With so many exciting motorcycle helmets hitting the market, and so much new gear, we weren’t’ sure where to start! So we will fill you in one post at a time to bring you up to speed on all the amazing new stuff from Arai helmets, Scorpion, Icon, HJC and more!
First things first. Arai helmets released a new model: The Arai Defiant. This is big news!
Designed for urban riders who want a more aggressive style, the Arai Defiant has been called the “ultimate street helmet” by Arai. It has an Intermediate Oval shell shape and traditional Arai quality. However, the Defiant also has a unique feature – a front air dam to minimize buffeting and wind noise.
Another great feature is the hydrophobic neck roll and cheek pad bottoms. They will not absorb water, even in a full on down pour. The Dry-Max material will stay just that- dry to the max! It will not soak up water and add weight to the helmet. Very cool.
With 5 solid colors and 6 graphics to choose from, you can see that style was considered in the creation of the helmet.But it wasn’t the priority. The Arai Defiant is an Arai through and through. And with a price point close to the Signet-Q, you can believe it!
The Defiant will range from $619.95-$759-95. Get ready for high functioning coolness!
We think you’ll love our newest line- AXO motorcycle boots! Amazing quality and versatile application. Check out our full selection of boots for all the styles. Here is a highlight of some waterproof motorcycle boots to get you through the season.
The AXO Freedom Adventure Waterproof Boots are great for all terrain riding. You’ll want these boots with you on your next adventure. At $300.00, they are a great addition to your boot collection.
It’s the perfect time to try out some new Motorcycle Rain Gear! It’s the time of year when the weather is slowly warming up but the rain has us dreaming of better days. We have a great new addition to our rain gear line up that might help!
“Our Santa Cruz design/engineering team spent countless hours studying the market and potential Bluetooth partners before developing this new design that provides an unmatched riding experience in both terms of both sound and comfort” said Chris Sackett, Business Unit Director for Bell Powersports.
“Unlike many communication systems, there is no cutting, drilling or tearing apart of your helmet, and riders who already have the Sena SMH10 can simply transfer it to the Mag-9 Sena.”
The Mag 9 Sena is an open face design and offers a convenient drop-down sunshield. The liner is removable and washable and the cheek pads are contour style for an excellent fit.
This gorgeous lid is offered in several classic colors as well as a “rally” graphic.
For touring riders, this helmet will reinvent your ride with it convenience and awesome Bluetooth capabilities. With superior comfort, great volume and sound quality, the Mag-9 Sena helmet offers it all!
Shoei has once again “wowed” us with their new Shoei GT-Air helmet. The Shoei GT-Air helmet includes several features that enable riders to adapt to ever-changing conditions.
A built in sun shield is distortion-free and blocks 99% of UV rays. The Shoei GT-Air’s pinlock system offers the most effective anti-fog protection. Additionally, the CNS-1 shield has a wind and waterproof seal.
The Shoei GT-Air helmet improves cool-air intake and eliminates hot-air with its ventilation system. Three upper vents improve air intake while exhaust outlet vents reduce pressure suction.
Shoei will also be releasing another impressive model in their 2013 helmet line-up, the Shoei J-Cruise. Many have mentioned this is not your average open face motorcycle helmet and we agree! Shoei packed the J-Cruise helmet with several innovative features that keep riders safe and increase overall rider comfort. The Shoei J-Cruise helmet reduces road noise and wind turbulence with an advanced shell, shield aerodynamics, as well as liner components.
The J-Cruise helmet includes an internal sun shield for instant relief from bright sunlight. Like the internal sun shield, the CJ-2 shield protects against 99% of UV rays. A distortion-free CJ-2 shield provides a wider and taller field of vision.
Solve your sweaty hair problem with the Shoei J-Cruise motorcycle helmet. The J-Cruise’s EPS liner allows cool air to flow through tunnels created in the material for increased ventilation performance. Shoei’s exclusive Max-Dry liner material prevents heat buildup around the head by absorbing sweat and dissipating moisture quickly.
Shoei strikes the balance between airflow and silence with their new GT-Air and J-Cruise Helmets.
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!
The Arai Signet-Q was designed for the long oval head shape. You will find that the new Arai helmets have the SAI face shield which adds a wider eyeport to the tune of 5 millimeters per side of peripheral vision. Arai has grappled with the problem of fogged up face shields and has designed, in conjunction with the Dutch Pinlock firm, the Arai-Pinlock fog-free face shield which is standard on the Signet-Q.
The Arai Signet-Q is designed for an upright or 3/4 upright riding position and the fully adjustable chimney and rear vents work perfectly in that position. The Signet-Q helmet is loaded with all sorts of clever vents not the least of which is the brow vent system that is fully adjustable and is designed to channel air onto the temporal arteries for efficient cooling. Up in the front of the Signet-Q you will find Arai’s universally thoughtful touches: there is the three position chin vent and the retractable chin spoiler both of which can be easily manipulated with a gloved hand.
Lastly, the Arai Signet-Q is extraordinarily quiet and that comes down to the removable, washable, moisture wicking cheek pads. Again you see the countless hours of designing that have gone into a Signet-Q cheek pad set that is adjustable to fit your face type and will fit your head snugly yet comfortably enough to keep the helmet in place and substantially reduce wind whistling.
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