French motorcycle helmet company Roof has unveiled a limited-edition Boxxer Carbon Cage modular helmet with leather interior, an additional iridium silver visor and a helmet bag that doubles as a backpack.
It features a beautifully exposed carbon-fibre shell in a “cage design”, hence the name.
The helmet will cost €679 (about $US800) and is limited to only 1000 units worldwide, so get in quick!
It’s not the first carbon modular helmet. That honour goes to Italian manufacturer AGV whose Sportmodularweighs in at just 1295g, compared with the Roof Boxxer Carbon Cage at 1500g.
However, it should be noted that the 1090g weight figure is for their small shell size to fit XS to M sized heads, while their ML to XXL helmets weigh 1150g which is still lighter than the X-Lite.
So, perhaps they are again quoting the weight for the small shell size for the Cage.
It has some interesting features, including a removable, washable and adjustable “Silent Lining” which we imagine reduces wind noise.
That would be most welcome as modular helmets are often noisier than full-face helmets because of the chin bar joint which is near your ears.
Further reducing noise are a chin curtain and patented “silicon lip seal system”.
That could mean the visor easily fogs up, so they have incorporated an “active and passive defogging system”. Not sure what that is, but it sounds like it could be useful. Ventilation should also be good with “Venturi-effect” air vents. An example of Venturi effect is pinching the end of a hose to make the water spurt out faster and further. The smaller aperture increases the speed of the liquid or gas (in this car fresh air) passing through it.
They also say the cheek pads are suitable for use with glasses and ready for an intercom set.
It comes with a “Micrometric” chinstrap buckle for quick fastening and release.
Roof helmets have been around since 1993 and have ECE22.05 certification.
Australian smart helmet start-up Forcite is about to go on sale and has attracted major investment support.
The first batch of 1000 limited-edition carbon fibre helmets sold out at $1599 each and the MK1 helmet is now available for order at $1299 with deliveries around December after suffering production setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Forcite’s smart helmet is designed to deliver road alerts and visual and audio turn-by-turn navigation without a phone, enabling riders to see or predict things before they happen to avoid danger.
It also automatically records dashcam footage of multiple lanes without distracting the rider.
All the technology is incorporated into the helmet without the need for an externally mounted device.
Forcite will open a Series A investment round later this year to scale up in European and United States markets as well as conduct further research and development into in-bike computer vision and LiDAR systems that link with the helmet.
Industry heavyweights such as Casey Potter, former head of brand for the United States helmet giant Bell will be joining to lead Forcite’s United States operations.
Executive Chairman of Atlas Advisors Australia Guy Hedley said it was a unique opportunity for investors in a $35 billion marketplace.
“Foreign investors via the Business Innovation and Investment Program are playing a critical role in supporting the Australian economy, pouring money into venture capital and seed-stage companies,” he says.
“This is helping Australian grown companies to drive innovation and create intellectual property for new market-leading products.”
Chief Executive Officer of Uniseed, Dr. Peter Devine says investing in start-ups like Forcite is positioning Australia at the forefront of disruptive technological developments including in industries like motoring.
“We are building the next generation of local companies that will go onto to become regional and global market leaders generating more employment and value opportunities for our nation,” Dr. Devine said.
MotoCAP is a partnership between Transport for NSW, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), VicRoads, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Lifetime Support Authority (LSA), Western Australian Police: Road Safety Commission, Department of State Growth, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Australian Motorcycle Council and Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand.
Testing is carried out by the Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials on behalf of the MotoCAP partners.
Australian smart helmet start-up Forcite Helmets, has released exciting world-first, racer-perspective video from their Forcite MK1 helmet with an integrated camera, bypassing the usual racing restrictions on body-worn cameras.
The Forcite MK1 helmet retails for $A1299 and the next limited batch will be available for Australians this summer.
ASBK competitor Giuseppe Scarcella on board his Forcite Racing Ducati 1299, filmed his race with an integrated camera contained within the chin of the Forcite MK1 smart helmet at the recent NSW Championship race meet at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Watch this video which will make you feel like you are really there.
The film of Giuseppe coming from the back of the grid to finish third overall captures the daring and skill needed to handle a Ducati 1299 at race pace.
