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ATLAS 3 helmet upgrades

British motorcycle helmet manufacturer Ruroc has updated its Atlas helmet to make it quieter and safer.

The Atlas 3.0 helmet is launching on 26 March 2021 with a range of improvements over the Atlas 2.0 helmet which we reviewed here.

Company spokesman Ben Conie says the changes are the result of listening to rider feedback.

They include: three shells sizes, up from two; removing the visor cover; more EPS lining; and a wide range of colours and visors.

Ruroc Atlas 3.0 helmet
Atlas 3.0 full range

Chief among the changes are the improvements to aerodynamics that have made the quiet helmet even quieter such as removing the visor cover which should also improve the field of vision.

The visor mechanism thickness has also been reduced by 25% freeing up more space for EPS which should not only make it safer, but quieter again.

Further decreasing wind noise is a new locking pin with a precision-engineered polycarbonate locker, so there’s no longer a hole in the visor.

The reduced wind noise in the helmet should make the aftermarket Bluetooth system easier to hear without having to crank up the volume.

Ruroc Atlas 3.0 helmet
Bigger buttons

While I’m not a fan of the discrete Bluetooth system’s controls at the back of the helmet, at least the buttons are now three times bigger.

And it’s now easier to install, with integrated cable routing and magnetic fitment.

All Atlas 3.0 helmets are made from T-400 carbon fibre and weigh just 1.4kg. Prices have not yet been released, but as an indication, the Atlas 2.0 was priced from  $US430 ($A620) to $US490 ($A720) depending on colours and graphics.

Speaking of which, I particularly love the classy “Carbonised Gold” model, but you can surely find one you like as there are 16 varieties.Ruroc Atlas 3.0 helmet

There are also nine Pinlock-ready wraparound visors to choose from, including new Chrome and Pink iridescent options.

Swapping visors takes less than 30 seconds, making it easy to match your visor to the conditions.

Thankfully the handy Magnetic Fidlock chinstrap has been retained.

Atlas helmets are ECE 22:05 and DOT FMVSS218 approved.Ruroc Atlas 3.0 helmet



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World’s First Smart Modular Helmet Unveiled

Texas helmet start-up Quin has revealed the world’s first smart helmet in a modular (flip-up) design with a removable peak.

Like the Dallas company’s other full-face helmets, the Quin Quest helmet is a lightweight carbon helmet with integrated Bluetooth communications and Quin’s Intelliquin system that detects a crash and sends for help.

It includes a live tracking beacon to provide emergency services with your location if you crash.

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Unlike some other helmets with integrated communications it doesn’t have wires, velcro speakers, dials, knobs or an exposed microphone.

Only 200 of the carbon fibre helmets have been manufactured for this quarter with USA delivery promised by Christmas, so long as you order by November 15.

The helmet will roll out in larger numbers across more countries next year.

Price has not yet been revealed, but it should be affordable as their ECE and DOT-approved helmets cost $US300 (about $A390) for the McQ open-face helmet, $US350 ($A450) for the SpitFire full face and $US540 ($A700) for the 1270 gram carbon full-face Ghost helmet.

Quin Helmets founder and CEO Ani Surabhi says the Quest helmet is the result of customer requests.

“This new versatile modular helmet offers our customers the added layer of Quin technology, allowing them to ride apart, but never alone on any adventures they choose,” Ani says.

Among its other features are a drop-down internal sun shield, UV-coated visor and a removable peak so you can wear it for adventure rides.

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With the peak on, it weighs 1.7kg (3.86lb) for medium size and 1.6kg (3.66lb) with the weak removed.

The one-button chin bar can be locked in the open position, but be aware it may not be officially approved in your country to be used in that position while riding.

Quin claims their Aerodynamic Ventilation System has large upper intakes that pour plenty of cooling air into the deep ridges in the EPS liner.

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Fly Racing’s 2021 Product Line Includes Three MX Lids

Flying Into 2021

Fly Racing has revealed it’s 2021 MX racing helmets and their respective liveries/color options with an entirely new cost-effective helmet model to throw into the mix.

