Helmets

  • Shoei Raid II review

    27 November 2009 by dave davis

    I've owned my Shoei Raid II helmet now for a little over 2 years. I bought the helmet after reading the Ride magazine helmet review. It was the only independent review at the time and featured a varied range of helmets available to UK riders. The Raid II scored very highly in the impact and abrasion tests and earned a "Ride recommended triangle" as a best buy, if my memory serves me correct. In...

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  • Helmet review: X-Lite X802

    04 November 2009 by Rob Hull

    Helmet review: X-Lite X802

    X-Lite X802 Replica £449.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/four months What’s good? I decided to give X-Lite a chance again after owning an X801RR a couple of years ago. Save £££s on motorcycle helmets It...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit

    01 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit

    Shoei X-Spirit, £530 (from £299.99 on MCN shop) Tester: Marc Abbott Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/four months Browse helmets for sale in the MCN Shop What's good? The lining is plush as they come...

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  • Shoei Multitec helmet review

    22 October 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Shoei Multitec helmet review

    I swear by my Shoei Multitec flip-front lid (from £333 at www.mcnshop.com) which I use for my on board camera action. Those photographs you see in the paper that are taken over the rider's shoulder to...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Chaser

    17 October 2009 by Guy Procter

    Helmet review: Arai Chaser

    Arai Chaser from £249 on MCN shop Miles covered/time: 5,024/8 months What's good? It somehow actually fits my head (long on forehead, bulgy at the back... ooh, don't I sound attractive). I've put up...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei XR-1000 Camino TC6

    24 September 2009 by James Keen

    Helmet review: Shoei XR-1000 Camino TC6

    Product: Shoei XR-1000 Camino TC6, £373.95 (£336.15 in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 1000/2 months What's good? The Camino paint scheme,­ I love it. For me that's reason enough to buy this...

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  • Helmet review: Bell R/T

    18 September 2009 by Mark Holmes

    Helmet review: Bell R/T

    Product: Bell R/T helmet, £170 Miles covered/time: 850/four months What’s good? This lid’s classic styling compliments my ’75 Triumph Bonneville perfectly. Plush leather on the outer edge of the...

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  • Kit review: Ferrari Rosso helmet

    10 September 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Kit review: Ferrari Rosso helmet

    Product: Ferrari Rosso helmet, £179.99 (£161.99 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? If you’re prepared to accept the risk of having an exposed chin, open-face helmets make...

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  • kit review: Schuberth C3 flip-front helmet

    26 August 2009 by Andy Downes

    kit review: Schuberth C3 flip-front helmet

    Product: Schuberth C3 flip-front helmet, £404.99 on MCN shop Tester: Andy Downes Miles covered/time: 8000/six months What’s good? I’d never used a flip-up lid before this Schuberth but opted to wear...

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  • Kit review: Ventureshield

    19 August 2009 by Marc Potter

    Kit review: Ventureshield

    Ventureshield £4.99 Tester: Marc Potter Miles covered/time: 4000/one year What’s good? The self-adhesive coating protects your lid from stone chips and keeps your helmet looking like new. The idea...

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  • Review: Arai Astro R

    12 August 2009 by Rupert Paul

    Review: Arai Astro R

    Arai Astro R, £330 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 20,000/2 years What’s good? It’s an Arai. I’ve had them since 1987 and I can’t stop now. They are nice to wear; exceedingly beautiful to...

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  • Helmet review: AGV T-2

    06 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Helmet review: AGV T-2

    What’s good? It’s hands down one of the best looking lids you can buy off the shelf. It’s had a bit of a slating from die-hard fans that it’s not a true Sheene replica, but it is – it’s just been...

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  • Helmet review: Schuberth S1 Pro

    30 July 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Helmet review: Schuberth S1 Pro

    What’s good? It’s amazingly quiet, almost spookily so, it’s like upgrading your head to first class. Sun visor flicks up or down in a second. This means you continue to ride if the light changes when...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Condor

    27 July 2009 by James Keen

    Helmet review: Arai Condor

    What’s good? It’s the plushest lid I’ve ever used. I’ve worn others since and compared to the Arai they feel heavy, poorly made and uncomfortable. This lid is actually second-hand – it used to belong...

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  • Helmet review: Arai SZ/F

    17 July 2009 by Simon Relph

    Helmet review: Arai SZ/F

    What’s good? A majority of my riding was commuting 24 miles in and out of London, riding either a Honda Dominator or a BMW R100R. I would make this journey throughout the year, rain or shine.

