2010

MCN’s top 5 rated helmets

MCN’s top 5 rated helmets

At MCN we pride ourselves on rigorous road testing of a wide range of motorcycling products, and helmets are no exception.  Save £££ on motorcycle helmets in the MCN Shop Yes, certain lids...

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 Carbon

Shark RSR2 Carbon, £449.99 Miles covered: 20,000+/two years What’s good? I’ve worn these every time I’ve been on track over the last few years. Sadly, I fear I may have written it off during my...

Helmet review: Arai Viper GT

Helmet review: Arai Viper GT

Arai Viper GT helmet, from £239 on www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 40,000/three years What’s good? This is the lid I use every day but it’s about to be replaced because it has seen so many...

Kit review: Tucano Urbano helmet bag

Kit review: Tucano Urbano helmet bag

Tucano Urbano helmet bag, £24.90 Time owned: Four months What’s good? Tucano Urbano does a good line in innovative solutions to the every day impracticalities of motorcycling and this helmet bag is...

Helmet review: Shoei Qwest helmet

Helmet review: Shoei Qwest helmet

Shoei Qwest helmet, £339.99 Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What’s good? Ignoring the name – which sounds like it ought to belong to a low-graphics dungeons and dragons game for the Sinclair...

Helmet review: Arai RX-7 GP Spencer replica

Helmet review: Arai RX-7 GP Spencer replica

Arai RX-7 GP Spencer replica, £579.99 Miles covered/time: Three months/2000 miles What’s good? This was a treasured helmet. Freddie designed the original himself, and Arai’s latest homage adds only...

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 carbon

Helmet review: Shark RSR2 carbon

Shark RSR2 carbon, £449.99 Miles covered/time: 2800/11 months What’s good? I tend to wear this on a daily basis as my commuter helmet, it’s very smart looking with its carbon/kevlar finish on the...

Helmet review: AGV S4

Helmet review: AGV S4

AGV S4 Helmet, £129.99 Miles covered/time: 7000/nine months What’s good? Pretty much everything. It’s lightweight, well ventilated and the design is absolutely eye-grabbing. The lining is supportive,...

HJC IS-15

I can honestly say this is the worst helmet I have ever had. Within 3 months of buying this helmet the chin-bar vent broke and wouldn't close. It is incredibly noisy (ride without earplugs at your peril), the inner visor is far too lightly tinted to be properly useful. Most worryingly when you ride in heavy rain you get rain on the INSIDE of the visor - very dangerous in the dark when you get...

Arai Tour X3 review

I purchased an Arai Tour X3 last year to go with my Yamaha XT660Z Tenere. I was sligtly concerned about the wind catching the peak at high speeds, so I did my research and read many reviews before buying. All seemed to rate the lid high. Although the helmet is top quality and very comfy, I'm very dissapointed with it. It catches the wind and starts to shake my head at anything above...

Kit review: Arai Tour-X

Kit review: Arai Tour-X

Arai Tour-X, £354.99 (plain white) Miles covered/time: 1500/two months What's good? I've worn this when testing adventure bikes and supermotos and if you remove the visor you can wear it with goggles...

Kit review: AGV T2

Kit review: AGV T2

AGV T2, £269.99 (on www.mcnshop.com) Miles covered/time: 2000/two months What’s good? After trying several different makes of helmet to find the right fit for me I went for an AGV on the...

Kit review: Arai RX-7 GP Hiroshi Aoyama replica

Kit review: Arai RX-7 GP Hiroshi Aoyama replica

Arai RX-7 GP Hiroshi Aoyama replica, £589.99 Miles covered/time: 5000 miles/seven race weekends/one year What’s good? The fit. No matter what anyone says, some helmets will only suit some head shapes.

Goggle review: Aviator Retro Pilot T2

Goggle review: Aviator Retro Pilot T2

Aviator Retro Pilot T2 goggles, £95 (dark lenses extra £25) Miles covered/time: 900/two months   What’s good? They look fantastic, especially with the optional dark lenses fitted. Provided...

Helmet review: Davida Jet helmet

Helmet review: Davida Jet helmet

Davida Jet helmet, £235  Miles covered/time: 900/two months What’s good? Off-white is the new black. I have never seen, let alone owned, a helmet that looked quite this cool straight out of the...

Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

Helmet review: Shoei Hornet DS

Shoei Hornet DS, £370 Miles covered/time: 4000/two months What’s good? Finally I’ve found a helmet that doesn’t leave me with a painful pressure sore on my forehead. Save £££s on motorcycle...

Kit review - HJC HQ-1 Spies

Kit review - HJC HQ-1 Spies

HJC HQ-1 Spies £284.99 Miles covered/time: Two years/countless races What’s good? Crash protection with this HQ-1 has been proved – I lent it to my younger brother to use for racing, rather than the...

Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

AGV GP-Tech, £479.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/one year What’s good? The helmet that Rossi built is one of the most luxurious and lightest lids on the market and wearing it makes me feel like I’m...

Product review: Pinlock visor inserts

Product review: Pinlock visor inserts

Pinlock visor inserts, £18.99 Miles covered/time: 8000/two years What’s good: My Arai Viper GT suffered from terrible misting up in cold and wet conditions until I discovered these little beauties,...

BMW system 6 helmet

I bought the BMW system 6 helmet just over a week ago as I commute to work just over a 140 miles per day And due to "global warming" it hasn't stopped raining since buying this lid! Didn't start too well, bought it Saturday and took it back Monday because the visor was leaking top centre with an annoying drip like chinese torture. Anyway BMW dealer Coopers of Tunbridge Wells...

Product review: Shark Yellow Visor

Product review: Shark Yellow Visor

Shark Yellow Visor £49.99 Miles covered: 3000 What is good? I’ve seen loads of people wearing yellow visors, especially on the continent but thought they were more of a gimmick, but I was wrong. The...

Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

Helmet review: AGV GP-Tech

AGV GP-Tech helmet, £449.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/six months What’s good? Awesome styling. I love those black flashes on the side which look like extensions of the visor, especially when a black...

Prescription goggles

Prescription goggles

Not a helmet review but prescription goggles. As a spectacle wearer I find an open face helmet a pain - anything over 40mph and the wind comes rushing aroud my glasses giving me watery, blurred...

Helmet review: Box JX-2 open face

Helmet review: Box JX-2 open face

Box JX-2 open face helmet - £39.99 (in the MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 100 (off-road) /one month What’s good? It’s a retro looking helmet, but made to modern standards. So you can look the part and...

Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit II

Helmet review: Shoei X-Spirit II

Shoei X-Spirit II, £480 Miles covered/time: Five months/2500 miles What’s good? The new version of Shoei’s flagship model is thankfully just as comfortable as the previous model, and that the vents...

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 five-star SHARP-rated lids

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 five-star SHARP-rated lids

From the responses of 12,000 MCN readers, here are your top 10 helmets that also receive the highest SHARP safety rating possible. Save £££s on motorcycle helmets 1. Shark RSR2 Carbon, RRP from...

Helmet review: Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere

Helmet review: Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere

Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere helmet, £607 Miles covered/time: 1000/six months What's good: The Les Ateliers Ruby Belvedere helmet is without doubt, the most luxurious piece of motorcycling equipment...

Helmet review: Arai VX Pro

Helmet review: Arai VX Pro

Arai VX Pro Helmet (now replaced with the VX Pro 3 – prices from £349.99 in plain colours) Miles covered/time: 4000 off road/ over four years What’s good? Like most Arai helmets I have found this VX...