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Bell Star Series Helmets

Bell Pro Star (Tracer graphic)

The 2016 Star Series from Bell Helmets includes three styles, the top-tier, TeXtreme carbon-fiber Pro Star, the carbon Race Star (made for the racer with a day job) and the composite Star (built from the Pro Star pedigree at a lower price point). The Pro Star and Race Star come with a VIRUS CoolJade power mesh liner that reduces skin ...

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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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Touratech Aventuro Motorcycle Helmet Review

Touratech Aventuro Helmet

All hail King Carbon! Touratech’s carbon-shelled Aventuro helmet weighs just over three pounds in the size small tested here. That’s light for a street helmet, and this one is built for adventure travel, or anything else short of the racetrack. Our 3,000 miles of testing included a 1,600-mile romp on our 2015 MOTY, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT. Fighting heavy ...

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Arai Corsair-X Helmet Review

Arai Corsair-X with the Freddie Spencer 30th Anniversary graphic ($969.95).

When it came time to redesign its top-of-the-line helmet, Arai pulled out all the stops. With a history spanning three decades—starting with the original cLc RX-7 helmet in 1977—and covering 10 generations of evolving design, predecessors of the new Corsair-X have been worn by numerous world champions—guys like Spencer, Schwantz, Edwards and Hayden. It had to live up to Arai’s own very high standards. ...

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Arai Corsair-X Motorcycle Helmet

The state-of-the-art Corsair-X from Arai Helmets has been updated with increased airflow and the all-new Variable Axis System (VAS) shield system, which allows for a lower shield mount position and more shell area above the pivot cover than the Corsair-V model. The Corsair-X exterior provides more airflow, and larger, three-position switches make vent operation easier and help limit road noise ...

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Bell Qualifier DLX Helmet Review


Retailing for just $109.95, the Qualifier is Bell’s entry-level full-face helmet. With an aerodynamic, lightweight and ventilated polycarbonate shell, removable/washable antibacterial comfort liner, anti-fog/anti-scratch/UV-resistant face shield, super-easy ClickRelease shield removal system, integrated speaker pockets, padded wind collar and 5-year warranty, it’s a lot of lid for the money. Stepping up to the Qualifier DLX ($229.95) tested here adds a communicator ...

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Aventuro Carbon Motorcycle Helmet from Touratech


Adventure Helmet Touratech’s adventure touring helmet, the Aventuro Carbon, is lightweight, features a No-Drag Visor, and transforms between street, dual-sport and dirt configurations without tools. Massive ports allow air to pass through the base of the visor to reduce pull on the head, reducing strain and maximizing rider comfort. The Aventuro Carbon has been sculpted to cut through the wind ...

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Long Visor for Arai Pro Shade System


Longer Visor Arai offers a long-visor version of its Pro Shade System tinted shield setup. The longer tinted lens provides slightly more coverage than the standard Pro Shade System and is available in four tint options (Smoke, Orange/Red, Blue and Silver). The Arai Pro Shade keeps working in the up position by reducing overhead glare both day and night, offering ...

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Nolan N104 EVO Modular Helmet Review


The words revolution and evolution only differ by the letter r, which could very well stand for rate, as in rate of change. Revolution is usually rapid and risky, while evolution is slower, continuous and more reliable. The Nolan N104 modular helmet, for example, is a good lid its Italian makers felt only needed to evolve. So instead of an ...

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HJC RPHA ST Helmet Review


HJC has been North America’s top-selling helmet brand for more than two decades, and its offerings include full-face, modular and open-face street helmets, off-road helmets and even auto and snowmobile helmets. After selling low-to-mid-priced helmets for years, in 2010 HJC released its first premium lid, the RPS-10, which was developed in HJC’s own 130-mph wind tunnel and received design input ...

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