Monday, September 30, 2013

The Cops Hate Kenneth Bruins

Kenneth Bruins sent us this e-mail today so watch out California rider:

Pulled over on Hwy 76 Oceanside. Got wrote up for 2 infractions on helmet.#1 non dot, #2 non safety. Turned a red light on me, gave me no reason for why he pulled me over. Just asked for my helmet, wrote the citations. Got my buddy too because he pulled over with me. Told me to put my helmet in my bag. Asked him where we could buy a helmet on Sunday morn., he said try k-mart. They do not stock helmets. Stranded along side Hwy. 76 for about 3 hrs. Found out from another Harley rider who got a ticket that morning for a helmet non-dot that there was a motorcycle shop only a quarter mile away that was open. Could have crawled there. Oceanside police dept. motorcycle cop was a piece of work. Booked a court appointment for Thursday evening check-in 5:pm North County traffic annex. They wanted $364.00 to pay on line.
I think Ken has earned a free Fuckin Cops Motorcycle Helmet Sticker.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Coolest motorcycle helmet ever

motorcycle helmet fire
This is not our motorcycle helmet and not even our idea......But it is the coolest idea and the coolest motorcycle helmet ever.
Cool motorcycle helmet

The riders name is Angyal Zoltan and he seems pretty famous on the Google. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Omaha police search for motorcycle helmet thief

OMAHA — Authorities in Omaha want the public to help them find a motorcycle helmet thief.

The Omaha Police Department released two videos Thursday that show a maroon vehicle. Police believe the driver of the vehicle took the helmet.

The helmet was taken Sunday morning from a police motorcycle parked outside a grocery store.

One of the videos shows the driver pulling up to the motorcycle and reaching out of the window before taking the helmet off of the bike. The other video shows the vehicle at a gas station.
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Just so you know, Iron Horse Helmet hopes this thieving scum bag never gets caught....He is great for our business.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Customer Photos take 100


Here is a collage of this weeks customers photos.  Here are 6 customers wearing 5 different neoprene face masks.  

I think we should change our name to Iron Horse Masks since we sell so many of these things.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Do Bananas Grow On Trees?

What do bananas have in common with money? (Besides the fact that I have huge piles of them in a bowl on my kitchen counter, I mean.) Contrary to popular belief, and probably a bunch of Harry Belafonte songs, bananas don’t grow on trees.

Even though banana plants can grow to be 30 feet in height, they’re not technically trees: their stems are sturdy, but contain no woody tissue. They’re not trunks, but “pseudostems,” made of densely packed leaves. So a banana plant is actually a perennial herb, like a lily or an orchid. Technically, the banana fruit is the berry of the plant—it may not look much like one, but it contains seeds and pulp from a single ovary, so it’s often classified as an “epigynous berry.”

If you’ve ever seen one of those 200-banana mega-clusters straight off the tree perennial herb, you probably imagined them hanging down from the stem, right? Not so. Banana bunches actually grow upward, a phenomenon called “negative geotropism.” They’re not growing towards the sun—they’re actually confounding gravity by seeking “up.” That’s also why the fruit ends up curved. So does this mean that bananas grown in zero-gravity might be as straight as pencils? I’m no space scientist but I’m going to say yes. Yes they would.

Quick Quiz: The term “banana republic” was originally coined by what American short story writer, who holed up in Honduras in 1896 while wanted back in the U.S. for bank embezzlement.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Iron Horse Helmets Dating Service


Welcome to Iron Horse Helmets dating member #2.  I hope you remember Bertha. We failed miserably setting her up....So why not try contestant #2.

Name:  Claire
Turn on:  Skinny Men
Turn off: Fat Men
Phobia:  Spiders
Dream Motorcycle: Ninja
Worst Habit: Dieting 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Full Face Motorcycle Helmets

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Half Mask

Some things don't make any sense.  I often wonder how some people get elected president, but I am not here to rant about that.  Today I am wondering why on earth we pay the exact same amount for the half face mask as we do for the full face mask?

We just got in a new shipment of half face masks and they are cool.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Warning Labels

Everyone knows that we put warning labels on our novelty motorcycle helmets.  But, did you know that we are going to need to start putting labels on our packaging? 

