Arai Corsair V Graphic Release: Nicky GP Camo

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Arai will be releasing a new limited edition graphic for the Corsair V helmet this January!  We are stoked about the new Nicky GP design.  The camo finish appears to be in the shape of a helmet with a facial depiction, just add a dark smoke shield and you will be indistinguishable from other riders.  Bullets, peace signs, and the words “Born to Ride” cover the rest of the helmet making this one unique looking lid!

Arai Corsair V Nicky GP - Camo

Arai Corsair V Nicky GP - CamoThe Arai Corsair V is one of the most popular motorcycle helmets due to it’s intermediate oval shape.  Giving the rider an optimum fit and maximum comfort.  Aerodynamics on this helmet are unbeatable with no annoying sounds or pulls.  With out a doubt the Corsair V is one of our favorite helmets and we are sure you will love it just as much as we do!

Only a few will be available for a limited time so snatch one up before they vanish: http://bit.ly/1eVZ2uO

 

New Shoei RF-1200 Released Today!

With a thinned down design, a lighter and more compact shell and amazingly increased performance, the new Shoei RF-1200 may sounds like an iPhone 5. But this helmet’s technology is more than smart, it’s a completely brilliant redesign. The Shoei RF-1200 carries with it all the knowledge Shoei has built up over the years.

Shoei is calling the RF-1200 the “next generation of technology.” The first update to the model since 2009, Shoei has completely redesigned the RF 1200 with a focus on aerodynamics, shell structure and the EPS liner.

The shell has a completely new shape and size that is lighter than the RF-1100 (3.46lbs for the RF-1200 compared to the RF-1100 at 3.54lbs.) This makes the RF-1200 Shoei’s lightest full face helmet with Snell approval. (The GT-Air is lighter and includes an internal sunshield, but is not Snell certified.)

The shell has a more compact, aggressive, streamlined design. The unique contoured lines along the bottom of the shell are not just elegant, they’re functional. The Shoei RF-1200 is designed to accommodate an Alpinestars neck brace.

The shell itself is a Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ shell that is hand laid with six layers of organic fibers, making it incredibly tough and light.

The Dual layer EPS has varying density in the foam in key areas and work in conjunction with 14 total vent points. The Shoei RF-1200 will be quieter than its predecessor and will vent better. (Get ready for a new level of riding comfort!)

There will be four shell sizes and all the cheek pads will be interchangeable. This will make it possible to get the ultimate custom fit in the RF1200. The liner is completely removable and washable, of course, and has a new, improved 3D Max liner that will wick moisture twice as fast. (Get ready to ride dry!)

The Shoei RF 1200 will have a new improved base plate system called the QR-E that will allow you to change the shield faster than ever before. The spring mechanism is stronger and the detents are no longer on the shield, they are now part of the base plate system. The new 5 stage dial rotates so you can get the proper seal and  better fit on the gasket.

The RF-1200 comes with a Max Vision Pinlock Anti-Fog shield that boasts zero distortion! The shield technology on the CRW-1 shield (unique to the RF-1200) was first seen on the Neotec and then the GT-Air. The tab on the left makes for easy one-handed operation. This simpler, more stream-lined locking shield system has “ribs” on the top and bottom edge to make the shield strong and resistant to bending from pressure.

With so many improvements to what has already been a strong seller for Shoei, the RF-1200 is truly a revolution in helmet technology. We think you’ll be more impressed than you were with your friend’s iPhone 5. And no phone, no matter how smart, can help you experience the freedom of the open road like a revolutionary new lid. So hang up and hit the road in the new Shoei RF-1200!

The Merits of Going Topless …

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I’m a believer in voluntary helmet use – I live in New York State where the law demands helmet usage but I believe that adult riders are capable of deciding for themselves.  While I often times don’t wear a helmet outside of NY (because I do love the wind in my face and through my hair), I strongly suggest that you determine how much risk you are willing to accept, because regardless of what type of accident you may become involved in (hopefully none), your chances of survival are increased by helmet usage.

