Marc Marquez Madness

2014 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez receives Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award

Marc Marquez made history on March 23, 2014 when he beat nine-time world champion racing veteran Valentino Rossi at the MotoGP in Qatar. At twenty-one years old, Marquez is the youngest-ever champion to secure such a title. It doesn’t stop here though, at the 2014 Laureus World Sports Award ceremony in Malaysia, Marquez was also awarded the distinguished Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award. Marquez continues to make headlines in motorcycle road racing and our hearts.

Take a look at these SHOEI helmets made in his honor.

Shoei X-12 Motegi Marquez

Shoei RF-1200 Marquez

Shoei X-12 Montmelo Marquez

Shoei X-12 Helmet – Marquez 2

 

Wherever your head’s at, we’ve got it covered.

-Helmet City

The Merits of Going Topless …

BigGuy82

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

Stay Safe: Riding in The Wind

In all different weather conditions and climates, riding a motorcycle is a beautiful experience.  Windy riding conditions can be tricky and that’s why it’s important to pause to consider technique. It can be precarious on two wheels when gusts of wind begin to pick up.

Here are some suggestions for windy conditions:

1. Make sure to relax. Tensing up while being buffeted by the wind does you no favors.

2. Lean into the wind while understanding that the wind may die down suddenly.

3. Stay on the throttle during a strong gust.

4. Lean forward letting your arms do more of the work. This will improve your ability to react.

Remember that these are merely suggestions and it varies from rider to rider what works best. Let us know what works best for you from your experience.

And make sure you have the latest in motorcycle helmets too as reduced wind noise can help keep your focus. We recommend the new Shoei GT-Air helmet. Shoei created a nice aerodynamic shell shape on their latest creation and you will feel the benefit on the road. The GT-Air graphics are now back in stock so check out a Shoei GT-Air Wanderer or Shoei GT-Air Journey helmet today!

Ride safe and have fun,

Dave at Helmet City

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.

Shoei Qwest available today!

The wait is finally over! The brand new Shoei Qwest Snell M2010 full face motorcycle helmet is now available in several great solids and graphics! The Shoei Qwest features a brand new design and comes in several great styles for men and women.

Here’s a few of the great features you’ll be able to enjoy when you put on a new Shoei Qwest motorcycle helmet:

  • Several intake vents including an upper air vent which helps maximize air flow and performance as well as a lower vent which helps reduce shield fog while increasing helmet ventilation
  • Five different shell sizes! This helps ensure the comfort of a variety of head shapes and sizes.
Qwest Shell Sizes

Qwest Shell Sizes

  • Removable cheek pads (as well as replaceable)
  • An air spoiler which helps reduce drag while relieving pressure from the riders neck
  • Snell M2010 and DOT approved
  • and several other great features. >>Read More

The new Shoei Qwest graphics include the Airfoil, Ethereal, Goddess and the Neuron. The Shoei Qwest is also available in the following solid colors: Black, White, Anthracite, Light Silver, Matte Black and Matte Deep Grey. If you’re looking for a women specific helmet, try the new Qwest Goddess.

Shoei Qwest Airfoil TC-5

Shoei Qwest Airfoil TC-5

If you’re looking for Shoei’s latest and greatest you won’t be disappointed with the new Qwest full face helmet. Whether you’re a new rider or a Shoei exclusive rider, this helmet will live up to all you standards and then some! Try a new Shoei Qwest helmet in solids or graphics today!

Check out Shoei’s new RF-1100 and X-12 Graphics that were just recently released.

Shoei RF-1100 available in solids and graphics!

Shoei recently updated their inventory to now include the RF-1100 solids and graphics. The Shoei RF-1100 is the updated version of the highly rated and popular RF-1000. The Shoei RF-1100 includes new graphics as well as updated versions of the RF-1000.