That's right!  All the stuff we sell is just Awesome! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

HJC CL-16 Voltage Full Face Helmet

HJC CL-16 Voltage Full Face Helmet Features:
-Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology
-Shield provides 95% UV protection and is ready for the ultimate fog-resistant insert
-Quick, secure, tool-less shield removal and installation.
-Full front to back airflow flushes heat and humidity up and out
-Removable, moisture-wicking and odor-free with anti-bacterial fabric
-SNELL/DOT Approved

HJC CL-16 Voltage Helmet
Features:
Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell
Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology
Aerodynamic shell shape reduces turbulence
Impact absorbing, multi-density EPS liner ACS Advanced Channeling Ventilation System
Scoop top intake vent combine with rear exit vents to provide flow-through ventilation, helping to pull heat and humidity up and out of the helmet’s interior
Chin bar intake vent provides airflow across the shield interior to help eliminate shield fogging
Side chin bar venture exhaust vents for increased heat and humidity dissipation SpeedCool™ Removable/Washable Interior Lining
Moisture-wicking and odor-free interior with advanced SpeedCool™ anti-bacterial fabric
Multi-layer contoured cheek pads improve fit and comfort
Pinlock Prepared HJ-09 Shield with anti-scratch coating and RapidFire Shield Replacement System
Optically correct, three dimensional design face shield offers 95% UV protection
RapidFire shield replacement system allows for quick, secure and tool-less shield removal and installation
Includes clear Pinlock lens shield insert
Nylon Strap Retention System neatly secures chin strap/snap
DOT and Snell M2010 Approved
3XL is DOT only

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Biker Shirts




Our new Direct to Garment printer will be here in 15 days.....We are so excited!

Above are some sample T-shirt ideas we are going to make.  Please let us know if there is anything special you want.  We will love to steal your ideas. 

You can see some of our practicing below.  Be sure to check out our little video at the bottom. 
Stolen image we practiced with

We can make custom face masks

We can make custom Doo Rags
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Horror Used in Thailand to Promote Motorcycle Safety

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Here's another piece of reality to make you think twice before riding a motorcycle without a helmet.
It is completely disheartening to see how many riders disregard this elementary safety precaution, and Asia is probably the home of helmetless riding. What's even gloomier is the fact that these guys don't seem to understand that one does not need to ride at a high speed, for a fatal crash.

Basically, a person could crack their skull even when hitting the pavement hard, after tripping on the sidewalk. However, sidewalks are infinitely safer than riding on two wheels in traffic. As abrupt as it may seem, we have to admit the Thai Health Promotion Foundation are spot on, with this campaign. It is weird, but remember that TAC's ads shaved off around 50% of the accidents since their debut.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Winter is Coming

As they say on the best TV Show ever "Winter is Coming."

How does Iron Horse Helmets celebrate winter?  With new neoprene face masks of course.  We just got in over 20 new neoprene face masks with more to come in a month.

Check out these new Full Face Neoprene Masks:

Monday, September 16, 2013

HJC CL-MAXII Zader Full Face Modular Motorcycle Helmets


HJC CL-Max II Zader Helmet
HJC CL-MAXII Zader Full Face Modular Motorcycle Helmets
HJC CL-MAXII Zader Full Face Modular Motorcycle Helmets
Take your tunes and phone on the go for your next motorcycle ride and stay connected. The HJC CL-Max II Zader Helmet is designed to house your Chatterbox Bluetooth system with an exterior recess already built in to the polycarbonate shell for a custom looking fit.

Features:

Bluetooth ready with an exterior module recess and interior speaker cavities (Bluetooth sold separately)
Polycarbonate shell
Optically superior face shield provides 95% U.V. protection
ACS Advanced Channeling Ventilation System
Modular touring helmet design
Single button flip-up chinbar/face shield
HJ-17 QuickSlide Shield system
Bioceramic anti-bacterial interior
Moisture wicking removable and washable interior
DOT approved






Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thanks for the picture

motorcycle helmet stickers
Jack Turner just sent us this picture of him wearing a German Motorcycle Helmets with a ton of our motorcycle helmet stickers.

Friday, September 13, 2013

New motorcycle helmet mohawks are on the way

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motorcycle helmet mohawk

People are always asking, " When are you getting the red mohawks back in?"  or "can I get a purple motorcycle helmet mohawk?"  or even "Are you guys ever going to carry the white mohawks again?"

The answer is yes and the time is next week.  They are all flying out of China tonight.  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

England Loves Us!

