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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.

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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.

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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.

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Win a Halley helmet hanger for Xmas

How would you like to win this elegant Halley Accessories motorcycle helmet display hanger that not only looks good, but safeguards your helmet liner?

To win this $208 hanger, simply click here to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter.

If you’re already one of our almost 4000 subscribers, simply find the Facebook post on our page about this article and click like!

Entries close on Friday at 9am so we can get it in the post in time for Christmas.

The winner is selected at random and entries are restricted to Australia.halley helmet hanger

Halley helmet hanger

The helmet hanger is made by Barcelona motorcycle accessories company Halley Accessories.

They also make helmet stands costing $190.

The rack support is made of laser cut and bent steel and the ball on the end is brushed stainless steel.

It is suitable for open and full-face helmets.

Halley product designer Marc Graells says the hanger has no sharp edges like other helmet racks that could rip the lining or depress the vital EPS shock-absorbing foam in your helmet.

Halley helmet hanger

It is important that you preserve the lining and foam in your helmet as this will save you in a crash.

It’s why we also don’t recommend you hang your helmet on your motorcycle mirrors. Not only will it affect the lining, but it could easily fall off.

Passionate rider

Marc is a passionate rider who likes to show off his motorcycle as well as his helmet.

Halley helmet hanger

“I was fed up of spending money on my helmet to then have it hidden in a cupboard or torn by a traditional hook,” Marc says.

“I wanted to make something functional that would look after my helmet but also stylish. I take pride in my bike and my helmet on the road and I wanted to bring that into my home.”Halley helmet hanger

The Halley hanger consists of a fitting, a stem and a globe on the end where you hang your helmet.Halley helmet hanger

If you are handy, you could probably make one yourself for much less, although it may not look as stylish.

You could also buy a two-unit hanger and use the other to hang your stylish leather jacket beside your helmet.

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Win for emergency call motorcycle helmet

US college student Ty Uehara has won $US2000 to develop his ConTekt helmet that will call emergency (911) if you have been in a crash.

He’s not the first.

Several other helmets are also being developed, including the Encephalon (Brain) from Nand Logic in the USA, the Indian-made Quin and even a Thai Helpmet.

There is also the BMW e-Call SOS button which is now available on some of its motorcycles.

BMW SOS button motorrad win mandated
BMW SOS button

It is not yet able to be used in Australia because of our telecommunications set-up.

Europe plans to make the technology mandatory in the next few years as it has in cars for some time.

We suspect that eventually this emergency call technology will be mandatory to secure insurance.

How emergency call works

These devices use a combination of GPS, accelerometers, gyroscope, pressure sensors and Bluetooth to detect a crash and make the call.

They also have override systems in case they are accidentally triggered such as if the helmet falls off the bike while parked.

Ty created his helmet invention after a crash left him unable to call for help.

He entered the helmet in the University of Hawaii Breakthrough Innovation Challenge and won $US2000 (about $A3900).

Ty now plans to use to obtain a patent and develop a working prototype of ConTekt.

He believes it will cost about $US700 ($A1000) when it eventually hits the market.

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Arai wins gold medal for safety

Japanese company Arai is the first helmet manufacturer to win a gold safety medal from the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme.

In fact, no other gear manufacturer has received the prestigious Nicolas Rodil del Valle gold medal since the awards began in 1983.

The gold medal is awarded to individuals who make significant contributions to “two-wheel racing activities and management of businesses”.

The awards were announced last week and Australian safety and comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing, MotoCAP, won the road safety section.

Arai awardArai Rapide Neo retro helmet

Arai says the award was vindication of their “achievement in contributions to the safety of many riders and numerous advancements to motorcycle sports over many years”.

“Understanding the reason for this award, Arai Helmet continues to make helmets without compromise for the sake of rider protection since the company’s founding as the first motorcycle helmet manufacturer in Japan,” their official press release states.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say these contributions are recognised around the world by the granting of this award.”

The company began was formed in 1926 by Hirotake Arai as a hat making company and was the first Japanese company to make motorcycle helmets in 1950.

The annual Australian Canstar Blue customer satisfaction survey usually rates Arai fairly highly, but it was missing from this year’s survey.

The survey doesn’t include safety as a criterion, but judges on customer satisfaction, durability, vision, comfort, cleaning, features, design and value.

Most of their helmets are fairly expensive.

In the latest round of safety and comfort ratings by the NSW Consumer Rating and Assessment of Safety Helmets (CRASH), Arai’s open-face helmets scored just one star for safety, but its Renegade-V scored three out of five stars.

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Frog leaps to save your motorcycle helmet

If you are frustrated with finding somewhere to safely rest your helmet the “Y” shaped Spanish Frog portable helmet support could be the answer.

Inventor Luis de Arquer says the 70 x 80mm Frog comes in two models that you either carry in your pocket or stick to the top of your helmet with a 3M adhesive strip.

They come in multiple colours, some with motorcycle manufacturer logos, and cost €20 (about $A35) each or half price if you support their Kickstarter campaign.

They claim it will ship to early supporters in January and others in February.Frog helmet support

How the Frog works

The Frog supports the helmet in an upside down position without scratching the surface.

As Luis says, you can then put your gloves, phone, glasses and keys inside your helmet for handy storage.

We wonder whether the Aussie police would be upset by sticking it to your helmet as they have fined riders for sticking action cameras to their helmet before, cleaning it makes the helmet non-compliant.