Shoei RF-1100 Firestrike Helmet

Shoei RF-1100 Firestrike Helmet

The Shoei RF-1100 Firestrike is available in Red, Blue, Yellow and Black. All Shoei RF-1100 helmets include the following features:

  • Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and professional riders’ feedback
  • Dual Layer EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation
  • Five shell and six EPS liner sizes present increased fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes
  • A third generation Tail Fin, integrated into the bottom rear beading in combination with the Shell-Integrated Spoiler, allows smooth airflow that reduces drag and lift
  • Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior
  • Top outlet vent is separate from the Shell- Integrated Spoiler, allowing it to be positioned for optimum flow-through ventilation
  • Four rear outlet vents allow for adjustment of airflow based on riding position
  • Enlarged lower air intake/defroster vent reduces shield fogging and increases ventilation
  • The rear/neck outlets allow for effective air exhaust
  • Breath guard and chin curtain included
  • High performance fiber materials are combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra lightweight, rigid and resilient
  • The entire interior lining (cheek pads, crown liner and chin strap covers) is easily removed to allow cleaning
  • Each component of the inner liner is ergonomically designed to offer the ultimate in safety, fit and comfort
  • Eyeglass compatible interior
  • Neatly secures chin strap
  • Q.R.S.A. (Quick-Release Self-Adjusting) base plate allows for tool-less shield removal and installation. The springloaded base plate (U.S. patent pending 11/799935) pulls the shield back to contact the window beading evenly and ensures a proper seal
  • The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces
  • Optional, CWF-1 two-dimensional racing shields with tear-off posts are available
  • Scratch-resistant coating
  • 99.9% protection from harmful UV A & B rays
  • Optional, CW-1 Pinlock prepared shields are available to accommodate Pinlock Fog Free Inserts
  • A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent the shield from opening unexpectedly, as well as prop the shield open to increase airflow
  • Shoei RF-1100 Solid Helmet - Anthracite

    Shoei RF-1100 Solid Helmet - Anthracite

    The Shoei RF-1100 is available in several great solid colors: White, Black, Monza Red, Matte Black, Axis Yellow, Pure Orange, Light Silver, Wine Red, Black Metallic, Anthracite and Pearl Grey. The Shoei RF-1100 graphics available include Diabolic Revelation, Firestrike, Hadron, Monolith, Sever 2, Strife 2, Sylvan and Warlord.

    Check out a Shoei RF-1100 Full Face helmet today! For cutting edge technology with a reminiscent personality of the RF-1000. The Shoei RF-1100 helmets are the best top of the line helmets on the market. Shop at Helmet City today for the best selection of Shoei solid and graphic helmets.

    Ride in style with Shoei

    Shoei is one of Helmet City’s top selling brands. With one of the biggest names in the motorcycle industry it’s no surprise that these helmets are superior to many of their competitors. Some of your favorite Shoei models have just had price reductions and are going quickly. Don’t miss your chance to get a great deal on this years Shoei models!

    Shoei X-11 Graphic E-Boz TC-2

    Shoei X-11 Graphic E-Boz TC-2

    This particular graphic has seen the most drastic price decrease. The Shoei X-Eleven E-Boz TC-2 is available for only $449.99 while supplies last. The Shoei X-Eleven graphic features include:

    • Aerodynamic Shell Design
    • Hyper Dual-Liner II Ventilation System
    • Lightweight,Advanced Integrated Matrix (AIM)
    • Anti-Fog System
    • 3D Full Support Interior,Type 3
    • Standard Chin-Strap Clip
    • CX-1 V Shield and Lock System
    • Scratch-resistant coating
    • 100% protection from harmful UV A &B rays
    • A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent it from opening unexpectedly
    • Standards: DOT 218, Snell-M2000
    • Construction: AIM (Advanced Integrated Matrix) materials
    • Weight: 3.2 lbs /1450 grams (approx.)

    All other X-Eleven graphics have been reduced to $547.19! Don’t miss out on this great Shoei deal!

    The Shoei RF-1000 graphics have recently been reduced in price. Check out all our RF-1000 graphics or go to our selection of RF-1000 solids!

