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Helmet Scratch Repair – 5 Top Tips

If you have been riding for any time then chances are you have managed to scratch your motorcycle helmet – more than once!

In this article we look through five top tips to help identify, repair or reduce the prominence of scratches on your helmet.

Disclaimer: Consult a qualified expert or retailer if you have damaged your helmet. If there is any question about the structural integrity of your helmet from a road accident, dropping or impacting your helmet you may have compromised its safety performance. Always consult an expert to ensure your personal safety and legal compliance. This article is provided as a guide only for minor cosmetic scratches. We do not advocate modifying your helmet. Following any part of this guidance is done at your own risk – use common sense or live with the scratch! We accept no liability for your action or inaction.

If you are a perfectionist or a fellow OCD sufferer like me, then you like to keep your bike and riding gear in top condition – scratches and imperfections are the enemy.

To repair or improve scratches on your motorcycle helmet there are a few key steps to follow:

  1. Identifying if you are dealing with a scratch or a scuff.
  2. Consider your options for scratch repair carefully – they are:
      • 2.1 Do nothing – Consider leaving it as you may make it worse!
      • 2.2 Renew your gear or get it repaired by a professional – Easiest but most expensive option.
      • 2.3 Tactically place a sticker over it  – Cheap and effective where scratches can be concealed.
      • 2.4 Use a suitable permanent marker – This may not work or endure weathering.
      • 2.5 Apply touch-up paint – Effective but potentially tricky blend of art and science.
  3. Test a small inconspicuous area before you bring any chemicals into contact with your helmet to check for any ‘reaction’ with the helmet surface. You have been warned.
  4. Clean your helmet surface to ensure good adhesion of stickers, pen or paint – if you choose any option other than #1.
  5. Ensure colour match. Before you paint your scratch, test a small inconspicuous area. Colours may change or reflect light differently when they dry so select carefully and don’t rush it.

1. Scratch VS. Scuff – The first question to answer

There is a world of difference between a scuff and a scratch. The top search result on YouTube for ‘helmet scratch repair’ shows a guy demonstrating how a ‘scratch’ can be removed by rubbing cotton wool doused in lighter fluid! This is, in fact, a scuff which he removes, not a scratch.

A scuff is when you rub up against a surface such as painted wall  and the paint rubs off on to the helmet. A common scenario is walking though a doorway and bumping your helmet on the door frame. Fixing a scuff like this is simply a case of selecting a suitable cleaning agent and carefully rubbing off the scuff, taking care to not damage the paint or surface of your helmet.

A scratch is very different. A scratch is where something hard, sharp and abrasive removes some helmet paint or clear coat.

To see if you have a scratch or scuff, gently move your thumbnail over the mark.

If your thumbnail dips into the mark and makes an audible high-pitched clicking sound, it’s likely a scratch. If it sounds dull, it’s probably a scuff.

To remove scuffs, try a gentle rub with your finger or a quality microfibre cloth to see if you can remove it. If not, try a cleaning agent that is suited to the helmet’s shell material. Start with a mild specialist helmet cleaner before trying any stronger options. Be careful as solvents are not recommended and can not only spoil the finish, but damage the helmet shell’s integrity. Take particular care with matte or satin finishes. Always spot check in a small inconspicuous area where possible.

WARNING: Never use strong solvents like Cellulose thinners, Xylene or Acetone. They are likely to compromise primary paint and helmet construction materials.

(Note: In the video I used acetone, a thinning solvent, on a matte finish. This is generally a bad idea unless you are experienced or comfortable with the risk of marring. I had already tried specialist helmet cleaner to no avail on the scuff, though I probably should have tried methylated spirits first which is less harsh than acetone. However, I moved quickly and lightly to minimise marring though as you can see in the above image under bright light I did introduce slight marring. Overall though I was happy with the result.)

2. Consider your options for scratch repair – carefully

If there is one thing worse than a scratch it is a bungled of shoddy repair attempt. You can easily make a scratch far more prominent.

