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Motorcycle Helmets: Reviews
This section is all about helmets. Rider magazine reviews full-face, three-quarter and flip-up helmets on a regular basis. On occasion half-helmet styles from the editors of American Rider can also be found in this section.

Bell RS-1 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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Clement Salvadori
November 9, 2012

Three basic steps are involved in the testing of a helmet. The first thing I do is weigh it. Bell’s new RS-1 uses two shell sizes, one for XS-M and a slightly larger one for L-2XL. The size XL, which fit me, came in at an acceptable 58 ounces. In the smaller of its two shell sizes (XS-M), Bell says... Read more »

Schuberth S2 Motorcycle Helmet Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
October 3, 2012

After a hiatus from the North American market for several years, German helmet maker Schuberth introduced its C3 flip-up helmet last year (Rider, April 2011) and has just added a full-face helmet, the S2. Like the C3, the S2’s shell is made of a proprietary mix of resin, composite and fiberglass that... Read more »

Nolan N104 Modular Motorcycle Helmet Review

Nolan N104 Modular Helmet

Mark Tuttle
September 5, 2012

The convenience and utility of flip-up, modular-style helmets make them indispensible to many riders, especially those who need to communicate frequently and clearly with others without a chinbar in the way. You can also eat and drink without removing a flip-up, and some eyeglass wearers find they make... Read more »

Shoei Neotec Motorcycle Helmet Review

Shoei Neotec Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
August 7, 2012

Helmets wrap snugly around our heads, with the interior conforming to the contours of our noggin and the chin strap cinched around our lower jaw, keeping the helmet securely in place. Some helmets do this with tolerable comfort; others do this poorly, resulting in achy heads, sore ears and chafed necks.... Read more »

Arai XD4 Motorcycle Helmet Review

Arai XD4 Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
May 31, 2012

(This review was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Adventure bikes continue to grow in popularity and sales, and paralleling this trend is a proliferation of gear and accessories tailored to the demands of on- and off-road riding. In the late ’90s Arai introduced the first dual-sport... Read more »

Nolan N-90 Modular Helmet Review

Nolan N-90 Modular Helmet

Susan Salvadori
May 8, 2012

The unofficial word is that motorcycle helmets should be replaced every five years or so.  My Nolan N-100 Modular (a.k.a. flip-up) was pushing that age last year, so I asked Clement to get me a replacement; I liked my Nolan because it fit well and was “100 percent Italian” … always a plus... Read more »

Flip Up Modular Motorcycle Helmets Buyers Guide

Modular Helmets Buyers Guide

Jerry Smith
May 3, 2012

By Jerry Smith Modular helmets, or flips-ups, were once curiosities, practically a secret handshake among long-distance riders who didn’t want to stop riding long enough to eat and drink, and round-the-world adventurers whose conversations with border guards went a lot more smoothly when their faces... Read more »

Vemar Jiano Evo TC Night Vision Motorcycle Helmet Review

Vemar Jiano Evo TC Night Vision Motorcycle Helmet.

Arden Kysely
April 5, 2012

“Does your helmet glow in the dark?” I get that a lot since I’ve been wearing the Vemar Jiano EVO TC Night Vision helmet. And the answer is Yes! A pleasant pale yellow in the daylight, the Night Vision paint glows like a UFO in a sci-fi flick once the lights go out. Vemar claims eight hours of... Read more »

Arai Vector-2 Helmet Review

Arai Vector-2 Helmet in Marker Red

Rider Magazine
September 8, 2011

[This Arai Vector-2 Helmet gear review was originally published in the May 2011 issue of Rider magazine] It’s a rare treat when a sequel is better than its predecessor, like The Empire Strikes Back or Terminator 2. Especially when the original was pretty good to start with. Take the first Arai Vector... Read more »

Schuberth C3 Flip-up Helmet Review

Schuberth C3 Flip-up Helmet

Rider Magazine
September 6, 2011

[This Schuberth C3 Flip-up Helmet helmet review was originally published in the April 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Founded in 1922 and based in Germany, Schuberth claims many innovations in helmet technology, including the first modular or flip-up design. Schuberth-made BMW System flip-up helmets... Read more »

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