Shoei Qwest Blood Flow

I have always been a user of Arai and a fan of Shoei, usually people start off with one or the other in the motorcycle world. In my case I started off with Arai since 2001 and never looked back. Over the years I understood what companies did and at the top Shoei is one of the best with Arai. With that I picked up a Shoei a few months ago and got this Qwest Blood Flow, the Qwest is the sport touring line, not the super sport line but I loved the design and couldn’t resist the helmet. I love that its fully Matte Black and Matt Red, and it luckily matches the color of my Diavel.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Amazing Design, Love the Matte Black and Matte Red
  • Decent Price
  • Great Protection
  • Decent Airflow But Could Be Better
  • Looks Good With Tinted Glass

Cons:

  • The Lining Could Be A Bit Better
  • A Bit More Air Flow

Price:$445
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Shoei Qwest Bloodflow

No matter what we ride, where our final destination, or the path we choose to get there, every motorcyclist shares the same common thread when throwing a leg over their machine. It’s the exhilarating search for adventure that draws us to the road, and Shoei’s all-new Qwest embodies what every rider seeks to experience along the way. Revolutionary noise-reduction technology, unsurpassed long-distance comfort, advanced ventilation performance, a light-weight, balanced fit and feel, and over 50 years of helmet-building experience have combined to deliver the finest touring helmet known to man. The all-new, groundbreaking QWEST—It’s your journey… Enjoy every mile of it.

Every once in a while there is a helmet that just pops up and grabs my attention, and I am huge fan of Matte finishes, always gives it a clean look. And the Shoei Bloodflow is that helmet, I don’t have a lot of Shoei, mostly Arais but they do come up with some amazing designs, and this one is subtle yet it grabs your attention. I think this would go very nicely with my Ducati.

Link: DucatiPerformance

Sidi Stivali StreetBurner

Riding gear is very improtant to me since its the one thing protecting you when needed and I think bike gear is extremely cool. I have been using my Daytona Racing Boots over 7 years at this point, and I was thinking about getting another set for quick use. Protection to my legs and ankles is very important to me so I have always been a little bit skeptical about getting different boots. I saw the Sidi Streetburner a little while back and decided to try it out. These more like quick riding sneakers and not full on boots, they will protect to a degree but not to the extent that I am used to. These boots get a four out of five because they are extremely comfortable, slip on very easily and its a simple mechanism to tighten it, and I love the aggressive look of the boot. One major point is that they are very easy to walk around in, it feels like normal shoes rather then the armor lined biking shoes that I am used to, and the cool ventellation on the shoes is excellent and I can feel it when I’m riding. For $250 I think they are great boots but keep in mind that they won’t protect your ankle or shin in a crash, thats the only reason it gets a four out five. Other then that I really do enjoy using these boots for a quick ride around town.

Link: Amazon Sidi Streerburner
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J.D. Power Associate Motorcycle Helmet Study

I always look into the latest J.D. Power Associates study for helmets and other items. They have a very clear criteria when it comes to motorcycle helmets, its based on a 1000 point system and owners of these helmets are surveyed. 11 key areas which affect helmet scoring:

  • quietness
  • ventilation/air flow
  • de-fogging
  • face shield ability to keep wind out
  • face shield ability to resist scratching
  • ease of replacing face shield
  • scratch resistance of shell
  • color/graphic design
  • weight
  • ease of fastening the strap
  • comfort/fit.

Arai has been the number one for the past 10 years in a row. I have to say that I am one of there very satisfied customers. Arai comes in first at 819 points, and Shoei in second with 816 points. I always recommend both Arai and Shoei, and I also recommend Scorpion as an alternative to the usual brands.

Ranking:

  1. Arai
  2. Shoei
  3. Icon
  4. Scorpion
  5. Harley-Davidson
  6. Nolan
  7. KBC
  8. Bell
  9. Fulmer

Link: Clutch&Chrome