Friday, September 5

Rukka Armaxis Jacket: The Land Rover of Jackets


If Dainese is the Armani of motorcycle gear, Rukka is that six-figure Land Rover that just returned from trekking across the globe like it was no big deal. Think ultra-premium, no-holds-barred, top-of-the-line bombproof motorcycle gear. Imagine the best and newest, most protective materials synthesized into the king of all cold-weather riding jackets.  Do that, and you have the new Rukka Armaxis Jacket. It’s like the Armas we’ve all come to love, but better.  Thought the Armas was a little too bulky? Fixed! Wanted D3O? Done! Wanted a cappuccino maker? Done . . . uh, alright. So that’s one thing it doesn’t do.

Rukka Armaxis Motorcycle JacketThe Gore-Tex Pro Shell provides 3 layers of laminated goodness to keep all kinds of moisture out. Armacor panels make the asphalt think twice about attacking your skin. And of course, the obligatory aramid (Kevlar) fibers and genuine Cordura reinforcements don’t hurt either. The Gore Lockout zipper has been done away with in favor of a much less finicky waterproof YKK Aqua Seal zipper. Rukka’s D3O air armor covers the shoulders, back, and elbows. CE Level 1 for everything but the back, which is CE Level 2. You’re like the Black Knight, except on a motorcycle and you (hopefully) kill fewer people.

Inside, there’s a removable Gore Windstopper jacket. And, get this: It’s a destination liner!  Yup, wear it around town, wear it at your campsite, wear it in the wilderness -- do whatever you want. And in case your skin is oh-so-delicate, a detachable collar, both sleeves, and the main zipper are lined with a nice soft fabric made from elastic Gore-Tex stretch material.

Rukka Armaxis Jacket Review:


What’s the Armaxis missing? Well, venting, for one. There are some exhaust vents and a couple of zipper vents on the chest, but not enough to keep you cool on warmer days. The thing is, the jacket wasn’t really made for summer riding. If you happen to live where the sun doesn’t shine so bright, or need the craziest of crazy awesome winter jackets, you have a friend in the Armaxis.

- ZLAus-e

Tuesday, September 2

Shoei VFX-W Helmet: For Explorers


If Lois and Clark were on dirtbikes, the Shoei VFX-W Helmet is probably the helmet that they would be wearing. It is made for kicking up dust in the woods, dirt roads, and open fields of the world. Lightweight, well-ventilated, and extremely comfortable, it is one of the very best.
Shoei VFX-W Grant 2 Motorcycle Helmet

The Shoei VFX-W Grant 2 Helmet is a new graphic in the lineup that features a trippy dreamcatcher theme and vibrant undertone. Stretched out from the top of the helmet the dreamcatcher reaches to every corner of the lid giving it a very encompassing feel. Underneath the feathers and weave is an alternating Yellow/Black or Blue/Black pattern that gives the graphic a good sense of depth.

Shoei VFX-W Block Pass Motorcycle Helmet




With a very traditional off-road graphic, the Shoei VFX-W Block Pass Helmet is just an absolute mesh of line, color, and angles. With either a Black/White/Silver, Blue/White/Black, or Red, White, Yellow color option, it has multiple options for a variety of riding styles.



Shoei VFX-W Maelstrom Motorcycle Helmet


Like something out of an old Ninja Turtles cartoon, the Shoei VFX-W Maelstrom Helmet is a fun graphic with a graffiti inspired feel throughout. From the lively colors to the alternation of thick/thin lines and faded transitions of contrasting elements, this helmet is one that instantly draws attention in all directions.


So go out, explore a bit, do it fast, and wear one of the Shoei VFX-W graphical helmets when you do.

Have fun out there, be safe, and as always...

Enjoy the ride,

- Juice
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Shoei X-12 Helmet: What's Your Trajectory?


Speed. It is that simple. The Shoei X-12 is all about it. That is what it exists for. Track days and important races. It is… well… its destiny.
Shoei X-12 Trajectory Motorcycle Helmet

The new Shoei X-12 Trajectory Helmet is a graphic that pays homage to the task of going fast. With a frantic assortment of streaking lines this helmet just begs to be in top gear and flying towards the finish line. It is all about the track ahead and gripping the controls with skill as you navigate the the tarmac with precision.