Always consider these options before doing anything:

Option #2.1 – Do nothing.

Most people can live with it; I just don’t understand how. Fellow OCDers may need to consult a suitable psychologist, scream into a pillow or seek solace in an alternative means of distraction to avoid the inevitable twitches and sense of discomfort knowing that you have a scratch that has not been dealt with. Alternatively, you may just determine that the scratch is so unbearable, you can afford option 2.2.

Option #2.2 – Replace the helmet.

Other than wear and tear, a scratch is a solid excuse for buying a lovely new shiny, satin or matt lid. Consider giving away the compromised (scratched) article to a more relaxed family member, friend or colleague. (Please make sure if you are giving away gear that it first correctly – helmets need to fit to protect you properly – or just throw it in the garbage, or display it on a shelf and hope the dust will cover the scratch with time).

Option #2.3 – Tactically place a sticker

Some scratches are in a spot where you can easily cover them with a sticker. Be careful though as sticker adhesives vary. You need to ensure that they are compatible with the composition of the helmet shell.

Manufacturer-supplied stickers that often come in packets with your new helmet should be fine.

Be aware that some stickers may cause head rotation and spinal injury in a slide down the road. For these reasons I am not a fan of aftermarket stickers.

Option #2.4 – Use a permanent marker

There is a wide range of permanent markers or “sharpies” available at office supply stores that may mask the attention-drawing effect of, for example, a white scratch on a black helmet. However, the effect may not last. Think lip-stick vs facelift.

Make sure you clean the helmet and allow any cleaning agents to completely dry. Test on a small area to see if the marker matches the required colour.

Some black inks may appear quite different with a white background. White primer can show through in a scratch on a black or dark-coloured helmet. In this is the case and the pen doesn’t work, simply remove it with a suitable cleaning agent, ensuring not to remove or damage the original paint.

Option #2.5 – Apply touch-up paint

Touch-up paint is one of the most effective and durable options for repairing a helmet scratch. However, care and skill is needed in colour matching; cleaning and preparation of the scratch; priming the scratch (for example spray paint may not adhere to the scratch); and judicious application of paint to avoid runs.

TouchupPaints

A benefit of a touch-up pen is that you often don’t need to apply a primer. However, you may struggle to find a colour match in a touchup-pen. In which case you could try auto spray paint. I suggest spraying a small amount into the spray can lid or a clean plastic container and use a small applicator to dab on the scratch.

Small artist paint brushes, cotton earbuds or a match stick cut to a angle can be very effective for accurate paint application:

3. Test any chemicals or paints you intend using on inconspicuous area

There are many different materials, coatings, graphics and paints used in motorcycle helmet construction and decoration. There is a significant risk associated with applying chemicals, including cleaning agents, solvents, paints, abrasive products and scouring pads and cloths. You should approach using anything to clean your helmet or repair scratches with great caution to avoid problems.

Find a suitable test area that cannot be readily seen such as behind a lining, under the chin or where the visor would cover in normal operation. Use a cotton bud to apply a small amount of any chemical you intend using to check how the surface material reacts. Leave it overnight and review in the morning for evidence of discolouration, bubbling or any other form or undesirable reaction.

4. Clean and prep your scratch

It may not be easy to see, but your helmet will probably be covered in many contaminants such as grease from your hands, wax from cleaning products and particulates from riding.

Clean your helmet with a suitable helmet cleaner.

Then clean out the scratch with a pre-paint wipe or cotton bud dipped in cleaning solution, ensuring that you don’t leave any cotton wool fibres on the scratch which can interfere with paint application.

Avoid using harsh solvents as they may strip paint and graphics, or compromise the integrity of the helmet shell. Consider using less harsh options as far as possible.

5. Colour match your helmet

This is where the art comes into play. Matching colours is notoriously tricky. Buy a couple of touch-up paint options and test dab on a piece of scrap plastic, allow to dry and hold up alongside your helmet in a good light to ensure a match. They have the added benefits of not necessarily requiring a primer or clear coat.

