Icon Airmada Chantilly

Icon does it again with the Airmada Chantilly helmet! The new graphic helmet features an impressive blend of chantilly lace, plaid and Día de Muertos-esque skulls in either Black Rubatone or Gloss White. The intricate artwork has many worldly influences, one of them being from Chantilly, France. As the name implies, chantilly lace originated from Chantilly in the 17th century; hailed for its fine ground pattern and sophisticated detail.

Icon also takes a page from Mexico’s Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday in adding skulls to the mix.

With a helmet this elegant yet tough, it’s no wonder that it’s in high demand to both male and female riders.

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

-Helmet City

Turtley Awesome Rossi

Before Marc Marquez, there was Valentino Rossi. Dubbed the “The Doctor,” Rossi is a professional motorcycle racer known for his multiple MotoGP World Championships. An Italian native, Rossi’s love for racing started a young age with kart racing and continued to grow as he did.

In honor of Rossi’s legacy, AVG has dedicated the Corsa Turtle Rossi Replica Helmet. The helmet is a colorful attraction featuring a turtle with big bright blue eyes. Rossi considers the animal to be very significant as he’s said the turtle was a mascot from his youth. It all started when his mother got him a stuffed turtle toy that he would then attach to his helmet while racing. Despite their size and speeds, turtles have come out on top though the popular saying “slow and steady wins the race.” Much like our nine time Grand Prix World Champ – Valentino Rossi.

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

-Helmet City

This I’d Like to See: Thoughts on Motorcycle Gear

By Gerde Applethwaite

Shorter: A random collection of things I’d like to see in the world of motorcycle gear.

1) I’d like to see all manufacturers offer a full (solid) hi-viz version of each of the helmets in their line.

2) Isn’t it about time that helmet design technology advanced beyond the simple EPS liner?

I’d like to see manufacturers come up with a helmet that replaces the conventional EPS liner with Sas-Tec or D3O viscoelastic material. I know D30 makes a helmet liner – let’s see it in some motorcycle helmets. Also, there must be new energy absorption technologies on the horizon that can be mass produced. Let’s have them.

3) I’d like to see the manufacturers of cameras that are designed to be used on helmets come up with standardized universal mount that helmet manufacturers can then universally embrace and make a space for on their helmets.

4) I’d like to see a federal standard and standardized testing for helmet wind noise so that we can evaluate a motorcycle helmet more objectively.

5) I’d like to see replaceable, drop-down helmet sun shields that come with swappable dark and light brown polarized lenses.

6) I’d like to see more Scotchlite type reflective material on the back and sides of most jackets.

7) I’d like to see an inexpensive but durable solar charger panel (about the size of an ipad) that I can mount onto the tail of the bike that will allow me to charge my phone and/or GPS while I ride or while I am parked at the camp site.

8)  I’d like to see a major manufacturer of motorcycle gear come out with an LED hi-viz vest with wireless brake light and turn signal capabilities. Do they have those already?

Aye, now that we have that all sorted next up will be my list on motorcycles and then pastry. Mmmmm, pastry.

Gerde Applethwaite

When To Rehelmet?

By Gerde Applethwaite

Shorter: How long should you hold onto that old helmet before you let it go?

My assignment this week was to write an honest blog piece about when it is the right time to ditch your helmet and re-up for a new one. There are some obvious answers and then there are some that seem not so much.

Before I started working on this post I had to bicycle over to the store to get some more apple juice. The ride took me onto a bridge over an estuary. I walk the bike over that bridge because I like the water. I find it enjoyable to stroll the bridge’s length and watch the world go by. There was a seagull flying slowly about 30 feet over the drink: it tilted one wing toward the water and the other straight up into the sky. In that moment she had dumped the air from her wings, lost most of her air speed, did one cartwheel and pitched straight down toward the water head first. in the descent she pulled her wings in about two thirds. When she was only a few feet off of the water she snapped her wings out full in a braking and gliding maneuver and then bobbed her head underwater to grab a small redish fish. With but two big flaps of her wings she avoided crashing into the drink and was back up in the air again. Its an astonishing feat of skill and grace to witness. There was a short stuttering motion as she flew off: she had just slid the small fish down her gullet. Done and done, the fish never knew what hit it.

