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Shoei GT Air Helmet Review Shoei has been releasing helmets at a fairly rapid clip lately and the new GT Air is brand new for 2013. The GT Air is very comfortable (as long as it fits your head shape). It’s also one of the quietest full-face helmets we’ve reviewed in a variety of conditions …

ROOF Desmo Helmet The new Roof Desmo flip-up helmet is an update on the classic Roof Boxer and it incorporates many improvements. The Desmo is a solid-feeling helmet with a completely redesigned rotating flip-up visor and new face shield system. The liner features updated padding and soft-feel fabric and what feels like a new internal …

SCHUBERTH SR1 U.S.A. DOT Version The SR1 was the webBikeWorld 2011 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year and we were anxiously awaiting the DOT version to arrive. The good news is that the DOT version is identical to the ECE version of the SCHUBERTH SR1 (review) in every way but one. The DOT helmet did gain a bit of weight, …

Arai Announces the Defiant Helmet (Rapide-IR) February 8, 2013 – The new Arai Defiant helmet was announced today. The helmet appears to be a U.S. DOT/Snell version of the Japan-market Arai Rapide-IR. Information on the new Defiant is slow in forthcoming, but the helmet is based on the Arai RX-Q (review), a “Round Oval” helmet …

Nexx X30V Ventilation And Air Flow The Nexx X30V is an updated version of the Nexx X30 (review) helmet reviewed on webBikeWorld in 2011. The X30V is an unusual design; it’s a cross between a flip-up and full-face helmet. The front visor rotates like a flip-up. But a narrow chin bar is integrated with the shell, which …

SCHUBERTH Announces the C3 Pro Helmet January 26, 2013 – SCHUBERTH announces the C3 Pro and C3 Pro Women, said to be “The First High Speed Flip-Up Helmet with Internal Antenna”. We’ll have a C3 Pro with the SCHUBERTH SRCS (SCHUBERTH Rider Communications System) Bluetooth intercom system soon for a review (here’s the SCHUBERTH C3 review), in …

Bell Announces the “Rogue” Helmet January 8, 2013 – Bell released a final photo of the Bell Rogue helmet today. They call this a “Category-Defying Helmet Bridges Gap Between Open-Face and Full-Face, with Innovative Detachable Muzzle-System for Coverage Against the Elements” The Rogue is “designed to provide facial coverage from the elements that previously had not …

Bell Announces Mag-9 Sena Bluetooth Helmet More wBW: Product Reviews  |  Motorcycle Helmet Reviews Also: wBW Sena SMH10 Intercom Review December 12, 2012 (Editor) – We’ll take some credit for this one! During the 2009 Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana (report), I suggested to Bell that they partner with someone like Sena to develop an in-helmet Bluetooth intercom system for their lineup. …

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 …

HJC RPHA Max Helmet Review The HJC RPHA Max is a new flip-up helmet with a strange name and convoluted product release. Fortunately, the helmet is a winner. It has solid construction, tight tolerances and excellent ventilation, along with excellent noise control. Is it worth $160.00 more than the competition…which happens to be a close …

Nolan N43E Owner Report The Nolan N43 “Air” (review) was originally reviewed in 2009 here on webBikeWorld. The newest version is called the N43E. I am not going to completely re-review the helmet overall, as a majority of the helmet is the same. So feel free to re-read the original review for all the details. My feeling is that …

Arai CT-Z Helmet Review The new Arai CT-Z is an evolution of the Arai XC RAM version of the Arai XC open-face helmet. The CT-Z is a typical Arai helmet, with outstanding build quality…and a high price. It’s a cross between an open-face and dual-sport helmet, with some full-face and trials helmet features sprinkled in …

Caberg Justissimo GT Helmet Review The Caberg Justissimo has been in production probably longer than any other motorcycle helmet. It’s approaching a ten year anniversary and it’s still a very popular helmet. Continuous improvements and evolution through the years have kept it fresh. The current iteration, the Justissimo GT, is still one of the best-looking …

