Helmets (Jan - Dec 2016)

  • Review: Bell Star, £399.99

    08 December 2016 by SImon Relph

    Review: Bell Star, £399.99

    Time tested: 6500 miles/six months What’s good? My very first helmet was a Bell RT, back in 1981 when I started riding on the road – and they have certainly come on since then. The Bell Star was...

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  • Review: Schuberth SR2

    30 November 2016 by Tim Thompson

    Review: Schuberth SR2

    What’s good? The new SR2 is a development of the excellent SR1, Schuberth’s most sporting helmet to date, so there’s plenty to get excited about. I wore an SR1 for three years and particularly liked...

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  • Review: Shark Spartan helmet

    09 November 2016 by Adam Child

    Review: Shark Spartan helmet

    Tester Adam Child Time tested Six months/5000miles What’s Good? I should have listened to MCN’s Consumer Editor years ago and opted for a specific touring helmet rather than wearing one of my race...

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  • RiDE Review: Shark Skwal

    13 October 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE Review: Shark Skwal

    The slightly square back of the Skwal doesn’t affect its stability, even at speed. It is a squeeze to get on, but it’s comfy with a pleasantly non-sweaty liner. The field of view is deep and wide,...

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  • Suomy Halo review

    12 October 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Suomy Halo review

    Time used: Five months/600 miles What’s good? I used to really like Suomy helmets and for as long as they were being brought into the UK they were my helmet of choice – they fitted my head perfectly.

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  • RiDE review: Nolan N87

    12 October 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Nolan N87

    The N87 is quiet at low speed but gets a little noisier above 100mph. The field of vision is good and the seam of the Pinlock never obstructs the view. The multi-adjustable sun visor, operated by a...

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  • RiDE review: HJC FG-ST

    11 October 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: HJC FG-ST

    The FG-ST feels like a high-spec lightweight lid, from the smart matt-finish paint to the smooth, non-itchy liner. The field of view is good and deep, so the seam of the Max-Vision Pinlock never gets...

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  • Caberg Drift helmet review (£209.99)

    10 October 2016 by Tony Hoare

    Caberg Drift helmet review (£209.99)

    What’s good about the Caberg Drift helmet? Caberg are normally associated with cheaper helmets with thermoplastic shells, but this is part of the Italian firm’s attempt to move upmarket. The Drift has...

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  • Nexx XG100 Bolt helmet review (£199.99)

    30 September 2016 by Ped Baker

    Nexx XG100 Bolt helmet review (£199.99)

    What’s good about the Nexx XG100 Bolt helmet? It’s certainly individual. In both looks and design the XG is like no other helmet I’ve used before. With studs for a sun peak and a clip-on visor the...

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  • Schuberth E1 helmet review (£599.99)

    26 September 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Schuberth E1 helmet review (£599.99)

    What’s good about the Schuberth E1 helmet? Schuberth’s new E1 helmet is based on their C3 Pro flipfront but with a different chinbar, a more off-road suitable liner and a removable peak. Subtle...

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  • Bell Qualifier DLX helmet review (£179.99)

    23 September 2016 by Tony Hoare

    Bell Qualifier DLX helmet review (£179.99)

    What’s good about the Bell Qualifier DLX helmet? The visor on this mid-priced Bell helmet is one of the finest innovations in my 15 years of reporting on motorcycling products. It’s by a company...

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  • RiDE review: AGV Compact

    24 August 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: AGV Compact

    A great lid at a great price, the Compact shows it’s a polycarbonate helmet only with its hefty weight. It has a decent field of view, and a two-position sun visor operated by a lever on the side. On...

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  • Shoei J-O helmet review (RRP £299.99)

    22 August 2016 by Alison Silcox

    Shoei J-O helmet review (RRP £299.99)

    What’s good about the Shoei J-O helmet? It only took a few miles to feel comfortable and when riding on a warm day it’s cool, literally, and I definitely feel the experience of riding. The visor is...

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  • RiDE review: X-Lite X-1003 Elegance

    22 August 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: X-Lite X-1003 Elegance

    The super-slick visor opens easily with a secure two-lever pinch system. It’s light and comfortable, with a plush liner, though the chinbar is close fitting. Vision is decent, with a variable-position...

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  • RiDE review: Shoei Neotech

    18 August 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Shoei Neotech

    Very well made, with decent vents, a plush interior and a glove-friendly flip mechanism. Vision is excellent. The sun visor is a good size and is steplessly adjustable. It’s not a light helmet, most...

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  • RiDE review: Lazer Monaco Pure Carbon

    15 August 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Lazer Monaco Pure Carbon

    This is super light for a flip-front lid – as light as most top-end full-face sports helmets. It’s made of carbonfibre, with large areas exposed beneath the lacquer to show the weave (including the...

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  • Product Review: BMW GS Trophy helmet (£450)

    01 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Product Review: BMW GS Trophy helmet (£450)

    What’s good about the BMW GS Trophy helmet? The GS helmet is at the top end of the adventure helmet market and has a quality feel as well as the versatility to work well in both on or off-road...

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  • The three faces of Guy Martin

    20 May 2016 by Tony Hoare

    The three faces of Guy Martin

    AGV K3-SV Guy Martin £189.99 The most affordable Guy Martin replica is based on the blue and pink design he slid over his bushy bonce when he rode the revered Britten V-twin race bike. Martin, who...

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  • Product Review: Shoei VFX-W (£319.99)

    13 May 2016 by Tim Thompson

    Product Review: Shoei VFX-W (£319.99)

    What’s good about the Shoei VFX-W? This beautifully made, top-of-the-range Shoei is targeted at off road riders who know what they’re doing but it works for me too. It’s incredibly light (1270g in a...

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  • Product Review: LS2 Arrow R (£219.99)

    22 April 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Product Review: LS2 Arrow R (£219.99)

    What’s good about the LS2 Arrow R helmet? I threw this helmet straight in at the deep end with a 2500-mile trip over five days and, after it exerted a little pressure early on in the ride, it bedded...

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  • Product Review: Arai CT Ram (£429.99)

    24 March 2016 by Simon Relph

    Product Review: Arai CT Ram (£429.99)

    What’s good about the Arai CT Ram? I got the Arai CT Ram to replace my old and tired SZ Ram lll. The CT Ram has moved on from the SZ in every way - visually it is very different with the enlarged...

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  • Product Review: Shoei Hornet ADV (£449)

    08 February 2016 by Michael Guy

    Product Review: Shoei Hornet ADV (£449)

    What’s good about the Shoei Hornet ADV? I may have only used this helmet for a one week, but it was an intense seven days that included the recent launch of the long-awaited Honda Africa Twin. Before...

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  • Product Review: Shark Skwal (£199.99)

    18 January 2016 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: Shark Skwal (£199.99)

    What’s good about the Shark Skwal? I’ve had various Shark lids going back to 1996 when my brother bought me a Foggy replica as a wedding present, and as with all my other Sharks this one fitted...

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  • Product Review: Arai Chaser V (£380)

    04 January 2016 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: Arai Chaser V (£380)

    What’s good about the Arai Chaser V? Every helmet manufacturer has their own way of doing things, and as a result I’ve never naturally gelled with Arais. The shape of the shell and the clunky visor...

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  • RiDE review: Shoei Hornet ADV helmet

    01 January 2016 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Shoei Hornet ADV helmet

    The Hornet ADV replaces the popular Hornet DS. It is instantly comfortable, with a plush interior and Shoei’s quick-release cheek pads for safe helmet removal in an accident. The visor and all the...

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