Alternatively, you can use aerosol cans given the range of colour options and spray into a lid or small container before applying.

Some paint shops will mix up to your sample. However, they usually only mix significant minimum quantities and matching results can be variable. The paint may also require a clear coat which adds hassle, cost and complexity. In my view, this is the least appealing option.

Painting

Once you have your paint colour-matched, you are ready for painting. Follow directions for prep and application on any paints used and make sure you:

  • Apply paint in a well-ventilated place free from dust as far as possible;
  • Apply paint at a suitable temperature 20-25C degrees;
  • Do not apply paint or dry under direct sunlight;
  • Have cleaned and dried the scratch;
  • You are working on a stable surface; and
  • You apply paint under good lighting.

Once applied, allow the paint to dry in line with instruction on your touchup or spray can; clean any brushes immediately.

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Schuberth C4 Pro helmet review

German company Schuberth helmets have been producing helmets for motorsport and riders for more than 90 years with the top-of-the-range C4 Pro now available.

Their quality helmets have only recently come to Australia through MB Motorcycles since our helmet laws were opened up to European standards.

We asked Australian Motorcycle Council executive John Eacott to review his new C4 Pro helmet after a couple of years riding with a Schuberth C4 and previous years with the C3 Pro and the E1.

John’s review of the Schuberth C4 Pro

John Eacott with his new Schuberth C4 Pro helmetJohn Eacott with his new Schuberth C4 Pro helmet

I checked the fit of my regular size 59/60 and ordered online for $A716 plus $56 delivery from European site FC Moto, who I’ve used routinely for many years and always had excellent service plus competitive prices.

(Schuberth is also available in Australia from $1000 for plain colours and $1100 for multi colours.)

Delivery was prompt with Australia Post equaling the time from Germany.

First look at the helmet confirmed my choice as a good one. 

The C4 Pro is a flip front with a built-in sun visor and relatively light at 1695g which is about 30g heavier than the C4.

A reworked lining is very comfortable although it looks as if a family of koalas donated their fur! Schuberth C4 Pro helmet

The C4 and C4 Pro are both sold fully wired with adjustable speakers and microphone for a built-in Bluetooth which is sold separately but installs in seconds into the built-in pockets. 

Two variants of Bluetooth, the upmarket has FM radio (antennae for FM and Bluetooth are built into the shell) and a larger group talk capability, all based on Sena SC1.

For spectacle wearers the lining is now perfectly designed to allow glasses to be worn without difficulty; a small point but indicative of the improvements in this helmet.

Pros:

  • Schuberth build and reputation;
  • Built-in comms wiring, speakers and microphone;
  • Comfort;
  • Quick-release ratchet chinstrap, no double D fiddling to fasten;
  • Light weight;
  • Good ventilation, both chin and top mounted adjustable vents;
  • Pinlock standard fit in the visor, no fogging (almost) guaranteed;
  • Very wide visor and Pinlock giving excellent lateral vision;
  • Easy action sun visor; and
  • Good sound insulation with vents closed.

Cons:

  • The helmet shell shape has changed. Schuberth flip front helmets have always been made for an oval head, but the C4 Pro is now made with an intermediate oval shape.  What was just right for those using the C3 and C4 series may no longer fit with a C4 Pro, which could be an issue. Try before you buy but be aware it may not bed in over time; mine hasn’t.
  • With vents open the external noise can be tiresome.

Should you like the C4 Pro I suggest a spare visor and a spare Pinlock are worth getting at the time of purchase.

If you need one later then waiting for a replacement could be a delay in getting out to ride your bike.

I’m expecting I’ll get as much use out of my new C4 Pro (3000km so far) as I have out of previous Schuberth flip-front helmets and that it will be as comfortable and safe as a quality helmet should be.

