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Polar-Optics Motorcycle Helmet Face Shield Lens  There are probably too many less-than-satisfactory methods to get some sun protection while riding.  You could choose a tinted replacement helmet visor, but they can be expensive, and it’s usually a pain to remove the clear visor and replace it with the tinted one (or vice versa) when the sun plays fickle.And …

Snell and FIA Institute Develop Joint Youth Motorcycle Helmet Standard The Snell Memorial Foundation and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) plan to publish a new crash helmet standard designed specifically for use by young riders. The helmet, which has been developed by the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety, is the first of its kind …

Lazer Helmets SuperSkin Helmet Technology New Technology Proven to Reduce Motorcycle Helmet Rotational Acceleration by More Than 50% During a Motorcycle Accident UPDATE: Read our review of the Lazer Rider helmet with Superskin! Here’s a question for you old-timers: Can you name the the very first motorcycle helmet reviewed on webBikeWorld.com? Here’s a hint: webBikeWorld went online …

by Duke Video Running Time: 73 minutes, plus extras. I have no idea how to describe The Purple Helmets.  How about “Monty Python’s frat-boy nephews meet Benny Hill”?  Or “Harold Lloyd meets the Monkees”? If you’ve ever watched any coverage of the Isle of Man TT, you’ve probably seen those wacko guys in dirty brown dusters …

Caberg always has some interesting helmets, like theCaberg Sintesi we reviewed in 2010. UPDATE 2: The webBikeWorld Caberg Ego review is now available! UPDATE: Caberg to enter U.S. market? More in the Caberg HyperX Review. Also see this Caberg DOT Helmets report from the 2011 Dealer Expo. The new Caberg Ego take the Nolan N43 Air (review) concept one step further: It adds a massive …

World’s First 3D Motorcycle Helmet Video! 3D is the wave of the future and it’s about to break! 3D computer monitors, TV sets and displays are starting to come online and the best part is that with the most recent technology, you won’t need those goofy glasses to get the full tri-dimensional experience! To get …

J.D. Power Motorcycle Helmet Report J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Arai Motorcycle Helmets Rank Highest in Overall Customer Satisfaction for Sixth Straight Year Helmet Comfort and Fit Become More Important as Riders Age (May 2004) For the sixth consecutive year, Arai ranks highest in customer satisfaction with motorcycle helmets, according to the J.D. Power and …

Vox?  Zox?  You’re kidding me, right?  Hey — you asked for it!  The el Cheapo crowd is always looking for the ultimate helmet bargain.  Does it exist?  Truth be told, I don’t think they’ll be satisfied until somebody pays them to take a brand new helmet!  And dollars to donuts, they’ll still complain. Everyone likes a bargain, …

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 …

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 …

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 wrong. The lesson …

MAX Motorcycle Helmets wBW Visitor “D.R.” writes about a MAX motorcycle helmet:  “I saw one email you posted on your site about the MAX brand helmets. Ironically, this is the only place on the web that I could find any type of serious review of the helmet and trust me, I search long and hard …

Motorcycle Helmets For BIG Heads! Having trouble finding a motorcycle helmet big enough to fit? Here’s information on motorcycle helmets for very large sized heads, defined as XXXL and above. First check out the very large helmet size chart below If you have any tips on where to find very large sized motorcycle helmets and/or custom …

Motorcycle Helmet FAQ The webBikeWorld Motorcycle Helmets page is one of the most popular destinations on the site. The subject of motorcycle helmets generates a significant amount of email That includes questions and comments about fitting and sizing, noise levels, safety standards and more. There’s also the occasional Zen-like question: “What’s the best helmet?” Our team of volunteer …

In Part 1 of this article, I described my detailed tour of the Nolan Helmets factory in Brembate di Sopra, Italy. I learned about the polycarbonate motorcycle helmet manufacturing process and all of the work that it takes to create a Nolan helmet. During my tour, I also visited a separate Nolan facility used for manufacturing the …

Listing of Motorcycle Helmets (Sorted by Weight) While light weight is always a plus, it isn’t necessarily the only factor to consider. The center of gravity of a motorcycle helmet will affect how the weight is carried, which can make a lighter weight helmet feel heavy and vice versa. The fit of the helmet is …

Bell Shorty Helmet I was only about 100 feet from the driveway when the bugs attacked. Or rather, I attacked them at about 30 MPH. A quick access of the little gray cells made me realize that this was the first time I had ever ridden a motorcycle without at least some type of visor …

HJC Sy-Max vs. Sy-Max III Comparison Yeah, I know — if you read my report on the HJC Sy-Max II helmet latch failure, I said I�d be looking for another brand of helmet. But then I heard about the Sy-Max III and after an exchange of e-mails with the engineers at HJC, which included some detailed …

It’s hard to believe that almost one year has passed since we published our “Battle of the Ultimate Helmets” article, a wBW comparison review of the Shark RSR vs. SCHUBERTH S1.  The comparison format proved to be very popular with our visitors, so we decided to do it again with two of this year’s most glamorous  — …

KBC Racer-1 Motorcycle Helmet Owner Report wBW Visitor “K.S.” from Taipei, Taiwan reports on the KBC Racer-1 Retro motorcycle helmet:   “The Racer is very similar to the VR-1 in many ways.  Some of the key differences include styling, and the side shields which must be pulled and spun before the tool-less shield is removed, but after …

Following is a list of all of the motorcycle helmets reviewed on webBikeWorld.com grouped by shape. Over the past 15+ years, we have developed a subjective classification system for helmet internal shapes. Finding the correct shape to match your head is crucial for both safety and comfort. The so-called “best” helmet in the world is …

