Archives for November 2016

6D Helmets

The 6D ATR 1 helmets are revolutions in the field of advanced helmet technologies. Co-founded by Bob Weber, CEO of 6D and long-time biker along and Robert Reisinger, its second founder and the director of engineering for 6D helmets have brought this product into the motorcycle gear market. These helmets have been designed to control high energy strikes and provided combined energy management benefits.

Regular helmets can handle almost all neck and spine injuries. However, the single layer technology and linear behavior of most conventional helmets fail to consider extreme scenarios. The 6D helmets ‘outer coverings are made up of Kevlar which is strong and super lightweight. However, its real strength lies in the two-layered EPS technology within. Unlike conventional helmets, 6D helmets come with two layers of EPS: one attached to the outer Kevlar/plastic shell and the other to the inner padding. There is a gap of 7 millimeters between the two layers and the two layers are interconnected using circular rubberized dampers embedded within the EPS. This 7 mm air gap allows the two layers to suspend over each other with the help of the isolation dampers. The 6D ATR 1 contains 54 of these dampers throughout.

This two-layered EPS technology serves two major purposes. Firstly, it acts as a low threshold energy dissipater. This means that if the fall is from a lower height, instead of the head absorbing the entire impact, the two layers of EPS slide together for progressive suspension and to slow down the force. For high-speed crashes, both the layers of EPS come together and the rider gets the desired impact as in normal helmets. Hence, two layered EPS serves both the causes.

Another major safety feature is its control of angular acceleration. If the accident takes place at an oblique angle, the head rotates inside the helmet, causing the rotational energy to be transferred into the brain. When your head rotates inside the two-layered EPS, a shearing force is developed. The dampers will allow the head to slow down as they move against each other, independently, due to the dampers. This is what exhibits the omnidirectional suspension which is the reason behind naming this revolution as 6D, or 6 degrees of freedom.

The founders have tried to dissipate the energy from the impact equation due to helmet crashes. Also, they have tried to add a time factor to the impact event equation, that is, impact severity can be reduced by stretching the impact over the time. Another improved feature of these helmets is improved ventilation. Due to all these features, up to 47%impact can be reduced within the helmet.

Thus, the 6D helmets will drive even more manufacturers in the market to consider the impact of angular acceleration and low energy threshold impacts and fuel future research in the area of head protection during motorcycle rides.

High Budget Sun Visor Helmets

Shootout between the AGV Horizon, X-Lite X702 and Shark Vision R

This is the high budget sun visor helmets review, the third in a series of shoot-outs comparing 9 motorcycle helmets in 3 price ranges that feature internal sun visors.

This third shoot-out compares the 3 high budget motorcycle helmets with a price tag of between £230 to £300.

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Sun Visor System

Each of the 3 helmets have a sun visor operation lever that is on the left side of the helmet next to the visor connecting point. The Vision R lever is the easiest to use out of the 9 helmets in the sun visor helmets test.

Comfort

Out of the 3 helmets the X-Lite faired the best in the comfort test. This is because it’s so lightweight and can be worn for extended periods of time without causing neck ache.

Both the AGV and Shark were very comfortable but are slightly heavier which when worn for very long journeys is noticeable. Apart from this they all have a very similar comfort level and it was very difficult to judge which is why all 3 got 4 stars for comfort.

Wind Noise

Both the AGV Horizon and X-Lite X702 deal well with wind and road noise, the Shark Vision R gets a slightly lower rating due to a booming noise which became quite annoying. The AGV lower front chin bar gets a special mention as this really helps to stop the wind from being pushed up underneath the helmet.

Ventilation

The X702 and Horizon are very close in ventilation performance, with the X702 having so many vents that it’s easy to forget which ones are still open! The clever chin vent lever hidden inside the Horizon’s chin bar helps to preserve the aggressive exterior design of this helmet. The Shark Vision R also performed well but didn’t quite match the other two.

Visor

The Shark Vision R has the best peripheral view and really does improve the view of the road, it’s visor is easy to remove and doesn’t involve any awkward mechanisms. The other 2 helmets both have button/lever operated visor removal systems that are simple to use.

