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Icon Airframe Helmet Review

[This Icon Airframe Helmet review was originally published in Rider magazine] I found a good way to see how well the venting system on my Icon Airframe helmet really works: Hair was still wet from the shower, vents were open and off to work I went in 47 degrees. Twenty-five miles later when I arrived at work with a very, very ...

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Arai RX-Q Motorcycle Helmet Review

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[This Arai RX-Q Motorcycle Helmet Review was originally published in the May 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Arai bills its RX-Q as a whole new class of helmet that is positioned between street and racing headgear, which in its own line is between the Profile and the Corsair-V. To position it here, Arai states that it offers features initially created ...

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Scorpion EXO 900 Modular Motorcycle Helmet Review

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Review by Joe Michaud [This Scorpion EXO 900 Modular Motorcycle Helmet Review was originally featured in the February 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Me? I have three road bikes. A new sport tourer, a vintage Triumph and an American V-twin. Each requires its own sense of style in riding gear. Sport riders typically wear armored gear, gloves, boots and full-face ...

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Shoei RF-1100 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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[This Shoei RF-1100 Motorcycle Helmet Review was originally published in the January 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Shoei has been manufacturing motorcycle helmets since 1960, and over the past 50 years the company has become known for innovation and quality. Shoei was the first to use carbon fiber in motorcycle helmets in 1976, and it introduced the first ventilated motorcycle ...

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Joe Rocket RKT101 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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[This Joe Rocket RKT101 Motorcycle Helmet Review was originally published in the December 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Now that Joe Rocket has established itself as a power in the motorcycle apparel field, it has branched out into the helmet market. Its first effort is the RKT101 (shown in one of several graphic designs), a full-face lid that the company ...

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Nolan N103 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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[This Nolan N103 Motorcycle Helmet Review was originally published in the November 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Another in the growing list of flip-up helmets, the new N103 is not only Nolan’s first helmet with a retractable sunshade, but it also accepts Nolan’s N-com communications system. The N103 features a polycarbonate shell with a pleasant, modern shape and chinbar that ...

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HJC IS-Max Motorcycle Helmet Review

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[This HJC IS-Max Motorcycle Helmet Review was originally published in the October 2009 issue of Rider magazine] There are two major trends in full-face-style helmets today. One is the proliferation of flip-up modular versions, and the other is the popularity of the integrated, drop-down sunshield. If you like these features, you’re going to love the HJC IS-Max motorcycle helmet as ...

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Shark EvoLine Modular Motorcycle Helmet Review

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[This Shark EvoLine Modular Motorcycle Helmet Review was originally published in the July 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Modular full-face helmets offer the convenience of rotating the chinbar out of the way. At gas or rest stops, just press a button and slide the front portion of the helmet up to the top. Blow your nose, sip on coffee, kiss ...

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Arai XD3 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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[This Arai XD3 Motorcycle Helmet Review was originally published in the June 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Just as dual-sport motorcycles have hybrid features that make them capable on the street and in the dirt, the Arai XD3 motorcycle helmet attempts to give you the best of both worlds. XD stands for “crossover design” and the 3 indicates its third ...

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Shark Evoline Flip-Up Motorcycle Helmet Review

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[This Shark Evoline Flip-Up Motorcycle Helmet Review was originally published in American Rider magazine] I’m always pleasantly surprised at what helmet technology brings us, like this Evoline crashie from Shark, a French company of good repute, that converts from a full-face to an open-face. I don’t mean a “flip-up,” which has the chin-bar stuck up in the air over your ...

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