One of the campfire rituals with riders is the exchange of harrowing accident or near accident stories. These stories run the gamut from hitting the headlight frozen deer on the back country road to being struck by some  #%@ing texting teen making a left turn. Most of the time riders say stuff like “he/it came out of nowhere.” These accidents happen so quickly and there is often no time to react. We’re not the bird – we’re the fish. If they were very lucky there were no, or minimal, injuries and the gear took the brunt of it. You may not need to get rid of your jacket or riding pants but if your helmet had an accident impact it has to go. No no – it has to go. The combination of stress fractures in the shell combined with compression of the inner EPS liner foam render the helmet useless for anything other than a planter* or a bird house. The liner is incapable of protecting you from impact injury after it has suffered one impact. There is a nice video shot at the Nolan factory that shows the helmet testing procedure and the most interesting part for me was the moment when they restruck a helmet and looked at the dent in the surface. After one impact the helmet loses its ability to adequately distribute the force of the blow over the surface of the helmet. It really brought home the idea that you cannot reuse your helmet after you have had an accident with it. Even a small impact is enough. Not a ding like dropping it off of the cocktail table or the seat of your bike but certainly when you have a get-off and strike your helmet. How small a get-off? Good lord man just get a new helmet! How much is your brain worth? Replacing your helmet after an accident is a pretty clear choice for most riders but the rest of it is not so clear.

You can find lots of advice from people who want to sell you a helmet (yeah – like us)  about when a helmet ages out. It becomes difficult to get the straight dope. The most widely accepted idea is that you replace your motorcycle helmet every 5 years. Why? Well uh… because it wears out, that’s why. Well, what wears out? The uhhh, EPS liner foam interacts with your sweat and that diminishes it structural reliability – yeah, that’s the ticket. Really? Can’t they make a liner that doesn’t interact with your body oils or sweat? Well, yes, in fact the whole thing is a canard. The liner isn’t affected by your sweat or scalp oils. Your helmet may stink but the EPS liner isn’t necessarily diminished.

Many of the helmet manufacturers will talk about liner degradation from body oils or sweat but this information is the subject of some serious question. There is a nice article by the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute and among other things it addresses this issue. The bicycle helmet liner is made of the same EPS foam material that is used in motorcycle helmets.

Can your EPS liner be diminished by solvents or cleaning agents. Yes, it appears so. If five years isn’t the standard for degradation what is? There is no hard and fast rule here. Other sources are as generous as eight years. If you notice that your helmet seems to fit more loosely on your head than it used to it is more likely due to abrasion of the liner and/or reduction of the liner by cleaning agents and not because your head is shrinking. In either case its time for a new helmet.

Your helmet’s integrity is indeed reduced by the ultraviolet rays of sunlight. The helmet is plastic and plastic does not play well with UV.  How long does it take to render your helmet unsafe? It depends upon the materials as some of the composites resist UVA and UVB better than others. What are those composites? I do not have a danged clue. I have read that many manufacturers are putting UV inhibitors into their shell plastics to slow this decay. This reinforces the notion that your helmet has a use-by date regardless of its impact history.

Alright let’s sling some product.

Helmet quality gets better every year and the prices are remarkably low for a helmet that offers more than reasonable protection for your brain case. You can get a perfectly nice Scorpion EXO-400 for a mere $110.00. I like that helmet. Too much for you? You can get an HJC-5N Open Face (solid) for an astonishing $68.00.  A Bell Arrow (either solid or graphic) for one Benjamin. How about a an HJC CL-16 (solid), a workhorse of a helmet, for only $117.00. I don’t often go into sales pitch mode but the point I am truly trying to make here is that you do not have to spend a lot of money to be allowed the opportunity to convert your old helmet into a bird house.  Why risk a concussion or more serious damage for a mere hundred dollars?

Step up another hundred bucks or so and you can get higher quality shells, more comfortable wicking liners, more durable face shields or in some even drop down sun visors.

Look into the Shark S700 (solid) for $210.00 or the Nolan N-90 N-Comm (solid) for $220.00. They are both very good helmets. Lots of choices – one brain to protect.

I recently demo’d a Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer [ed. that review will be posted soon] helmet because after my last eye exam, came the mandate that I wear glasses when I drive/ride. Modular helmets have now become more interesting to me. I liked that helmet. It has an amazing assortment of bells and whistles and it is CE rated. It fit my head perfectly too. Switching to a modular for my next purchase is definitely in the cards. It makes the whole eyeglass thing so much easier.

