Posts Tagged ‘helmet’

AGV Protects Jordan’s Skull

May 19, 2009

Michael Jordan showed up at last weekend’s fifth round of the AMA Superbike series at Infineon Raceway to support his team, as is usual for the motorcycle fan.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Jordan, after watching qualifications on Friday, jumped on a bike (a Ducati Multistrada) and went for a ride in the beautiful countryside of Sonoma protected with an AGV helmet.

The helmet on Jordan’s bean was one of the many helmets from the National Guard Jordan Suzuki Racing Experience: the 2-Up program sponsored by Dainese and AGV.

The 2-Up program, during which all riders participating are protected head-to-toe with Dainese leathers, gloves, boots and AGV helmets, provides an exclusive on-track experience for members of the media and other selected guests at each round of the AMA National Guard Pro Racing Superbike Series.

Learn more about Dainese and AGV here.

Rally Hero Scot Harden Featured on Scorpion TV

April 29, 2009

Motorcycle rally champion Scot Harden blazed a trail to Scorpion Sports HQ last week to talk about the helmet and apparel supplier’s new XDR Collection.

Scot Harden

Scot Harden

XDR stands for “Xtreme Distance Riding” so nobody is more qualified to talk about what goes into great riding gear than Harden. During his trip to Scorpion, he took the time to point out some of the many features and benefits that differentiate the XDR Collection from ordinary gear. Fortunately, the cameras were rolling and a short video clip now appears at Scorpion’s home page, while a longer version where Scot discusses rallying with Scorpion VP Eric Anderson appears at the ScorpionNation YouTube site .

Harden is a member of the American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He has served as African Rally champion, two-time Dakar Rally veteran, three-time Baja 500 and Baja 1000 Overall champion, three-time ISDE medalist, U.S. Trophy Team member and two-time AMA Amateur National Off-road champion.

Scorpion XDR Commander

Scorpion XDR Commander

Last August, Harden was hired as national sales and marketing manager of Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC. Prior to that he spearheaded corporate marketing strategies, product development and sales for KTM North America.

During his Hall Of Fame racing career, Harden has logged more than 200,000 off road miles that is enough to circumnavigate the entire planet eight times. I suggest anyone having a chance to talk with Scot jump at the opportunity.

Helmet Laws – The Never Ending Story

April 3, 2009

We’re smack dab in the middle of a new legislative season, and lawmakers across the country continue to debate the pros and cons of helmet laws.
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In Arkansas, a bill that would’ve required riders to wear helmets or otherwise show proof of $10,000 worth of health-insurance coverage last month stalled for the second time in the Senate Transportation Committee.

In Illinois, legislation requiring helmets for motorcyclists recently failed by a vote of 14-42 in the Senate.

In Maryland, lawmakers continue to debate a proposal that would make helmets no longer required for drivers 21 and older who have been riding for two years or passed a motorcycle safety course.

In Tennessee, a bill repealing the helmet law died for a lack of a second in a (more…)

Utah Committee Approves New Helmet Legislation

February 24, 2009

A legislative committee in Utah has approved a bill that would reward motorcycle riders for wearing helmets.

While the House Transportation Committee tabled a bill that would have required riders under age 21 to wear helmets, a bill sponsored by Rep. Ronda Rudd Menlove, R-Garland allows motorcyclists cited for traffic violations to have $10 knocked off the fine if they were wearing a helmet.

Currently, anyone under age 18 in Utah is required to wear a helmet while riding.

Helmet House Launches YouTube Channel

February 24, 2009

Riding gear distributor Helmet House has created a YouTube channel offering videos aimed specifically at motorcyclists.

Helmet House distributes product from Cortech, Tour Master, Shoei, HJC, TCX and Utopia. The company plans to use its YouTube channel to post videos of racers, events, rides and interviews with industry personalities, plus helpful tips on hooking up with the right equipment to match specific riding needs.

Some of the first videos include behind-the-scenes interviews with road-racing champions Ben Bostrom and Jake Zemke, the story of Jason McVicar – who set a land-speed record at Bonneville and then later in the day set the record for the fastest survived crash – and a feature on Cortech and Tour Master jackets in action.

