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Tucker Powersports to Distribute Forcite Products in Australia and America

What makes a brand successful, really? 

Is it the quality of the product itself, or perhaps the integrity and grit of the amazing team that contributes an unholy amount of time and energy behind the scenes? 

I would counter all the above, but that a massive percentage of success has to do with exposure, marketing and distribution licensing…which is why we were so jazzed to hear that Tucker Powersports will officially be the dealer for an Aussie smart lid that’s been making ripples since the unit sold out in under 30 minutes. 

A rider taking off his Forcite helmet. Media sourced from Equitise.
A rider taking off his Forcite helmet. Media sourced from Equitise.

Forcite – known for their recent drop to the bike community, the MK1S Smart Helmet – will purportedly celebrate debuts for their products in both Australia and the U.S., with everything becoming available by 2023.

Suffice it to say Forcite Co-Founder Alfred Boyadgis is excited to see what’s next for the partnership. 

“We’ve created a motorcycle helmet that looks slick, and also packs a punch with cool features that lift the riding experience,” shrugs Boyadgis in the recent press release. 

“This new partnership with Tucker Powersports promises to deliver as both companies look to the future of what’s possible in the motorcycle category.”

Bond's Scrambler 1200 XE, used by Daniel Craig in 2022's "No Time to Die." Media sourced from MCN.
A Tucker bike. Media sourced from Vital MX.
A Tucker bike. Media sourced from Vital MX.

“We are constantly seeking partners and products that enhance the adventure of riding a motorcycle,” adds Marc McAllister, the CEO of Tucker Powersports. 

“Forcite is clearly focused on that riding experience and on the future of our favorite pastime.” 

We look forward to seeing what these two bring to the proverbial table; in the meantime, check back for updates, drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as always – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from PR Newswire, Equitise, and Vital MX*

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ruroc Atlas 4.0 Full Face Helmet Review

Atlas 4.0 is the new kid on the block with striking, if somewhat intimidating looks that really make an impression. Although a bit noisy, it comes with a smart design, clever features, sturdy construction, and a matte black finish that will turn heads when out riding wearing this helmet.
Aesthetics
Build Quality
Sizing & Comfort
Visibility
Ventilation
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Funky looks
Upgraded safety
Good choice of artwork and visors
Wind noise
Matte black finish is hard to keep clean
Internal comms can’t be managed on the go

Ruroc

As a relatively new player in a busy market, Ruroc sure know how to get your attention. From the launch event in London’s iconic Bike Shed in Shoreditch to the delivery of the helmet, everything is on point.

The event was thoughtfully designed with a great exhibition walk-through displaying various artwork available on the Atlas 4 with helmets displayed for a closer look and feel. People were milling around admiring and checking out the helmets whilst having a drink and a chat.

In the main event area, there was a stage, a bar (always an integral part of any event), shelving with many helmets and a clothing display area by EngineHawk.

Build Quality

I was excitedly awaiting the delivery of my full face helmet to test it and I wasn’t disappointed. The branding is excellent and just opening the box is an experience in itself. They are a bit like Apple used to be in the world of computers. I must admit, the look of the helmet is very aggressive and in matte black, this is only accentuated.

Left view of the Atlas 4.0 helmet.

Each helmet comes with a clear and a dark visor, and both are Pinlock ready. The shell is quite big, and I thought I looked like a bobblehead when I tried it on. The material on the inside is plush and lovely, the helmet felt secure around my face but it felt spacious around the top and back of the head. Presumably, this is because of the use of the new safety system and it took some getting used to.

To comply with the new ECE 22.06 certification the internal padding has been redesigned, hence making the fit tighter. Padding isn’t the only thing that has been changed.

To meet the ever-stricter certification, Ruroc are the first to use the super-polymer Rheon in a motorcycle helmet. This helps to reduce the rotational impact forces which is being addressed by the manufacturers in various ways.

Interior strap on the Atlas 4.0 helmet

The whole build and feel of the helmet is of high quality and it is comforting to know they have been redesigned to achieve the new safety standard. This, however, means that the sizing has changed, too and I had to go a size up for the helmet to fit properly.

Features and Specifications

My helmet arrived with their Shockwave audio system which was super easy to install and it is cleverly hidden in the back of the helmet meaning there are no protruding bits on the outside of the shell. The sound is excellent, clear and strong which made my first ride with some heavy music a joy.

Closeup of Shockwave Bluetooth speakers on Atlas 4 helmet

However, with the buttons being so streamlined and at the back of the helmet, I couldn’t control the volume or switch the music off whilst riding. I wouldn’t be able to accept a call and the microphone isn’t active which means you have to press the button on the back of the helmet to talk to Siri.

Nope, that is not possible whilst wearing gloves.

I didn’t get the chance to try it with another comms brand so I cannot comment on a rider to rider comms. Not being able to control the sound system whilst riding is a bit of a flaw in my opinion.

Being a long-distance rider I would have liked the option of an internal dark visor to use with the clear visor rather than having to swap the main one.