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Choosing The Right Bike Helmet For A Safe Ride

(Contributed post)

When it comes to riding a motorbike, having the right safety gear is of utmost importance.

Riding is far more enjoyable when you have the confidence you are safe. A helmet is the most important part of your bike safety gear as it protects your head and face. In the event of an accident or collision, it can save your life.

Properly certified helmets are designed to give you maximum protection. They are made of durable materials that can withstand impact. When it comes to buying a helmet, you shouldn’t try to save money. After all, how much is your head worth? In this article, we will tell you how to pick the right helmet for a safe ride.

How to choose the right helmet

When buying a helmet, there are few things you need to keep in mind.

1 Get the perfect fit

Choosing an ill-fitted helmet may not only feel uncomfortable to wear but may also compromise your safety. A loose helmet will allow your head to move around inside the helmet on impact. A too-tight helmet will cause fatigue and pain which can lead to a crash.

2 Choose a comfortable helmet

A comfortable fit is one thing, but the helmet should also have a comfortable lining and plenty of ventilation for riding on hot days and to prevent fogging on cold and rainy days. You should always try on a helmet for at least 10 minutes before buying it. This will give you an idea of whether it is right for you or not.

3 Durability

A helmet needs to be durable to withstand impact. Cheap plastic helmets are not as good as fibreglass and carbon fibre helmets. This is why you are advised to buy high-quality helmets that are made of high-quality materials.

4 Straps

Lastly, you should also check the straps before buying a helmet. The straps should be comfortable and secure. Quick-release clasps may be handy but they may not be as secure as a simple Double-D clasp.

You should always wear a helmet when riding a bike. Don’t gamble with your life. instead, you can play sports betting online.

Choosing the right helmet can save your life.

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AGV K6 helmet offers more protection

The new AGV K6 carbon helmet has more shell area and less visor mechanism for maximised protection, though the visor still offers peripheral vision of 190°.

It arrives in March from $699 for mono colours and $799 for multi colours.

The lightweight 1220g road helmet is based on technologies derived from the Pista GP R which is their MotoGP helmet.

K6 protectionAGV K6 helmet

The carbon-aramid fibre shell and the five different densities of EPS offer protection that is 48% greater than that required by ECE 22.05 standards regarding head injury criterion and G values.

By “G values” they are fearing to impact testing which measures acceleration of your head inside the helmet when it is dropped from a fixed height onto a spherical and flat surfaced anvil.

The standard allows a peak acceleration energy of 400 G (G being “gravity constant” or an acceleration value of ft. per second x seconds).

AGV says the visor mechanisms are “extremely limited in size to maximise the area of shell coverage, keeping safety levels at a peak across the entire surface of the helmet”.

Visor mechanisms are made of metal to increase visor impact resistance.

The 4.3mm-thick visor also comes with a 100% Max Vision Pinlock 120 anti-fogging system.

A micro-lock system allows you to securely lock the visor slightly open to increase air flow.

The profile of the helmet is designed to not hit the collarbone in a crash, an AGV invention that is now standard in racing.

Better aero

AGV also claim an improvement in aerodynamics no matter whether you are crouched forward on a sportsbike or sitting upright on a naked bike which means less neck fatigue.

They claim the dynamic weight is well balanced for a neutral feel at cruising speeds. 

The interior is made with anti-wear, waterproof fabrics on the outer layer and a breathable material that absorbs sweat for the inner.

AGV K6 should also be suitable in hot conditions with a ventilation system featuring five large air vents.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Atlas 2.0 motorcycle helmet review

British helmet company Ruroc is about to launch its updated Atlas 2.0 carbon-fibre helmet with several improvements and a clever magnetic quick-release chin strap clasp.

The official launch is on 27 February  2020, but we’ve had one for a couple of weeks now and been testing it in the real world.