Fit

With the X-Lite X702 and AGV Horizon equally matched so far it’s no surprise that they also come very close when it comes to fitting. The X-Lite is so easy to put on you can see the amount of effort that the designers have gone to to make this helmet easy to tour with. The inside of the AGV Horizon is well padded which helps the fit but doesn’t quite have the same feel as the X702. The Shark Vision R comes a close 3rd as it feels slightly bulkier to wear.

Glasses Fit

I really like the Vision R and found it disappointing that my glasses wouldn’t fit with the sun visor in the down position.

I think this is an oversight by Shark as the helmet has a special groove in the padding to fit glasses so it doesn’t make sense that there isn’t enough space to fit glasses in behind the sun visor. As for the Horizon and X702 they have no problems fitting glasses, with the X702 having slightly less room but nothing that would affect day to day usage.

Value for Money

While the X-Lite X702 is an excellent helmet it’s the most expensive helmet in this test and it is very similar to the cheaper AGV Horizon. If you don’t like the look of the Horizon then the Vision R is great value for money and if you don’t wear glasses then you’ll have no problems.

For longer tours go for the X-Lite but for Sunday blasts the AGV is the perfect choice. Commuters will find that the Shark Vision R suits them the best if their budget doesn’t quite stretch to the X-Lite.

Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet

For most riders, choosing a Motorcycle helmet can be a time consuming task.

These are the questions I’m frequently asked my riders:

  • What style of helmet should I buy?
  • How do I know if a helmet is the correct fit for my head?
  • Is my Motorcycle Helmet safe?
  • What’s this helmet like in hot weather?
  • How noisy is this helmet?
  • What colors motorcycle helmet should I get?
  • What’s the most comfortable helmet?
  • Which helmet is the lightest?

What style of helmet should I buy?

The main types of motorcycle helmet are Full Face, Open Face, Flip Front and Half. By far the safest is the Full Face style, but this might not always be the most practical.

Full Face motorcycle helmets

For general riding a Full Face helmet makes the most sense, they are the safest and in general they suffer from the least wind noise. These helmets are used in racing and the technology used in the road versions comes directly from the racing versions.

 

Flip Up motorcycle helmets

If you are touring and make a lot of stops then a Flip Up helmet is the best choice. The front of these helmets is clipped down and can be easily lifted up without having to take the whole thing off. This is very useful when making quick stops to look at maps and refueling at petrol stations. There’s a wide range of Flip Front helmets to suit most budgets.

 

Open Face motorcycle helmets

A favorite with cruiser, scooter and moped riders, this style of helmet looks pretty cool but has no face or lower head protection. Open face helmets are great for riding around town but for higher speeds a Flip Front or Full Face helmet is more suitable.

 

How do I know if a helmet is the correct fit for my head?

Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet – Fitting

There are an endless amount of forum posts from new and accomplished riders about helmet fitting, many of them are confused about how a Full Face or Flip Front helmet should sit on their head.

Is my Motorcycle Helmet safe?

Helmet safety ratings

To manufacture a helmet for use in Europe or the USA it has to pass safety regulations set by the government. Every helmet that is available to buy from a reputable seller in these areas has passed these regulations.

Helmets in the UK are marked out of 5 in a safety test known as SHARP.

What’s this helmet like in hot weather?

Helmet ventilation systems

Most helmets have ventilation systems to draw in cool air through the front and expel hot, stale air out of the back. How well this system performs depends on how aerodynamic the helmet is and the placement of the vents to ensure that the maximum amount of cool air is drawn in, as well as the maximum amount of stale air being drawn out.

The best helmet manufacturers test the ventilation systems in wind tunnels to see where the air is flowing around the helmet.

How noisy is this helmet?

Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet with low wind noise

Manufacturers test wind noise in the same way as they test ventilation systems, by using a wind tunnel.

Wind noise is normally reduced by making sure that the visor fits correctly and the minimum amount of air is sucked up through the helmet opening.

What colors Motorcycle Helmet should I get?

Helmet finish and graphics

This is completed up to you, but the finish of the helmet can affect how much the helmet costs. Plain color helmets, known as ‘Solids’ are generally the cheapest, while more intricate graphics will cost more. It’s better to spend the money on safety and comfort than buying a helmet based on looks alone.

