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An Electrochromic Visor System for Motorcycle Helmets An electrochromic visor changes color or tint when electricity is applied. This is different than a photochromic visor, which changes tint when exposed to UV light. We’ve been reviewing both of these technologies since 2008 and the AMI Powersports “Akari” AX12 electrochromic visor is the latest evolution. The …

The New Caberg Drift The Caberg Drift is the Italian company’s newest top-of-the-line helmet. The Drift is a street/sport or “high-tech” touring helmet with a composite carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass shell. A full carbon-fiber shell version of the Drift is also available. The composite shell results in a light weight helmet that makes a positive …

A Sport-Touring Flip-Up The Scorpion GT920 flip-up is new for 2016. It’s a good-looking helmet that could easily be mistaken for a full-face. That goes for both looks and performance. It has a super-plush interior, with very thick padding. That makes it comfortable (as long as your head shape matches) and helps control noise. The …

A Bell Star Custom…Squared! Remember the custom-fitted Bell Star helmet review from last year? That’s the special program at Bell Helmets where they use a laser coordinate measuring machine to create a 3D model of your head. Then they build a carbon fiber Bell Star to fit! The result is a helmet that fits my head like …

High-Tech Retro The Nexx X Garage Collection helmets are here! Don’t have a time machine? No problem! These are about as retro as it gets, but they still meet DOT, ECE and NBR (Brazil) helmet safety standards. The X Garage Collection currently includes an open-face, 3/4-style helmet and a very retro full-face helmet. The helmet …

X Marks the Spot! The Shoei X-Fourteen is here! It’s a radical new helmet design and it looks the part. As a Shoei helmet, the build quality, paint and graphics are, of course, superb. The radical design features include a multi-part interior that takes owner customization and fit to a new level. The interior can …

An Intercom-Ready Super Value The sub-$250 helmets made by Bell are probably the best-kept secrets in motorcycling. HJC overshadows everyone else when it comes to value-priced helmets and there’s nothing wrong with that. But there’s something extra special about the $100 to $250 helmets in the Bell lineup and we have reviewed nearly all of them …

Arai Defiant Gets the Pro Treatment The Arai Defiant Pro Cruise is a variant of the originalArai Defiant we reviewed in June of 2014. The Arai Pro Shade (review) is standard on the Defiant Pro Cruise. Also, the special face shield to accommodate the Pro Shade visor is included. The Pro Shade may seem a bit strange but …

Caberg Xtrace and Uptown Helmets Caberg announced the XTRACE convertible dual-sport helmet and the UPTOWN open-face “Jet” style helmet at the EICMA show in Milan last week. The Xtrace is a more focused dual-sport helmet that compliments the Caberg Tourmax reviewed on webBikeWorld, which is the world’s first dual-sport flip-up helmet. The Uptown is a new open-face …

X Means Big Changes to the Corsair Series The Arai Corsair-X (RX-7V in Europe) has been updated with features that are sure to make it more popular than ever. The most dramatic change is the new face shield pivot location and removal system. Called the “Variable Axis System” (VAS), the face shield pivot point is …

Caberg’s “Street Enduro” We published the Caberg XTrace preview in November 2015. The helmet was announced at the EICMA show in October 2015. Call ’em what you want — dual-sport, adventure-touring or Caberg’s “street enduro”, these helmets have become super popular. But the new XTrace has a slightly different take on the formula. It’s slightly more biased …

A Touratech Flip-up Dual-Sport Helmet The Touratech “Aventuro Mod” dual-sport flip-up helmet was announced at the 2015 AIMExpo (reports)in Orlando, Florida. The Aventuro Mod is Touratech’s version of the newSCHUBERTH E1 Adventure helmet (preview), also announced at the show. Touratech partnered with SCHUBERTH to produce the helmet in a mutually beneficial arrangement. Both the Aventuro Mod …

Active Noise Cancelling in a Motorcycle Helmet The Sena Smart Helmet was introduced today at the 2015 AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida. The Smart Helmet is “The world’s first Intelligent Noise Control” helmet, according to Sena. It includes a noise cancelling system powered by an internal rechargeable battery. The helmet is wired for a snap-on Sena …

Arai Improves the Venerated Corsair July 22, 2015 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Perhaps the most fabled name in the entire Arai lineup, the Corsair model has long been renowned as one of the most advanced, highest quality helmets available anywhere in the world. Now, Arai Helmet, Ltd., makers of world class, handmade helmets …

The Rise of 3 New Stars The new Bell Star helmet lineup now includes the Bell Star (street/touring), the Race Star (supersport/track days) and the Pro Star (racing). The build quality, cut lines and graphics on display at the 2015 AIMExpo were outstanding. The new helmet appears to be a big step up from the …

X-12 to X-14 Shoei introduced the X-Fourteen at the 2015 AIMExpo show. The X-Fourteen is the latest in a long line of Shoei X-series helmets. Triskaidekaphobics are glad Shoei is jumping directly to the X-14 from the Shoei X-12 (review)! We’ve said this before and I noticed it yet again when I handled the X-Fourteen at …

