2011

Shark Vision-R helmet

Shark Vision-R helmet

Shark Vision-R helmet, £239.99 Miles covered/time: Two months/2000 miles What’s good: Shark’s Vision-R is very hard to fault. It’s well built and exudes a premium feel, with a solid visor mechanism...

Lazer Monaco carbon-fibre flip-up helmet

Lazer Monaco carbon-fibre flip-up helmet

Lazer Monaco flip-up, £324.95 Miles covered/time: 800/two months What’s good: Made from carbon-fibre, this helmet feels incredibly light. Lazer claim 1350g, which makes it substantially lighter than...

Davida Jet

Davida Jet

Davida Jet helmet, £235 Miles covered/time: 9000/One year, eight months 
 What’s good? Since I started wearing this helmet my enjoyment of motorcycling has doubled. The essence of riding, for me, is...

Helmet review: Arai Chaser

Helmet review: Arai Chaser

Arai Chaser, £199 Miles covered/time: 7000/15 months What’s good: I never thought I’d be able to give my helmet a review beyond its comfort, quality and looks (all of which I liked a lot). Then I hit...

Flip-front helmets on the MCN Shop

Flip-front helmets on the MCN Shop

Wearing a flip-front lid gives you the flexibility to ride full-face when it suits and open-face for convenience (ideal at petrol stations, providing they don't make you take it off in the first...

Scorpion Exo-1000

Scorpion Exo-1000

Scorpion Exo-1000, £259.99 Miles covered/time: 600/two months What’s good: Surprisingly, the inflatable cheek pads inside the Scorpion EXO-1000 aren’t just a gimmick. The extra support they...

Best-selling helmets in the MCN shop

Best-selling helmets in the MCN shop

If you're looking for a hefty discount on a motorcycle helmet, get yourself along to the MCN Shop, at www.mcnshop.com. Here are our current top-five best-selling helmets. Arai RX7 GP,...

Shark Vision R

Shark Vision R

Shark Vision R, £299.99 Miles covered/time: 2300/four months What’s good: This new Shark Vision R is a marked improvement on my old Shark RSR2 Carbon, It’s so much more refined without losing any of...

Bell M5X Daytona

Bell M5X Daytona

Bell M5X Daytona helmet Miles covered/time: 1500/four months What’s good: If you’re over 40 years old the sight of a Bell Helmets logo will almost certainly spark a little interest. In the ’70s...

Arai Quantum

Arai Quantum

Arai Quantum, £399 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 15,000/one year What’s good: This Quantum lid replaced an older Arai Viper GT for one reason only; the Viper had basically worn out after...

Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica

Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica

Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica, £389 (other design from £299.99 at www.mcnshop.com) Miles covered: 50,000/five years What’s good: Comfort, fit and finish are all as you’d expect of a top-end Shoei –...

Suomy Vandal helmet

Suomy Vandal helmet

Suomy Vandal, £349.99 Time owned/miles covered: Two months/2500 miles What's good? Suomys are generally tighter fitting than other brand helmets of the same size, but it means they don’t get too loose...

Nexx XR1R Carbon helmet

Nexx XR1R Carbon helmet

Nexx XR1R Carbon helmet, £299.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good: This is the best road helmet I’ve worn. The visor is very tall and broad, giving you a fantastic view of the road,...

Shoei XR1000

Shoei XR1000

Shoei XR1000, £300 Miles covered/time: 6500/three years What’s good: Comfy, quiet and looks cool in black. This Shoei XR1000 has been my everyday lid for a few years now, it’s super easy to keep clean...

HelmetLok

HelmetLok

HelmetLok, £12.45 Time used: Six months What’s good: HelmetLok is a carabiner designed to attach your helmet to your handlebars. Open it up, slip it through your D-ring, click it shut and twizzle the...

Nuvo FX-1 Carbon

Nuvo FX-1 Carbon

Nuvo FX-1 Carbon helmet, £209.99 Miles covered/time: 600/three weeks What’s good: It’s an affordable, uni-composite carbon lid. That means it’s very light – 1300g – and its sleek, flickering...

Sub-£40 open-face helmets on the MCN shop

Sub-£40 open-face helmets on the MCN shop

Whether you ride a scooter, a cruiser, a café racer or a naked street bike, open-face helmets have their uses. But if you’re only going to wear one on the sunniest days of the year, you won’t want to...

HJC RPHA-10 helmet

HJC RPHA-10 helmet

HJC RPHA-10 helmet, £249.99 (£229.99 on MCN shop) Steve Farrell Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What's good: For me, the best thing is the fit. I’m sure I’m not alone in having an oval-shaped...

Arai SZ Ram Air III

Arai SZ Ram Air III

Arai SZ Ram Air lll, £324.99 (£299 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 3400/one year What's good: This type of motorcycle helmet is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I grew up with open face helmets and I...

Product review: Tucano Urbano throat collar

Product review: Tucano Urbano throat collar

Tucano Urbano throat collar, £29 Time owned: Two months What’s good: Balaclavas can be itchy and irritating and are insufferable if you get the sneezes. This alternative promises protection from the...

Helmet review: Brembo B-Jet

Helmet review: Brembo B-Jet

Brembo B-Jet helmet, 348 Euros (£295) Time owned/miles covered: Two months/470 miles What’s good: It looks like a spaceman’s helmet. The huge visor aperture provides excellent field of vision and the...

Helmet review: HJC IS-MULTI

Helmet review: HJC IS-MULTI

HJC IS-MULTI helmet, £169.99 Miles covered/time: 3000/three months What’s good? HJC claims this is “seven helmets in one”. It’s actually more like four in one (we don’t think adding the sun shield...