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Arai XD4 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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(This review was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Adventure bikes continue to grow in popularity and sales, and paralleling this trend is a proliferation of gear and accessories tailored to the demands of on- and off-road riding. In the late ’90s Arai introduced the first dual-sport helmet, the XD (crossover design), combining the shell shape and ...

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Nolan N-90 Modular Helmet Review

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The unofficial word is that motorcycle helmets should be replaced every five years or so.  My Nolan N-100 Modular (a.k.a. flip-up) was pushing that age last year, so I asked Clement to get me a replacement; I liked my Nolan because it fit well and was “100 percent Italian” … always a plus in my book. Clem said that the ...

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Flip Up Modular Motorcycle Helmets Buyers Guide

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By Jerry Smith Modular helmets, or flips-ups, were once curiosities, practically a secret handshake among long-distance riders who didn’t want to stop riding long enough to eat and drink, and round-the-world adventurers whose conversations with border guards went a lot more smoothly when their faces weren’t covered by full-face helmets. Today, modulars are popular with all kinds of riders, from ...

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Vemar Jiano Evo TC Night Vision Motorcycle Helmet Review

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“Does your helmet glow in the dark?” I get that a lot since I’ve been wearing the Vemar Jiano EVO TC Night Vision helmet. And the answer is Yes! A pleasant pale yellow in the daylight, the Night Vision paint glows like a UFO in a sci-fi flick once the lights go out. Vemar claims eight hours of luminescence from ...

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Arai Vector-2 Helmet Review

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[This Arai Vector-2 Helmet gear review was originally published in the May 2011 issue of Rider magazine] It’s a rare treat when a sequel is better than its predecessor, like The Empire Strikes Back or Terminator 2. Especially when the original was pretty good to start with. Take the first Arai Vector full-face helmet. I’ve worn and appreciated mine so much ...

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Schuberth C3 Flip-up Helmet Review

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[This Schuberth C3 Flip-up Helmet helmet review was originally published in the April 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Founded in 1922 and based in Germany, Schuberth claims many innovations in helmet technology, including the first modular or flip-up design. Schuberth-made BMW System flip-up helmets have been around for years, but they’re not sold in the United States. When Schuberth introduced its Concept ...

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Shoei Qwest Helmet Review

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[This Shoei Qwest Helmet review was originally published in the January 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Shoei’s lineup of full-face street helmets has something for everyone: X-Twelve for track addicts, RF-1100 for sport-touring riders, Multitec for fans of flip-ups and Hornet DS for dual-sport riders. This new helmet, the Qwest, was designed specifically for touring riders. Compared to the RF-1100 (Rider, January ...

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HJC RPS-10 Helmet Review

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[This HJC RPS-10 Helmet Review review was originally published in the November 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Korea-based HJC has been manufacturing motorcycle helmets since 1971, and it has been the top seller of helmets in North America since 1992. HJC has always made good helmets, but over the last five to six years we’ve noticed its quality levels ratcheting higher and ...

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2010 Bell Star Helmet

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[This 2010 Bell Star Helmet gear review was originally published in the October 2010 issue of Rider] The first time I saw a full-face Bell Star was in the late ’60s, when it was described as an “evil-robot-style helmet.” And I still have my first Bell Star, which I bought in 1973; my sister created a sunrise scene in stained glass in ...

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HJC RPS-10 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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Korea-based HJC has been manufacturing motorcycle helmets since 1971, and it has been the top seller of helmets in North America since 1992. HJC has always made good helmets, but over the last five to six years we’ve noticed its quality levels ratcheting higher and higher. Now, after investing several years and lots of money in R&D and manufacturing improvements, ...

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