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HJC IS-MAX II Helmet Review

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Flip-up helmets have won me over. I love being able to quickly raise the chinbar—during a roadside stop, at a gas station, wherever—and have a chat with my passenger or co-riders, or drink water or eat a snack or take a selfie or apply sunblock or blow my nose, all without having to remove my helmet. HJC offers four flip-up ...

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Bell Bullitt Motorcycle Helmet Review

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When it comes to motorcycles or riding gear, nothing draws my attention more than vintage, or even vintage-inspired. So when Bell released its 500 line of three-quarter helmets a couple of years ago, you bet I snapped one up, and it’s among my favorite lids. Bell’s throwback full-face helmet, the Bullitt, debuted last year and it’s every bit as classy ...

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Scorpion EXO-R2000 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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Scorpion Sports is a privately held Korean company that has been making motorcycle apparel for various brands, including its own, for over 10 years. Until now, its helmet factory has concentrated on making mid-priced lids. In my 2007 review of Scorpion’s $225 EXO-700, I noted the attention to detail and called the 700 a “great value.” After several months of ...

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Nolan N44 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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If you favor an open-face helmet but still want a lid that can do double-duty as a full-face when needed, this helmet can be your best friend. The polycarbonate N44 is an upgrade to the popular mid-priced N43. Features include a vastly larger view port, a removable chinbar, improved ventilation, a Pinlock visor and a clever helmet buckle. The larger ...

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2014 Modular Helmets Buyers Guide

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More and more riders appreciate the benefits of full-face helmets, not just for the comprehensive crash protection they provide, but also for the additional wind and weather protection afforded by the fully encircling shell and face shield. But wearing a regular full-face lid has its disadvantages. If you wish to converse easily with your buddies at brief stops or have ...

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Nolan N86 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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Our last full-face helmet buyers guide (Rider, July 2013) featured 18 helmets, including the Nolan N85. At $249.95-$299.95 and 3 pounds, 7.9 ounces, it was midpack in terms of price and weight, praised for its comfort, its easy-to-deploy and effective sunshield, and its user-friendly Microlock quick-release retention system, but criticized for poor ventilation. And, as I noted in my review ...

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HJC IS-17 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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As the largest motorcycle helmet manufacturer in the world, HJC makes millions of helmets every year. For the U.S. market, it offers more than a dozen full-face, flip-up and open-face models, priced from $99.99 to $564.99 and available in a wide range of colors and graphics. (HJC America’s new designer, Dwayne Vance, came over from Troy Lee Designs, and his ...

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AGV AX-8 Dual Evo Motorcycle Helmet Review

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In 1945, as Italy began rebuilding after World War II, a young accountant named Gino Amisano started making leather saddles and helmets for bicyclists in the town of Valenza. The fledgling company was called AGV (Amisano Gino Valenza), and Amisano made his first motorcycle helmet in 1947 by shaping leather over a wooden mold, drying it in an oven and ...

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Shoei RF-1200 Helmet Review

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Ever since the first Shoei RF-series full-face helmet was introduced in the mid-1980s, every time a new version is announced it’s a bit worrisome at first, since it seems unlikely that Shoei could possibly improve upon the current model. Almost without exception, however, sliding into each new one—RF-105V, RF-200, RF-700, RF-800 and so on—has brought ever-increasing levels of comfort and ...

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Full-Face Helmets Buyers Guide 2013

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Why a Full-Face Although wearing any helmet that is at least DOT approved is better than wearing none at all, here at Rider we prefer full-face helmets. A full-facer is one on which the chinbar is an integral part of the helmet rather than an add-on that can be pivoted upward, such as with a modular helmet. Because it’s all ...

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