We made 2 of the top 10 items on http://ridermagazine.co.uk/the-lighter-side-of-biking-2/....Because that is how we roll!


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

HJC SY-MAX III MODULAR HI-VIZ TOURING HELMET



HJC SY-MAX III MODULAR HI-VIZ TOURING HELMET
HJC SY-MAX III MODULAR HI-VIZ TOURING HELMET


Single-Button Flip-Up Chinbar / Face Shield

Advanced Fiberglass Spectra® Composite Weave Shell with Injection Molded Lightweight Polycarbonate Chinbar
Single-Button One Handed Chin Bar/Face Shield Release
Superior Fit & Comfort Using Advanced CAD Technology
“ACS” Advanced Channeling Ventilation System
Full Front to Back Airflow Flushes Heat & Humidity Up & Out
One-Touch Integrated Smoke-tinted SunShield Deploys Quickly & Easily (HJ-V5) Patent Pending*
Three Stage Multiple Postions with Locking Mechanism
BlueTooth® Ready with Integrated Recess & Interior Speaker Cavities (Bluetooth® unit sold separately)
Optically Superior Pinlock® Faceshield Provides 95% U.V. Protection (HJ-17) Pinlock® Insert Sold Separately
QuickSlide™ Tool-less Shield Replacement System
Multiple Optional Face shields & SunShields Available
SilverCool™ Removable & Washable Interior
Moisture-wicking & Odor-Free Interior with Advanced Silver Anti-bacterial Fabric.
Meets or Exceeds D.O.T. Standards * SunShield System ( US Patent No. 7,540,033 )

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen.... I introduce to you skull neoprene face mask #5239

One of our very favorite things (besides burritos) is making another new neoprene face mask.

Ladies and Gentlemen (like any of our customers are ladies or gentleman) I introduce to you skull neoprene face mask #5239.

Oh, you say that we have not had that many skull neoprene face masks yet? Well, it sure as hell feels like we have!

At first glance, this skull mouth face mask looks like just another skull face mask. Which it is, except for the name. Yep, we put mouth after the skull part so it is a whole new name.

We made ‘it from high-end French (not really) neoprene, which has a subtle heather texture similar to fine suit cloth. So it looks sophisticated — and feel slumped-on-the-couch comfy like your favorite pair of old sweats.

More than a skull neoprene face mask, it's an experiment in sartorial subterfuge. In the office or on the road, rest assured that this skull mouth face mask will make any day feel like Casual Friday. But no one will be the wiser....unless you work in a bank.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

What Happens When We Ask For Customer Photos?

You might remember that we asked you to send it customer photos some time ago.  Some people might not have realized this, but we really wanted pictures of you in our motorcycle helmets, helmet mohawks, face masks, t-shirts or ponytails.

I just want you customers to see some of the crappy pictures we received with our unclear request.  We salute you Mr. Ernie Brown and we thank you for clogging our E-mail program.
The 20 WTF Glamour Shots the Internet Can’t Explain

Friday, September 6, 2013

Famous

Awesome....We made it famous on a new website that we have never heard of:
http://motorcycless.net/skull-motorcycle-helmet-on-hbo/

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Susanna Loves Us

WOW!!!! Thanks for the amazing helmet - it looks incredible - better than I thought! Great work. Can't wait to get out to ride with it. Already sent someone to your site today who was really impressed! I'm sure I'll be ordering again but something custom with killer whales...
Really great!
Thanks again for your assistance! Impressed!
Susanna
ps (you probably should send a bunch of business cards with orders so people can pass them out for you when asked 'where'd you get your helmet')