From being tucked in down the straight at just a few clicks under 300km/h, to leaning over millimetres from the tarmac, the POV helmet footage gives the viewer an exhilarating experience that on-board cameras cannot.
The video was made as part of the European certification (ECE 22.05) process.
Forcite’s co-founder and CEO, Alfred Boydagis, believes this footage will be a game-changer for fans.
“The Forcite MK1’s ability to capture every twist and turn of the race from the perspective of their favourite rider will give fans an unbelievable perspective on the action,” he says.
“The race legal integrated camera is engineered to give the best view, whatever the position of the rider. Fans can expect this POV footage on their TVs soon – this is the cutting edge of live race action.”
While testing the MK1 during the opening round of ASBK/WSBK at Phillip Island in March, Forcite Racing’s Giuseppe Scarcella says he is happy with the way the helmet feels on the race track.
“Especially popping up from the bubble at over 300km/h to brake for turn one,” he says.
“The helmet’s just stuck to my head and just feels amazing. You realise the difference between a great helmet and a cheap helmet.”
The Forcite MK1 shell is made of carbon fibre and the helmet is packed with AI such as Forcite’s patented RAYDAR™ helmet system.
This server-based software system uses millions of data points through mobile applications, GPS, and cameras around the world that are currently inaccessible to motorcycle riders.
It also features LED technology inspired by communicative visual cues found on F1 car steering wheels, audio interactivity, military-grade camera recording and a fingertip handlebar controller.
A special app also allows the rider to control settings and use their phone for sat-nav, music and calls.
With all this tech integrated, it does away with the need for bulky click-on devices. That also means it passes race scrutineers who ban body-worn cameras and helmet attachments.
It would be the ultimate track-day helmet to video and relive your day!
That is why I strongly suggest buying your gear from a store where you can try it on first, rather than online.
The problem is that online gear is made for the people in the country of origin and, as we all know, people vary in shapes and sizes around the world.
Even the basic sizing systems — small, medium, large, extra large, etc — will be different.
In one example, a large jacket sent for review from a Pakistan online company was way too small for me.
Yet that same company makes a large jacket for a European motorcycle clothing company that fits me perfectly.
That’s because the European company stipulates its sizing requirements, but when the Pakistan company makes its own designs, it uses local sizing.
I know of riders who tried on a jacket in a store and then ordered online from overseas because it is cheaper, only to find the jacket was substantially different in sizing and even features.
I’ve also run into this international sizing issue before when attending motorcycle launches overseas.
Sometimes the company likes to provide you with a jacket, helmet, gloves, etc as a “reward” for traveling to their launch. (Really, it’s payola to get you to say nice things about their product, but succumbing to such bribery is a pathway to a short career in this profession.)
Anyway, a lesson I have learnt is that European jackets are always too small, while American jackets are too big.
So I order a size up for European jackets and a size down for American.
However, that does still not mean they will fit you correctly.
You still need to try the jacket on to ensure the sleeves are long enough and that the jacket reaches your pants when you bend forward to the handlebars.
None of this is possible if you buy online, unless the online site has comprehensive measurement and sizing options and you strictly follow their guidelines on how to measure yourself.
Even if you do get the right sizing for a product online from a particular manufacturer, when you order a replacement item a few years later you are not guaranteed the correct fit.
And so far I have only mentioned the problem with sizing in jackets.
The same international sizing differences also occur with pants, helmets and gloves!
So, do the right thing by your local motorcycle dealership and try and buy locally.
Pairing helmet intercoms used to be a fiddly process, but now QR codes are making it easier.
You may have recently used a QR code when checking in at a restaurant during this pandemic, so you will know how easy it is to use.
Just turn on your phone’s camera and hold it over the code, and it brings up a window which you click to then enter details.
Some helmet intercom products are now using a similar QR code system and the latest is popular Bluetooth company Sena with their Smart Intercom Pairing (SIP) system.
It will work with nearly all Sena devices and many Sena-powered devices with Bluetooth 4.1 that are branded by companies such as Harley-Davidson, Schuberth, Shoei, HJC, Polaris, Klim, Nexx, ICON, AGV, and more.
How it works
Instead of using your phone’s camera to scan the QR code, the Sena SIP system works via their Sena app which does much the same.
Just scan your friend’s QR code and you’re paired.