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Round Heads Rejoice! The Arai Quantum is back! Round-heads, earth-shaped heads and “bulb” heads finally have a helmet that fits. It’s been a long time — nearly 7 years — since Arai had a “Round Oval” helmet in their U.S. lineup. The last Round Oval helmet offered by the Japanese company was the Arai Quantum II …

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 …

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 Fulmer V2 “Easy Rider 69”! Does it get any more retro than this? Pictures speak louder than words! OK, it’s time for some fun!  And why not? You may find this hard to believe, but writing about the latest in collar snap technology, new fabrics for waist adjusters and debating the merits of Hydratex …

AFX FX-37 DS Helmet Review The AFX FX-37 DS is a new-for-2009 “Enduro” or “Supermoto” or Dual-Sport styled helmet. It’s inexpensive, relatively comfortable and light weight, but a few quality issues and face shield distortion are problematic. A review of the new book “The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling” was recently published on webBikeWorld. …

The Schuberth of Flip-up Helmets The Schuberth C3 combines light weight and a comfortable fit. It also has the most effective noise control system we have experienced in any flip-up (or full-face, for that matter) helmet. We published a Schuberth C3 “First Look” just three months ago in August of 2008. At that time, Schuberth claimed that …

Full-Face Helmet With LEDs The GMAX GM68S is a high quality helmet with an interesting selection of graphics. It has outstanding ventilation and face shield optical quality and a bargain-basement price. Unique is the word for the LED lights in the rear. It’s officially 2008, but we started this review a couple of weeks ago …

An Open-Face Dual Sport? The GMAX GM27S has good quality and an interesting design. It includes a 3-position LED light in the rear. The GMAX GM27S makes an excellent city, dual-sport or scooter helmet. The huge popularity of the GMAX GM68S, the webBikeWorld 2007 Helmet of the Year, prompted us to take a look at some …

The FF-5 is the latest helmet from OGK and it follows in the foot steps of its worthy ancestors. OGK has a knack for getting air to flow through a helmet for rider comfort. They also know how to reduce weight and how to exploit aerodynamics in a way that other helmet manufacturers don’t, won’t …

Givi X.01 “X Zero 1” Motorcycle Helmet Review Let the debate begin: is it the Givi X.01, the Givi X01, the XZero1 or….? Givi has devoted an entire website to this helmet, which they’re apparently calling the XZero1; the Givi UK site calls it the X.01. But whatever you call it, this has to be …

A High/Low End HJC Helmet? Shell seems bulky. The exhaust vents and design of the liner allow higher than average noise levels. Rotating internal sun visor works only in the full on or off positions. The HJC FS-10 fills a gap that HJC apparently perceived in their lineup. The FS-10 is one of the most …

Airoh TR-1 Modular (Convertible) Helmet Is this the coolest-looking helmet on the planet? Its looks make up for its shortcomings; thin padding, tight fit and slightly higher than average noise levels. It’s official: Airoh has now taken over as purveyors of the most outrageous motorcycle helmets on the planet. That distinction was previously held by …

ROOF Le Mans Helmet Review Stylized yet simple and functional design. Unique face shield with infinite height adjustment and permanent de-fogging. Comfortable liner and fit. Very quiet when upper vent is closed. ECE 22-05 and ACU Gold approved. Good news for Roof helmet fans! Made in France and previously available only to their devoted fans …

ROOF Rover Helmet The Rover is another unique helmet from ROOF. It’s based on the ROOF Boxer, but the Rover is an open-face helmet with a twist: a “Rider Mask” can be attached across the front. If you want to own something different, ROOF can surely oblige. Here’s another new design from the folks that …

Nolan N-102 Flip-up Helmet Good modular helmet for riders with round-shaped heads looking for a solid, feature rich modular should be well pleased with the Nolan N102. If you’re sensitive to weight or price, you may want to look elsewhere. The Nolan N-102 helmet is a feature rich big brother to the Nolan X-Lite X-1002 …

HJC FS-Max: The Next Sy-Max? Average modular helmet with no real outstanding features. Includes an internal sun shade. Relatively quiet with comfortable liner. New and unique type of face shield removal mechanism. Our example had some quality flaws. This helmet in size XL is very heavy. NOTE: See our review of the HJC Sy-Max II, which is …

ROOF Boxer V Helmet Review The ROOF Boxer V is a significant upgrade from the original Boxer. This helmet is unique, idiosyncratic and avant-garde. Its futuristic design still looks great today, nearly a decade after its initial release. This says a lot for its originality but also for its capabilities and its unmatched functionality. The ROOF …

The Urban Helmet for Urbanites The N350 Moto is a high quality helmet at a very reasonable price. Part 1 of our look at the new URBAN line of motorcycle helmets covered the URBAN N20 Astro, an excellent value for the money. The full-face N20 Astro features outstanding quality, which is especially noteworthy for a brand-new helmet …