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

New HJC CL-16 Full Face Motorcycle Helmets

HJC CL-16 Full Face Motorcycle Helmet
Summary
The new HJC CL-16 continues the HJC tradition of great value with their "bread and butter" CL-series.
The CL-16 is one of the least expensive helmets available that meets both DOT and Snell 2010 safety standards.
It is comfortable, not too heavy and has excellent visibility with an easy-to-remove face shield.
It's also an excellent bargain and they will probably sell zillions!
Background
I'm not sure what more can be said about HJC that hasn't already been said on these pages.
The company claims to be the "#1 Helmet Brand in North America" for the past 16 years in a row and it's easy to understand why, with helmets like the CL-16.
The CL-16 is the latest in the HJC CL-series and not only does it meet the new Snell 2010 safety standard, it does it weighing two grams less than its predecessor, the CL-14.
We reviewed that helmet in 2005 (we skipped the CL-15; too similar to the CL-14 but we did review the HJC CL-SP).
And, by the way, the CL-16 has a list price that starts at $10.00 less than the CL-14 . How's that for progress?
This proves that meeting Snell 2010 doesn't necessarily mean more weight, like a couple of other helmets I can name that were recently reviewed on webBikeWorld...and which cost, oh, about 5 times more.
By the way, as long as I have the bully pulpit here, I'd like to ask this: Why hasn't HJC capitalized on Ben Spies' fantastic World Superbike Championship?  Spies wears an HJC helmet (what looks like an FS-15) in what HJC called the "Elbowz" graphic.
You'd think HJC would have been pushing the heck out of a Ben Spies helmet for the masses, but other than a press release, I never did see an HJC Ben Spies replica for sale -- and I wanted to buy one. There's nothing listed on the HJC website about it either. Very puzzling, and one of the biggest missed opportunities in marketing I can think of. Can anyone explain this?  (Editor's Note:  See the Owner Comments (below) for more on this mystery!)
Anyway, maybe Mr. Spies wears a CL-16 when he's tooling along on his Yamaha Zumo, so let's take a webBikeWorld-style look at the HJC CL-16 in the Not Ben Spies yellow "Hellion" graphics.
HJC CL-16 Paint, Graphics and Overall Quality
One thing can be said for sure about the Shoei RF-1100 and X-12 reviewed recently on webBikeWorld, and that one thing is quality. After ogling, handling and wearing those helmets, everything else looks like...well, just a plain ol' lid.
The CL-16 will never be confused with the new Shoei designs, but let's make one thing clear: the CL-16 carries a list price of only $129.99 (solids) and the Hellion graphics shown here will cost you one Hamilton more. It was acquired with your checking off the box for the webBikeWorld User Group account.
The point is that this is a lot of helmet for the money, but don't expect Shoei, Arai or Shark quality. However, the CL-16 is perfectly serviceable and well made.
The Hellion graphics are fine; nothing ground-breaking but colorful and although the helmet is available in a limited palette, the yellow on this one adds visibility to the rider, which is always a plus. This one does have a few "dust mites" here and there under the clear coat; a few more than normally found even on the inexpensive CL-series, but I can live with that.
The clear coat feels slightly thin also, but again, not a problem at this price. Ditto for the budget-biased material used in the liner. But, comparatively speaking, the CL-16 is what it is for the price and the overall construction feels sturdy, as does the standard HJC face shield and "Rapid Fire" removal system, which I'll get into shortly.
Score: I'll give the HJC CL-16 an "Excellent" rating overall for quality, but the higher-than-average level of dust bunnies under the paint (even considering the price) drops the paint quality to a "Neutral". See the Summary Table at the end of this page for a description of our rating system.
CL-16 Helmet Fit, Comfort and Internal Shape
The CL-16 fit hasn't changed much from the CL-14, with a comfortable shape that is just a touch to the neutral side of round. It's a pretty neutral shape that should fit a wide variety of heads, and I will classify it as a "Slightly Round" shape in the webBikeWorld helmet fit classification system.
More information on helmet fit can be found in the chart that lists the helmet weights of webBikeWorld reviewed helmets and also by shape on the webBikeWorld Motorcycle Helmet Shapes page.
HJC lists the size XL as fitting a 61-62 cm head, and I think that's just about right, so I will assume that the rest of the sizes run true. I don't know how many shell sizes are used in the CL-16, but the helmet is available in sizes ranging from XS to 3XL, with the XXXL meeting DOT standards only.
It's possible that a single large shell size is used for the XXXL only, which would mean perhaps a small shell for XS-M; the next shell for L-XXL and a third shell for the XXXL. But I'm not sure it would make sense to have a single shell size for the XXXL, so the shell sizes will remain a mystery.
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The shell used in the size XL does not feel oversized at all and the helmet seems very well proportioned to perhaps even slightly petite, compared to other helmets.
The removable liner is actually pretty comfortable and the padding feels adequate with no hard edges poking through. There's a very slight amount of room in the forehead; this is the slight nod to neutral as I described above. Also, the helmet does feel slightly tight just in back of my ears; maybe this is why they call me a blockhead...
The vinyl material used around the bottom of the helmet neck roll does look and feel like it came from the sale bin, so let's hope it holds up. I'm taking a little extra care in laying the helmet down on the concrete and such to make sure I don't tear or wear the vinyl, seen in the next photo.
Score: I'll give the HJC an "Excellent" rating for overall comfort and fit.