The strap is magnetic which is unusual and to be honest, not entirely sure how I feel about it. I mean, it’s ace because there is no fiddling like with the D-ring and to undo it you simply pull on the red toggle. Of course, Ruroc have done their testing and it is safe and secure but it does take some getting used to and for you mind to trust it.

The field of view is excellent for those that have good vision. Unfortunately, I wear spectacles when riding so my FOV is limited by my glasses and their frames. However, take these away and you get an amazing field of vision. The side vision is wide and you can see so much more with your peripheral vision. The visor is well designed and looking down to the dash means only a minimal head movement.

The weight of the helmet is on a heavier side to what I am used to, at 1.8kg but the weight is distributed well and you don’t feel it even after a full day’s riding.

The shape of the helmet is big, as mentioned. There is more space at the top of the head but if fits nice and snug around the face and the back of the head. This makes it for a larger shape than most helmets on the outside.

Comfort, Airflow, and Noise Management

Ruroc Atlas 4 helmet on Ducati

Best Adv and dual sport helmets for 2022

The first couple of rides were in sunny but extremely windy weather in February with temperatures not much above zero celsius. Despite closing all the vents the helmet is great at air circulation and I can imagine how that will be great in the summer months but I didn’t exactly appreciate it in the freezing cold.

Needless to say, my nose and face were a bit frozen at the end. The whole experience was one of comfort and I can imagine the good ventilation will be very much welcome in the warmer months.

There is a vent in the chin which opens and closes from the inside, one at the top of the head and two at the back, that are always open. Despite closing both, there was still a fair amount of air coming through and I didn’t think the vents closing system was very effective. There was no whistling from the wind like I’ve experienced it with some helmets but I do think this contributes to the helmet being rather noisy as you can’t stop the flow of air completely.

Naturally, because of the wind, the helmet was quite noisy however, it definitely isn’t the nosiest of the ones on the market. I always ride with earplugs and the wind noise was prevalent on top of the mountain. When I rode through the more sheltered areas, the noise drastically dropped which made the ride much more pleasant.

Right view of the Atlas 4.0 helmet

In my opinion, it is very much a short ride style helmet, perfectly at home in a city and for fun rides. I wouldn’t use it for long tours and it definitely won’t replace my favourite one. Whilst I do love the look of it I feel it is very masculine and I felt it was just a little too big and too aggressive for me.

Pros

  • Funky looks
  • Upgraded safety
  • Comfort
  • Good choice of artwork and visors

Cons

  • Wind noise
  • Matte finish is hard to keep clean
  • Internal comms can’t be managed on the go

Specs

  • Manufacturer: Ruroc
  • Price (When Tested): Price from GBP 375 (USD 488)
  • Alternative models & colors: Atlas 4 comes in a variety of artwork to choose from. Atlas 3 is its predecessor.
  • Sizes: XXS, XS, SM, ML, L/XL, XL/XXL
  • Review Date: March 2022

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Noise-reduction Bluetooth for helmets

The world’s first active noise-cancelling helmet bluetooth system for a range of helmets is now available for order with delivery expected later this year.

Developed by DAAL Noise Control Systems in collaboration with Nolan helmets’ N-Com Bluetooth intercoms, the DAAL DXL-5 can be ordered by clicking here.

It will cost 5990 Norwegian Kroner which is about $A930, €630 or $US680 and you will need to pay half when you order.

It is initially only available for use in the Nolan X-Lite X1005 helmet, but units will be available for other helmets probably from next year.

This device should be a huge safety and comfort boost for riders to avoid hearing loss and fatigue from dangerous wind noise frequencies that can reach 110dB or as much as an AC/DC concert, even in the quietest of helmets.

Critics should note that even though this is called an active noise-cancelling (ANC) system, it is actually a noise-reduction system.

Earplugs are a noise cancelling system. But on the road, they can be dangerous as they prevent riders hearing important noises such as car horns, sirens and screeching tyres.

The DAAL DXL-5 is more correctly referred to as an active noise reduction system that filters out the most dangerous frequencies caused by wind noise.

DAAL founder and CEO Dag Loe says it is also different to the noise-cancelling earphones we may be used to.

“Unlike generic noise cancellation headphones, our system is developed specifically to perform in the harsh and demanding noise environment inside a motorcycle helmet – and actually performs well for wind noise,” he says.

Active noise-cancelling systems generate a reverse sound wave of the background noise and play it through the speakers to cancel out the unwanted, harmful noise.

The DAAL system consists of a microphone next to your ear, speakers by your ears and am eight-hour battery in the back of the helmet. Total weight of the system is 150g.

Because of the various elements required, the system cannot be an aftermarket, retro-fit unit like most simple Bluetooth intercoms that clip to the side of your helmet. 

Instead, the DAAL DXL-5 has to be separately designed for each helmet.

Apart from reducing noise, it connects via Bluetooth 4.1 class 1 to most smart phones, GPS and other Bluetooth devices including many other helmet intercoms.

Sena was the first to introduce a helmet with an integrated electronic noise-cancelling intercom system. It is not yet available in Australia.

The DAAL system will be the first to fit a wide range of helmets.

We first published news about the development of this product back in 2018 when it was excepted to be delivered in 2020. 

