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Motorcycle Helmets: Reviews

Cleaning Your Motorcycle Helmet

The typical components of a removable helmet liner can be hand washed with mild soap or baby shampoo, rinsed well and air dried.

Despite its outward simplicity, a helmet is a complex collection of materials designed to keep you safe in a crash. Keeping all of them clean means using the right cleaners for the job. The outside of a helmet, the shell, is what collects the most dirt, thanks to road debris and flying insects. Crusted-on bug guts should first be softened ...

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Arai Defiant Motorcycle Helmet Review


The Gospel According to Arai: the prime objective of a helmet is impact energy management; everything else is secondary. Kinetic energy, the amount of work required to accelerate an object from rest to a particular velocity, increases at the square of speed. When speed doubles, say from 30 mph to 60 mph, kinetic energy quadruples. And when an object—such as ...

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Bilt Explorer Motorcycle Helmet Review


Since it was founded in 1974, Cycle Gear has grown from a single store in the Bay Area to 98 retail stores in 31 states, and it claims to be America’s largest retailer of motorcycle apparel and accessories. Having carried other brands of apparel for years, in 2011 Cycle Gear launched two in-house brands: Bilt, a value-priced line that comes ...

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Bell Combines Ink and Iron in 'Go Rogue' Marketing Campaign


On the heels of unveiling its new Rogue helmet, Bell announced the details of its unique “Go Rogue” marketing campaign and consumer promotion that will send one lucky motorcyclist to the 2013 Sturgis motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. Bell’s new Rogue helmet bridges the gap between the open-face and full-face categories and is primarily aimed toward cruiser riders who ...

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HJC RPHA Max Modular Motorcycle Helmet Review


I’ve sometimes found flip-up helmets a bit too noisy for my tender ears…although I do like the style and ease of communication with the chinbar flipped up. But when Editor Tuttle called up and said he had a genuinely new one from HJC that I might like, I told him to send it up. The box arrived, was carefully opened, ...

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Bell RS-1 Motorcycle Helmet Review


Three basic steps are involved in the testing of a helmet. The first thing I do is weigh it. Bell’s new RS-1 uses two shell sizes, one for XS-M and a slightly larger one for L-2XL. The size XL, which fit me, came in at an acceptable 58 ounces. In the smaller of its two shell sizes (XS-M), Bell says ...

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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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Shark RSR Motorcycle Helmet Review


Review by Ken Freund [This Shark RSR Motorcycle Helmet Review was originally published in the March 2004 issue of Rider magazine] The Shark RSR motorcycle helmet is the priciest in Shark’s lineup, with suggested retail prices ranging from $537.95 for the single-color Summum (which comes in five colors) we tried, to $622.95 for the multihued racer-replica lids. We evaluated the ...

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