The HJC "Rapid Fire" face shield removal system. The bottom orange arrow indicates the molded plastic point that holds the face shield open for defogging. The upper two orange arrows indicate the upper two indents that hold the face shield in the half- and full-open positions. The red arrow at the bottom points to the Rapid Fire trigger release, seen just below and to the left of and surrounding the screw.
CL-16 Face Shield
One way to save money is to standardize, like when GM uses the same turn signals and controls on a Cadillac as they do on a Chevrolet. This may bother some Cadillac owners, but the Chevy owners can rejoice in the fact that they're using the same switchgear in the $50k car.
The same goes for the CL-16. HJC has pretty much standardized on a face shield and removal system, called the "Rapid Fire". It works great, as you can see in the video (below). It's probably one of the easiest to use face shield removal systems going, and another bonus of standardizing is the face shield lock, implemented by a rocker switch at the lower left-hand side of the shield.
Don't forget to buy the optional $5.99 HJC CL-16 chin curtain! It works really well and adds a lot to this helmet.
Another benefit of this standardization is that HJC has addedPinlock anti-fog insert posts to the CL-16 face shield and a Pinlock anti-fog insert is included with the helmet.
This is the third helmet manufacturer (although I've lost count) recently who has apparently given up on even claiming an anti-fog treatment for the face shield and instead has gone to the Pinlock system.
We have mixed feelings on this. Although the Pinlock system does help to defeat fogging, the question is, why can't the same be done to the face shield?
The Pinlock system can be a bit tricky to install and extra care must be taken to clean it. Also, it does slightly degrade the clarity of the lens and some owners report hazing or dazzling from oncoming traffic at night.
Back to the face shield rotating mechanism on the CL-16... The downside of the system is the same two-position HJC lift mechanism with the "sometimes it works" defogging opening. Some HJC owners find that the first position works and some don't.
However, it works more securely on this helmet than on other HJC face shield I've tried, but the problems that some owners report with this tell me that perhaps the tolerances on the molding aren't as tight as the should be.
The small molded plastic tip, shown in the photo above, holds the shield in the defogging position. But there's nothing to hold it from moving up to the second position (a rather useless half-open setting) other than the indents on the Rapid Fire mechanism. Thus, the face shield remains slightly loose when it's just cracked open a notch.
Nevertheless, it works, although I wouldn't want to trust it at speed. The bottom line is that the face shield opens for defogging, then half-way, then all the way for a total of two (three counting the defogging opening) positions.
The face shield on this helmet is labeled as meeting VESC-8 standards and we measured it as 2.12 mm thick.
The eye port on the CL-16 actually provides slightly better than average visibility from the sides and top to bottom. The chin bar seems lower than some other helmets and it allows a good view of the road and the instruments. Otherwise the face shield quality is also better than average.
The locking mechanism will keep the face shield closed, when the shield is lowered all the way and the lock is engaged. The eye port gasket works and it passed the water evaluation, but the gasket is open on either side of the eye port so it is possible for water to enter the helmet through the sides.
By the way, the CL-16 does not have an internally rotating sun visor, which would raise the cost, weight and complexity. HJC offers a wide variety of tinted and mirrored face shields to fit the helmet.
Score: I'll give the overall system an "Excellent", just shy of an "Outstanding" if only the defogging position was slightly firmer.
HJC CL-16 Ventilation and Air Flow
The CL-16 has a basic ventilation system that at least looks promising but unfortunately doesn't deliver. The chin vent works well with a standard slider for opening and closing. It appears to let in a lot of air, and if I blow into the vent opening I can feel the air through the vents in the top of the chin bar.
The chin bar has two holes on the inside, covered with mesh. Air can be felt coming through these by pressurizing the outer exhaust vents on either side of the chin, so apparently these chin bar holes are for exhausting air and not for air intake.
However, most of the ventilation in the helmet comes from under the chin bar and the helmet does not have a chin curtain, so the need for a chin bar exhaust system is questionable.
This is one helmet that really needs a chin curtain, and I'd strongly suggest to HJC that they spend the extra 20 cents or so and include one with the helmet. I'm not sure if the design of the helmet is at fault or the weak chin venting system, but a lot of air (and noise) comes in from underneath.
In the meantime, owners may want to invest in a Windjammer helmet wind block or a Quiet Rider similar, especially for winter riding sans fairing. I tried the Windjammer and although it doesn't seem to change the ventilation levels, it makes a significant difference in lowering noise levels (next section).
webBikeWorld Opinionator: HJC CL-16 Ventilation