The intervening years of the pandemic have no doubt interrupted development with delivery expected later this year for use in the Nolan X-Lite X1005 with more applications available from next year.

Dag says their goal is to make DAAL ANC available for as many motorcyclists as possible, regardless of brands.

“From a scaling perspective, universal aftermarket sales is the way to go,” he says.

Dag Loe

“However, since there are some specific challenges regarding system-helmet integration that needs to be solved in order to make a product delivery at all – we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with an industry leader like Nolan (and N-Com). 

“The basic form factor of the resulting product can in principle fit into any helmet (we are not removing any EPS, we are sticking to the standard 40mm shallow intercom speaker recess that you find in most modern helmets, and so forth). 

“However the specific timeline moving forward is not yet set, seeing as we are currently in a period where our focus is heavily on learning from customer feedback and making sure we execute our deliveries properly!

DAAL claim production will be limited in 2022 due to the global component shortage.

Consequently, we have not yet been assigned a unit for review, but have been promised one when they are available.

I have high hopes for this device as I, like many other mature-aged riders, suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ears) from years of riding. Click here for more information.

I wear special earplugs to filter out the damaging wind noise, but still allow me to hear important sirens, horns and other noises, as well as my helmet intercom.

They work well, but I would prefer a less fiddly system integrated into a helmet like the DAAL system or the integrated unit in Sena’s Momentum helmet.

I’ve tried Bose noise-cancelling headphones under my helmet, but they are uncomfortable and can’t cope with the amount of wind and other noise developed when riding a motorcycle. It’s a much louder and more unpredictable noise environment than, say, on a plane where active noise cancelling headphones work quite well.

Given the amount of development time and specific research into wind noise for motorcyclists, this should be suitable for riders.

DAAL product tester and Norwegian enduro racer Pål Anders Ullevålseter says the reduced sound levels from the device provide a much more comfortable environment for the rider.

Pål Anders Ullevålseter

“I experience less fatigue when driving with DAAL ANC, and do not get the same pain in the ears that I do when I drive without it,” he says. 

“It is easier to hear what is happening around you when you drive with the system, and by and large the riding experience is better.”

DAAL product designer Kjetil Grimsæth says their active noise reduction technology will, in principle, fit into any helmet without compromising safety.

Kjetil Grimsæth

“At the same time, DAAL ANC is self-learning and adapts to each individual user,” he says. 

“This is built on the fundament of a controller core that has been developed to cope with very demanding noise environments.”

DAAL boss Dag says their product will provide a more comfortable ride as well as preserve their hearing.

“Many riders have been looking forward to being able to order noise reduction for their motorcycle helmet,” he says. 

The combination of very high sound pressure levels and unpredictable noise characteristics, as well as the need to simultaneously ensure safety, were the challenges DAAL had to solve in the development of DAAL ANC.

DAAL Noise Control Systems was developed in labs and wind tunnels in the tech-sphere around NTNU university in Trondheim, Norway.

They have received substantial investment from several successful fund-raising campaigns through the equity crowdfunding platform Folkeinvest.

Dag and co-founder Sigmund Birkeland also invested all their savings in the project and Dag even had to sell his motorcycle.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Flagship Aussie smart helmet launched

Australian smart-helmet manufacturer Forcite has now launched a flagship model MK1S helmet with extra battery life, better comfort and aero, and hi-fi speakers.

The company has raised millions through public equity crowdfunding and shares to build more varieties of their MK1 helmets and expand into the world market later this year.

The first of their new models is the MK1S which is now available for order on www.forcitehelmets.com at $1299.

Every MK1S helmet is built to order in Sydney to the rider’s size, finish and customisation specifications.

Customers will be given a build slot with the first orders delivered in June.

The MK1 helmet features Forcite’s patented RAYDAR helmet system, combining Formula 1 LED technology, audio interactivity, military-grade camera recording and a fingertip handlebar controller.

Click here for more details.

Forcite Mk1S

The Mk1S features battery life of more than seven hours while using all the smart features except the camera which reduces life to about 3-4 hours.

It takes about 90 minutes to recharge via a USB-C port.

The helmet accommodates phone calls and Bluetooth 5.0 communication functionality is in the pipeline for 2023.

It has also been updated with the new visor Pinlock ready, an improved camera lens, more comfortable liner and subtle aero styling updates.

What’s included in the box:

  • Forcite MK1S smart helmet
  • Handlebar controller, controller thumbscrew, spacers and mount
  • Pre-installed Harman Kardon speakers
  • Controller handlebar mount spacers x2
  • Screwdriver for Camera Shield and Handlebar Mount
  • USB-C charging cable
  • USB power adaptor
  • Instant media access cable
  • Media access USB adaptor
  • Forcite stickers
  • Forcite Authenticity card
  • Product pamphlet
  • Size swap card

I have not yet tested the Forcite MK1 or MK1S helmets so I cannot comment on their functionality, comfort or quality. However, the company says one is coming soon, so I will update with a review.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Thrilling race video from Summer Night Series

Australia’s first smart-helmet manufacturer, Forcite, has created an exciting cockpit-view race video filmed with their clever helmet.