Formula Carbon

The Fly Racing Formula Carbon is a lightweight, DOT and ECE approved motocross helmet with a full 12k carbon fiber construction. Being the top-dog of the 2021 lineup, Fly Racing was sure to pack as many features into this helmet as possible. The lid has been designed with as many energy mitigating materials as possible “including RHEON, a leading-edge viscoelastic material – fine-tuned to greatly improve impact management over traditional helmets”. Lots of marketing departments come up with their own lingo to set their products apart from the rest, but the most important takeaway with this helmet is the carbon fiber construction, quick-release cheek pads (makes for easer helmet removal by emergency responders), and the high-level safety ratings. The Formula Carbon comes with a tag of around $582 USD for adults and $546 for children.

Formula CC

The Formula CC is the next step on your way down the pricing ladder. It’s pretty much the same as the Carbon edition boasting both ECE and DOT approved safety ratings with the same AIS (Adaptive Impact System) and RHEON tech but with a Tri-weave composite shell in exchange for the carbon fiber. This helmet should retail for approximately $426.86 USD for adults and $400 USD for youth sizes.

Kinetic

The new Kinetic model is the final helmet I’ll be going over. It drops the ECE approval to bring the pricepoint down (I mean, waaaaay down) to $131 USD for adults and $117 USD for youth. The lid is still DOT approved with its polymer shell and features the same cheek pad release mechanism found in its more expensive siblings.

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NEXX 2021 Collection Includes Updates and New Hemets

NEXX Brings Carbon ADV Option For 2021

This may or may not get slightly confusing with the sheer amount of ‘X-Names’ as every model and technology from NEXX starts with an X and ends with something else.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in the helmet manufacturing world, NEXX has refreshed its entire lineup of helmets with the addition of two new models.

Many of their existing models got graphic overhauls and will come in new colors while the NEXX X-WED 2 VAAL and the X.VILIBY have grand unveilings.

The NEXX X-WED 2 VAAL is a dual-sport/ADV helmet that reaps the benefits of NEXX’s new X-PRO CARBON fiber shell construction allowing for an even lighter shell of only 1460g (3.1 pounds). As with any good ADV helmet, you’ll be looking for something you can wash thoroughly in the event you fall into the mud or your riding partner rooster-tails you with 15 pounds of dirt when you’re riding behind them. Nexx recognizes this need and designed the helmet accordingly with its X-MART dry fabric liners being fully removable and machine washable.

Have you had enough of X-names yet? No? Good, because the NEXX X-WED 2 VAAL also includes their X-HIDRO system which allows you to attach the tube and mouthpiece from your hydro bladder (if you have one) to the inside of your helmet so water is always accessible on-the-go.

The X.VILIBY takes design cues from the older X.VILITUR and puts them into a comfortable and ergonomic option for riders seeking a helmet perfectly suited for urban riding. 

The helmet comes in 3 shell sizes and features an extremely large visor for maximum visibility when dodging through traffic on quick commutes. This massive visor allows for “opening angles 15% beyond normal requirements” (as per their ‘NEXX’s X-Sensus Vision’) and includes a lock and rubber seal to keep road noise minimal.

The final notable feature of the X.VILIBY is the ability to incorporate their X-COM 2 Bluetooth communications device.

X-COM, X.VILIBY, X.VILITUR, X-Sensus Vision, X-HIDRO, X-WED, X-PRO CARBON… Wowza that’s ‘X-alot’.

If you’re interested in learning more about the 2021 NEXX lineup, please visit their website where they also offer options for purchase in the event they can satisfy your helmet needs.

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Roof Unveil Carbon Modular Helmet

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 Sportmodular weighs in at just 1295g, compared with the Roof Boxxer Carbon Cage at 1500g.

Roof actually recently introduced the RO200 Carbon helmet which is the lightest full-face helmet in the world at just 1090g, beating the previous lightest helmet, the Nolan-made X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon at 1249g.

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.

Roof Modular Carbon

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”.

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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.

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Forcite Helmets Attract Investors

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.

