The Icon Airmada helmet is available in a wide array of different graphics and solids and we think it is about time Icon released a new model jam-packed with upgrades.
We all know helmet fit is important and the Airmada has so many options that give riders a better, more personalized fit. Icon gave the Airmada a new low profile shell that comes in four separate sizes made out of polycarbonate. The dual density EPS liner is an oval shape and comes in five additional sizes. Getting plenty of ventilation in this helmet will not be a problem. The SuperVent system has been improved with exhaust ports across the helmet.
To sum up this awesome new helmet: the Icon Airmada is bringing rider comfort to a whole new level!
After Sidi released a photo of Andrea Dovizioso holding the Sidi Vortice hi-viz yellow/black boots they received so much positive feedback that they decided to release them in the US. There is no doubt that hi-viz motorcycle gear is growing in popularity, so it only makes sense to make the Sidi Vortice boots in the hi-viz yellow/black color combination available to everyone.
Who’s Andrea Dovizioso? Let me give you a brief history of his career. Dovizioso debuted in the 125 class race in 2001, then went on to seize the 125cc World Championship Title in 2004. Ever since Dovizioso has proved himself as a top racer. After a long career with Honda he is now teaming up with Yamaha in hopes of a new adventure, all while wearing Sidi boots.
Here is what Andrea Dovizioso had to say about the new Sidi Vortice boots, “I know about the quality and technical value of Sidi boots, and now I’m happy to get the chance to wear them in competition. My first impression is really good, because right away Vortice comes off as a high performance boot that nonetheless doesn’t sacrifice solutions studied to insure safety to the rider’s feet. The first tests of the season in Sepang will be important to fine tune the bike, but also to put some touches on my new Vortice boots. Boots are fundamental to a rider because they are a unifying fulcrum between man and motorcycle.”
Sidi Vortice Boots give riders the best protection money can buy and offers the patented Tecno VR adjustable calf system that can only be found in one other boot, the Sidi Vertigo. An adjustable Tecno Knob allows riders to evenly close and wrap the internal mono-filament line around the calf for a perfect fit. The shifter pad ensures that the plastic qualities will not change in high/low temperatures and provides a consistent feel due to the molded DuPont Techno-polymers.
Although the Vortice hi-viz yellow/black boots will not be available in the perforated air model, they do feature a closeable vent system on the toe and vents on the side of the foot. If you prefer the perforated air model then check out the Vortice Air boots available in black and white.
We believe the Sidi Vortice in hi-viz yellow/black will be the new ultimate sport-on road boots and will go fast. Make sure to check out the Vortice boots before they are gone and order yours today!
The brand newArai CT-Z helmet will be replacing the revolutionary XC-RAM adding to its long list of exceptional features. Expected to be released this fall, the CT-Z open face helmet is Snell rated with a simple organic shell shape.
Featuring the latest Facial Contour System, the CT-Z improves overall comfort with minimal pressure on the head. The cheek pad design gives riders secure support and reduces sound with noise absorbing foam. Removable and replaceable liner helps achieve the best possible fit.
Superb ventilation extracts heat build up from inside the helmet. The Arai CT-Z features a fixed air-wing that reduces lift at high speeds. A vented neck roll takes airflow from around the neck to increase ventilation even more.
The Arai CT-Z helmet is perfect for those morning commuters. For those long rides heading into the sun, an adjustable peak offers protection from the bright sun. The new CT-Z will enhance your overall riding experience, so make sure to check it out! Available in four colors: Black Frost, Diamond Black, Diamond White and Aluminum Silver.
The new AGV GP-Tech Rossi Misano limited edition helmet features graphics that represent Valentino’s “WTF” attitude after his difficult 2011 season. The comic style graphics on this AGV helmet feature lightning bolts, skulls, accidents and two dogs on the back (can you guess what they are saying?).
The AGV Rossi helmet combines lightness, ventilation and comfort with an innovative aerodynamic design. Features include a super lightweight Carbon-Kevlar outer shell, removable and washable interior padding, front air inlets and rear extractors that provide efficient air-flow. Check out what else the new AGV GP-Tech Rossi helmet includes here.
Valentino Rossi has made it a tradition to wear a crazy graphic helmet at his home race in Misano, Italy. Without a doubt, this is a top of the line AGV helmet designed and developed with the support of Rossi himself. Get your hands on this limited edition Valentino Rossi helmet before it races off into the hands of someone else!
Icon has released three new Alliance graphics for this summer! Check out what we think below:
Icon Alliance Chieftain
The Icon Alliance Chieftain Helmet includes impressive features at an affordable price. This helmet includes key features for making any ride comfortable. Rear exhaust ports prevent heat build-up within the helmet and a removable breath deflector reduces shield fogging. The Alliance Chieftain has a fully removable and washable interior, which is always a bonus! Without a doubt, this Icon helmet will become a popular choice this summer and will keep riders cool.
Icon Alliance Nikova
The Icon Alliance Nikova Helmet has the sweetest graphic of the three in our book. Electric blue and edgy depictions make this Icon helmet a visual breakthrough.
Icon Alliance Cherry Pop
The Icon Alliance Cherry Pop helmet is just for the ladies. (Or for those who love electric pink!) The cherry blossom graphics on this helmet are amazing! Of course, the Alliance Cherry Pop includes all of the same impressive features as the other two helmets.
If you’re looking to shake up your look this summer, you can’t go wrong with an Icon Alliance helmet in a stunning new graphic!
Both Nolan and Shoei are known for making premium helmets and now they are releasing their version of what a modular/flip-up helmet should be. With the upcoming release of the HJC RP-Max this spring, it should be a great year for modular helmets. See our comparison of the Nolan N-104 and Shoei Neotec below!
Shoei has already released their Neotec modular helmet and they are going fast! The Neotec is available in 7 solid colors including: black, matte black, anthracite, white, light silver, wine and brilliant yellow. The Nolan N-104 is available in solids too but is also offered in 17 stunning colors!
Both helmets are chock full of amazing features but the choice is made easier by the difference in fit. According to webBikeWorld.com, “…the Neotec [has an] internal shape and fit (“neutral” to “slightly round”), while the N-104 is neutral to “slightly narrow”. Riders who have already established brand loyalty by fit should have an easy time choosing.
SHOEI NEOTEC FEATURES:
Flip-up chin bar & face shield
Stainless steel components within pivot locking system
3 Shell sizes
Internal sun shield (QSV-1)
New CNS-1 shield (wider and taller than the previous CX-1V shield)
Pinlock anti-fog shield & lens system included
Fully removable 3D interior liner
Interchangeable cheekpads to customize comfort & fit
Nolan helmets continue to improve with every model released. This March the new N-104 modular helmet will be released in solids and graphics. That’s right, the N-104 will be available in graphics which gives riders more options. Just to give you an idea of how amazing Nolan helmets are, all manufacturing and painting is done in house at their facility in Italy. The Nolan N-104 has also received praise for its enlarged eye port which gives the wearer an increased field of vision.
NOLAN N-104 FEATURES:
Injected polycarbonate GE Lexan shell
2 shell engineering allows Nolan to offer sizes from 2XS to 3XL
Dimensionally correct sizing allows ample cubic volume in chin/nose area
Ultra-wide eye port opening is the largest on any Nolan helmet for superior vision
So unique that faceshields are sized to fit the 2 shell sizes
Centromatic chin guard opening mechanism
Shield is changed by a simple push button mechanism
Pinlock shield included with each helmet
New VPS System
VPS lens is scratch and fog resistant
New AIRBOOSTER ventilation system
Removable, washable interior is anti-fungal and anti-microbial