Filmed in collaboration with Cam Elkins of Stories of Bike, Under Lights features the amateur racing event – The Summer Night Series.

Forcite spokesman Charlie Stack says it is a short story that explores the tight-knit community and culture that has formed around Australia’s newest and most exciting race series. 

It is hosted by St George Motorcycle Club over four rounds under the state of the art Floodlight installation at Sydney Motorsport Park.

“St George Motorcycle Club started the series two seasons ago in an effort to bring something fresh and exciting to an otherwise stagnant Australian amateur motorcycle racing scene,” Charlie says. 

“Driven forward by a raft of dedicated organisers, volunteers, and competitors, the series is quickly becoming a crowd favourite for Sydney based spectators, and the club hopes to grow the event in the upcoming season and beyond.

Also showcased is Forcite-sponsored rider Aidan Hayes with his Forcite helmet providing a unique cockpit view of the close racing.

He battles his way through the field from a pit lane start to end in a photo finish, separated from a fellow rider by mere centimetres.

Forcite has launched a public equity crowdfunding campaign through Equitise to build more varieties of their MK1 helmets and expand into the world market.

The cashed-up company has already attracted funding from Atlas Advisors Australia, bringing their combined post-sales funding to $8 million.

Forcite smart helmet

The MK1 helmet features Forcite’s patented RAYDAR helmet system, combining Formula 1 LED technology, audio interactivity, military-grade camera recording and a fingertip handlebar controller.

Click here for more details.

Forcite’s smart helmet is designed to deliver road alerts and visual and audio turn-by-turn navigation without a phone, enabling riders to see or predict things before they happen to avoid danger.

It also automatically records dashcam footage of multiple lanes without distracting the rider.

All the technology is incorporated into the helmet without the need for an externally mounted device.

Forcite Chief Executive Officer Alfred Boyadgis claims the helmet’s technology which warns of road hazards with flashing lights, can reduce the number of accidents and save lives.

The Sydney based motorcycle technology company aims to provide a safer, more dynamic motorcycling experience with it’s Forcite MK1 smart motorcycle helmet. The world’s first ECE 22.05 approved smart helmet has rapidly sold out every time it has been available.

Now, 1380 riders are using the Forcite MK1 on the road and track with 14,000 more registering their interest to buy.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2022 Adventure/Dual-Sport Helmets Worth Wearing

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In the ADV and dirt parts of the motorcycling world, there are about as many helmets available as there are bikes. Much like with sport helmets, there are features and considerations that are specific to this part of the market.

When we were looking to find the best picks for the 2022 season, we took an approach that considered not only the safety and protection aspects of the helmet, but also what features it included specific to the ADV and dirt markets. This is why some of the more heavily promoted and “popular” helmets may not be on this list, as with all things on MotorBikeWriter, we are riders too.

As well, we did our best with this list to bring forth examples that are available around the world, and not just in Europe, Asia, or Australia. The reasoning behind this is that there are so many different certification bodies for each area that if the helmet is certified as DOT, ECE, and other  certification labs, then we’re pretty sure it’ll be legal in most nations of the world.

Adventure Helmet Picks For The 2022 Season

Entry-Level

Priced under $300, these helmets are ideal for new riders or value-conscious shoppers.

Mid-Range

Priced $300-$500, these helmets are feature-rich and offer excellent protection.

Premium

Priced $500 and up. The premium grouping of what is available in the Adventure segment.

A Note About Our Recommendations:

There’s a lot of fake “review sites” online today. We get it. We aren’t one of them. We’ve tested many pieces of gear. Helmets, jackets, boots, gloves, accessories, and more. We extensively and exhaustively test gear. We do not fluff reviews.


Entry Level Adventure Helmets (Priced Under $300)

Scorpion EXO-AT950 (ADX-1)

The Scorpion EXO-AT950 helmet.

Why?

This helmet is easy to call the best modular, adventure helmet available for the money. I realize that flies in the face of what I wrote at the outset of this article… but it’s true! The Scorpion EXO-AT950 is known outside North America as the ADX-1.

It can be worn without the visor installed to make room for goggles while doing serious off-road work or remove the sun peak for when you’re doing sport riding. You get a lot of versatility from this safety hat.

The more expensive EXO-AT950 helmets are shod in attractive graphic packages all aglow in bright colour schemes that help get the attention of onlookers and keep you more visible in traffic as well.

It lacks the high-end or premium feel of the more expensive adventure lids and isn’t Snell Certified or built with any other unusual safety features of note. Some people refer to it as heavy and noisy when worn at higher speeds too. Regardless, this helmet has been a popular fan favourite for 6 years and should fit into most people’s budgets.

Scorpion is known worldwide as a reliable brand that gives you more features for less money.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 4lbs or 1814g
  • Safety: DOT certification for the AT950, ECE 22.05 for the ADX-1
  • Sizing: XS to 3XL **Scorpion helmets often fit small so try before you buy or size 1 up if your head is at the far end of the sizing spectrum**

The In-Depth Review

Here’s a review from 2016 when the EXO AT-950 first appeared.