During a recent trip, I passed through 14 states that don’t require motorcycle helmets.  Some mandate them for the passenger.  At times, I wore my helmet and chose not to wear it at other times.  Why?  Well, for me, helmet usage is determined by how I will be riding that day.  For instance, whenever I’m on the highway for extended periods of time, I wear a helmet.  I do it more for comfort than safety, but I also believe that wearing it increases my chances for survival in an accident.  While it may look “cool” to cruise down the interstate at 75 mph with your hair blowing in the breeze, what’s not cool is the wind blasting your face for extended periods.  This causes your eyes to water (even with a windshield and/or sunglasses) and after a while, they dry out and get itchy, which in turn is very distracting.  You dehydrate more quickly because wind is blasting your eyes as well as your nasal and oral passages.  Another consideration is the noise level, even with earplugs.  When you wear a helmet, it is much quieter and the chance for long-term hearing loss is reduced. Wind noise is also just plain annoying after many hours on the road.

Although I have several helmets, I knew that the 6,000 mile trip I was planning would need a special one.  I wanted something that would fit perfectly, give me a great view of my surroundings (eliminating a full face or modular helmet), had a built-in sun visor so I wouldn’t need to fool with sunglasses and regular glasses, give me excellent hearing protection (meaning a thicker internal padding system) and protect me from wind buffeting.   After a lot of research, I decided on the new Shoei J Cruise because it has everything I wanted and more.

It’s an open face helmet that has an optically correct face shield, giving me a full picture of my surroundings (unlike a full face or modular helmet) while still protecting my face, eyes and ears from wind and other elements.  For those of you who get a little claustrophobic inside a full face or modular helmet, this wide face shield really opens things up.  Another great feature is the retractable, optically correct sunscreen, allowing use of prescription glasses while offering full protection from glare.  The Shoei sunscreen is special because it doesn’t smack into my glasses when I lower it like most full helmets with this feature.  Shoei designed the shell around it … they didn’t just add a sunscreen to an existing shell.  Thick padding provides excellent protection and the best noise reduction of any helmet I have owned.  It has outstanding ventilation even on the hottest days (I wore it on a 104 degree day in Oklahoma).

Whether you are a fan of helmets or not, there are times when it makes very good sense to wear one.  Whatever brand you choose, make sure it offers everything you’re looking for, regardless of price.

BigGuy82

New for Spring 2013 Part 1 – The Arai Defiant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

The all New Shoei GT-Air and J-Cruise Helmets!


 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.

Introducing the Brand New Icon Airmada Helmet!

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.

Icon Airmada Stack Helmet - Hi-Viz Yellow

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!

Product Spotlight: AGV GP-Tech Rossi Helmet

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!

Nolan N-104 vs Shoei Neotec

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 Modular HelmetSHOEI NEOTEC FEATURES:

  • Flip-up chin bar & face shield
  • Noise-reduction design
  • Stainless steel components within pivot locking system
  • 3 Shell sizes
  • XS-XXL sizing
  • 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
  • Channeled dual-layer EPS liner enhances ventilation
  • Features EPS liner in chin bar
  • Breath guard and chin curtain included
  • D.O.T.

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 Modular HelmetNOLAN 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
  •     New Microlock2 retention system
  •     Factory ready for the new B4 N-com system
  •     Meets or exceeds D.O.T. standards

The Shoei Neotec: a new Helmet Contender

The new Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet is expected to be one of the most versatile flip-up helmets for 2012.  Modular helmets have skyrocketed in popularity as a broadening number of riders seek more versatility from their lids. Shoei took what made the Multitec a huge hit, made some improvements, and designed a new helmet contender.

When fully closed the Neotec resembles a full face helmet by bearing a chin bar for absorbing face impacts.  The chin bar can be pivoted upwards allowing riders to eat or drink without unfastening the chinstrap or taking off the helmet. If you are looking for a hybrid between a full face and an open face helmet for street use, this is the way to go!

