Ferrari presented two new helmets, the Red and the Red Kid, which will be produced and marketed by the Italian company New Max.
Inspired by the “Rosse” Maranelo style, the Red Ferrari helmet features the maker’s special colors and the beautiful logo of the exclusive brand. Details make all the difference and these helmets are full of them. For example, the visor’s mounts feature the shape of a Ferrari tire while the lining completes the one-off look.
But, a helmet must offer protection no matter how good it looks and these new ones are made out of a thermoplastic material while the visor is polycarbonate with advanced optical properties. The Dupont-made inner lining is anti-allergic and the safety belt features aluminum and rubber insertions for increased comfort and safety.
The Red Ferrari helmet is homologated and can be painted Red Race, Black or Yellow Process. Sizes are: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL.
As its name says, the Red Kid is destined for children (aged from 6 to 14) who plan on riding in style. Inspired on the big version, the Red Kid retains the safety level as it is made out of the same materials and covered in the same colors, based on the customer’s preference, but comes in an universal size which allows the adjusting of the inner lining conforming to the head’s dimensions.
Unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the Sbarro motorcycle concept looks like ready for the Bonneville Salt Flats, but taking a better look at that riding position, I don’t believe that crashing would be an option for the rider. Not that it would for any rider in generally, but a Sbarro rider’s members are exposed, leaving the machine’s entire weight to fall on them if, unfortunately, this crashes.
Thanks goodness, the silhouette you see in the pictures is only a mannequin, but one that is precisely squeezed in so that it would become one with the bike. So where there would normally be the wheels hubs now “bolt in” the courageous rider’s hands and the visor stands as the screen.
It may look fast, but definitely not safe considering that in the case of a crash, the rider’s chances to walk away are bigger if he separates from the bike.
Personal safety isn’t a thing to be ignored, especially when riding sport bikes, so a quick check of the “must” in this domain is very likely to help enthusiastic riders who might feel the need to catch the morning sun while riding.
Protection is primordial when riding so there can never be enough training videos related to this subject. This one is pretty good as it comes as a refresh of information that we gathered from many different sources or from our own experience.
Their advice, “Get your head into it”, and the list of benefits following afterwards may not determine a rebel to turn over a half face helmet, but new riders have a lot to learn from it.
An innovative antitheft system created by Beringer will exonerate you from this experience. Fastidiously called an invention, the Roadlok is simply an Aerotec radial caliper which does a bit more than retaining the braking capabilities and also implies a new kind of safety, the one of knowing that your bike will still be there when you plan on going riding. It features built-in antitheft pliers which helps you get rid of the classic systems with which thieves have long got used to.
Already patented, the Aerotec caliper comes mounted on three bearings that considerably reduce the effort on the leverage and increase the braking power with up to 40%.
It is available in eight colors, perfect to match the color of your actual calipers (red, titanium, purple, gold, blue, aluminum, black and chrome) and it costs 646. Is this an investment worth making? That’s up to you to decide.
As more and more people turn to motorcycles, ways are being found for them to be safe if they are smart enough to care about the risks. One very good example is the SHARP Helmet Safety Scheme, which helps riders select the adequate helmet for them by rating helmets from 1-5 starts basing on the protection factor.
Below you can watch an introductory video and for more information you can go to the SHARP website.
Thanks to the increase in the price of fuel (though at this moment it’s heading South, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that it’ll increase again shortly) many more people have taken to two wheel transportation, motorcycles and scooters. Motorcycles/scooters are now used for short distance transportation, were before you’d use a car to go get a pizza, now more and more people are turning to this more economical form of transportation.
One of this things people are using motorcycles for, replacing cars, is bringing their kids to school. Dad (or Mom) use the scooter or motorcycle to commute to work, and as in the good old days, they used to drop Junior off at the school in the car. Now, they’re using the Powered Two Wheel (PTW), so Junior will need to go to school on the bike.
And this is were the inherent dangers sprint to life. Many parents think that since it’s a relative short distance, the kid doesn’t need protection! Boy, are they wrong! Most accidents happen within 10 miles of the home. And even if you don’t have an accident by crashing into car (or more likely a car crashing into you), just think what will happen to your kid when you stop before a light, put your foot down, and it slips on something (wet spot, grease, oil, banana peel). You’ll fall, get bruised, and laugh it off. But your kid? Will she/he be so lucky?
Even if you live in a no-helmets-mandatory state, does that mean you’re going make that decision for your kid? Are you willing to gamble with your kid’s life? And NO, a bicycle helmet doesn’t count! A full-face, well fitted, helmet is your best choice.
If you think about it, helmets aren’t the only thing that is really needed for your kids. Children are still growing, and anything that happens to them can affect then for the rest of their lives. The best thing is to make sure they are properly protected. No, you’ll not need to buy them leathers. But a sensible jacket with armor is going to ensure more safety than a t-shirt. If you don’t want to pay the price of these clothes, you can always turn to 2nd hand children clothing. They do exist, and could be a good place to buy proper protection for your kids at an affordable price.
Putting your kids on your tank is not a good idea either. A little bit extra braking, and your kid is going to slide, ending up in your windscreen or worse on the road. The only place is behind you, on a seat! Kids loose interest and attention real quick. One moment of inattention, and they’re history.
Some countries have stricter rules. For example, some countries require specially adapted seats with belts for children younger than 5 years old. Children don’t have the same reflexes and behaviors that adults have (but some adults have behaviors that children have, but that’s another story).
Using a belt system can save your kid’s life.
So next time you bring you kid on your motorcycle, think about their safety first.
The guys from motorcops have just presented their latest offer concerning motorcycle safety for both officers and civilian riders. It consists in a 90 minute DVD which blends theoretical aspects with field training, making you a better rider.
We’ve already presented to you the first video created by Golley Slater in an attempt to alter the behavior of British troops returning home from active service, but now the second one was created and, from my point of view, it will have an even greater impact. It touches a soft spot in such a brutal way, that if I was a soldier, I’d buy a cruiser.
What I do not understand is why they circulate on the right side of the road if they want to make us thing that the action takes place in Great Britain? The funny soldier’s accent helped and the fact that it left the base on the left side of the road also made it veracious, but it seems that the crash itself couldn’t have taken place like it did… at least not in Great Britain.