In 2019, the company received funding from Australia’s longest-running research commercialisation fund Uniseed.

Now it has also attracted funding from fund manager Atlas Advisors Australia, bringing the combined post-sales funding to $1.2 million.

The money will be used to finalise production lines for a roll-out of product in Australia.

Forcite’s smart helmet is the only smart helmet to pass ECE 22.05 safety accreditation pre-testing.

Forcite Chief Executive Officer Alfred Boyadgis claims the helmet’s technology which warns of road hazards with flashing lights can reduce the number of accidents and save lives.

“Our smart helmets have a unique system that can give advanced alerts much like K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider as well as communications and camera systems integrated into one complete unit,” he says.

“We are now developing on building human-machine interfaces with top motorcycle manufacturers which we plan to exhibit at EICMA 2020.”

However, the world’s biggest motorcycle show has been postponed to November 2021 due to the pandemic.

The MK1 helmet features Forcite’s patented RAYDAR helmet system, combining Formula 1 LED technology, audio interactivity, military-grade camera recording and a fingertip handlebar controller.

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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.

More Investment

Forcite smart helmet delivered in December
Alfred with early-design helmets

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.

Royal Enfield Himalayan concept stores

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.

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Watch: World-First Racing Video

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.”

Forcite MK1 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!

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Kirsh Helmets Are “Slimmer & Safer”

American start-up Kirsh Helmets has started producing helmets that have a slimmer shell without compromising safety.

Instead of thick EPS foam, inventor Jason Kirshon uses a thinner layer of silicone and silicone fluid.

Kirsh Helmets

He says the fluid displacement liner is designed to move impact energy from all directions and will be the safest in the world.

The advantage of their technology is that the helmets are slimmer, which means less aerodynamic drag for reduced wind noise, “helmet lift” and neck ache, as well as a more fashionable look.

They also claim the smaller profile will reduce the helmet radius which should be critical in reducing rotational torque in a crash and reduce the likelihood of neck injuries.

Harley rider Jason announced his invention in 2017 and they are now in production in the USA and taking advanced orders for their half helmet, a style which constitutes about 40% of the American market.

Kirsh Helmets

First deliveries to customers are expected later this year.

While the company has only produced a half helmet with American DOT certification, they plan to also produce open-face, full-face and modular helmets.

Co-founder of the New York company, Donald Devito, says they have seven patents pending and are seeking European patents so they can develop the other helmet styles as half helmets are not permitted under European rules.

“We’ve received a lot of interest in the USA and from all over the globe and have been the official helmet of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for the last three years,” he says.

“We’re doing a pretty good job for a young company.”

Kirsh Helmets has also employed 35-year Harley-Davidson Motor Company veteran Steve Piehl to consult on the motorcycle industry.

“I have ridden all over the world and have worn every type of helmet,” Steve says.

Kirsh Helmets

“When I put on a Kirsh half helmet, it fits tighter and doesn’t lift on the highway. When you turn your head you also don’t get that pull.

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“And because it’s a smaller-size helmet, it doesn’t give you that mushroom look.

“This is as close to a no-helmet experience as you can get and still have that protection.”

He says they use smaller shell sizes in all helmets because they don’t need up to 2cm of EPS foam lining to protect your head.

“Our data says we are doing really well in head protection,” he says.

“I feel more comfortable in a Kirsh than any other helmet.”

Kirsh Helmets
Jason Kirshon (left) and Donald Devito, Founders of Kirsh Helmets

Steve says pricing will be comparable to other helmets in the mid-to-high end.

They are also looking at eventually adding smart helmet technology such as head-up display, cameras, intercom and more.

The helmet technology will also be used for other sporting helmets such as cycling and football.

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Nexx adds stealth carbon helmet

Portuguese helmet manufacturer Nexx has added a matte black stealth version to its X.R2 carbon range called the Dark Vision.

But is it just adding to our dangerous “invisibility” on the road?’

Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You (SMIDSY) crashes are among the most common involving motorcycles.

I have written many articles about the numerous studies into the SMIDSY phenomenon.

