Icon_Variant_Helmet.jpgCombining 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.
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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.

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Icon helmets are available on Amazon
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