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Motorcycle Helmet Reviews

Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Icon Airflite Quicksilver Helmet

Riding Gear – Icon Airflite Quicksilver Helmet

Brushed alloy is the new chrome. There are zero performance benefits from its use, but boy does it look good. The minuscule highs and lows in the metal’s surface catch the light giving it depth and change its appearance from different angles. You’ll find ample use of it on modern motorcycles like…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Sena Integrated Camera Helmet

Riding Gear – Sena Integrated Camera Helmet

If you’re already familiar with Sena, it’s probably through their lineup of Bluetooth riding accessories. They’ve long been supplying riders with helmet-mounted audio, intercom, and camera devices for better-connected rides. Now they’ve taken the next logical step — integrating the best of their technology into an all-in-one Bluetooth helmet camera package.

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Biltwell Gringo S

Riding Gear – Biltwell Gringo S

If you have ever delved into the chopper scene you’re sure to have heard of the brand Biltwell. Based in Southern California Biltwell have played a major role in the growth of the custom scene since their launch in 2005. At the time Biltwell rejected the OCC driven, textbook chopper look of excess billet,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Bell Eliminator Helmet

Riding Gear – Bell Eliminator Helmet

Any helmet company can build a retro-styled helmet. But Bell Helmets has the history to back up all claims to a vintage aesthetic. The first to market with a mass-produced lid, the first to come out with a full face helmet, the first to make helmets fire retardant, the first to add…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Biltwell Lanesplitter ECE Helmet

Riding Gear – Biltwell Lanesplitter ECE Helmet

Biltwell has been producing retro styled helmets since before many of the larger manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon. Unfortunately for those outside of the USA, they were only available with DOT certification. Thankfully that’s no longer the case. The aggressively styled Biltwell Lanesplitter helmet is now ECE certified. So now riders in…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Ruby Castel Helmets

Riding Gear – Ruby Castel Helmets

Economical, compromising, austere — these are not words you’ll hear in relation to Ruby Helmets. Top-of-the-line, luxury, opulent? That’s more like it. The Castel line of helmets is the French helmet maker’s full-face offering and for a time they were pretty hard to come by. But now (with enough expendable cash) one…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Veldt x Roars Helmet

Riding Gear – Veldt x Roars Helmet

I love a good collaboration. Take for example the Veldt Roars Original helmet. To create this unique design Veldt Helmets has teamed up with Japanese riding gear label Roars Original. For those who haven’t heard of either brand before, Isle of Man based helmet manufacturer Vedlt has been around for a few…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Riding Gear – Qwart Phoenix Customisable Helmet

Riding Gear – Qwart Phoenix Customisable Helmet

You might spend a few months (or years) customizing your motorcycle, but most helmets go on your head straight off-the-shelf. Qwart is a new riding gear company out of the south of France. They have developed a unique, fully customizable helmet that doesn’t sacrifice safety for looks. The Qwart Phoenix helmet comes…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Workshop Series – The Making of Nexx Helmets

Workshop Series – The Making of Nexx Helmets

I don’t know about you, but I often wonder how brands approach designing and manufacturing protective motorcycle apparel. It’s one thing to make a good looking garment, but to make something that can protect its wearer in an accident is something totally different. Of all the gear we wear it’s our helmets…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Gear Review – Shark S-Drak Helmet

Gear Review – Shark S-Drak Helmet

If you want the weight advantage of an open-faced helmet but don’t like the bugs in your teeth, French riding gear manufacturer Shark has just the helmet for you. The Shark S-Drak helmet blurs the line between open and full face helmet design. With a few quick adjustments, the S-Drak can be…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Gear Review – Torc T1 Retro Helmet

Gear Review – Torc T1 Retro Helmet

The current popularity of the café and custom scene has seen a proliferation of quality riding gear at the high end of the market. Retro helmets are no exception, and while designer gear can justify a hefty price tag not all of us have the deep pockets to justify the outlay. When…

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