The hawaiian surfer-cool paint job by Chris Wood of AirTrix is certainly eye-catching and refreshingly different, but the truly unique feature of Wiki’s new Wave-100 helmet is the WikiShift photochromatic face-shield that darkens in sunlight. Using the same technology as sunglasses, the idea works well and gave me the flexibility to ride during the day and after dark without swapping shields. The helmet has earned Europe’s ECE-certification, a sign of quality engineering design. Its fiberglass and carbon shell is nicely finished and, at a mere three lbs, the helmet is pleasurably light.
Because testosterone-fueled monikers like Monster, Firebolt, and Intruder abound, it seems natural that MV Agusta would christen its no-holds-barred machine the Brutale. While first generation Brutales boasted gorgeous design and crisp handling, the 749cc motor came up a bit short on torque and horsepower.