By the way, my sources at Scorpion tell me development is nearing completion of a new and improved AT950 that will be called the AT960. No official release date as of yet, but I would bet there’s a good chance we’ll see it in 2022.

Read our full review on the EXO AT-950.

Bell MX-9 Adventure MIPS

The Bell MX-9 MiPS ADV Helmet.

I won’t try calling the MX-9 the safest helmet for the price, but I feel confident saying it could save a wearer’s life in specific kinds of crashes more so than many others thanks to the Multi-directional Impact Protection System.

This MIPS safety liner in the MX-9 is designed to minimize the especially deadly rotational forces sometimes experienced by the head and neck during a crash. That’s a significant factor to consider when choosing your helmet. After all, we don’t wear helmets to look good. It’s supposed to be about safety.

The price is very reasonable for what you get and might allow a buyer to splurge for the wonderful luxury that is a Transitions Auto-Tinting visor while keeping the final price well under $400. Wow.

Even if this helmet isn’t the quietest, lightest, or physically smallest available, those first two factors I mentioned above are huge PROs. The MX-9 Adventure MIPS continues wearing the mantle of fan favourite even after 11 years of the competition trying to unseat it.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.74 lbs 1696g
  • Safety: DOT and ECE 22.05 certification
  • Sizing: XS to 2XL

**Transitions Auto-tinting/photochromatic visor available for this helmet for $149**

The In-Depth Review

This review is 11 years old now, but still relevant! I wonder if Bell is going to make a significant update soon to the helmet after this long? If so, we’ll make sure to get a sample to create an updated version of the review.

Have a look at the original Bell MX-9 MIPS Full Review.

Nishua Enduro Carbon

Nishua Enduro Carbon helmet

Why?

What if I told you it was possible to buy a brand new $499 Carbon Fiber Klim Krios Karbon adventure helmet for only $200? You can even install the Transitions Auto-darkening visor for the Krios Karbon on this Nishua Helmet if you want to spend another $150. It’s justifiable to do thanks to how inexpensive the Nishua Enduro Carbon Helmet is.

I haven’t personally seen this helmet or worn it, but I know many adventure riders have taken the leap of faith and purchased it with no regrets. I’ve heard that it fits much the same as a typical Shoei does, meaning slightly narrower on the sides and longer front to back. A true intermediate oval shape.

It’s built just like the Klim Krios Karbon without the brand name stickers on it. You can even buy an unbranded version of the Sena 10U Bluetooth system to install inside, but word on the street is the Sena 10U isn’t worth the money.

This Nishua helmet is claimed to weigh a gravity-defying 2.54lbs (1150g) with the visor and sun peak installed on it. Remove the visor and peak and the mass for a Medium size drops to 1040g or 2.29lbs. Interestingly the Klim Krios Karbon is listed at 3.25lbs on Revzilla’s website, but that would be a DOT-approved helmet which may truly be heavier because of some extra pieces necessary to get certified as such instead of ECE only.

If you live in the US and want to wear this Nishua on the road legally, you’ll need to live in a State not requiring DOT-approved helmets. You’ll also find that the vendor doesn’t ship to the US, so you’ll have to find a friend in another country to forward it to you or use an intermediary like ShipByMail to help. You won’t likely be able to get any warranty coverage or returns on it though, so think hard before buying.

If you live in Canada or anywhere else in the world that recognizes ECE-only certification you’re in luck!

  • Specs, Head Shape, & More
  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 2.54 lbs 1150g
  • Safety: ECE 22.05 certification (Not DOT approved)
  • Sizing: XS to XL (No 2XL or 3XL)

**Transitions Auto-tinting/photochromatic visor available for this helmet for $149**

The In-Depth Review

There isn’t one on our site for this Nishua helmet, neither is there one for the Klim Krios Karbon. I don’t know how that happened but let me direct you to Revzilla’s review of the Klim Krios from 2016. It is essentially the same helmet for almost ⅓ of the price.


Mid-Range Adventure Helmets (Priced $300 to $500)

LS2 Explorer Carbon

LS2 Explorer Carbon

Why?

A lightweight in the ADV segment at just 1.38 kg (3.04 lbs), the LS2 Explorer Carbon’s shell is made entirely out of 6K grade carbon fiber. This is a flexible but very strong weave of carbon fiber of the same type that they make aircraft wings from, so you can rest assured that it is more than up to the job of protecting your head.

Adding to the benefits of the Explorer Carbon is the oversize, removable visor over an ultra-wide eye port that gives excellent peripheral vision. It will also accept almost any size off-road goggles you may have. The visor itself is 99% optically correct, UV blocking, and is of ballistic A-grade polycarbonate that will prevent gravel or road debris from penetrating. A drop-down sunshield keeps the sun out of your eyes, and a pinlock max in the box is the cherry on top of the excellent vision offered by this ADV helmet.