The top vent operates via a tiny rocker switch on top that is very difficult to find when wearing winter gloves. The air is supposed to enter into a small opening and travel through a single small hole in the EPS foam liner, then to ventilate the top of the rider's head.
But the hole through the EPS is at right angles to the top vent and the forehead liner covers the hole through the EPS anyway, so very little air can enter the helmet. We pressurized the top vent and felt no air at all coming through the hole in the EPS, so it may be blocked, which sometimes happens in final assembly.
The helmet has exhaust vents at the lower rear and behind the slim exhaust cover at the top rear, but as with most helmets, it's difficult to determine if they do anything.
Score: Overall, I'd have to rate the air flow in the CL-16 as "Poor". The system has potential but needs more fine-tuning by HJC and we don't think it would take much to make it work much more efficiently. We'd also like to see the inclusion of a chin curtain.
HJC CL-16 Sound Levels
The absence of a chin curtain as mentioned above and the overall shape of the CL-16 seems to cause higher than average noise levels from underneath the helmet. The helmet seems prone to the "booming" low-frequency noise, especially when riding behind a short fairing.
Otherwise, the helmet seems quiet enough -- about average I would say -- but it's difficult to tell because of the higher than average levels of noise coming from underneath. A Windjammer wind block definitely helped me in lowering noise levels, which confirms to me that a chin curtain would be a good feature to include.
Note that our helmet evaluations are normally a combined effort of several riders over time, on different types of motorcycles with and without windscreens. Evaluators wear correctly fitted, high quality earplugs (even when evaluating motorcycle intercom systems) and (usually) a helmet liner. It is strongly recommended that hearing protection is used when riding a motorcycle.  See the wBW Earplugs and Hearing Protection page for more information on choosing and wearing earplugs.
Note also that perceived noise levels will vary, depending on the individual. Noise can be caused by many factors, including helmet fit; the type of motorcycle and windscreen; wind speed and direction and even the type of clothing that is being worn. For more information on helmet noise, visit the wBW Motorcycle Helmet Noise page.
Score: I'll give the CL-16 a "Neutral" score for noise control for higher than average noise levels.
HJC CL-16 Helmet Weight
The CL-16 at 1702 grams weighs 2 grams less (negligible, I know) than the CL-14 we reviewed in 2005. This is a surprise actually and puts to rest the rumors that meeting Snell 2010 standards would mean heavier helmets.
At 1702 grams (3 lbs., 12-0 oz.) the CL-16 isn't a lightweight, but it's a reasonable weight for this type of helmet and it's right in line with a couple of its peers, the Bell Sprint at 1688 grams (3 lbs. 11-1/2 oz.); the KBC Force RR at 1705 grams (3 lbs. 12-1/8 oz.) and the HJC CL-SP at 1713 grams 3 lbs. 12-3/8 oz.
The shape of the helmet and the fit work very nicely together however, and the CL-16 feels perfectly balanced in use, so no complaints there.
For comparison purposes, see the wBW Motorcycle Helmet Weights page for a listing of all of the helmets we've reviewed along with their weight and internal shape.
Score: I'll give the CL-16 an "Excellent" rating for reasonable weight, considering the safety standards it meets, and good balance.
Miscellaneous
The CL-16 has a better than average chin strap and the chin strap pads are attached (sewn) to the chin strap itself, so they always stay in place. Why didn't I think of this?
And why don't other helmet manufacturers do this?  Actually, I hadn't thought of it before and have complained about chin strap pads that work their way out from under the chin strap. The system on the CL-16 is simple and it works.
The helmet a lightweight double D-ring attachment system and a plastic snap to retain the extra chin strap length.
The vestigial breath guard at the top of the chin bar includes three small hollow tubes that must serve some purpose, but I can't decipher it (UPDATE: See M.C's comments below). Also, the inside of the chin bar has a wide swath of the "loop" part of a hook-and-loop system. I'm guessing this is designed for a microphone attachment?
The ear pockets are lined and are slightly shallow but thin helmet speakers will fit.
And finally, the CL-16 carries a one-year warranty from HJC. (Edit: Corrected from three years).
Conclusion
All I can say is that the HJC CL-16 is definitely a bargain, even with the few shortcomings mentioned above. Any time you can buy a name-brand helmet, now meeting the latest safety standards, for less than 100 bucks with a Pinlock system included and a three-year warranty, you have a certified deal.
Add in a comfortable liner and fit and better than average visibility with a nice face shield and removal system and all told it will be difficult to beat the CL-16 in 2010.
From "T.C." (June 2012): "I have owned the HJC CL-16 for almost a year now. Loved the helmet at first. It's comfortable and the price was right.
The visor mechanism has been troublesome. The tiny piece of plastic that keeps the visor fully closed broke after only a couple months use. Now when I turn my head the wind opens the visor slightly.
The visor has started to get stuck lately and will not open fully without some force. I have not owned many helmets, but this one seems loud at highway speeds."

