Combining the looks of adventure touring helmets like the Arai XD3 and Shoei Hornet DS and the light weight carbon shell of high-end road racing helmets, the Icon Variant should be just the thing for riding a supermoto or rattle-canned streetfighter around town. Not due to be released until February, there’s not many details beyond its carbon shell, wide visor aperture (to increase peripheral vision) and the looks.
Both the XD3 and Hornet DS do a good job of combining the stuff you
need for dirt – deflecting roost, providing lots of ventilation, moving
the chin bar way forwards – with the stuff you need for the road
– vents that close, a peak that doesn’t shift around, a relative lack
of wind noise. The Variant can ditch the dirt pretensions — which hopefully means it’ll be lighter — but still needs to manage decent aerodynamics in a package that’s larger and covered in more pokey-out things than traditional street helmets. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for plain colors too.