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HJC CL-17 Motorcycle Helmet

HJC CL-17 Motorcycle Helmet in Wineberry.

Heather Reinhart
March 2, 2014

HJC’s new CL-17 helmet has an advanced polycarbonate shell that is lightweight and offers superior fit and comfort. The Pinlock-ready anti-scratch face shield has a new 3D design for optical clarity, can be removed and installed without tools and provides 95-percent UV protection. The CL-17 offers... Read more »

Tour Bell Helmet’s Testing Facility

Rider Magazine Staff
February 26, 2014

Bell helmets recently showcased its testing facility, The Dome, during a tour for journalists. The video explains how Bell develops impact protection for athletes in powersports crashes across the entire spectrum, whether it be at 100 mph or just on an afternoon cruise. Bell said its goal is to create... Read more »

HJC IS-17 Motorcycle Helmet Review

HJC IS-17 Motorcycle Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
November 27, 2013

As the largest motorcycle helmet manufacturer in the world, HJC makes millions of helmets every year. For the U.S. market, it offers more than a dozen full-face, flip-up and open-face models, priced from $99.99 to $564.99 and available in a wide range of colors and graphics. (HJC America’s new designer,... Read more »

Shoei RF-1200 Helmet Review

The Shoei RF-1200 comes in a wide variety of solid, metallic and graphic colors.

Mark Tuttle
October 15, 2013

Ever since the first Shoei RF-series full-face helmet was introduced in the mid-1980s, every time a new version is announced it’s a bit worrisome at first, since it seems unlikely that Shoei could possibly improve upon the current model. Almost without exception, however, sliding into each new one—RF-105V,... Read more »

Arai Releases Video Series That Covers the Arai Story

Press Release
July 10, 2013

Arai Helmet Americas has released a series of six new videos that cover every facet of the Arai story, its beginnings, philosophy, the “Arai Difference,” construction, and the company’s overarching emphasis on rider protection, comfort and fit, all of which combine to, in Arai’s words, make it... Read more »

Full-Face Helmets Buyers Guide 2013


Bill Stermer
July 3, 2013

Why a Full-Face Although wearing any helmet that is at least DOT approved is better than wearing none at all, here at Rider we prefer full-face helmets. A full-facer is one on which the chinbar is an integral part of the helmet rather than an add-on that can be pivoted upward, such as with a modular... Read more »

Shoei GT-Air Motorcycle Helmet Review

Shoei GT-Air Motorcycle Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
June 4, 2013

When helmet manufacturers release new models or update existing ones, they often incorporate new features or adopt them from other helmets in their lineup. The GT-Air is an all-new full-face helmet from Shoei that combines new and existing features, and is priced between the top-of-the-line X-Twelve... Read more »

Nolan N85 Motorcycle Helmet Review

Nolan N85 Motorcycle Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
April 2, 2013

Italian helmet maker Nolan, along with sister brand X-Lite, gets high-profile, worldwide exposure on the heads of MotoGP and World Superbike racers such as Jorge Lorenzo and Marco Melandri. Here in the States, the company is best known for its flip-up helmets, such as the N104 introduced last year. After... 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 »

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 »

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