Re: Helmet Safety from an expert
This was posted on the VFR list today, thought I would share.
'Just opinions from a person who actually witnessed helmet
testing for all major US brands in Japan....
If you race or ride the twisties at a fast pace,
say 55mph+, buy Japanese, doesn't matter which.
A premium European brand would be ok too.
You'll need all the extra protection and quality
that they provide if you go down.
If you only ride in the city/commute and your
avg. speed is way below 55mph, buy the best
Snell/DOT you can afford and pray that it will
be a low-speed affair if and when you get off.
On KBC specifically, random sample testing have
yeilded helmets not able to meet all Snell performance
requirements, as in shell pentration or impact energy
absorption or repeated impacts.
In most instances of successful RST, energy absorption
mean level is right near the failure level, relatively
about twice that of a Japanese-made helmet.
The question that you should ask yourself everytime
you go riding is: Just how much is your head worth?
(Would you trade +or- $250 for approx.
+or- 250gforce of protection?)
What was that Bell ad slogan again? ;P
Corona Extra Suzuki
former Racing Operations,
Shoei Safety Helmet, Inc. USA'