Shoei Multitec Flip-up Helmet The Shoei Multitec is without a doubt the most anticipated motorcycle helmet of 2006. The Shoei Syncrotec (review), the Mulitec’s predecessor, was getting “long in the tooth”. Although it was still one of the best-selling modular helmets in the world. So, I’m sure everyone wants to know if the Multitec is the ne …

AFX FX-87X Snowmobile Helmet Review Convertible helmet for motorcycle and/or snowmobile use is a bit clumsy on the road. Our reviews of the Shoei Hornet, Arai XD and Airoh S4 “Enduro” style motorcycle helmets are very popular with webBikeWorld visitors. Many of those visitors have also suggested the AFX FX-87X helmet as a potential candidate for a webBikeWorld review, so …

AGV Miglia Helmet Review I used to be the world’s biggest fan of flip-up, or “modular” motorcycle helmets. It wasn’t because of styling or comfort or convenience; it was due to poor eyesight. A modular helmet offered the only full-coverage solution that I could find to wear over my eyeglasses. I really wanted to ride …

KBC VR-3 Stealth Motorcycle Helmet It seems like ages ago since we posted a review of the KBC VR-1, the first of KBC’s “VR” series of motorcycle helmets. The VR-1 put KBC on the map as a motorcycle helmet manufacturer that offered high-end features at rock-bottom prices. Our conclusion was that the VR-1 offered “excellent value for …

Shoei Hornet Japanese Version Our review of the Arai XD was way more popular than we anticipated. And that tells me that there’s a huge market for what we’re calling “dual sport” motorcycle helmets! I’m not sure if it’s the enormous popularity of the BMW R1200GS or the maybe-it’ll-be-here-someday Supermoto fad that drives the interest in this …

The “Beginner” Shoei? Self-doubt. It’s a terrible thing. I can feel it around here lately because we’re beginning to wonder just what really does make one helmet better than another. For example, just when we thought we had the helmet noise issue all figured out, the Suomy Vandal (review) blew our theories went right down the tubes. The Vandal …

HJC AC-12 Carbon Helmet Our HJC AC-12 Carbon fiber helmet finally arrived! We first reported on this helmet during our live webcast from the 2006 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, held in February. We had a nice conversation with George Hong, the President of HJC America, Inc. at the Indy show. The helmet was just …

Airoh S4 Motorcycle Helmet Our recent review of the Arai XD “Enduro” styled helmet has generated a lot of interest from webBikeWorld visitors. I hadn’t thought much about the article after it was posted. To be honest, I figured the XD was a quirky helmet that wouldn’t really be setting any design trends. I haven’t to this …

CMS GP4 Helmet Review The CMS GP-4 has beautiful graphics and the helmets are of good quality. It has a comfortable fit for “Round” shaped heads. The GP-4 feels slightly short in the front-to-rear internal length. It has good ventilation and a quick-change visor that works well, but it seems louder than average. The liner …

The Mid-Range HJC Helmet The HJC CL-SP is a sort of mid-range HJC helmet. It has excellent quality and a comfortable liner and padding. It’s also relatively quiet and has good ventilation. There’s plenty of room behind the chin bar and the new face shield design works well. The face shield is easy to remove …

A Good Cheap Helmet Bell Helmets used to own the industry in a way that’s hard to understand by anyone who doesn’t remember. There are dozens of excellent helmets to choose from today, manufactured to very high quality standards and meeting the world’s best safety standards. I have no proof to back up this claim. …

One of the Best Cheap Helmets Good quality, comfortable liner, quiet on unfaired bikes but can be loud when affected by turbulence. Air flow could be better. Lots of chin room. The CL-14 face shield provides good visibility, but this one is rather flimsy. According to our search logs, one of the most popular helmets …

The Only Arai Helmet for Round-Heads The Quantum II fits round heads best. It has a relatively plush liner and good ventilation. It is relatively light weight compared to other size XL helmets we’ve reviewed. IIt also has an excellent finish. It’s slightly noisy at some angles, otherwise quiet. We have reviewed quite a few …

Shark Race Helmet The Shark RSR is very expensive. It is relatively light at 1601 grams for a size XL. It is Snell certified and meets the ECE 22-05 and DOT standards. The face shield is very thick at 3 mm, yet it has outstanding optics. It also has an infinite adjustment for opening and …

OGK FF-3 Motorcycle Helmet Review The OGK FF-3 has modern styling and excellent ventilation. It meets the EC 22.05 and BS6658 Type A ACU approval standards. The FF-3 was also listed on the Snell 2000 Approved Helmets List The helmet is very comfortable but the sizing appears to run slightly on the large side. All …

An $84.00 Flip-up? The unsolicited emails from Zeus 508 helmet owners started arriving about three years ago. We received so many comments that we decided to set up a Zeus “Owner Reports” page as an online testimonial to the product from its many fans. Eventually, we just had to find out what all the excitement was about. …

ROOF Boxer Helmet Review Unique style and features, no doubt about it. Flip-up chin guard rotates to the back of the helmet to effectively convert it to an open-face. Chin guard rotates forward over the visor. Two manual snaps are used to secure the chin guard to the helmet shell. Visor has infinite opening adjustments. …