Airoh Aviator Helmet Review The Airoh Aviator is said to be the world’s lightest off-road helmet. We’ll go one better than that: the Aviator is by far the lightest helmet ever reviewed on webBikeWorld, and we’ve reviewed more than 200 in the last 13+ years. The Aviator feels like it’s packed with helium, no doubt …

The Vemar “Geo” Helmet The new 2012 Vemar Geo is a new mid-range helmet. It features a “Tricomposite” shell with an angular design. The intake and exhaust vent styling also makes the Geo stand out from the crowd. The ventilation and visibility are good. And the internal sun visor has about the best coverage of …

The U.S. Version of the SCHUBERTH S2 The SCHUBERTH S2 is now available in North America with DOT homologation. The helmet is nearly identical to the ECE version of theSCHUBERTH S2 (review) we reviewed in May 2012. The weight has gone up slightly for the DOT version but otherwise, it’s the same outstanding helmet, with many …

Airoh J106 Helmet Review The Airoh J106 is a true modular motorcycle helmet that can be converted from full-face to open-face in an instant. It is dual homologated, meeting the ECE 22.05 P and J safety standards to be worn in either configuration whilst riding a motorcycle. The J106 is very light, with a thin …

AGV and Dainese 2012 Summer Style Series: The new AGV Grid helmet is an update of the popular AGV T-2 (review). The Grid evolves some of the familiar T-2 features, including that low-profile chin vent with excellent air flow, a “semi-race” fit and excellent overall quality and feel. The helmet shell is made from a combination …

AGV “K-4 EVO” Helmet Review The AGV K4 EVO is the 2012 update of the AGV K-4, which was an evolution of the AGV K-3 (review) from 2010. The K4 EVO has an upgraded liner and padding system that uses a new “skin friendly” fabric. The weight has also been reduced and the quality has been improved. …

Nolan N85 Helmet Review The new Nolan N85 is something like a full-face version of the popular Nolan N104 (review). It has the same high levels of quality we’ve come to expect from Nolan and it has all the features expected in a high-end street/sport helmet. But the single most amazing feature of the N85 is …

AGV AX-8 Dual EVO Helmet Review The AX-8 Dual EVO is a redesigned version of the 2011 AGV AX-8 Dual helmet. The new version has high-quality construction and several features not found on other dual-sport helmets. It’s also quieter than average and the peak has a low-lift design that works. The helmet is also relatively …

The SCHUBERTH S2 Helmet The SCHUBERTH S2 is the company’s new sport/touring helmet that includes an internal sun visor. It is made with typical SCHUBERTH quality and features, including a built-in intercom antenna (for the SCHUBERTH SRCS-2 system only). Its comfortable and the weight is very reasonable, especially considering the features. However, the S2 doesn’t …

ROOF Boxer V8 Helmet The Roof Boxer V8 helmet is another variant in the classic Roof Boxer helmet series. The Boxer V8 looks as unique now as it did when the original was first introduced in 1995 as the world’s first dual-homologated (full-face and Jet) helmet with a fully rotating flip-up visor. Like the original Roof …

Arai XD4 Helmet Review The Arai XD4 is a modest update of the XD3. It includes a new face shield design that now incorporates brow vents. A redesigned peak and refined overall shape makes the XD4 the smoothest-feeling, low-drag, low-lift dual-sport helmets you’ll find. The XD4 is one of the lightest weight dual-sport helmets and …

KBC VR4R Carbon Fiber Helmet The new KBC VR4R Carbon fiber helmet is a real beauty. It’s also about the least expensive carbon fiber motorcycle helmet available today. But the design is somewhat compromised by flimsy-feeling vent hardware, which is unfortunate and something KBC needs to address. I’m not sure exactly when carbon fiber motorcycle …

Nolan N-85 Preview March 29, 2012 – Here’s one more very late entry from the 2012 Dealer Expo: the Nolan N-85. I took the photos and video of the N-85 at the Dealer Expo but I was waiting for the final specifications from Nolan before publishing the information. At the time, it wasn’t certain whether …