Ventilation is excellent with multiple front intakes, including adjustable crown and chin vents, flowing through multiple channels in the EPS foam inside the shell. Air is pulled out the back of the helmet by multiple exhausts.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

  • Head shape: Intermediate Oval
  • Weight: 3.04 lbs or 1,378 g (peak and visor installed)
  • Safety: ECE 22.05 and DOT certification
  • Sizing: XS to 3XL

A Note Regarding Mid-Range Helmets In 2022

Throughout 2021, we here at MotorBikeWriter have been keeping an eager eye on the ADV and Dual-Sport helmet market segment. What we’ve seen has been surprising, to say the least, as some of our favorite models such as the ADV AX9, the ADV cousin of the excellent ADV SportModular, have simply been discontinued by manufacturers and not replaced in their model lineups. After some investigation, it has come to light that the helmet industry as a whole has been affected by the current global pandemic, and the availability of the raw materials to make affordable but high-quality mid-range helmets have been directly impacted.

Thankfully, the supply line issues that affected 2021 are already being fixed, so keep your eyes on this page for an update in Q2 2022 as many manufacturers are expecting to either reissue helmets, or release new ones before the riding season.


Premium Adventure Helmets (Priced $500+)

Now we have arrived at the level where helmet prices feature undeniable sticker shock. Are these helmets worth the top-dollar prices? In my humble opinion, yes, but only if you are a person who;

  • Appreciates fine details showcasing the obsessive level of quality workmanship found in the handmade helmets of Shoei and Arai.
  • Rides upwards of 10,000 miles per year.
  • Appreciates the best technology, materials, and newest features

I feel like Arai in particular overbuilds their helmets so much that they could last twice the prescribed 5 years of time recommended as the serviceable period. That’s good if you plan on wearing them beyond that regardless of expert opinion on lifespan.

The Klim Krios Pro, Shoei Hornet X2 (Hornet ADV), and Arai XD-4 (Tour X-4),

The Klim Krios Pro, Arai XD-4, and Shoei Hornet helmet

Let’s just get these three out of the way first so we can check out a couple of new arrivals to this Premium Category.

These are the top three adventure helmets I’ve worn to date. Just pick the one you fit the best and there’s a 99% probability that you’ll be over-the-moon happy. They’re expensive, beautiful to look at, well-built, and they just plain do the job of protecting your head while also keeping you comfortable to a greater degree than the less expensive helmets.

Of the three I prefer wearing the Arai because it fits me the best while flowing huge quantities of air inside. I will happily wear the other two as well, though… it’s so, so, so, close.

Here’s a link to the three helmet comparison articles I previously wrote to tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about them. Three Adventure Helmet Showdown.

Alternative Choices

Now then, what else is out there you might ask? Suppose you want something different or Modular at this price point?

BMW GS Carbon EVO Helmet

The BMW GS Carbon EVO Helmet

Why?

I swear that I’m not a BMW fanboy (I ride a KTM!), but I like what I see in both new Adventure helmets announced in November 2020 for this 2021 merchandise lineup.

This is the fancier of the two new lids. Like the GS Pure, this GS Carbon EVO is very lightweight and has been wind tunnel tested to achieve above-average aerodynamics (quiet). But the Carbon EVO has a shell built entirely out of Carbon Fiber for extra strength which often leads to more wind noise.

Additionally, you get a MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) safety liner inside the Carbon EVO to give this helmet a higher level of protection against rotational forces in a crash.

BMW claims to have ensured this helmet has excellent ventilation and designed the sun peak’s shape to minimize drag and pull. The comfort liner inside has fewer seams in it to mitigate stress points on the wearer’s scalp and they’ve set up the interior to house the BMW Fit-For-All Bluetooth communication system. A Pinlock lens is included with the helmet and there’s also an outside spot to mount a GoPro or equivalent too.

Just as with the GS Pure helmet, I don’t know who manufactures the GS Carbon EVO helmets for BMW, but I’m trying to find out. I believe it could be Nexx because it looks similar to the X.Wed-2 (read the review here!) line of helmets, but I’m not saying that with nearly as much confidence as I did while linking the GS Pure/Airoh Commander bloodlines.

If you live in the US and want to wear this GS Pure helmet on the road legally, you’ll need to live in a State not requiring DOT-approved helmets. If you live in Canada or anywhere else in the world that recognizes ECE-only certification you’re in luck!

Specs, Head Shape, & More

  • Head shape: Unknown at this time (I’m guessing intermediate oval or neutral oval)
  • Weight: 3.2lbs or 1,450 g (peak and visor installed) and less when the visor is removed and goggles worn.
  • Safety: ECE 22.05 certification (Not DOT approved)
  • Sizing: XS to 2XL
  • The In-Depth Review

Coming at some future time I hope, but no one has yet been able to test one from what my searches reveal.

Have a look at this review of the last BMW GS Carbon helmet to get a rough idea of what it might offer since this GS Carbon EVO is an updated GS Carbon.

Touratech Aventuro Traveller Carbon

The Touratech Aventuro Traveller Carbon helmet.

Why?

There isn’t a fancier or more refined modular adventure helmet on the market than this one from Touratech and Nexx. Yes, I would rank this Touratech ahead of the Schuberth E1, in case you’re wondering.

Every switch, button, or moving part on the Touratech shows high quality and is a pleasure to live with. The Carbon Fiber shell helps keep weight just under 4lbs which is significant considering the large sun peak jutting out from the front of it.

