2009

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 track-ready helmets

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 track-ready helmets

Want a helmet that’ll supply the requisite venting, safety and looks for serious track use? Here, from the results of 12,000 MCN readers, are the top 10 track-ready helmets. 1. Shoei X-Spirit,...

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

Shark RSR2 Carbon Helmet, £439.99 (£291.99 in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good? I crashed and I’m not any more stupid than I was before. I’m not any uglier either. Win. As...

Kit review: Scorpion Exo 1000

Kit review: Scorpion Exo 1000

Scorpion Exo 1000, £265 (plain black is £259) Tester: Laura Kennerley Miles covered/time: 1500 miles/one month What's good? The everclear anti-fog visor didn't steam up once, not even in the most...

Shoei X-Spirit II: first impressions

Shoei X-Spirit II: first impressions

I've been riding in the successor to Shoei's legendary X-Spirit for a few months now. Save cash on motorcycle helmets The last 1000 miles have taught me that it's just as comfortable as the previous...

Shoei Raid II review

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...

Helmet review: X-Lite X802

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...

Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit

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...

Shoei Multitec helmet review

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...

Helmet review: Arai Chaser

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...

Helmet review: Shoei XR-1000 Camino TC6

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...

Helmet review: Bell R/T

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...

The top 10 best selling helmets in the MCN Shop

The top 10 best selling helmets in the MCN Shop

MCN’s online shop currently has a staggering 42,000+ motorcycling products for sale, many at prices vastly below the recommended retail price. Bringing together loads of respected names in bike kit...

Kit review: Ferrari Rosso helmet

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...

kit review: Schuberth C3 flip-front helmet

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...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 most comfortable helmets

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 most comfortable helmets

More than 12,000 of you have given us your opinions on the kit you use and the bikes you ride in the MCN Biking Britain survey.  Take the survey here This week, we’re focusing on how...

Kit review: Ventureshield

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...

Review: Arai Astro R

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...

Helmet review: AGV T-2

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...

Helmet review: Schuberth S1 Pro

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...

Helmet review: Arai Condor

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...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 quietest helmets

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top 10 quietest helmets

More than 12,000 of you have given us your opinions on the kit you use and the bikes you ride. This week, we’re focusing on how quiet your helmets are. Click here to change motorcycling...

Helmet review: Arai SZ/F

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.

Review: Solvent-based visor cleaners

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...

Helmet review: AGV GP Tech

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...

Helmet review: Bell M5X

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...

Helmet review: Shark RSR2

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...

Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

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...

Review: Arai RX-7 Corsair

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...

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top ten Flip-front helmets under £300

MCN Biking Britain survey: Top ten Flip-front helmets under £300

Almost 12,000 readers have completed MCN’s Biking Britain survey, since it started in April. Here are your findings on the top ten flip-front helmets. Complete the survey here Compare and buy...

Helmet review: Arai Atro-R

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...

Helmet review: RX-7 Corsair

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.

Helmet review: Arai GP-5x

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...

Top 10 coolest helmet paint jobs

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...

Helmet review: Arai Tour X

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...

Top 10 flip-front helmets

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...

Helmet review: AGV K-series

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...