For years I rode with Shoei helmets. I wore out two RF200′s and had no complaints about either those helmets or any later Shoei head buckets I wore. I respect the Shoei name because they held me in good stead for many years.  Shoei has my attention once again because of their modular Neotec and also their full-face GT Air. When its time for me to go helmet shopping again they are high on my list.

I currently ride with an Arai RX-Q. The RX-Q is a replacement for my then five year old Arai Corsair. I followed the five year rule. I might not have had to but I figured I needed to do what I could to protect what few brain cells I have left.

Helmet integrity is reduced by an impact, by ultraviolet radiation and by abrasion of the interior liner and/or the liner’s contact with some solvents or cleaning agents. The decision to replace your helmet is, so to speak, a no-brainer. The decision to replace due to insults other than impact are a bit less straightforward. I would err on the side of caution. Take a gander at our helmet offerings and take another look at your helmet. Yeah, sure you can replace your helmet because you want something matching your gas tank color and we’d be tickled sideways to have your money but more importantly if your helmet is compromised surrender it to the finches or the orchids and get a new one.

* There are some wild and wondrous planters made from old motorcycle helmets (they will lend your garden something of the je ne sais quoi magic of a hubcap farm) and a quick tour of the interwebz will provide many ideas for other substantial and neighbor confounding things to do with your old helmet. Don’t throw it away, re-appropriate it. ‘No Madge – I’m re-appropriating it.’

 

Gerde Applethwaite

 

Dad’s Day Options

My friend Marianne has a dad who rides. He has been riding motorcycles for a long time and he has all of the gear he needs. He doesn’t want a new helmet. He likes his jacket. His boots fit just fine thank you. We gave it some thought and she decided to go for a Bluetooth set. The idea was that when she occasionally rides with him they can talk about where to pull over for coffee and wot not or how beautiful the trees are  or…that her feet itch. When he rides with their mom he can talk about his itchy feet. Hmmm, I somehow just managed to make this sound a little less appealing, didn’t I? Thing is – she’s not sure he’ll like it. His hands signals are fairly well evolved and he always leads so it isn’t hard to figure out what he wants. He will smile politely and it will stay in its box. Then we realized that this thing will give her a chance to say to him stuff like “did you see those cops over by the overpass?” Or maybe she could even say “we’re pulling off at this offramp cuz I have to pee.”  For that and that alone its worth getting him the Bluetooth gear.

Dads who ride invariably need stuff for to make their ride just a little sweeter. It may not be a big ticket item like a new helmet (although if his helmet is more than 5 years old it should be replaced.) How are his face shields? Scratched? Get him a new one. Even better, if his helmet manufacturer makes them try stepping him up to a fog-free pinlock shield and a couple of differently tinted lenses. No fog, sun shade – sweet.

This isn’t really the season for heated gear but a pair of heated gloves is most welcome on a cold morning start or at the end of a long day when the sun has gone down. Keeping your hands warm on a ride can make all the difference between the miles tripping pleasurably by and hand cramps that harsh dad’s buzz completely.

Take a stroll through the accessories pages. You’ll find something there for even the most seasoned dad.

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!

Ride in Safety and Style

With all the dangers out there on the road today, it is becoming increasingly important to protect yourself when riding your motorcycle. You may be a safe rider, but the cars and debris around you can potentially harm you.

Some of the motorcycle gear that you want to make sure to wear when riding are a helmet, faceshield, gloves, jacket, pants, and boots. Helmet City has a variety of different selection to assure that your personality and style shine through. All of this gear will add a layer of protection as well as make you the most stylish biker on the road!

Take a look at the infographic below, provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, to see the difference between cool gear and a fool’s gear.

Find your perfect motorcycle helmet today!

Whether you’re looking for a full face, open face, shorty or flip up helmet we’ve got the helmet for you! We carry a wide variety of brands ranging from HJC to Arai and AGV to Icon.

Come check out all the colors, prices, brands and types of helmets and see why we put our name to  good use. At Helmet City we guarantee you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for. If you’re searching for that one helmet that talks to your soul and suits your riding needs you won’t find anything less.

Here’s a list of a few of our favorite motorcycle helmets.

1. The Full Face Helmet – Perfect for your everyday street rider. A helmet with full coverage and protection of the face. Brands we recommend: HJC, Shoei, Icon, Arai and Scorpion.