What’s the most comfortable helmet?

Motorcycle helmet shell shapes and comfort liners

This depends completely on the rider. One person will say that their helmet is the most comfortable while the next person will say it’s the most uncomfortable thing they have ever worn!

A lot of the comfort is in the shell size and shape of the helmet. Manufacturers often make 2 or more shell shapes of their helmets to fit both round and long head shapes.

 

Which helmet is the lightest?

Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet – How to find the lightest motorcycle helmet

The material that the helmet shell is made from gives it it’s weight. Helmets made from Fibreglass composite or Carbon-fiber are almost always the lightest but can be expensive. A full racing Carbon-fibre helmet can cost as much as £2,000! Don’t worry, there are cheaper versions.

Carbon-fibre is used in F1 racing cars are is very strong.

If you want the lightest helmet but also need it to be extra safe then get one with a Carbon-fibre shell.

 

Motorcycle Helmet Camera

A Motorcycle Helmet Camera is really useful for hands free recording while riding. They work in the same way as a normal video camera. I have spent a lot of time trying to find a good motorcycle video recording setup for my own trips and this page is the result of what I have found to work well.

Things to consider for a good motorcycle helmet camera setup:

Usually you can get complete helmet cam sets, there are companies who concentrate on just making helmet cameras and accessories. These systems aren’t always tailored for motorcycles, they can be used for any outdoor sport such as cycling, skiing, snowboarding and skateboarding.

Helmet Cams available to buy

The motorcycle helmet camera kits are good and great if you have the budget to spend, but there are also DIY options that can give you the same or sometimes better results for very little money.

Motorcycle Helmet Camera Quality
As with home video cameras, generally the more you spend on the helmet camera the better quality the recording, although there are some things to watch out for:

Lens Type
The most important feature of the camera. Along with the recording resolution, this will determine how good the overall quality of your footage will be.

Lens sizes vary, but ideally 3mm or more will get a good picture quality.

PAL or NTSC format?
Which country are you going to watch your video in? If you are using analogue systems to record and edit your footage (video tape instead of a memory card), you’ll need to know which one you need.

This is less important if you are using a digital video camera and using a PC/MAC to edit. 99.9% of video editing software can read both PAL and NTSC so it’s not a problem if you’re making videos for Youtube, but…

If you are eventually creating a DVD of the videos you have made with your motorcycle helmet camera then get the correct format for your country. United Kingdom use PAL, USA & Canada use NTSC as does most of Asia.

If you’re not sure ask the store you are buying from.

Lens Cover
At high speeds a stone flying at your new helmet cam is the last thing you want! Make sure that the camera you buy either has a transparent lens cover fitted or comes with a protective cover that can stay on while recording.

Bullet Cam
Called bullet cameras for obvious reasons, these will plug into most video recorders and fit easily to the side of a motorcycle helmet. They can also be attached to a motorcycle so are useful if you want to record different angles.

 

If you choose a bullet cam be careful as there are a lot that are made for static CCTV and won’t be suited to motorcycles. Sony CCD motorcycle helmet cameras are generally pretty good.

Bullet Cameras need a power source, this is normally a battery pack that holds AA batteries (you’ll need quite a few, probably 8 or more batteries at a time). Get a rechargable battery pack like the ones used in remote control cars to save some cash on batteries.

Recording Quality
Each camera will be capable of recording a certain amount of lines, the higher the number of lines the better the quality. To get something that is good for watching on Youtube go for 500TVL or more, anything under will look slightly grainy.

Resolution
Digital Video Cameras record at varying resolutions. The higher the resolution the better the recording quality. The highest quality cameras will be able to record in HD. My Toshiba Camileo S10 shoots 1,440 x 1,080 resolution which is nearly full HD, but not quite!

Motorcycle Helmet Camera Lens Angles
Cameras are available with various lens types, both narrow and wide angle. A 3.6mm lens will record the road in front of you and some of your bike while a 6mm lens gives a narrower angle so won’t record as much of your bike.

For around £100 (roughly $150) you can buy a bullet camera and microphone. Don’t forget to make sure that your camera is waterproof!