From "M.C." (10/10):  "You mentioned this in (the) HJC CL-16 helmet review, "The vestigial breath guard at the top of the chin bar includes three small hollow tubes that must serve some purpose, but I can't decipher it." 
The purpose of the tree hollow tubes are tabs to secure a breath shield in place. It's an option for the CL-16, but it comes standard with other higher end models. I have a FG-15 and it comes standard with it." 

From "E.S." (9/10):  "I purchased an HJC CL-16 (in size) XXXL in June 2010. I obviously have a large (oval) head, and am returning to long hair, so the extra space was welcome!
I travel summers in Oregon and winters in Nevada, so there is quite a temp difference, and climate also. I have the flat black solid rubberized model, as I drive a Harley with a small windshield and no fairing, and just won't do the skid lid thing, even if it isn't stylish. You see, I love American iron; but I love my life also!  I even wear armored clothing!  So it is full face for me!
I rode in some harsh rain this summer and had no leaks, no fogging due to the Pinlock system. In Nevada, I rode on a 107 degree day and found the ventilation lacking but adequate. I keep the visor polished with Novus No.1 and debris (bug juice) seems to come off easily, and it works on the rubberized outer surface also!  I feel I get good visibility with the Pinlock visor, and there is ample room for sunglasses or prescription glasses.
The noise level seems good to me, but I think I will spring for a chin curtain for this winter. I use a waterproofed fleece balaclava for the cold. That may be sufficient, we shall see.
Overall, I am very satisfied with this helmet. My shorty windshield and the aerodynamics of the CL-16 work together well to reduce neck strain at interstate speeds even when I sit tall in the saddle and get into the slipstream. The only con would be the visor mechanism, in that, as good as it is, above 50 mph the wind closes the visor from the vent position. Not a biggie, but I would like it to be a bit stiffer and stay open particularly on a hot day!
Your website is really well done, and I shall refer others to it in the future. Great product reviews...thanks!"

From "B.B." (7/10):  "I recently purchased an HJC CL-16 because it fit my head perfectly. For some reason I had to buy it in size XL after always wearing a size Large in every other HJC helmet I have ever owned. I wanted a different helmet but I bought the CL-16 because it fit me the best of all the helmets I tried.
I do agree that the ventilation on the CL-16 is below average but I must disagree that it is loud. It is one of the quietest helmets I have ever owned. I was very surprised because I ride with a small windshield and my previous helmet (AC-11) seemed really loud by comparison.
I do have a chin curtain for the CL-16 but I ended up not using it because it actually seemed to increase noise levels especially around the back of the helmet. I love this helmet, I just wish it came in yellow. I have always owned a yellow helmet but bought the CL-16 in silver based on fit which is most important."
Editor's Note:  The CL-16 we reviewed is yellow. Also, as we state in each helmet review: 
Note that our helmet evaluations are normally a combined effort of several riders over time, on different types of motorcycles with and without windscreens. Evaluators wear correctly fitted, high quality earplugs (even when evaluating motorcycle intercom systems) and (usually) a helmet liner. It is strongly recommended that hearing protection is used when riding a motorcycle.  See the wBW Earplugs and Hearing Protection page for more information on choosing and wearing earplugs.
Note also that perceived noise levels will vary, depending on the individual. Noise can be caused by many factors, including helmet fit; the type of motorcycle and windscreen; wind speed and direction and even the type of clothing that is being worn. For more information on helmet noise, visit the wBW Motorcycle Helmet Noise page.

