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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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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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