The causes are just as numerous and include:

However, safety is a shared responsibility, so riders have to accept some of the blame in SMIDSY crashes and should do their best to avoid them by being seen and heard.

This can mean moving around on the road to attract attention, slowing down, beeping the horn to alert drivers and some suggest a loud muffler can help.

While I don’t advocate mandatory bright riding gear, a rider on a matte black bike with a matching helmet and jacket must admit they are a stealth machine that is camouflaged to match the tarmac.

Many riders choose black because it doesn’t show the road grime as much as lighter colours.

And no motorcycle accessories manufacturer ever went broke making loads of black gear.

However, we really can’t lay 100% blame on a driver for not seeing us if we dress that way.

Stealth helmet

Nexx X.R2 Carbon stealth helmet
Dark vision

Getting back to the Nexx stealth helmet, like the X.R2 Carbon and Carbon Zero, the Dark Vision Carbon has a lightweight carbon fibre shell in two sizes — XS-L and XL-XXXL.

The only difference is that it is matte black with a tiny yellow stripe on the chin.

It includes their Air Dynamic System with five intakes on the front and four exhaust vents on the back, so it should be cool in summer.

Inside is a three-layer EPS to absorb impact absorption and a removable and washable CoolMax 3D lining.

It also has Ergo Padding System which means you can select different sized padding for a perfect fit.

Other features are a double D-ring fastener, chin spoiler and anti-scratch polycarbonate Lexan visor with central lock system that has a FastShot system for quick removal.

NEXX helmets usually rate three out of five stars in the highly acknowledged SHARP helmet safety ratings.

The entire production process of NEXX helmets is done in Portugal and not outsourced to other countries as many other helmet manufacturers do.

They boast a team of more than 160 workers skilled in helmet shell sculpture, leather manipulation, stitching, paintwork and engineering. Every helmet has to pass more than 50 control steps.

There is no word yet on prices in Australia, but they are available overseas for $US599.95 (about $A830).

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No joke: HJC launches Joker helmet

HJC Helmets has had a long association with Marvel Comics and Star Wars and now they add the DC Comics RPHA 11 Pro Joker helmet to their collections.

Of course you’ll pay up to an extra $100 for the privilege of following your nerdy fashion tastes, but who cares when you can look like a super hero or, in this case, the Joker super-villain?

The Joker helmet is designed for road and track use and has an aerodynamic shell structure composed of HJC’s Premium Integrated Matrix (P.I.M. Plus) shell material.

They claim it improves the helmet’s shock-resistance and helps the helmet save some weight.

The HJC RPHA 11 Pro Joker is DOT and ECE 22.05 certified and costs $US599.99 in the US and €599.90 in Europe. There is no word yet on its arrival in Australia or price.

Joker will come in three shell sizes from XS to XXL with a five-year warranty.

Joker features:HJC Joker helmet

  • Full-face helmet, without sun visor
  • Fiber manufacturing (Pim +)
  • 3 different shell sizes depending on the size of the helmet for weight and compactness
  • Double-D ring buckle
  • Foam extraction system facilitated for emergency response
  • Ventilation integrated into the hull
  • Quick screen disassembly, 20 mm HJ screen, semi-flat shape for vision
  • Secure screen closure with double clasp
  • Sizes: XS to XXL

Comics

HJC owns the rights to use Marvel and DC Comics characters to decorate their helmets.

They have produced models such as Captain America, Iron Man, Spiderman, Batman, Punisher, Venom and Youth Avengers.

HJC releases Star Wars and Marvel helmets Spider and Venom
Spider and Venom

HJC also has deals wth the Star Wars franchise and has released RPHA-11 Star Wars helmets, Boba Fett, Kylo Ren and Death Trooper.

Safe helmets

The Korean-made HJC S-17 and FG-ST models are very safe scoring a maximum five stars in the recognised Sharp helmets rating system.

The FG-17 scores four stars, RPHA-11 rates three stars, while the CL-XY II is not listed in the ratings. However, the CL-ST gets three stars.

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