Recording your footage
A simple Mini DVR (Digital Video Recorder) is all you’ll need to save your footage.

These are essentially a multimedia player that allows an external camera to be plugged into it. Most have SD card slots or internal memory. Ideally get one with an SD card slot as you can then take spare SD cards on a trip and never run out of space to record.

 

Ease of use
If you buy a motorcycle helmet camera pack you might find that it becomes a bit of a hassle to setup. If you just want a simple all in one video camera then the GoPro Hero is ideal (read more about the GoPro below). If you need ultra high quality recordings with long running time and high quality sound then a bullet camera pack is for you.

I personally like to be able to stick the camera on my bike/helmet, press record and go! This doesn’t always give the best results though, it depends what you want from a helmet cam.

1080p HD Motorcycle Helmet Camera

I have spent some time testing the Drift HD170 Stealth Camera and have found it to be really versatile. For videoing while riding a bike it’s really useful and it’s shape means that it can be strapped to a helmet, your arm, leg or anywhere! The front lens rotates which along with the wireless remote control makes this the best HD action camera that I have tried out so far – the video on the right is some footage that we took using the HD170.
My Motorcycle Camera
After testing various systems I use a Toshiba Camileo S10 which I attach to my panniers, it’s really simple to use and records in HD. The sound quality is OK but wouldn’t win any awards!

The Toshiba Camileo S10 is an all in one unit that records to SD card. Each card (4GB) gets me about 1 hour of HD footage.

Visit this link for a short video of a trip I took around Luxembourg, I strapped the camera to the bike, started riding and then when finished I uploaded it straight to Youtube, the footage hasn’t been touched by any video editing software, apart from Youtube processing it.

Recommended Motorcycle Helmet Cameras

Helmet Cameras @ GoPro.com

I haven’t been able to test this motorcycle helmet camera personally yet, when I get my hands on it I will post a review. It’s a very popular choice for sports enthusiasts and is the 2nd generation model.

Reading the spec it seems perfect for trackdays and other times when you just want to record an hour of footage at a time. If you want to record for longer this isn’t the best option (unless you can afford the time to stop and download the footage onto a laptop once every hour!).

No other accessories need to be bought to use this camera, just stick it on (using the provided adhesive pads) and press record.

VHoldR HD Motorcycle Helmet Camera

VHoldR – available in 1080p and 720p versions, this is another helmet camera that gives top quality results.

The VHoldR has it’s own storage just like the GoPro Hero. It records onto a 2GB memory card which can be removed and replaced. Take a few SD cards on your motorcycle tour and record all of your footage hassle free.

All in one HD Video Camera

I use the Toshiba Camileo S10 HD Video Camera. This HD digital video camera records to SD memory card. It’s a normal family video camera and it’s small enough to carry around (smaller than most still picture digital cameras) so for long motorcycle tours where luggage space is tight this is perfect.

This HD video camera came with a flexible tripod so I found it is really useful for attaching to my bike with cable ties.

I’ve got the standard S10 HD in black, but Toshiba also do a Ducati version, although I haven’t managed to find anywhere that sells the Ducati S10, perhaps it will be available soon. The standard Camileo S10 can be bought for under £100 ($150).

BikeCam Video Camera Mount

Already got a video camera? Look at this handy tank accessory for a standard home video camera that screws into the motorcycle gas tank fittings.

A good choice if you already have a video camera and want to record some of your ride outs without having to buy loads of new gear.

I’ve seen riders put a video camera in a tank bag and cut a hole for the lens! Quite a cool idea for a shoe string budget, the only problem is the sound will be muffled. If the video camera you’re using has an external microphone jack then you could plug in a microphone and mount it on the bike – there’s so many different options for recording your travels!

The Games Console Motorcycle Camera

Sony PSP Camera Package

When I was looking for a camera to take on a trip around Europe I borrowed by brother’s PSP and bought a Go!Cam which connects to the PSP. I then recorded footage directly onto the PSP SD card.

If you already own a PSP this is worth looking into as the Go!Cam can be picked up quite cheaply. A PSP Sat Nav Cradle can be attached to the bike very easily, giving you a DIY motorcycle camera for very little money!

