New RPHA 90S touring helmet from HJC

HJC have reinvented their RPHA 90S to make it the most compact modular helmet on the market. First launched in 2012, the new version of the RPHA 90S lid resembles a full-face helmet through weight and appearance, yet functions as a modular, or flip-front helmet.

Integral to the whole range, and of particular importance to a touring helmet, is the special construction of the shell which is called, wait for it… Premium Integrated Matrix Plus (PIM+). This composite mixes carbon and aramid to produce greater shock resistance and more importantly even lighter weight, which is so important in a touring helmet. It also makes a massive difference in a modular helmet which historically weigh so much more as they incorporate all the mechanism to open the front.

The RPHA 90S is homologated for use in both the open and closed position, so you can comfortably ride with it ‘up’ when temperature or other conditions require it. However, even in the closed position HJC have worked to create an even wider aperture so visibility so maximised and the sense of enclosure limited.

The visor is anti-fog and anti-scratch, but there’s also an anti-fog insert included if you want to add it. If you use intercoms and the like, this helmet is ready for the SMART HJC Bluetooth communication system.

HJC have been making motorcycle helmets in Korea since 1971 and although they’ve branched out into the cycling and automotive sectors, motorcycling remains their focus. What they’ve produced here is a lightweight, compact, modular touring helmet taking onboard all the requirements of a long-distance travelling rider.

The new RPHA 90S is available in a range of blacks, greys, whites and dayglo yellow, either solid colours or with some subtle graphics, and there’s also a really nice blue and grey carbon one.
Prices are £399 – £499 depending on finish
Sizes: XS (54) to 2XL (63)

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