“We are excited about bringing fresh insights to riding enthusiasts through YouTube,” says Richard Kimes, director of marketing, Helmet House. “Viewers will be able to enjoy entertaining video clips and also learn about the many elements that go into making superior riding gear. In short, this new Helmet House YouTube channel will be a great way to get closer to the sport of motorcycling.”

Click here to visit the Helmet House YouTube channel.

Check Your Lid At HelmetCheck.Org

February 14, 2009

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) has launched a new website designed to help riders verify that a helmet they own, or are considering for purchase, complies with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s safety standard (FMVSS 218).

Designed to be a repository of helmet-related information, research and public service announcements for the benefit of consumers, policy-makers and law enforcement, HelmetCheck.org allows site visitors to find information on DOT-compliant helmets from any helmet manufacturer voluntarily participating in the database. Major helmet companies and distributors AFX, AGV, Arai, AXO, HJC, Icon, Scorpion, and Shoei have thus far provided the information on their full line of helmets to the site.

Visit Dealernews.com to learn why the MIC launched this new offering.

‘Hey Pumpkin Head, What’ya Ridin’?’

January 7, 2009

Motorcyclists in Nigeria have been wearing dried pumpkin shells on their heads to dodge new laws forcing them to wear helmets, the BBC reports.

Under a law imposed as of Jan. 1, motorcyclists not wearing a helmet risk a fine of N2,000 ($14.50) or six months in jail. Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) told the All Africa news agency it had impounded thousands of motorcycles and arrested more than 200 motorcycle riders for not wearing safety helmets.

“The facts are very clear: Head injuries are a leading cause of deaths in motorcycle crashes; the most important step riders and passengers can take and in fact must take in terms of protecting themselves and staying alive is to wear crash helmets every time they ride,” FCT Sector Commander Nseobong Akpabio told All Africa.

nigeria-mapAll Africa reports that, because of the rush for the purchase of the helmets, helmet prices are now rising from about N2,000 ($14.50) to between N7,000 ($51) and N8,000 ($58.25), and that those who cannot afford the price in this economically depressed country have deserted the roads or sought out alternative forms of head protection.

Officials in the northern city of Kano say they have stopped several people with improvised helmets. Kano Federal Road Safety Commission Commander Yusuf Garba told the BBC authorities are taking a hard line with people found using the improvised helmets.

“We are impounding their bikes and want to take them to court so they can explain why they think wearing a calabash (a dried gourd) is good enough for their safety,” he said.

NHTSA Highlights Cycle Safety

December 11, 2008

Did you know the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a web page devoted to motorcycle safety?

The NHTSA says its Motorcycle Safety page focuses on comprehensive programs designed to help prevent crashes, the prevention of injury when a crash occurs, and the reduction in the seriousness of injury after a crash.

The federal office says its initiatives are designed to foster promoting motorcycle rider education and licensing; reducing the number of impaired motorcyclists; increasing motorist awareness of motorcycles; and increasing helmet use.

Documents on display include:
– “Legislative Facts 2008: Motorcycle Helmet Use Laws”;
– “Summary of Novelty Helmet Performance Testing”;
– “Uniform Guidelines for State Highway Safety Programs – Motorcycles”;
– “2006 Motorcycle Safety Program Plan”;
– “DOT Secretary Peters Urges Manufacturers to Provide Free or Inexpensive Helmets or Safety Training With Each New Motorcycle Sold”;
– “Model Language for Share the Road with Motorcycles”;
– “Evaluation of the Repeal of the All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Laws In Florida”;
– “Traffic Safety Facts 2006: Motorcycle”.

The page also features links to Motorcycle Safety Planners, Publications, Resource Guides, Public Service Announcements, Brochures and Studies & Research.

Helmet 101

December 8, 2008

79-backwards-helmetI know we’ve all seen this before, but it made the e-mail rounds again so I had to share.

Thank goodness it wasn’t a full-face.