Key features of the Neotec include:

  • Flip-up chin bar & face shield
  • Noise-reduction design
  • Stainless steel components within pivot locking system
  • 3 Shell sizes
  • XS-XXL sizing
  • 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
  • Channeled dual-layer EPS liner enhances ventilation
  • Features EPS liner in chin bar
  • Breath guard and chin curtain (included)

On top of all the impressive features listed above, the Neotec comes with plenty of new upgrades and refinements over its predecessor, the Multitec:


Shell
As expected from a Shoei helmet, the Neotec is lightweight but has an extremely durable outer shell.  Shoei used its own shell structure: the Advanced Integrated Matrix (A.I.M). A balanced combination of rigid and pliant layers gives the wearer noteworthy safety performance by using strong fiberglass layers with organic fibers.  The Neotec is also DOT certified so, it meets strict safety standards that is expected from motorcycle helmets.

Interior and Fit
The interior fit has been redesigned in the Shoei Neotec Helmet, which allows for fine adjustments and easy maintenance.   Different fabrics are used in the interior to maximize comfort and breath-ability.  With the help of polyurethane foam layers, wearers receive a snug fit while staying comfortable throughout their ride.  Also, removing the interior parts for cleaning is made easier with the removable top center pad.

Ventilation
Shoei’s Dual-Layer EPS Liner is designed for maximum airflow by pulling warm air up and out of the interior as well as dispersing air evenly throughout the helmet.  Vents in the Neotec can be controlled with a three-position shutter which allows the rider to make easy adjustments, even with gloves on!

Conclusion
The Neotec Modular Helmet is perfect in every detail, as it ushers in the future of helmet technology with the type of quality that only Shoei is known for.

Want to know even more about the Neotec?  Check out the Neotec video from Shoei which provides even more feature details!

Scorpion Helmet Lineup: Fall 2011!

A high-quality name brand helmet makes a huge difference in terms of riding protection and style.  And we all know you will be judged by other bikers on your choice of helmet!

Let me ask you this, do you view your motorcycle helmet as an outlet to express yourself?

Scorpion street helmets are the most sought after designs and graphics out there.  You know how it feels to live and breathe motorcycles and so does Scorpion.  So, they know what riders want and need in a motorcycle helmet.  If you’re looking for a high-quality but affordable helmet, then check out these new Scorpion motorcycle helmets below.

Scorpion added new graphics to the EXO-900 Transformer Helmet.  If you steered away from Scorpion helmets because of their over-the-top flashy graphics, then the EXO-900 might make you reconsider.  The new Furtive graphic is not overly done which gives the EXO-900 helmet a uniqueness that sets it apart from other EXO series.  Show off your “inner biker” with the new Scorpion EXO-900 graphic helmet that conveys the hidden motives of a street rider.

EXO-900 Furtive Black

EXO-900 Furtive Black

On top of looking slick, the new Scorpion EXO-900 is a transforming helmet.  With some simple steps, you can transform your EXO-900 helmet to either a full face, flip front modular, or ¾ helmet. This makes the EXO-900 transformer helmet the king of versatility!

Features:

  • Full face helmet, a flip front modular and a 3/4 helmet all in one helmet
  • Quickly convert you EXO-900 from a full face helmet to an open face 3/4 helmet and peek sun visor is included
  • EverClear no fog faceshield and retractable Speed View sun visor
  • Optically correct, clear shield with state of the art fog free technology
  • Anti scratch, hardened coating, internal sun visor changes position with the simple flip of a switch.
  • Both faceshield and speedview sun visor feature tool less removal and installation for cleaning or replacement
  • KwikWick moisture wicking, breathable helmet liner and cheek pad
  • AirFit helmet pump air inflation system for a custom fit.
  • Cheek pad and neck roll adjustment system for improved fit and wind noise reduction
  • DOT and ECE certified

The Scorpion EXO-900 Motorcycle Helmets are available for pre-order onlyuntil late October.

Scorpion added a new helmet model for fall 2011, the EXO-1100 solid and graphic helmet.  The Scorpion EXO-1100 helmet is available in four outrageous graphic schemes: Kranium, Street Demon, Freedom, and Preciosa.  It’s fierce look speaks to the inner speed demon in us all!  If you’re a fan of loud graphic designs, then the Scorpion EXO-1100 motorcycle helmet is right for you.