For a top-tier helmet built for the most discerning riders on the planet, it is tough to beat the X-12 from Shoei.

Have fun out there, be safe, and as always...

Enjoy the ride,

- Juice
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Shoei GT-Air Helmets: It's All About Choice


Choice… we all kind of like to have one. For the most part, however, the options for a great touring helmet with unique style are quite limited. While graphics are often available, they tend to be pretty much the same, and kind of boring. Shoei has looked to change all of that with the newest iterations of its classic GT-Air Helmet.
Shoei GT-AIr Grandeur Motorcycle Helmet

The Shoei GT-Air Grandeur Helmet is a great example of taking a longer stride than most. With a White/Silver graphic featuring wings and flowing vines, it is a helmet that has a visual style that is distinct from many other touring helmets. Here, you can enjoy all of the great features of the GT-Air, yet with a light graphic that is as fun as you are.


Shoei GT-Air Revive Motorcycle Helmet



Built with the very popular Phoenix theme in mind, the Shoei GT-Air Revive Helmet is all about the legendary bird who rises from its own ashes. From the fearsome creature spreading its wings wide with laser focus along either side of the faceshield to the flowing ring of fire around the base from which it is born, this helmet is ablaze with epic-ness.


Shoei GT-Air Cog Motorcycle Helmet


Ah, that feeling when you shift perfectly… it is simply wonderful. To be in perfect harmony with your machine and to drop the hammer, roll on the throttle, and be gone is the best. If you are a fan of mechanized masterpieces and the parts that go into making them work, the new Shoei GT-Air Cog Helmet is for you. It is all about the driving forces behind the engines that propel us toward our destinations in the most enjoyable of ways.

Most of the time it seems as if the more aggressive graphics tend towards more aggressive helmets. They flood the racing lid market but yet remain behind in the touring segment. With the new line of Shoei GT-Air lids, there are now a few more options for the latter.

Have fun out there, be safe, and as always...

Enjoy the ride,

- Juice
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Shoei RF-1200: Graffiti, Terminus, Brigand & Cruise Helmets


So this one is near and dear to me. The Shoei RF-1200 is my personal favorite helmet… of all time! I mean, other than the one Maximus wore in Gladiator of course. And maybe Darth Vader’s. But hey, I don’t think that either of those were DOT approved.

Shoei RF-1200 Graffiti Motorcycle Helmet

The Shoei RF-1200 Graffiti Helmet leaves little to be misunderstood about its design. Like a subway car in 1989, this lid is tagged to the maximum with color, splatter, and crisp design. With a vast array of color along each of the side and a drip of ink over the faceshield, this is a helmet for the city streets… watch your front tire around those train tracks though!


Shoei RF-1200 Terminus Motorcycle Helmet

Races begin at the starting gates and end with the finish line. It is everything in between that matters. Simple enough. And the universal symbol for that ending point? That’s right… a checkered flag. With the Shoei RF-1200 Terminus Helmet, that ethos is instantly recognizable as the finish line is displayed with a stripe down the center as well as along each chin bar. Additional visual texture is shown with weathered looking Yellow paint and fabricated rub marks that make the helmet seem as if the helmet has been running hard for the win.


Shoei RF-1200 Brigand Motorcycle Helmet

For the riders looking to run a little bit outside of the standard decorum, the Shoei RF-1200 Brigand Helmet is a bit of attitude unlike any other. Entangled in webs of deceptive deviance and lurking in the shadows for the opportune time to strike, this is a helmet that makes no apologies. In case there were any questions, and there shouldn’t be, a skull graphic over the words “vida loca” is prominently placed on the rear left of the helmet… ya’ll better recognize!

Shoei RF-1200 Cruise Motorcycle Helmet

The Shoei RF-1200 Cruise Helmet is a smooth, simple, and well-paced graphical addition to the lineup. Coming in either Black/White or a very stylish, very Ducati, Red/White option, a sweeping color scheme creates a feeling of speed and perpetual motion throughout. There is no sitting still, no waiting to ride until tomorrow… the Cruise Helmet from Shoei is all about getting out there now!


With the new line of graphics for the Shoei RF-1200 helmet, there is a little something that will appeal to each of us. No matter your style, if you are looking for a great helmet with a unique style, any of these would be a good place to start your search.

Have fun out there, be safe, and as always...

Enjoy the ride,

- Juice
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