HJC IS-16 Helmet - Scratch MC-1

HJC IS-16 Helmet - Scratch MC-1

The HJC IS-16 is a brand new HJC Full Face. The HJC IS-16 is a great full face helmet and one of the most affordable full face helmets on the market.

The HJC IS-16 includes the following features:

  • Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology
  • Aerodynamic shell with large eyeport for greater visibility
  • Impact absorbing, multi-density EPS liner
    “ACS” Advanced Channeling Ventilation System
  • ACS Advanced Channeling Ventilation System provides flow-through ventilation
  • Multi-stage intake vents and exhaust vents allow full front to back fresh airflow that flushes heat and humidity out of the helmet
    SilverCool Interior
  • Moisture-wicking and odor-free interior with advanced SilverCool antibacterial fabric
  • Comfortable, removable and washable
    Rapidfire Shield Replacement System
  • Quick, secure, tool-less shield removal/installation system
  • Aerodynamic, flush-mounted shield fit for reduced turbulence
    SunShield Visor System
  • One-touch integrated smoke-tinted SunShield deploys and retracts quickly and easily
  • Adjustable to three positions
    HJ-09 Accusight Anti-Fog Shield
  • Anti-fog, scratch-resistant hard coating
  • Optically correct 3D design
  • Rated to block 95% of harmful UV radiation
    Nylon Strap Retention System
  • Neatly secures chin strap
    Built-In Communication with Speaker Pockets
  • Standards: DOT-218
  • Arai Profile Helmet - Hot Rod White

    Arai Profile Helmet - Hot Rod White

    Check out the great selection of Arai full face helmets. The Arai profile helmets is one of our most popular full face helmets, but also check out the Arai RX-Q and Corsair V as well.

    The Arai Profile Hot Rod includes the following features:

    • Long-oval fit
    • Brow Vent Faceshield Ventilation System provides cooling air in upper face area without holes in critical forehead area of the shell or in the impact-absorbing liner material
    • Optically-correct pre-formed faceshields better vision, UV ray protection with less distortion
    • De-Mist Lock faceshield tab pushes forward to open the shield slightly help clear fogging
    • Removable Breathguard reduce fogging by deflecting breath away from faceshield
    • CLC (Complex Laminate Construction) shell fiberglass composite is stronger and lighter allows use of softer, less-dense liner materials inside for increased rider comfort
    • FFS (FreeFlow System) reduces wind turbulence while increasing the exhaust of hot air from the facial area
    • Dual Intake / Dual Exhaust Ventilation dual I/C top intake vents and Double Delta bridged exhaust vents designed to draw significant volume of air from helmet interior
    • Multiple-Foam Interiors for comfort
    • Rear Exhaust Channel and Vent adds a racy look while drawing hot air from helmet interior
    • Fully removable liner and cheekpads
    • New enhanced pull down chin spoiler, increases exhaust of hot breath to minimize shield fogging
    • Meets or exceeds Snell and D.O.T. standards

    2. The Flip Up Helmet – A nice blend between full face and open face. Want to chat with your fellow rider? Easy… with the push of a button your full face flips up and makes communication a breeze. And who doesn’t need some help communicating – we’ll take what we can get!

    Shoei Multitec Helmet - Black

    Shoei Multitec Helmet - Black

    The Shoei Multitec is the ultimate flip up experience. If you’re looking for comfort and beauty you won’t be disappointed with the Multitec!

    The Shoei Multitec includes the following features:

  • Designed to minimize wind noise and drag
  • Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus(AIM+) shell
    Flip-Up Chin Bar and Face Shield
  • Single-button release allows chin bar/face shield to be opened with one hand
  • Central locking mechanism can easily be operated with either hand
  • Flip-up chin bar makes communicating with your helmet on easier and wearing glasses more comfortable
    Adjustable Flow-Through Ventilation
  • Upper “Air-Scoop” ensures maximum air intake and excellent aerodynamics
  • Lower vent directs airflow upward across the inside of the face shield reducing fogging and turbulance
    3-D Interior Liner
  • Removable interior cheek pads and chin strap cover
  • Interior design reduces wind noise and provides a comfortable fit
  • Communication system compatible
    Anti-Fog System
  • The lower air intake provides air flow that helps to diminish shield fogging
    CX-1V Face Shield
  • Q.R.B.P. (Quick-Release Base Plate) – allows tool-less shield removal and eliminates side covers for a flush, quiet fit
  • 3-Dimensionally curved face shield for optical clarity
  • Scratch-resistant coating
  • Adjustable Base Plates ensure an “Air-Tight” fit
  • 100% protection from harmful UV A & B Rays
  • One-piece injection-molded for consistent fit
  • Optional (CF-1V) racing shield with tear-off posts
  • 3. Open Face Helmet – the perfect helmet for the Cruiser. Riding Sunday morning with the guys has never been so easy or comfortable, it’s like you’re not even wearing a helmet. We recommend open face helmets from Arai, HJC, Bell, Shoei and Scorpion.

