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!

 

Motorcycle Helmets on Sale: Weekly Specials

If you’re into bargains, here’s a good place to check every week: Our Weekly Specials page has all the best motorcycle helmets on sale! We put our top inventory items up as they go on sale to make sure you have access to the best prices. These items are brand new in box but at reduced prices as they move way to make room for the newest lids on the block. You can find awesome motorcycle helmets and jackets at much lower prices if you check in from time to time. Sign up for our newsletter too and be notified and these items drop in price! Here’s a sample of the offerings:

Shoei Qwest Helmet – Goddess TC-6

MSRP: $492.99

Your Price: $358.99

HJC RPS-10 Helmet – Ben Spies Monster

MSRP: $549.99

Your Price: $414.27

River Road Race Leather Jacket – Black

MSRP: $199.95

Your Price: $135.99

 

The new Bell Mag-9 Sena Bluetooth Helmet: Cutting edge technology at its finest!

ell Mag-9 SenaGet ready for the next big thing! The Bell Mag-9 Sena helmet was designed specifically to be used with the Sena SMH-10 Dual Bluetooth Headset, a device that won webbikeworld’s Best Product of 2010.

Sena Bluetooth Headset

“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.

Bell Mag-9 Sena Red

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!

 

 

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!

Arai Signet-Q Helmet

Arai Signet-Q Helmet:

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.

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!