The Snell M2015 Standard October 10, 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) The M2015 motorcycle helmet safety standard, known as the Snell standard for “Protective Headgear For Use With Motorcycles and Other Motorized Vehicles” has been published by the Snell Memorial Foundation. The Snell laboratory is now accepting submissions for helmet certification to the M2015 …

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 …

Hohenstein Institute Head Shape Study Confirms the Differences and Importance of Motorcycle Helmet Internal Shapes March 20, 2013 – It was more than 10 years ago when we first described the differences in head shapes and the relation to motorcycle helmet fit in the webBikeWorld Motorcycle Helmet FAQ. Our findings were not based on scholarly research, …

New Motorcycle Helmet Padding Design Announced (December 4, 2012): 6D Helmets is a new motorcycle helmet design firm who have developed an interesting helmet padding system to improve on the decades-old EPS traditional system. The new 6D ATR-1 off-road helmet is the first product using the “Omni-Directional Suspension” (ODS) technology developed by 6D. ODS is …

BMW Launches New Motorcycle Race Helmet June 15, 2012 – BMW announced a new “Race” helmet today but provided very few details and only a single photo of the prototype. It’s possible that the helmet is being developed in conjunction with Schuberth, who has developed other BMW motorcycle helmets. Their press release stated the following: BMW …

“Those Wearing Full Face Helmets Will Be Shot…” Editor’s Note: This just in from the Philippines, sent by webBikeWorld reader “N.S.”. Probably the only good reason I’ve heard of for not wearing a full-face helmet! From “N.S.” (May 25, 2012) – This is the type of thing we have to deal with here in the Philippines. The headline …

Bell Helmets for 2012 February 18, 2012 – Bell Helmets is well known to motorcyclists around the world and the company has been on a roll over the last few years. Bell is known for their innovative helmets, of course. But they also have probably the best and most varied collection of graphics and colors …

2012 Lazer Helmets – EICMA 2011 Live Report November 12, 2011 – We haven’t heard much from Lazer Helmets in a while and since they were displaying at EICMA, I decided to stop by. webBikeWorld readers may remember the Lazer Superskin helmet reviewed on webBikeWorld a few years ago and, coincidentally, one of the very first product …

Caberg Helmets for 2012 November 19, 2011 – Here are some more new Caberg helmets for 2012 (See the Caberg Duke flip-up helmet preview here). We have focused on the Caberg flip-up and “jet” styled helmets in our webBikeWorld reviews such as the fantastic Caberg Ego (review) and HyperX (review). The company is noted for its unique designs, but …

2012 Suomy Helmets November 10, 2011 – Here’s another sort of whimsy just as as a bit of entertainment. I thought this might be interesting and it provides a break from the serious stuff. Alice and I were walking down an aisle and found this Suomy helmets display. I don’t have any information on the …

HJC Sy-Max II Helmet Latch Failure I normally wear a full-face helmet when I’m riding a motorcycle unless I’m evaluating a flip-up for a webBikeWorld review. My feeling is that the advantages of a flip-up helmet usually do not outweigh the disadvantages. I also find flip-up helmets to be generally heavier, louder, less comfortable and …

Final Rule for Motorcycle Helmet Labeling is Announced by DOT May 18, 2011 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the final rule (here) for new motorcycle helmet labeling requirements for motorcycle helmets sold in the U.S.A. The new certification label will bear the manufacturer’s name and helmet model and the words “DOT …

Online Helmet Sales Increasing in Popularity May 26, 2011 –  Motorcycle helmet owners are increasingly likely to purchase their helmet online, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study released today. The study finds that nearly one-fourth (23%) of motorcycle helmet owners purchase their helmet on the Internet, compared with …

2011 Caberg DOT Helmets Caberg Helmets and the U.S. Market There were probably more helmet manufacturers on display at the 2011 Dealer Expo than any other type of motorcycle product. I’m not sure why; perhaps there only appeared to be more helmets due to the paucity of clothing manufacturers who attended the event. I do …

Arai Race Helmets The Arai Helmet Archive I was cruising by the official Arai booth at the Dealer Expo and found this display of Arai helmets worn by famous motorcycle (and car) racers. It looked pretty cool so I did a quick video walk-around. With apolgies for my tired and stumbling feet shaking up the …

2011 Shark Helmets Shark Helmets for 2011 November 9, 2010 – Shark had quite a few new announcements at the EICMA 2010 show and I have lots of photos and a video so let’s get started. Shark Vision-R Helmet The big news involves two completely new helmets, named the Vision-R and the Race-R Pro. The …

2011 Vemar Helmets 2011 Vemar Chimaera (Vemar Jiano EVO TC in the U.S.A.) November 6, 2010 – I stopped by the Vemar booth at the show to see what’s new. Vemar is a small family-owned company that makes some very interesting helmets which almost always have unique features that no one else has thought of. …

Bell Announces Two New Helmets Bell MX-9 “Adventure” Dual-Sport Helmet and the Bell Moto-9 With New “Progressive Layering” Impact Management Technology October 10, 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Bell Helmets has announced two new helmets. First is the company’s first dual-sport helmet, the “All-Terrain MX-9 Adventure”. The design is said to have been …

Study Claims Highly Satisfied Motorcycle Helmet Owners Are Notably More Likely to Repurchase the Same Helmet Brand May 30, 2010 – Highly satisfied motorcycle helmet owners are approximately 10 times more likely to repurchase the same helmet brand compared with owners with lower levels of satisfaction, according to the most recent J.D. Power and Associates …