What makes this helmet stand out from the crowd (and surpass the Schuberth) other than the dashing good looks? The ventilation in it is phenomenal. I mean the only way to get better cooling in it would be to raise the chinbar and ride that way. It’s that good.

I love how quiet it is too. That’s a rare commodity to find in a modular helmet, let alone a Carbon Fiber modular helmet! Thanks to the wedge shape of the chin bar and aerodynamic sun peak this helmet cuts through the wind like the bow of a ship through water.

I’m also a fan of the visor and internal, drop-down sun visor lens clarity, not to mention there’s a Pinlock lens included with the helmet. It’s all very well done and the whole of it feels solid in your hands as well as on your head.

My only complaints stem from the unbalanced weight distribution (it’s chin heavy) and the fact you can’t quickly disconnect the sun peak as you can with nearly every other adventure helmet. The crown liner sometimes bunches up weirdly on me while I’m wearing it, leading to pressure points or hot spots.

I’ve encountered this before with the Schuberth C4 and C4 Pro, but can’t explain why it happens. If those things don’t bother you, this is one of the best modular adventure helmets you can buy.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

  • Head shape: Intermediate Oval
  • Weight: 3.9lbs (size Large) or 1770 g
  • Safety: DOT and ECE 22.05 certification
  • Sizing: XS to 3XL

The In-Depth Review

I reviewed this helmet last year and noted many excellent features along with very high-end finishes. No question, Touratech put a ton of thought into how they wanted Nexx to build this premium modular adventure helmet for them.

It doesn’t work well with my head and neck so I sold it to a friend of mine who is enjoying it thus far. Touratech Aventuro Traveller Carbon Review.

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Touratech announces new all-roads helmet

German adventure motorcycle accessories company Touratech has announced a new adventure helmet which can quickly convert into a road helmet without the need for any tools.

The Touratech Aventuro Rambler is available in Australia now for $1090 in seven sizes from XS to 3XL.

Like its previous helmets, I suspect this is made for the company by fellow countryman Schuberth helmets who make high-quality models that score well on independent safety tests such as the British SHARP helmet safety scheme ratings.

The most interesting and cleverst feature of the ECE 2205 and DOT approved Touratech Aventuro Rambler is its ability to be used on-road and off-road.

It can be transformed from a hybrid adventure helmet with peak and visor into an airy cross helmet with peak and goggles or a streamlined road helmet with little effort, all without the aid of any tools.

The Rambler also has the vital safety feature of red emergency pull tabs that release the cheek pads in the event of a crash so the rider doesn’t sustain neck injury when removing the helmet.Touratech Aventuro Rambler

Aussie riders should find it comfortable in the summer heat thanks to the adjustable four-vent system and replaceable and washable COOLMAX inner padding.

You can wear it with the visor attached or with goggles which are not included. However, there is an integrated goggle strap guide to keep them in place.Touratech Aventuro Rambler

The helmet comes in three outer shell sizes and it’s not super-light.

It weighs 1600g for the XS-S in on-road setting and 1750g in off-road mode.

The middle outer shell (sizes M-L) weighs 1625g on-road and 1775 off-road, while the large outer shell (XL-3XL) is 1650g and a whopping 1800g.

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Aussies support smart helmet company

Aussie riders are getting behind smart-helmet manufacturer Forcite which is on track to raise $A1m through a public equity crowdfunding campaign through Equitise.

Since it launched in December 2021, $920,000 has been raised with one week to go until it closes.

Together with Series A Preference Shares which raised $4.6m the Sydney-based motorcycle technology start-up is on track to raise about $6m to build more varieties of their MK1 helmets and expand into the world market later this year.

Company spokesman Charlie Stack says they now have sold Forcite MK1 helmets to 1380 riders with 14,000 more registering their interest across Australia, US and Europe.

“The equity crowdfunding campaign speaks to our DNA of community involvement in the company,” says Charlie.

“Since the early days of Forcite, we have involved motorcycle riders in the design process with a test pilot group of 8000 riders giving us feedback and input on our technology.

“We have had many reach out to ask if they could invest, thanks to equity crowdfunding this is now possible and our campaign on Equitise is on track to raise over $1m.

“Being part of the motorcycle community is a pillar to our business, 60% of our staff ride and we’ve always wanted the input from motorcycle enthusiasts.

“On the road, we’re getting a very good response from Aussie riders who are loving the integrated tech, alerts, navigation, app and lightweight design.”

The MK1 helmet features Forcite’s patented RAYDAR helmet system, combining Formula 1 LED technology, audio interactivity, military-grade camera recording and a fingertip handlebar controller.

Click here for more details.

Forcite Mk1 smart helmet
Helmet, handlebar controller and free app

Forcite’s smart helmet is designed to deliver road alerts and visual and audio turn-by-turn navigation without a phone, enabling riders to see or predict things before they happen to avoid danger.

It also automatically records dashcam footage of multiple lanes without distracting the rider.

All the technology is incorporated into the helmet without the need for an externally mounted device.