The carbon-fibre Atlas 2.0 will come in a range of 15 colours, raw carbon and three limited-edition graphics with prices from $US430 ($A620) to $US490 ($A720). (More colour images at the end of the article)

Atlas 2.0 helmetRaw carbon

Improved Atlas 2.0

Elijah Weir of Ruroc says they listened to feedback from Atlas 1.0 owners to improve the quality.

That includes less wind noise yet better ventilation, a tricky combination that they seem to have got right.

There is also a Bluetooth compatibility section for their Shockwave audio system which we have also tested.

The most interesting innovation is the quick-release chin strap buckle which they call a Fidlock magnetic strap.

It clasps together like a monkey grip, but holds together by magnetics.

Now that might not sound strong, but we defy anyone to tear the connection apart.

Yet when you pull the red tag it immediately releases.

Simple, easy, secure and convenient. We love it.

They say the visor shape has been improved, but we still find the view a bit limited when you look back over your shoulder.

It now comes with a very solid visor lock that makes it a little difficult to snap shut the first few times, but it certainly won’t be coming open at 200+km/h on the track!

Atlas 2.0 helmetVisor lock

The lock and rubber gasket around the visor opening also ensure you get no water in through the visor gap.

Atlas 2.0 comes Pinlock ready and the specially shaped anti-fog Pinlock visor is difficult to fit into place but it snaps so tightly into position it will never move.

Once in place, it is a very effective anti-fog visor, but the ridges around the bottom of the visor can be distracting at first.

Air and aero

Atlas 2.0 Vents

There are plenty of air vents in the chin, on each side and on the top plus three exhaust vents at the back.

Atlas 2.0 helmetThree vents at the back

While the ventilation is excellent, on these really hot days, we’ve occasionally opened the visor for more air and found there is a fair amount of wind whistle.

However, it’s pretty quiet with the visor closed as the side intake vents have been pushed back behind the ears.

The visor can also be removed now without tools, but there is a fiddly system with plastic brackets on the ends of the visor and a swivel plug that can easily be dropped in the process.

There are other quicker and more secure ways of removing a visor.

However, this one does have a very strong ratchet system when in place and you can put the visor in just about any position.

Atlas 2.0 visorComplicated but effective visor attachment ratchet system

The aerodynamic shape may look little like a Stormtrooper’s helmet, but it works. There is little drag at high speed and therefore no neck ache or fatigue at the end of a long day’s riding.

It also means the helmet is pretty quiet and there is a chin wind guard and longer neck rolls to further dampen wind noise.   

Comfy fit

Inside, the helmet feels plush and immediately comfortable even when new and tight fitting.

The cheek pads can also be quickly released by first responders so the helmet can be taken off a crashed rider without damaging their neck or spine.

They are marked with bright red “Emergency” loop tags on each side so they are obvious to first responders.Atlas 2.0 helmet

The Atlas 2.0 helmet feels light yet strong, weighing 1538g or 1618g with the Shockwave Bluetooth system installed.

Shockwave audio

The audio system is just for phone calls and listening to music and/or satnav directions at this stage.

However, Elijah tells us Ruroc developers are looking to integrate intercom and extras very soon.

It’s a neat little system that tucks away discretely without any wires or extraneous parts that could cause neck rotation in a slide down the road.

It screws flush into a pocket in the very back of the helmet with two good quality speakers and a bud mic that sticks inside the chin piece.

There was a rubber plug for the charge socket, but it fell out and we lost it. However, riding in the rain didn’t seem to affect the unit.
There are three small buttons for on/off as well as play, answer call and pause functions, plus volume/track up and down buttons.

They are all very small and difficult to feel with a gloved finger.

Also, it’s quite difficult reaching all then way around the back to access them. Much less convenient than controls on the side of the helmet.

In fact, the down track/volume button on the right that — unless your an orangutan — can really only be accessed with your throttle hand, which is certainly not recommended.

Voice command would be a nice extra in future versions.

We’d also like to see the system get a bit more volume as it is difficult to hear them with our filtered MotoSafe earplugs in place.

