Being in the market for a replacement for my trusty old Bell R-T motorcycle helmet (it’s only 35 years old) I was spending some time this morning snooping around. I prefer open-face helmets (please refrain from comments about my sanity) and was surprised, early in my search, to find that the Bell R-T is back in production, renamed the Jet RT.
It was surprising until I realized that there is an industry trend toward para-military “jet style” motorcycle head gear. I suppose it never hurts to put on a bit of a fierce-face when riding; hey, every little bit of protection helps, even if it is only psychological.
All comply with DOT and European ECE R22.05 safety standards
Bell Jet R-T
Draxtar P-104 ( commercialization of a Chinese military helicopter helmet )
But if I were considering a full face helmet, something that offers more protection, then I would be checking into one of these two just as soon as I got my stimulus check. Bobo Fett would be turning green.
pretty helmets. i guess it depends on what you feel your head is worth. i wouldn’t buy a helmet without trying it on, personally, but to each their own.
i was shopping for a replacement helmet about 2 years ago (automotive, closed face, nomex liner, HANS prepped, SA-rated) and went to simpson in torrence. i got to see some of their factory and it’s all very impressive with some smart designs. very nice craftsmanship. i didn’t end up buying a helmet there (2 prs of driving shoes tho).
i bought an hjc with an adjustable crown insert, different cheekpads, very light. i may go with a carbon fibre helmet next time around.
i know we’re all designers, but in this case, i’m taking function and protection over style.
Apparently, designing a full face helmet for commercialization is a hell of a job. You have to consider allot of anthropometric measures and races with different bone placement. Math is not what I like the most in design, so I hope that if I ever get to design one, there will be a couple of engineers and techs to back up the numbers!
I used to work in a place designing and selling bike accessories. Helmet fit is more a matter of changing the cushionings than any hard numbers. It is meant to be soft and malleable during an impact. You could have an L size outer shell with M sized cushions.
There is typically only 1 shell size, though the bigger manufacturers will have a standard and an extra large. Everything else is about the soft little bits.