Forcite Chief Executive Officer Alfred Boyadgis claims the helmet’s technology which warns of road hazards with flashing lights, can reduce the number of accidents and save lives.

Forcite smart helmet delivered in December
Alfred with early-design helmets

“Thanks to input from riders across Australia, Forcite has created a more dynamic, exciting and safe riding experience with our smart helmet technology.” Alfred says.

“Our expert team of designers, developers, and engineers are also motorcycle enthusiasts who use Forcite technology daily so they can constantly test, learn and make iterative improvements after every ride.

“They have their fingers well and truly on the pulse. With this investment from venture capital and equity crowdfunding we’re expanding globally and building our R&D pipeline for the next generation of Forcite motorcycle helmets and in-bike technologies.”

Charlie says their next model, the MK1S, will launch in April.

“We also have a number of partnerships in the works with global motorcycle manufacturers to integrate smart technologies within bikes as smart bikes and E-bikes take off,” he says.

The first owners of the helmet have their own Facebook group and there is a Founders club where the riders give the Forcite design engineers feedback and ideas to improve on the smart helmet.

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Atlas 4.0 claimed to be quieter

British motorcycle helmet manufacturer Ruroc has only been around a few years but is now set to release the fourth generation of its Atlas full-face helmet.

The company claims its ECE 22:05 and DOT FMVSS218 approved, carbon-fibre Atlas 4.0 helmet will be even quieter than the last model.

I reviewed the Atlas 3.0 helmet in October 2021 and found it quite comfortable and full of handy features, but still had issues with noise and the lack of ventilation control.

Company spokesman Ben Conie says they have again listened to rider feedback in updating the helmet.

Changes include “upgrades to the internal acoustics” (whatever that means), shell structure and air flow.

The Atlas 3.0 is my go-to helmet in summer for its ventilation, but in winter it might be too “fresh” as the only vent you can close is the chin vent.Ruroc Atlas 4.0

Now all four vents in the chin, sides and top can be controlled. That might also reduce wind noise as the side vents are close to the ears.Ruroc Atlas 4.0Ruroc Atlas 4.0

They also say the “fully re-engineered internal structure fits seamlessly against the lower helmet trim, reducing turbulent air-flow within liner gaps” to reduce noise.Ruroc Atlas 4.0

The Atlas 4.0 will be launched on February 18 when more details will be available.

So far there is no word about price, but the Atlas 3.0 helmet started at the same price as the Atlas 2.0 at $A630.

However special graphic options can takes the price to $A810 for the Nebula Carbon and Liquid Carbon models.

You can register for details when it launches by clicking here, or stay tuned to MortorbikeWriter.com.

I also hope they retain the superb boxing which features a contoured foam pad to place your helmet on when it is not on your head.

It even includes a groove to hold your spare Pinlock-ready wraparound visor which comes in a range of options including new Chrome and Pink iridescent.

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Review: Send 3S Plus Boom intercom

Bulky external Bluetooth intercom systems not only cause wind noise issues, but look unsightly and could even be an issue with head rotation in a crash.

Bluetooth motorcycle helmet intercom giant Sena has come up with two solution options that eliminate those bulky external modules.

The 3S PLUS Boom and 3S PLUS Universal Bluetooth 4.1 headsets are cheap options, too, at just $A139.

While the Universal has a very small controller that sticks on the outside of the helmet making it suitable for all helmets, the Boom has the controls on the boom microphone, so it’s only really suitable for open-face helmets or modular helmets when the chin guard is in the up position.

I tested the Boom model and found it so quick and easy to install I am able to swap it in seconds from one open face helmet to another.

The lightweight 55g unit simply velcros into the helmet and the wires tuck behind the liner. It includes a USB charging socket on a cable which you can discretely tuck under the liner.

The only issue I had was that the boom mic is a bit heavy and sometimes droops because the velcro backs of the speakers won’t stick very well to the helmet liner. Sena 3S Plus Boom Bluetooth intercom

The boom has only two controls with plus and minus signs on them. Yet they control power on and off, pairing, tracks up and down, volume and all phone functions.

It sounds easy, but you have to remember how to use them as some functions require using both buttons and others just the one, but tapping it or holding it down for a certain period. It takes a little while, but you soon get used to it.Sena 3S Plus Boom Bluetooth intercom

While the mic features Sena’s noise control system, it was impossible to have phone conversations when riding over about 80km/h with an open-face helmet.

That’s not because of the wind noise in the mic, but because the speaker volume is not high enough. You also tend to shout at that speed to hear yourself over the wind noise, causing the person on the other end of the phone to ask you to stop shouting!

It’s ok for around town and is fine if you don’t wear filtered earplugs. However, IU always wear filtered plugs so phone calls and music over 80km/h are out of the question.

Sena claims up to eight hours of talk time on a single charge and seven days of standby time. I can confirm the latter, but not the former. Who talks for that long!

However, I was able to listen to music all day and take a couple of calls without the battery going flat.

I suspect the 3S PLUS Universal would also have the same volume level issue in open-face helmets.

Both claim two-way HD intercom at a range of 400m, so long as there aren’t major obstructions such as buildings.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com