works better. There’s a cool little old-style auto parts store in my local village. It’s been there since Henry Ford was buying flame decals for the buttons on his knickers. Their prices are about …

The V2 Sponge Review A “Magic Eraser” type of sponge to help keep a helmet face shield clean. Moisten the V2 Sponge and keep it in its sealed plastic carrying bag for use on the road. How do they do it? You’ve seen them — wearing beanie helmets and T-shirts, teeth in the wind. When …

A Visit to MXL Industries, Inc. How do you make a motorcycle helmet visor? It’s easy. First, buy a 50,000 square foot factory. Next, fill it with a zillion dollars worth of injection molding machines, robots, inspection equipment and raw materials. Then add a highly skilled and experienced staff who know how to design the …

Light Sensitive Anti-Fog Motorcycle Helmet Visor And what, you might ask, is a “photochromic” visor? Good question!  The words “photochromic” and “photochromatic” are used interchangeably, so I decided to consult Merriam Webster to figure it all out. Both words are adjectives (a word that modifies a noun), and photochromic is defined as “capable of changing color on …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Shok SpotR Motorcycle Helmet Damage Sensor How can you tell when a motorcycle helmet needs to be replaced?  Sure, there are the obvious signs, like when pieces of the liner start blowing in your eyes, or when the foam turns yellow, or when the chin strap starts looking (and smelling) like Swiss cheese.  Yuck! I’ll …

Proline Windjammer II Helmet Wind Blocker The Windjammer II is a unique product that can decrease motorcycle helmet noise caused by wind buffeting while also providing some extra warmth for cold weather riding. A majority of helmet noise can often be traced to the “dirty” air that causes buffeting up under the neck area of …

Storage For Your Face Shield Soft fleece bag to protect a spare motorcycle helmet face shield. Soft flannel, made in the U.S.A., fits just about any full-face motorcycle face shield. It has the Roadgear logo inscribed on a backing of 3M Scotchlite retro-reflective material, a nice touch. Makes a great holiday gift! Got a spare …

The ECE 22.05 Helmet Safety Standard Is there really such a thing as the “ECE 22.05” motorcycle helmet safety standard? Several hours of searching on various EU websites for that term comes up empty. As it turns out, the standard is really known as “Regulation No. 22” and that search term yields a quick result! …

Cat Crap: What’s In A Name? Cat Crap is a wax-like anti-fog treatment for the inside of goggles or visors. It can be applied with a fingertip. Rub a tiny bit on to the inside of a helmet visor and buff it out, just like applying an automotive polish. Cat Crap seems to work well …

U.S. Department of Transportation Sec. 571.218 Standard No. 218 FMVSS 218 – 49 CFR 571.218 Following is the official U.S. regulation, or “law” for what we motorcyclists in the U.S. know as the DOT regulations covering motorcycle helmets. In other words, a motorcycle helmet manufacturer would have to submit a helmet model to testing to …