Atlas 2.0 helmetSport Atlas 2.0 helmetLimited edition Atlas 2.0 helmetClassdic Atlas 2.0 helmetSpecial

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EyeRide HUD has unlimited group chat

French company EyeLights already makes head-up display units for cars and is now planning to move into motorcycles with a revolutionary EyeRide connection system for large group intercom.

Instead of using Bluetooth to connect, it uses a data connection to a Discord app server.

While EyeRide promises virtually unlimited group chats with others on the same network including non-riders, it relies on an internet connection and will use up your phone data.

Eyeride HUD screenEyelights EyeRide hud unit

Otherwise, EyeRide is like a standard Bluetooth intercom that supplies music, phone calls and GPS navigation prompts using Garmin HERE maps, but also has a small HUD screen for important information as in this video.

It is slightly transparent and on the right side, which may be fine in a country where you drive on the right.

We are not sure yet if it can be moved to the left for riding in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and other left-side countries as they haven’t released all the details yet.Eyelights EyeRide hud unit

The company plans to launch a Kickstarter shortly to get the product off the ground. (We will update with the link when it starts.)

We advise to be cautious of supporting Kickstarter programs as you may not get your money back if they don’t go ahead.

Given EyeLights already produce a car HUD system, they may be a little more secure than a normal speculative start-up.

HUD concerns

I haven’t used a HUD system yet in a helmet and can’t verify if it is a distraction or allows you to safely keep your eyes on the road.

However, I have driven several cars with HUD systems on the windscreen and found them extremely useful, safe and non-distracting.Eyelights EyeRide hud unit

Unfortunately, few of these aftermarket HUD systems or integrated HUD helmets have made it to market.

Infamously, Skully HUD helmets raised a record amount through crowd-funding then fraudulently spent it on fast cars and fast women and went bankrupt.

It was later bought and resurrected as the Skully Fenix AR, but we haven’t seen them here yet.

Skully Fenix AR head-up display helmet HUD revolutionSkully Fenix AR

Yet, almost every month new HUD systems and helmets are announced.

The latest smart helmets, unveiled at the recent Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, are one from Chinese cycling helmet company Livall and the Tali Connected from a French startup

Tali Connected and Livall smarter helmetsTali Connected and Livall HUD helmets

Meanwhile, the first aftermarket HUD company, NuViz, recently closed down, leaving owners stranded with no GPS function as their map licence expired, according to RideApart.

KTM invests in Nuviz-770 HUD technology smart helmetNuviz HUD unit

Like all new technology, there will be bugs and it seems HUD has had more than its fair share over the past few years.

That doesn’t mean HUD technology isn’t coming.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Shoei launch J-Cruise II high-tech half face helmet


Shoei’s new and improved J-Cruise II helmet lands in Australia later this month and offers a lightweight, aerodynamic half-face option packed with features.

SHOEI J CRUISE II

SHOEI J CRUISE II

The Shoei j-Cruise II Helmet, arrives late January 2020

The J-Cruise II features an updated shell design for a modern look, more compact shell design and better integration of features like the sun visor mechanism. Aerodynamics have also been improved, with front vents across the top of the helmet helping to flow up to 30 per cent more air into the helmet.

A large CJ-2 visor offers a large, clear field of view, with a reinforced design across the bottom of the visor, while reducing turbulence within the helmet. A new airtight-sealed window beading also offers improved sealing and durability for the life of the helmet.

shoei j cruiseII aglero tc

shoei j cruiseII aglero tc

Shoei J-Cruise II Helmet – Aglero TC-5

Helping ensure riders don’t accidentally open their visor is a locking mechanism down at the chin, while riders can flip the visor open easily with a finger when not locked. There’s also a position for keeping the visor slightly cracked for better airflow, for instance in cooler weather.