The Go!Cam works fine in daylight but isn’t to as good in very low light conditions, which is why I don’t use it as a Motorcycle Cam for touring anymore.

Mid Range Sun Visor Helmets

Shootout between the HJC FS-11, Caberg V2X Carbon and Nolan N85

This is the mid range sun visor helmets review, the second in a series of shoot-outs comparing 9 motorcycle helmets in 3 price ranges that feature internal sun visors.

This second shoot-out compares the 3 mid range motorcycle helmets with a price tag of between £150 to £250.

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Sun Visor System

The V2X Carbon is operated using a fairly sizeable lever on the side of the helmet, and is reasonably smooth when in use. The Nolan system is pretty much identical, and between them you would barely notice any difference in the quality of the system.

The HJC is slightly different and has a top mounted lever which is slightly harder to get to, in order to bring the visor down. The quick release button for releasing the visor is brilliant though, if only slightly difficult to find occasionally due to the flat button.

During the tests we also wore glasses to ensure the helmets had a good fit while wearing them, and the sun visor didn’t knock the glasses when brought down. The Caberg V2X didn’t fit glasses when using the sun visor.

Comfort and padding

The Nolan is quite comfortable during long rides and has a fair amount of padding in the cheek pads, which are soft, however the padding for the forehead area seems to have been forgotten during the design process. It’s quite hard and can leave you with red indents on your head!

The Caberg is similar to the Nolan comfort wise, being that the side pads are okay but it lacks complete padding for your forehead. The light weight of the helmet however does make it more endurable during long rides.

Comfort wise, nothing can be said against the HJC. The HJC FS-11 should be considered the flagship of motorcycle helmet comfort in this price range, the ‘Cadillac’ of luxurious padding. Coupled with the air pump for added comfort, it’s hard to beat.

Visor

The Nolan has possibly the easiest to use visor removal system. It is literally as simple as lifting the visor up and hitting the button on the side allowing it to pop out. No fiddly bits, no hassle, which makes it the perfect helmet for visor maintenance.

The HJC is a close runner up with a similar system, however it involves pushing a plate lever rather than hitting a button.

The system on the V2X Carbon is a screw type which involves hunting down loose change and tracking washers which are easily lost.

Wind Noise

The HJC was by far the best helmet when it came down to wind noise. When the visor was closed there was no whistling and the thick padding around the ears helped to drown out the noise at higher speeds.

Like the HJC the Nolan was very good for wind noise, however at higher motorway speeds there was a very slight whistle. Although a minor inconvenience, after a few hours riding it can be quite irritating.

Last is the Caberg, which had some whistling through the visor. Like the Nolan it wasn’t major, but was noticeable compared to the other two.

Ventilation

The Caberg has 2 adjustable front vents, one top and one chin. It also has two side extractors and one large rear extractor. The large extractors really help the ventilation with the Caberg, and with the FogCity insert there was next to no fogging whilst using the helmet even in the depths of winter.

The Nolan is similar, and has two adjustable front vents, along with 2 adjustable rear extractors alongside the main extractor which runs across the back of the helmet. It also came with a pinlock visor.

Unlike the other two, HJC only provide a pin-lock ready visor meaning you have to purchase your own insert. It also has slightly less vents than the others with 2 adjustable front vents, and 2 small non-adjustable rear extractors.

How to Dress as a Female Motorcycle Rider

A female bike rider is described by the bike she rides as well as by the apparatus he employments. While trying to make tracks in an opposite direction from the dullness, cruiser riders investigate new places and take an interest in exercises, for example, mountaineering, person on foot ism and bike riding. Indeed, cruiser riding is presently viewed as the most prominent fun action by the occupants in many parts of the world.

In the event that you think the pattern is prevalent just among men, you’re mixed up as more than 35% of bike riders who have partaken by riding occasions were ladies. As per a late report, as much as 25% of purchasers of the Harley Davidson were ladies. In case you’re wanting to set out on a long bike ride along the long western drift, here is the manner by which you ought to dress.

