2016

Arai RX-7 GP: "It kept me safe when I highsided"

Arai RX-7 GP: "It kept me safe when I highsided"

Time tested: 30,000 miles/five years What’s good: I have been wearing Arai helmets for 20 years. This RX-7 GP is now five years old and has been used for road-test work and racing. It has kept me safe...

Review: Bell Star, £399.99

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...

Review: Mashed Green Davida Jet Helmet £298.99

Review: Mashed Green Davida Jet Helmet £298.99

Time Tested: seven years/10,000 miles What’s Good: I don’t often wear an open-face lid, but each time I do I’m surprised by how comfortable and quiet they are. This Davida is so good that I...

Review: Schuberth SR2

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...

Review: Shark Spartan helmet

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...

RiDE Review: Shark Skwal

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,...

Suomy Halo review

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.

RiDE review: Nolan N87

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...

RiDE review: HJC FG-ST

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...

Caberg Drift helmet review (£209.99)

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...

Nexx XG100 Bolt helmet review (£199.99)

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...

Schuberth E1 helmet review (£599.99)

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...

Bell Qualifier DLX helmet review (£179.99)

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...

X-Lite X-802RR Ultra Carbon helmet review (£379.99)

X-Lite X-802RR Ultra Carbon helmet review (£379.99)

What’s good about the X-Lite X-802RR Ultra Carbon helmet? This is a great looking, beautifully built, lightweight, good value racing-specification crash helmet. It’s built from carbon-fibre and has...

RiDE review: AGV Compact

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...

RiDE review: X-Lite X-1003 Elegance

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...

Shoei J-O helmet review (RRP £299.99)

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...

RiDE review: Shoei Neotech

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...

Shark Speed-R Carbon Series 2 helmet review (£269.99)

Shark Speed-R Carbon Series 2 helmet review (£269.99)

What’s good about the Shark Speed-R Carbon Series 2? I love the look of this lid and it feels lovely and light (the carbon version weighs just 1370g). I like the internal sun visor and use it often. I...

RiDE review: Lazer Monaco Pure Carbon

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...

Product Review: Bell Bullitt Carbon RSD Mojo (£399.99)

Product Review: Bell Bullitt Carbon RSD Mojo (£399.99)

What’s good about the Bell Bullitt Carbon RSD Mojo? With styling based on the Bell Star 120 from the 1970s (as worn by Evel Knievel) the RSD Mojo Bullitt is a close reproduction of that model but...

Product Review: Arai MX-V motocross helmet (from £379)

Product Review: Arai MX-V motocross helmet (from £379)

What’s good about the Arai MX-V motocross helmet? While fit, weight, look and price are key when it comes to buying a new helmet, ultimately the most important single factor is its ability to protect...

Product Review: BMW GS Trophy helmet (£450)

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...

Product Review: Acerbis Bombshell helmet (£149.95)

Product Review: Acerbis Bombshell helmet (£149.95)

What’s good about the Acerbis Bombshell? This Acerbis lid has seen me through hundreds of miles and days of off-roading through Death Valley in Nevada, the hottest place on earth, countless adventure...

The three faces of Guy Martin

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...

Product Review: Shoei VFX-W (£319.99)

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...

Product Review: LS2 Arrow R (£219.99)

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...

Product Review: Shark Evo One helmet (£329.99)

Product Review: Shark Evo One helmet (£329.99)

What’s good about the Shark Evo One? This is a very cleverly designed flip-front helmet that lets the rider flip the front section over to the back of the helmet, so you get to choose whether it’s a...

Product Review: Arai CT Ram (£429.99)

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...

Product Review: Shoei Hornet ADV (£449)

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...

Product Review: Kabuto Aeroblade III helmet (£289.99)

Product Review: Kabuto Aeroblade III helmet (£289.99)

What’s good about the Kabuto Aeroblade III? The external build quality of this helmet is good, which fits with Japanese standards (Kabuto is a brand name of Japanese firm OGK). It’s light, well vented...

Product Review: Shark Skwal (£199.99)

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...

Product Review: Arai Chaser V (£380)

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...

RiDE review: Shoei Hornet ADV helmet

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...