A premium standard inclusion is a Pinlock Evo lens, which helps eliminate fogging inside the helmet, regardless of conditions.

shoei j cruiseII solids white top

shoei j cruiseII solids white top

Air-flow has been boosted by 30 per cent over the outgoing model

The drop down sun-visor has also been improved, and is now 5 mm longer than the outgoing model, and located closer to the rider’s face to help reduce the amount of reflected glare up under the visor. The nose section has also been cut deeper to ensure this doesn’t effect fit.

The interior of the helmet features fully removable liners, with a moisture-absorbent, quick-drying material in the cheeks and brow for sweat , while the cheek pads now use a reinforced material on the bottom edge for greater durability.

shoei j cruiseII solids white rear

shoei j cruiseII solids white rear

Internals are removable, with a drop down sun-visor, and visor locking system

The Shoei micro-ratchet style strap is also used, although ratchet straps do tend be a hot topic amongst riders.

A further premium feature is the ability to fit a Sena SRL or Sena SRL2 system into the J-Cruise 2, with an inbuilt attachment mechanism and integrated design to maintain the look of the helmet. These systems can be purchased separately but fully and seamlessly integrate with the helmet, which is designed especially to work with this system.

SHOEI J CRUISE II

SHOEI J CRUISE II

The Sena SRL2 unit can be purchased separately for $429.95 RRP

The J-Cruise II helmet will be available in stores from January 27th, available in sizes XS to XXL, with solid colours priced at $799.90 RRP and graphics available from $899.90 RRP. To check the J-Cruise out in person see your local Shoei stockist from January 27th, or see the official Australian Shoei website – https://www.premiumhelmets.com.au/

shoei j cruiseII solids mattblue

shoei j cruiseII solids mattblue

Shoei J-Cruise II Helmet – Matt Blue shoei j cruiseII adagio tc

shoei j cruiseII adagio tc

Shoei J-Cruise II Helmet – Adagio TC-5 shoei j cruiseII solids mattdeepgrey

shoei j cruiseII solids mattdeepgrey

Shoei J-Cruise II Helmet – Matt Deep Grey
Source: MCNews.com.au

Smart motorcycle helmets getting smarter

Smart helmets are coming and they are getting smarter by the day with the latest calling emergency if you crash and fitted with blind spot detectors.

For several years smart helmet concepts have been been revealed with hi-tech features such as the ability to display vital motorcycle information on the visor or a small periphery screen like in a fighter jet pilot’s helmet.

Few smart helmets have come to market and we wait with eager anticipation for the Aussie Forcite due in March.

Test Forcite smart helmetAussie Forcite smart helmet

Founder and CEO Alfred Boyadgis has one in the mail to Motorbike Writer for review, so stay tuned!

Smarter helmets

Livall smarter helmetLivall

Meanwhile, the latest two smarter helmets unveiled at the recent Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show are one from Chinese cycling helmet company Livall and the Tali Connected from a French startup.

It includes front and rear lighting attached to the brakes to make riders more visible, a 4K HD camera, GPS, blind spot monitor and Bluetooth connectivity with the buttons on the visor hinge.

From the video it looks like it is available as an open-face “jet” styled helmet as well as a full-face or it converts from one to the other like the recently announced Bell Broozer.

Bell Broozer convertible helmetBell Broozer convertible helmet

There is no word on if/when the Livall will arrive or how much it will cost. They usually sell online through Amazon.

Click here to read our warning to riders about buying online.

Tali Connected

Tali Connected smarter helmetTali Connected

The French Tali Connected is also lit up!

It has an array of colour-changing LEDs that link to the brakes and indicators for improved visibility.

The Bluetooth function allows music, calls and navigation instructions as well as making an emergency call in the event of a crash.

Several other smart helmets have included similar functions which have a manual override in case you drop the helmet.

Other features are GPS, an app with a geofence alert if the helmet is stolen, photochromic visor that adjusts tint to the available light and is compatible with voice command such as AlexaSiri and Google Assistant

The planned price is $US1200 (about $1750), but it’s not quite ready yet.

Tali plans a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to get it produced.