Dress as a female motorcycle rider

via MotorcycleMentor

For women, the way you dress is sometimes tricky when riding a motorcycle, but you still have to ride the bike. Here is the best advice on how to dress as a female motorcycle rider:

1. Boots

This is frequently the most overlooked part of a biker woman’s clothing or any rider so far as that is concerned. It is to be borne at the top of the priority list that boots for bikers are altogether different from the ones you’d be wearing on an everyday schedule. In the event that you ride on a genuinely standard premise, having at least two sets of boots is essential. Boots that are intended for bikers have extra security for lower legs, feet and shanks.

2. Extensive utilization of calfskin:

Leather looks staggering as well as goes about as a defensive material in case of a mischance. Calfskin coats nowadays are water – safe as well as keep you warm. Moreover, they look totally dazzling and give you a harder picture, making you emerge from the group.

3. A decent protective cap:

Investing in a decent head protector is crucial on the off chance that you ride consistently. Contingent upon your inclinations, you may pick distinctive hues or illustrations that match your cruiser. Truly, a considerable measure of cruiser producers give integral head protectors at the season of procurement.

4. An incredible and comfortable combine of pants:

If you’re setting out on long trips, deciding on a couple of thin pants is an awful decision. It is crucial you contribute on an agreeable combine of pants that wouldn’t botch up with your legs. Decide on vaporous pants as they would keep you go and wouldn’t mess away with your temperament either.

Women today are perceived to be very good riders and this negate the past misconceptions that motorcycle riding is purely a men affair. Women competitions are also out there and you are only left out with the task to try.

Gone are the days when men had a great time. Today, ladies ride bikes with men, take an interest in different occasions and expert races too

Electric Bikes: Merits and Demerits

In case you’re thinking about an Electric Bike as a possibility for transportation, it’s imperative for you to fathom the upsides and downsides to begin with, so you can concentrate on the best way to deal with utilize it. On the off chance that you are accustomed to driving a gas-controlled vehicle, there are a few excesses you’ll be constrained to surrender by picking it. In any case, there are additionally huge focal points, which for a few people, far surpass the demerits.

Merits and Demerits of Electric Bikes

I. Merits

Now it’s a great opportunity to discuss the advantages of Electric Bicycle:

1. Extended Range/Reduced Stress

With the upside of force help, you’ll have the ability to pedal further and faster than you would on a run of the mill bicycle. Along these lines, electric bicycles are stunning for riding, both for office going reason and for relaxation reason.

2. Exercise is Optional

Having the contrasting option to pedal is an ideal position in two routes: First, in the occasion that you’d jump at the chance to move and get some action, you can pedal basically like an ordinary bicycle.

3. Much Cheaper than Gas

One of the best ideal conditions of utilizing them is that they are to a great degree sensible to utilize. It costs not as much as a penny for every mile to ride an electric bike. It costs $0.15 per mile for fuel alone or 1500% more to work a gas-controlled vehicle. Incorporate allow costs, insurance, enlistment, upkeep and diverse charges and the cost skyrockets.

4. Safe and Easy to Operate

They are protected and easy to utilize. The majority of them fuse keen prosperity components, for instance, modified compel cut-off, and everything uses standard electrical security parts, for instance, circuit breakers and wires to guarantee riders. Confined speed moreover diminishes the peril of destructive injuries in the event of an accident.

5. No Harmful Carbon Emissions

The most basic preferred standpoint of picking electric power is the helpful impact on nature. They dislike the gas vehicles, which radiates a ton of CO2, in reality they release no destructive gasses.

6. Fun for All Ages

Not simply are they less costly, more secured and cleaner to work than gas-energized vehicles, yet they are a good time for people of any age as well.

II. Demerits

Now it’s time we dig deeper and understand that the electric bike has the side effects. Here are the disadvantages of electric bicycle:

1. Limited Range and Speed

The vast majority of them are limited to an extent of 15-40 miles for every charge so you won’t have the ability to use an electric bike to go on long road trips or to drive amazingly long partitions.

2. Less Security and Protection

Ordinarily, you’ll be less protected from the unforgiving atmosphere and adversarial road conditions while riding them when contrasted with a four wheeler.

We can observe that the electric bike has more merits than demerits and therefore no one could bar you from purchasing an electric bike wherever you want