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Head to Head Carbon: The Classic Helmet Showdown

Dec. 26, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

Known for its feather weight and high tensile strength, carbon fiber is fast becoming the optimal choice in motorcycle helmet construction, a welcome change from fiberglass and lower end polycarbonate options.

But the added safety benefits, longevity and comfort offered through stylistic carbon fiber models currently available through the likes of NEXX, Les Ateliers Ruby and Bell come at a premium, with prices ranging from $500 to well over 2K for the luxury of being ahead of the crowd.

LA Motorcyclist decided to pit three top-end, retro-styled helmets in a head-to-head comparison to see if you really can put a price on the protection of your precious noggin; at odds, the newly released NEXX X.Garage Carbon, the Bell Bullitt Carbon, and, at the peak of the cost chart, Les Ateliers Ruby’s Castel.

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International Motorcycle Shows 2016 : New York

Dec. 10, 2016 | Photos: Rahoul Ghose

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say. Attending a bike show always has me looking at the details ... that's where my inspiration lies, both as a photographer and as a rider.

The IMS in New York, Dec. 9-11, had more than a few bright spots, including: the international debut of Brooklyn, NY-based Vanguard’s first release, the Roadster ... a post-modern brushed aluminum triumph of design and engineering; numerous custom builds as part of J & P CYCLES Ulimate Builder Custom Bike Show -- which featured several Yamaha Virago variations; BMW's amazing 2017 R nineT Racer and Scrambler; and KTM's wide range of multipurpose and racing inspired models.

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NEXX now aiming X.Garage series at West Coast riders

Nov. 16, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

The NEXX X.Garage helmet is the first of many LA Motorcyclist tested, selected and endorsed moto products scheduled to be sold on We talk to North American Director of Operation Ricardo Silva about the relatively new helmet line and the company’s big plans for 2017.

With the addition of a new carbon fiber variant to the popular X.Garage retro helmet series for 2017 and the opening of a dedicated North American headquarters – based in New Jersey – earlier this year, NEXX Helmets is setting its sights on the niche US moto market and expanding westward.

A look at the Portuguese company’s 2017 catalogue reveals a series of helmets for riders from all segments of the motorcycle world: racers (X.R2), sports tourers (X.T1), dual sport (X.D1) and scooter enthusiasts (SX), and, most recently, the now broadly popular café racer set (X.G100 & X.G10).

NEXX has been around for 15 years, but is now looking at making a serious mark in the US, says Ricardo Silva, Director of Operations for North America, adding the X.Garage helmet series represents a culmination of unique styling and technology, combined with a refreshing artistic partnership with another Portuguese lifestyle moto brand – Maria Riding Company.

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Royal Enfield targets a ‘simple’ success in the US with ‘Made Like a Gun’ motorcycles

Oct. 4, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

An interview with Rod Copes, Royal Enfield, President, North America

With a new recently opened headquarters and flagship store in Milwaukee, WI, and plans to triple the number of dealers in the US and Canada in the not-so-distant future (from 30 to 100), Royal Enfield’s North American president, Rod Copes, is hoping to reignite the continent’s 1960s love affair with mid-weight British vintage bikes.

Companies such as Triumph, and to a much lesser extent Norton, have led the way, flooding the US market with a variety of expat offerings in the 900 cc range and above. Copes – who took over the reins of Royal Enfield North America in August 2014 – says Royal Enfield’s smaller-displacement-centered brand has a very different outlook on the industry, one that emphasizes simplicity in the face of the current trend of rising prices and overcomplicated products.

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8th Annual Brooklyn Invitational

Sept. 24, 2016 | Photos: Rahoul Ghose

A curated collection of close to 30 motorcycles from around the world was showcased at the 8th annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show Sept. 24 -- including a modified Indian entry from LA's own Rolands Sands -- at Root Studios in Williamsburg, NY, a sprawling 16,000 square foot photo studio and sponsor of the event since 2010.

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