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When to change your helmet

Q. My wife has recently completed her CBT course and was told that %X93cheap helmets have a shelf life of around two years, with more expensive ones having a shelf life of around five years, after which they should be replaced regardless of whether they have been dropped.%X94 Is this right? Richard Lloyd, email Save cash on motorcycle products A. Helmet manufacturers...

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  • 03 September 2010

Helmet Review: Arai Tour-X3 helmet

Arai Tour-X3 helmet, %XA3349.99 (superseded by Tour-X4, %XA3439.99) Time tested: 10,000 miles/two years What%X92s good? It's one helmet for everything. There's a detachable peak for off-roading, which fits over the visor, still allowing it to open and close. You can also fit the peak without the visor if goggles are your preference. Without the peak it's a road or track helmet,...

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  • 19 July 2013

Shoei XR1100 wind noise

I ride a Yamaha FZ6 which I have had for approx 4 years, during that time I had a Nolan Intergrale. Never once did I think about wearing earplugs with this helmet. I then booked a track day for later in the year and found I needed an helmet with the appropriate certification. I bought a Shoei XR1100 from Hein Gericke in...

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  • 21 June 2013

Helmet Review: Schuberth SR1 crash helmet

Schuberth SR1 crash helmet, %XA3529.00 (plain), %XA3599.99 to %XA3649.99 (colours) Time tested: 1500 miles/five weeks What's good? Day one was horrible. Ten miles and a stabbing headache behind my ears signalled an early end, but day two was better, day three a breeze and now, after a five weeks and 1500 miles, I'm relatively happy inside the SR1 and still on an...

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  • 11 July 2013

Arai 2013 TT replica revealed

The fourth Arai official TT replica helmet has been unveiled, and it echoes the famous yellow and black colourscheme of TT legend Joey Dunlop. The design is part of Arai%X92s backing of the TT races and the helmet will be worn in this year%X92s races by Bruce Anstey, as well as the travelling marshals who follow the race around the circuit...

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  • 02 May 2013

Video: How to take your helmet on and off without undoing the D-ring

Consumer Editor Tony Hoare lets us in on the little known secret of taking your helmet on and off without undoing the D-ring.

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  • 31 May 2013

Video: HJC RPHA 10+ Lorenzo replica review

MCN consumer editor Tony Hoare has been testing the new HJC RPHA 10+ helmet over the past few weeks, covering over 1500 miles in the process. The helmet, as used by Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies, is HJC's update to their RPHA 10. brightcove.createExperiences();

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  • 20 May 2013

Helmet review: Arai TourX3

Arai Tour-X3 (now the X4)Time tested: 7500/30 months What%X92s good: Made famous by the Ewan and Charley show %X96 but don%X92t let that put you off %X96 the Tour-X3 is a real cross-over helmet, treading the line with impressive neutrality between a full-on road lid, and a full-face motocross one. The lining is usefully removable and washable, and the large interchangeable...

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  • 02 May 2013

Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

Shoei Hornet DS, %XA3370Miles covered/time: 4000/two months What%X92s good? Finally I%X92ve found a helmet that doesn%X92t leave me with a painful pressure sore on my forehead. Save %XA3%XA3%XA3s on motorcycle helmets Being in a motocross style it has buckets of space in front of my face which makes it less claustrophobic to wear. A clip-in draft excluder (included) works perfectly and the massive aperture...

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  • 18 May 2010

Helmet review: Arai RX-7 GP

Arai RX-7 GP. %XA3649.99Time used: Three years What%X92s good: This is my everyday lid %X96 the classic white with a black visor combo. I save my Rich Art painted Arai for road testing duties, but this is what I use the rest of the time for commuting, long bike trips and so far, three 3000-mile European holidays. The quality of the shell,...

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  • 30 April 2012

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