Caberg Duke Helmet Review The Caberg Duke is new for 2012 and it replaces the popular Caberg Konda (review) and the Caberg Trip (review) before that. The helmet is comfortable and it’s quieter than average. It also has surprisingly good outward visibility. The Duke is 100% made in Italy and it continues the Caberg tradition of style, features, functionality …

AFX FX-140 Helmet Review The AFX FX-140 has a unique style and a few interesting features that belie its low cost. It’s comfortable and quieter than expected, but the face shield on this example isn’t as optically clear as it should be. Colors include High-Vis Yellow and “Safety Orange”, which surely has to be the …

The Vemar Storm is Brewing! The new Vemar Storm has better build quality and higher-spec features that you might expect in a helmet in this price range. But some of those features are biased more towards style than function. Overall, the Storm is an impressive helmet for the money. It’s impressively quiet and comfortable and …

Nolan N104 Helmet Review The Nolan N-104 is another brand-new flip-up helmet for the 2012 model year. It’s a definite upgrade from the Nolan N-90 (review)and previous N-series flip-up helmets. It’s also a competitor to the new Shoei Neotec (review), yet the two helmets are quite different in many ways. All of the moving parts on the …

Shoei Neotec Helmet Review The Shoei Neotec is new for 2012 and it’s a careful evolution of a long history of Shoei flip-up helmets. The Neotec features include outstanding build quality, superior ventilation and plush comfort and more. It would be difficult to find a fault with the Neotec, although there’s no getting around the …

February 21, 2012 – The 2012 Dealer Expo is over but I have a few more reports to post. SCHUBERTH formally introduced both the SCHUBERTH S2 and SCHUBERTH SR1 (review) helmets at this year’s event. We reviewed the SCHUBERTH SR1 late last year and it was named the webBikeWorld Motorcycle Helmet of the Year in our annual awards. 2011 …

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 …

Limited Edition Euro-Style Flip-up February 17, 2012 – We have received more emails from webBikeWorld visitors about this helmet than any other, so the AFX booth was my first stop at the 2012 Dealer Expo. The FX-140 has been selling for some time but for one reason or another, we just never caught up with …

Lazer Monaco Helmet Review (CE Version) The new carbon-fiber version of the Lazer Monaco is claimed to be the world’s lightest flip-up motorcycle helmet and we have no reason to doubt it. In fact, it’s one of the lightest helmets of any type we’ve ever reviewed on webBikeWorld.com. Light weight does make a difference — …

Vemar Attivo Helmet The Vemar Attivo is new for 2012 and slots in at a lower price point than the made in Italy Vemar Jiano EVO TC (review). The styling of the Attivo is nice and the helmet has a few interesting features, but it seems a bit uninspired when compared to its big brother, the …

Third Gen Sy-Max Is Here The HJC Sy-Max III is a worthy upgrade to the original, with better build quality and improved visibility, noise control and comfort. The flip-up visor retention system has also been improved. Warm-weather ventilation is a question that will have to remain unanswered until next summer. But overall, everyone who has …

Roof “Bamboo” and 2012 Roof Helmets November 23, 2011 – Roof Helmets may be one of the least known motorcycle manufacturers in the world. The French company has had quite an impact on motorcycle helmet design, however, with products like the ahead-of-its-time Roof Boxer (review). The Boxer’s unique design, which allows the chin bar to be …

November 22, 2011 – This has been the “Year of the Motorcycle Helmet”, with manufacturers pumping out new designs seemingly by the hour. We hadn’t heard much from Nexx since our review of the Nexx XR1R Carbon (review) back in August of 2010. I did see a revised Nexx X30 (review) at the 2011 Dealer Expo back in February …

2012 Nexx Helmets Highlights of This Report: New Nexx Helmets announced. Nexx X40 and XR1R Diablo. Many new colors and bold graphics. More: 2012 Nexx X40 First Look 2012 Nexx XR1R Diablo First Look Nexx XR1R Carbon Helmet Review wBW Motorcycle Helmet Reviews 2012 Nexx X70 The big news from Nexx was the 2012 Nexx X40 (First …