A SCHUBERTH Flip-up Dual-Sport Helmet The SCHUBERTH E1 “Adventure” dual-sport flip-up helmet was announced at the 2015 AIMExpo (reports)in Orlando, Florida. The E1 is based on the SCHUBERTH C3 (review) with the addition of a new chin venting system, top vent and peak to create the helmet. But if you didn’t know there’s a C3 hiding under that …

Street, Sport and Track Day Helmet The Kabuto RT33 is a relatively lightweight street/sport full-face helmet, brand new for 2015. It splits the difference between the top-of-the-lineKabuto FF-5V (review) and the Kabuto Aeroblade III (review). This gives Kabuto three very similar helmets in $50.00 price increments, starting at $349.95 for the Aeroblade. One differentiator is that the …

A Flip-up Joins the Lineup The Kabuto Ibuki is a new flip-up helmet recently added to the Japanese company’s expanded lineup. The styling is “flip-up generic”, designed for owners in this market segment, who tend to be more concerned about function over flash. The Ibuki’s upper ventilation system is excellent and among the best of …

The SCHUBERTH of Open-Face Helmets The SCHUBERTH M1 may look like a (somewhat) ordinary length open-face motorcycle helmet, but it isn’t. Every detail makes the M1 the “SCHUBERTH of open-face helmets”. That includes the outstanding build quality, paint and overall finish, the no-seams ultrasonically welded three-part liner. And the list price… It has a huge …

New Nexx Top-of-the-Line Supersport Helmet The Nexx XT1 is the Portuguese company’s new premiere full-face motorcycle helmet. It’s what we’d call a “supersport” helmet, with features such as the locking face shield and Pinlock posts cribbed from racing helmets. But the very nice, full coverage internal sun visor and “quick release” chin strap retainer, along …

The Nexx XD1 Dual Sport/Street Convertible The Nexx XD1 is a Dual Sport helmet that we call a true modular, because it can be converted to a full-face or off-road helmet. It is a lightweight, high-quality and full-featured Dual Sport helmet that also looks good as a “Streetfighter” when the peak is removed. Or, leave …

Ultra-Lightweight Carbon Fiber Supersport Helmet The new CMS GTRS Carbon DNA helmet is super-light and super good-looking. It’s a quantum leap for CMS Helmets, the Portuguese motorcycle helmet manufacturer. The overall quality, paint and construction of the multi-axial carbon fiber shell is outstanding, as are the liner and finishing details. And the GTRS Carbon DNA …

Shoei Reinvents the Dual Sport Helmet The Shoei Hornet X2 is a complete re-think of the modern (and popular) Dual Sport helmet. Shoei has redesigned every aspect of the helmet and the result is a Hornet X2 that is quite different from the Hornet DS, its predecessor. The most noticeable difference is in the front …

Sport Touring and Street Riding Excellence A helmet that fits? A miracle! The Kabuto Kamui is said to be the helmet for sport touring, aka street riding. And it’s perfectly suited for that task…especially for us “Round” heads. The level of quality belie the Kamui’s low list price; it’s just a penny under 250 bucks. …

Hard to Beat This Good-Looking Open Face Helmet The Nolan N40 is a very nicely made helmet with several useful features. The shell design has a city/scooter/touring style with some angular creases that give it a modern look. The helmet is also very comfortable and the relatively thick padding helps control noise levels. The large …

The 2015 Update to a Dual-Sport Classic The Arai XD4 for 2015 includes some new features inside and outside that make it a winner in virtually every category. As a long-time user of Arai helmets (typically theCorsair (review) and XD models), the 2015 version of the Arai XD4 in Flare Sand Frost is the third XD …

Carbon Fiber Street/Dual Sport/Off-Road Helmet The new Touratech Aventuro Carbon dual-sport modular (convertible) helmet is also what we call a true modular. That’s using the webBikeWorld definition of the word, because it easily converts to a full-face or off-road helmet that can be used with goggles. Touratech is known for their luggage and accessories and …

The Arai Signet-Q Gets the Pro Tour Treatment Arai has a couple of new options this year; the popular Arai Signet-Q (review) gets a “Pro Tour” option and 2014’s Arai Defiant (review) also has a doppelgänger, with the Defiant Pro Cruise version. The Pro Tour and Pro Cruise treatments include the Arai Pro Shade sun visor (review), fitted to the SAI …

A Helmet for the Rest of Us Round-heads, narrow-heads and anyone else with a head shape way out on the ± 2σ and beyond tails, rejoice! The impossible is possible and you too can have custom-fitted motorcycle helmet of your very own. All you need is money — lots of it — and an appointment …

The Ultimate Motorcycle Helmet? I had a wonderful dream… The FedEx driver knocks on the door and hands over two 16x13x13″ brown boxes — a size immediately identifiable as the standard shipping container for a motorcycle helmet. The light-as-a-feather boxes drift into the kitchen and a knife appears in my hand. I choose one and …

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 …

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 …