If that’s a concern to you, try the portable pocket device.Frog helmet support

The miniature tripod device won a A’Design Award for its usefulness and ease of use.

It is based on the Euclid Tripod Axiom which means only three points are required to define a flat plane.

Luis says it is stable enough to secure your helmet, but we wonder whether it would withstand a rickety cafe table or someone bumping into your bike with the helmet on the seat or tank.Frog helmet support

If it does work, it would be a handy little device as it can be difficult finding somewhere safe and convenient to hang your helmet on a motorcycle.

By the way, if you are wondering why a Y-shaped item with three legs is named the Frog, it is apparently named after the Brazilan Brachycephalus tridactylus frog which is the only frog in the world with only three legs.

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Smart helmet prevents drink riding

While drink riding may be rare, it does happen, but not if a Taiwanese smart helmet fitted with a breathalyser becomes available.

The “Bluetooth Alcohol Detection Smart Motorcycle Helmet” was designed by Taipei City University of Science and Technology and has won best invention at the recent Seoul International Invention Fair.

It includes a breathalyser to test the blood alcohol content of the rider’s breath when they put on the helmet.

The helmet is also connected via Bluetooth to the motorcycle and prevents it starting if it detects alcohol on the rider’s breath.

Obviously the bike would be set up to only start in the presence of the helmet, but that doesn’t stop a rider having it as a spare or the pillion wearing it!

Drink driving and riding

This helmet is similar to the Saab-invented Alcohol Interlock which requires a driver to blow into a tube to activate the ignition.

Alcohol Interlock drink
Alcohol Interlock

Repeat and high-range offenders are required by law to install them in their car and on some motorcycles. Check the various laws across Australian states and territories on the Austroads website.

The Taiwanese smart helmet is only a prototype at the moment and we don’t expect any riders would go out and buy one.

It’s not a huge issue in Australia with an extremely small number of riders testing positive for alcohol, but it does happen.

So repeat offender drink drivers/riders could be forced to wear one.

Controversial University of New South Wales Transport and Road Safety Research Centre Professor Raphael Grzebieta has already recommended car-like interlocks for motorcycles.

However, that technology has been found wanting when applied to motorcycles.

Mind you, that didn’t stop him winning the 2019 Kenneth A Stonex road safety award after advocating wire rope barriers, lower speed limits, mandatory hi-vis rider vests and mandatory electronic rider aids.

Honda smart helmet

It’s not just Taiwanese science students who think this helmet tech is the answer.

Earlier this year, Honda filed a patent application for a facial-recognition helmet that would act as a key fob to unlock your motorcycle.

honda helmet key fob radar smartest
Honda’s helmet key fob patent drawing

It features a camera on the inside that identifies your face and then activates the motorcycle.

It would sidestep the problem where a pillion or friend could initiate the ignition with the Tawainese smart helmet.

While we expected it was an answer to a question no one has asked, that may not be the case.

Riders convicted of drink riding or other traffic offences may be required to wear such a helmet.

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Everything You Need To Ride a Sport Bike

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So, you want to ride a sport bike. Unlike cruisers, sport bikes are made for rapid acceleration. They’re fun and exciting to drive, but they can also be challenging to ride at first. To make sure you stay safe, comfortable and in control, here’s a list of everything you need to get started, from sport bike wheel accessories to protective gear.

Wheel Spacers

When it comes to sport bike accessories, wheel spacers are often overlooked. However, they can make changing your wheels a quicker and easier process. Look for push-in interlocking wheel spacers that won’t move around.

Multi Tool Kit

Hauling your entire motorcycle kit is impractical when you’re riding a sport bike. After all, you don’t have a lot of space to store things and you don’t want to add too much weight to your ride. Pocket-sized multi tool kits can help you stay prepared without bulking you up or weighing you down. Look for tool kits that include basic open-ended wrenches, socket driver, spoke wrenches and screwdrivers.

Helmet

When riding a sport bike, it’s imperative to wear a quality helmet. Choose a full-face option that offers maximum protection. You may also want to select a helmet with Bluetooth integration technology. Good sport bike helmets are designed to be aerodynamic, comfortable and secure. This is an area where splurging a little is worth it to ensure your safety and your confidence on your bike.

Leather Suit

Sport bike riders don’t wear leather suits just to look cool. When you’re traveling at high speeds, loose clothing can cause significant drag. A close-fitting suit can help you remain aerodynamic. It also blocks the wind and keeps you comfortable and dry in all types of weather. Leather suits also offer superior skid protection if you happen to lose control of your bike.

Heated Gloves

If you do any fast riding in cold weather, your hands will feel the chill first. Heated gloves can keep your hands warm and dry so you can maintain optimum control of your bike in cold weather.

Boots 

A good pair of durable boots is a must-have for any sport bike rider. Look for a pair with straps or buckles instead of laces. You don’t want to risk having your laces come undone and get caught on your bike during your ride. If you plan to do any cold-weather riding, you should purchase a pair of boots with insulation so your toes don’t freeze.

Rim Strips

Although they don’t do much to enhance the safety or performance of your bike, rim strips can make your bike flashier. They are sport bike wheel accessories that have a huge impact on how you look. For the most notable effect, choose rim strips that are brightly colored and complement your bike’s paint job. Rim strips are easy to install and can be removed if you grow tired of them or want to switch colors.

Nothing compares to the speed and freedom a sport bike can offer. With the proper accessories and protective gear, you’ll be ready to confidently ride your sport bike in no time.

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