EXO-1100 Street Demon

EXO-1100 Street Demon

Nothing beats the classic look of a solid color motorcycle helmet.  The Scorpion EXO-1100 is also available in solid colors: black, matte black, and hyper silver.  Life’s pleasures often lie in the simplest things.  So, keep it simple with the Scorpion EXO-1100 solid helmet.

EXO-1100 Matte Black

EXO-1100 Matte Black

Now, let’s get to the upgrades found on the new Scorpion EXO-1100 graphic and solid helmets. With an updated shell and ventilation system, the EXO-1100 improves airflow and stability for the upright or 3/4 riding position. The new KwikWick II system disperses sweat throughout the liner, letting the flow through ventilation do its job. These new upgrades will give you ideal comfort, aerodynamics, protection, and ventilation in all touring scenarios.

Features:

  • Fiberglass/Kevlar Matrix Shell: Quiet, aero-tuned design for wind-tunnel tested comfort. EPS-lined chin bar for additional protection.
  • AirFit permits a rider to personalize helmet fit through air adjustable cheek pads.
  • SpeedView an internal retractable light smoke sun visor that eases eye strain instantly in varying light conditions without changing face shields, plus an EverClear coating on both sides for a fog free ride.
  • SpeedShift quick-change shield system (patent pending): Easy, secure tool-less faceshield changes in ten seconds or less.
  • EverClear no-fog faceshield: Optically-correct shield with state-of-the art fog-free technology and anti-scratch hardened coating.
  • KwikWickII moisture-wicking helmet liner and cheek pads: Breathable, easily removable and washable.
  • Ventilation system: Adjustable, indexed front and rear vents with aero-tuned rear spoiler reduce lift, create vacuum and maximize airflow through helmet.
  • Breath-deflector: Enhanced fog-free performance.
  • ECE 22.05/DOT Certified rather than the DOT/Snell rating had by the EXO-1000.
  • ECE 22.05 provides an extreme degree of protection and is a fully track-legal safety standard in the States.

The EXO-1100 solid helmets are available now and the EXO-1100 graphic helmets are available for pre-oder only until October 5th!

Last but not least, the Scorpion VX-34 helmet is new for the off-road crew.  Due to the nature of riding off road, it is not a question of if a rider will crash, but when.  Factor in some mud, rocks, foot pegs, trees and other bikes and there are plenty of ways to get injured.

There aren’t many things to wear when riding a dirt bike that make you look “cool” other than maybe a flashy jersey with a lot of patches.  So, choose a stylish Scorpion VX-34 graphic helmet that will keep you safe on the track! With plenty of graphic and solid options, you should have no problem finding a Scorpion VX-34 helmet that suits you.

VX-34 Scream Red

VX-34 Scream Red

VX-34 Gloss Black

VX-34 Gloss Black

Scorpion VX-34 off-road helmets have been redesigned with loads of upgrades with an aggressive style.  An entirely revamped polycarbonate shell design makes the VX-34 substantially lighter.  The AirFit technology from Scorpion’s Street Helmets was used to give the rider that custom fit not found in other helmet brands.  Aggressive angles contribute to the shell’s Aero-Tuned ventilation allowing maximum airflow.  If you are serious about staying safe out on the track or trail, get a Scorpion VX-34 Helmet!

Features:

  • VX34 Hemet Succeeds VX-24
  • Premium Polycarbonate shell
  • Impact absorbing EPS
  • Cooling ventilation system
  • Tooless changeable Mouthvent with washable sponge filter
  • Replaceable and washable KwickWick2 Liner set (including crown piece and cheek pads
  • Removable and washable Mudguard protecting from injury
  • Air inflatable cheek pad with AIR PUMP → AirFit
  • Aerotuned design
  • Certified DOT / ECE R22-05

The Scorpion VX-34 graphic and solid helmets are available now!

Wearing a helmet shows that motorcyclists are responsible people: we take ourselves and motorcycling seriously.  Whether you’re learning to ride, teaching others, or if you still have trouble with ‘whiskey throttle’ then these helmets will provide the protection you need!