From "J.A.D." (2/10):  "This is my first full face helmet. I typically wear a 3/4 Bell with a Balaclava and glasses (I'm a cruiser rider).
I bought the CL-16 helmet at a local shop purely for the way in fit my bulbous, 7.5 inch diameter head. I would have spent much more but I put on an HJC CL-16 size XL and it felt like it was made for me. Nothing else fit. Arai, Shoei, Shark, Bell, etc. The fact that it was $118.00 OTD and Snell 2010/DOT FMVSS 218 was an added bonus. I got some real sticker shock that day in the shop -- $750.00 for a helmet....Really?
It was in the forties the day I purchased the helmet. Riding home I noticed a huge draft coming up in the front of the helmet by my chin. I had to stop and look and that's when I noticed there was no padding or mesh around the chin bar.
Researching I found your site and helmet review. Based on review comments I installed a NOJ Quiet Rider Basic wind blocker and all is well. No more draft, ventilation works great and the Pinlock system has kept the shield clear on 35 degree morning commutes for up to 1/2 an hour. After that I crack the shield to the vent detent, clear the shield and motor on. While on the road the shield doesn't fog.
I ordered the breath box for a CL-16 and the breath deflector for a CL-15/IS-16. With one of those in place, the helmet will be complete.
Nice review site. I wish I would have found it earlier. Based on your reviews my next helmet will be the HJC IS-16 or its upgrade. It seems like it has all of the items I had to buy separate along with the cool dro- down shades."

From "D.L." (1/10):  "I really like the Yellow helmet!  Good review. The Velcro is likely to attach either the universal breath guard or breath box.
I would also suspect if you pick up a chin curtain for a CL-15 that it will work. I had to dig around but found one in their parts catalog for the cheap CS-R1 that I have. Really cuts the sound down."

From "G.R.B." (1/10):  "Just for your info - the CL14 was replaced by CL-15 then the CL-SP (a great helmet for the price, I rate it better than the newer FS/FG-15). The CL-16 looks and sounds (by the review) to be an evolvement of the CL-15 but that chin strap and pads is found also on the CL-SP.
I understand the CL-15 and CL-SP may not have been made available to all countries. Great review as always."
Editor's Note:  We also reviewed the HJC CL-SP some time ago.

From "E.H." (1/10):  "I just ... wanted to let you know that there are in fact Spies replica helmets. Not one, but two, of both versions of his helmet, but neither of them are the CL-16 :)  The first is the HJC FS-15 Elbowz II with the old livery, the blue camo and the longhorn skull. The second is also the FS-15 Trophy. This is what he wore this year in WSBK."
From "D.M." (1/10):  "In the beginning of the article you mention there is no Ben spies replica helmet, but if you look it up on their website, it shows, it is called TROPHY and the last year version is called ELBOWZ."
From "N.O." (1/10):  "They (HJC) don't mention it simply because it is not a Ben Spies Replica!  The FG-15 Ben Spies replica has a different Shell called "Prepreg". It also is slightly lighter than ordinary FG-15. It also has a race visor with tear-off preparation and similar visor locking system as Spies' helmet. It is exactly same helmet that Ben Spies drives with all modifications that he has. This information was on the hang tags when I bought the helmet.
So it seems to me that there is no FS-15 Ben Spies Replica at all, only an FG-15 for European markets. The FS-15 Trophy is only an ordinary FS-15 with same graphics as the Ben Spies Replica. Thanks for great reviews and greetings from Finland!
Editor's Reply:  Here are the FS-15 "fake" Ben Spies replicas on the HJC website. It is strange why HJC has not capitalized on this!

From "B.C." (1/10):  "If HJC replaced the CL-14 with the CL-16, then what is happening to the CL-15, which I own, and appears to be on closeout everywhere?  Thanks for the review. I really appreciate the noise and helmet shape charts.
Someday, it would be wonderful to go to a spot on your site be able pick a helmet shape and see what has been released the last year or so. So far, every piece of gear that I have purchased after reading your review has been spot on great!"
Editor's Note:  We didn't mean to imply there was no CL-15. We didn't review a CL-15 on webBikeWorld.
HJC CL-16 Black Full Face Helmet
HJC CL-16 Black Full Face Helmet