    Scorpion EXO-200 Helmet - Gloss Black

    Scorpion EXO-200 Helmet - Gloss Black

    The Scorpion Open Face helmets are a great option whether you want a face shield to protect you from the bug splatter or you want to tell those bugs I don’t even care if you hit my face and risk it without the shield – go for it!

    The Scorpion EXO-200 includes the following features:

    • The EXO-200 is an all-new open-face helmet design with easily interchangeable faceshield and sun visor. Visor and EverClear faceshield included with every EXO-200.
    • Advanced composite engineered shell: Quiet, aero-tuned design for wind-tunnel-tested comfort.
    • EverClear no-fog faceshield and sun visor both included.
    • SpeedShift quick-change shield/visor system: Easy, secure, tool-less faceshield changes in ten seconds or less (patent pending). Swapping shield for sun visor is quick and easy too.
    • KwikWick moisture-wicking breathable helmet liner and cheek pads: Cool and dry in warm weather, warm in cool weather. Easily removable and washable.
    • Aero-tuned faceshield: Optically-correct clear shield with downdraft leading edge for quieter performance. Anti-Scratch hardened coating.
    • Aero-tuned rear spoiler: Reduces lift, creates vacuum to maximize airflow through helmet.
    • Ventilation system: Adjustable, indexed front and rear vents for max airflow in summer, max warmth in winter.
    • Snell/DOT Certified.

    These are only three different motorcycle helmet options in a vast world of helmets don’t stop here if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for! Check out our great selection of motorcycle helmets – it’s easy to browse by brand (if you already have a favorite) or by type (if you know you like full face but don’t know much else). Stop by today and experience the wonderful shopping experience at Helmet City!

    Scorpion Transformer Helmet!

    The Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer Helmet is the new talk of the town! Scorpion‘s newest motorcycle helmet has it all. At first glance it appears to be just your average full face motorcycle helmet, but don’t be mistaken it’s so much more. The Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer helmet has been dubbed “The Transformer Helmet” because it represents three helmets in one – full face, flip-up and open face!

    Scorpion EXO-900 Solid Helmet

    Scorpion EXO-900 Solid Helmet

    The Scorpion EXO-900 helmet is available in six solid colors: Cherry, Neon, White, Black, Hyper Silver and Matte Anthracite. The Scorpion EXO-900 helmet includes the following features:

  • EverClear No-Fog Faceshield and Retractable SpeedView Sun Visor. Optically-correct clear shield with state-of-the art fog free technology. Anti-scratch hardened coating. Internal sun visor changes positions with the simple flip of a switch. Both Face shield and SpeedView sun visor are toolless removal and install for cleaning or replacement.
  • Quickly convert your EXO-900 to an open face 3/4 helmet, visor included.
  • KwikWick moisture-wicking breathable helmet liner and cheek pads.
  • Adjustable front and rear vents for maximum airflow.
  • AirFit helmet pump air inflation system for a custom fit. Cheek pad and neck roll adjustment system for improved fit and wind noise reduction.
  • Sizes: XS to 2XL
  • DOT Certified Both as a full-face and 3/4 helmet
  • Scorpion EXO-900 Helmet - White

    Scorpion EXO-900 Helmet - White

    If you’re a Scorpion Helmet fan, you will be thrilled with their new sparkling jewel. The EXO-900 is the best helmet purchase of 2010! Why buy three seperate helmets when you can get it all in one helmet?! If you’re still not sure that the new Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer Helmet, we forgive you and hopefully Scorpion will too. Luckily Scorpion has several other motorcycle helmets – full face, open face, flip-up and off road. Whatever you’re looking for in a motorcycle helmet, you can find it in a new Scorpion motorcycle helmet.