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Schuberth S2 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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After a hiatus from the North American market for several years, German helmet maker Schuberth introduced its C3 flip-up helmet last year (Rider, April 2011) and has just added a full-face helmet, the S2. Like the C3, the S2’s shell is made of a proprietary mix of resin, composite and fiberglass that Schuberth calls S.T.R.O.N.G. fiber, compressed in a high ...

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Nolan N104 Modular Motorcycle Helmet Review

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The convenience and utility of flip-up, modular-style helmets make them indispensible to many riders, especially those who need to communicate frequently and clearly with others without a chinbar in the way. You can also eat and drink without removing a flip-up, and some eyeglass wearers find they make life much easier, too. Today their safety has advanced to the point ...

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Shoei Neotec Motorcycle Helmet Review

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Helmets wrap snugly around our heads, with the interior conforming to the contours of our noggin and the chin strap cinched around our lower jaw, keeping the helmet securely in place. Some helmets do this with tolerable comfort; others do this poorly, resulting in achy heads, sore ears and chafed necks. And then there are helmets that are genuinely comfortable, ...

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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

Nolan N-90 Modular Helmet

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

Vemar Jiano Evo TC Night Vision Modular Motorcycle Helmet

“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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