    Shoei RF-1000 Diabolic Zero TC-5

    Shoei RF-1000 Diabolic Zero TC-5

    The Shoei RF-1000 Diabolic Zero TC-5 has been reduced to $378.99 and is only available while supplies last. If you love this graphic don’t miss this great opportunity to get it for an incredibly low price!

    The Shoei RF-1000 graphic features include:

    • Aerodynamic Shell Design
    • Hyper Dual-Liner II Ventilation System
    • Lightweight,Advanced Integrated Matrix (AIM)
    • Anti-Fog System
    • 3D Full Support Interior,Type 3
    • Standard Chin-Strap Clip
    • CX-1 V Shield and Lock System
    • Scratch-resistant coating
    • 100% protection from harmful UV A &B rays
    • A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent it from opening unexpectedly
    • Standards: DOT 218, Snell-M2000
    • Construction: AIM (Advanced Integrated Matrix) materials
    • Weight: 3.2 lbs /1450 grams (approx.)

    Check out our great selection of Shoei Motorcycle helmets at Helmet City! Some of our top Shoei models include: RF-1000, X-Eleven, Multitec and TZ-R.

    We also carry some top of the line off-road helmets from Shoei.

    Shoei VFX-W Helmet, Scimitar TC-5

    Shoei VFX-W Helmet, Scimitar TC-5

    The Shoei VFX-W is available in solids and graphics. The Shoei VFX-W Scimitar graphic is available for $478.09! The Shoei VFX-W graphic features include:

    ADVANCED INTEGRATED MATRIX PLUS (AIM+) SHELL

  • Aggressive new design with incredible styling
  • Fiberglass and organic fibers combine to create the perfect balance of lightweight and optimal rigidity
  • Brand new forming technology utilized to achieve aggressive angles with consistent shell thicknesses
  • Larger eye port to facilitate today’s larger-framed goggles
  • Aggressive new design with incredible styling
  • Fiberglass and organic fibers combine to create the perfect balance of lightweight and optimal rigidity
  • Brand new forming technology utilized to achieve aggressive angles with consistent shell thicknesses
  • Designed to exceed stringent demands of Snell and DOT
  • Four shell sizes ensure the perfect fit
  • DUAL LAYER EPS LINER

  • Dual layer liner yields enhanced impact absorption by adjusting thickness and density in key areas
  • Inner liner features air channels for efficient cooling
  • Impact-absorbing EPS liner throughout the entire chin bar
  • V-430 “SLEEK” VISOR

  • Developed by Shoei’s sponsored riders
  • Lengthened for additional protection from sun and roost
  • Adjustment slot lengthened for greater versatility
  • Plastic hardware is utilized for easier visor breakaway during impact
  • Includes a matte black strip to reduce glare
  • 3-D MAX LINER SYSTEM

  • Polyurethane foam pads are three dimensionally formed for a perfect fit
  • Proprietary synthetic fiber absorbs and exhausts sweat 2X faster than conventional nylon
  • Liner is removable, adjustable, and washable
  • EMERGENCY QUICK RELEASE SYSTEM (EQRS)

  • Mechanical tabs disengage cheek pads for easy removal by emergency medical personnel
  • Helmet can be removed with minimum load to rider in emergency situations
  • VENTILATION SYSTEM

  • Improved air intakes are located in mouthpiece, forehead, and through scoops directing air into EPS liner
  • Seven exhaust ports dispel hot air from the rear of the helmet
  • Vent openings are covered by wire mesh to prevent dirt from entering liner
  • “SLEEK” MOUTHPIECE

  • Wire mesh screen helps prevent roost from entering the mouthpiece
  • A strip of AIM+ shell material reinforces mesh screen and helps to reduce chances of larger intrusions
  • Sleek mouthpiece directs cooling air through a removable and washable foam filter
  • The Shoei VFX-W is one of the best off-road helmets around. Ride in style and get the protection you need from an off-road helmet with all of Shoei’s VFX-W line.

    Stop by our Clearance and Sale! page to see our selection of Shoei helmets at a discounted price! Our inventory is always changing so don’t miss out on getting a great deal on a top of the line Shoei motorcycle helmet!