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  • Review: Solvent-based visor cleaners

    10 July 2009 by Ped Baker

    Review: Solvent-based visor cleaners

    What's bad? They're a waste of the world's resources and completely pointless. The only thing you need to clean a visor is water, kitchen towel and five minutes. If your visor is caked in insect...

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  • Helmet review: AGV GP Tech

    03 July 2009 by Rob Hull

    Helmet review: AGV GP Tech

    Product name: AGV GP Tech, £399.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/one year Contact: www.moto-direct.co.uk What’s good? Best thing about it: It’s a really close fitting lid, but not uncomfortably so, and as...

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  • Helmet review: Bell M5X

    03 July 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Helmet review: Bell M5X

    Product: Bell M5X, £324.99 Miles covered/time: 500/3 months Compare and buy a Bell M5X What’s good? Protection. This is the second M5X I’ve smacked my head in, and both times it has been a hard...

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  • Helmet review: Shark RSR2

    25 June 2009 by Liam Marsden

    Helmet review: Shark RSR2

    What’s good? This is one of the comfiest helmets I’ve ever worn. The lining took a week’s worth of riding to bed in, which I was impressed with. The thickness of the visors mean misting isn’t really a...

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  • Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

    25 June 2009 by Ped Baker

    Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

    What's good? Stylish Off-road look but with all the practical touches of a road lid. Vents on the brow and rear of the helmet give a good flow of air, the chin vent less so but I've yet to suffer...

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  • Review: Arai RX-7 Corsair

    19 June 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Review: Arai RX-7 Corsair

    Product Arai RX-7 Corsair £499.99 (plain white excluding paint job) Tester Michael Neeves Miles covered/time 10,000-plus/two years What’s good? Fit, quality, ventilation, looks and visor mechanism...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Atro-R

    10 June 2009 by John Westlake

    Helmet review: Arai Atro-R

    What’s good: For the first time in my 20-year journalistic career I’m writing a review of a lid without having to comment on its ability to absorb impacts. Hurrah for me. It’s as comfortable as the...

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  • Helmet review: RX-7 Corsair

    28 May 2009 by Andy Downes

    Helmet review: RX-7 Corsair

    Time owned: 14,000/18 months What’s good? The fact that my head is absolutely fine despite a 65mph highside on track which resulted in several hard impacts and a lot of sliding too. I loved this lid.

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  • Helmet review: Arai GP-5x

    18 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Helmet review: Arai GP-5x

    What’s good? The styling, the immense comfort, the sense of not looking like everyone else, and the fact that you look like you could make the transition from motorcyclist to American football just by...

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  • Top 10 coolest helmet paint jobs

    14 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Top 10 coolest helmet paint jobs

    MCN’s recent Helmet Buying Guide showcased some of the most protective and coolest looking lids on the planet. Here we’re concentrating on looks… Compare and buy motorcycle helmets   AGV...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Tour X

    11 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Helmet review: Arai Tour X

    Best thing about it: Versatility is the key – you can choose whether to have the full-on off-road look with goggles or fit a visor. Really quick and easy to adapt between the two. Compare and buy...

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  • Top 10 flip-front helmets

    06 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Top 10 flip-front helmets

    Flip-front helmets offer the looks of a full-face with the flexibility of an open-face. Need to open your visor to slip a cigarette in or pay for petrol? You’ll be wanting one of these… Compare and...

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  • Helmet review: AGV K-series

    01 May 2009 by James Keen

    Helmet review: AGV K-series

    What’s good: Cheap for a big-brand lid and available in a cool choice of paint schemes. The K-series got 3 stars in the SHARP tests, has a removable washable lining and a seat-belt style strap. For...

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  • MCN's top helmets of all time

    15 April 2009 by MCN

    MCN's top helmets of all time

    To accompany the MCN Helmet Guide, free with the April 15 issue of MCN, here MCN staff give the lowdown on the best helmets they’ve ever worn. Compare and buy motorcycle helmets in the MCN Shop The...

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  • New government helmet safety ratings

    14 April 2009 by Steve Farrell

    New government helmet safety ratings

    Safety ratings for 28 crash helmets have been unveiled by government testers. The helmets have been tested in the Department for Transport’s Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme (SHARP).

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