Given the controversy with the original Skully helmet, we would advise caution in supporting this venture.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Bell adds Broozer convertible helmet

Bell is apparently introducing a new convertible helmet, called the Broozer, where the chin piece clicks out to convert from full-face to open-face.

I say “apparently” because the only reference we can find to it is on the UK’s Urban Rider website and YouTube channel. There is no reference on any of the official Bell websites.

Bell is made in America, so it seems strange that it would be introduced first in the UK.

However Urban Rider claim it has American DOT and European CE certification. The latter makes it legal to wear in Australia.

Convertible helmets

Bell Rogue
Bell Rogue

It’s not their first convertible helmet after it introduce the Bell Rogue in 2013 with its removable chin “muzzle”.

Italian manufacturer Nolan also produce a convertible helmet called the N-40 which has several pieces that come apart to go from full-face to jet to open and even a removable peak.

Nolan N-40 convertible helmet
Nolan N-40 convertible helmet

While these helmets may seem flexible and suit many different riding conditions in one helmet, there are some inherent problems.

Most noticeable is the increased noise level from the extra joins.

Broozer or bruiser!?

However, the problem you can’t see that is surely the most important is that it must reduce the structural integrity of the shell in a crash.

However, the Broozer does have certification, so it must be at least passable.

It’s not available in Australia yet, but you could order it in a range of matte black and white combinations from the UK’s Urban Rider for £199.99 (about $A375).

Bell Broozer convertible helmet
Not exactly 50 of shades of grey!

As usual we would advise against buying helmets online unless you have tried a helmet on first.Bell Broozer convertible helmet

Broozer also has a quick and easy ratchet chin strap which is not as secure as the double-D clasp but certainly more convenient.

Other features include forehead and chin vents, additional smoked anti-scratch visor, and a removable and washable liner like most modern helmets.

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How To Get the Best Deals on the Safest Helmets

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Before you hop on your motorcycle or ATV, you want to make sure you have the best helmet possible. Among all of the ATV accessories on sale you find, a helmet is the first one you want to purchase. It will protect you in the event of a collision, and it may just end up saving your life. A new CST CU02 Abuzz rear tire may be nice right now, but for the time being, your attention should be on finding the best helmet possible at the lowest price.

Make Sure the Helmet Still Meets All Safety Standards

It makes sense for riders to not want to spend a lot of money on a new helmet. However, you never want to sacrifice quality in the hunt for a good deal. There are plenty of cheap helmets you can find, but many of these were not designed to handle a full-force impact. You want to make sure your helmet was thoroughly tested and meets the standards set forth by the Department of Transportation.

You know when you have something good when the product description says that an item is a “D.O.T. Helmet.” This test will check for criteria based on severity and impact. Some cheap helmets out there will crumble up at the slightest impact, but you want something that will actually protect your head. A traumatic brain injury is not worth saving a few bucks at the moment.

Check Online Often for Deals

You can frequently find deals on great helmets online. Some stores simply need to get rid of a back catalog of helmets when a new shipment is imminent, so you could get a great deal that way. There are also some sites, such as RetailMeNot, where you can find coupons for a wide array of online retailers. Coupons come up often, so keep checking to see if the helmet you want finally gets a deal.

Another good option is to wait during parts of the year where a site is more likely to have discounts. If you do not plan on riding your ATV again for the winter, then you could wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to find the deals you want. Additionally, you do not want to overlook the saving power of cashback deals. You make your purchase now, but you get money back on your credit card later. Some sites also offer a service discount where you can save money if you are a first member or a member of the United States.

Get the Best Deal on the Best Helmet

You can find plenty of helmets and ATV tires on sale online, but the trick is finding the best products at the lowest prices possible. In many cases, you do not even have to sacrifice on quality to find a great helmet that offers ample amounts of protection. That is honestly the most important part of a helmet. Price should come second to safety, but with the right ATV accessories retailer, you can manage to get a good product at an affordable price.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com