Sharp Motorbike Helmet Safety Ratings

April 9, 2009

Introduced in November 2007, the SHARP Motorcycle Helmet Safety Rating Scheme aims to save lives of riders involved in motorbike accidents.  The first scheme of it’s kind worldwide, the SHARP (Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme) aims to give a totally independent rating on the levels of protection crash helmets will provide in the event of an impact.

The helmets are rated on a scale of 1-5 depending on their performance in a series of laboratory tests.  While all crash helmets on sale in the UK must offer a minimum standard of protection, it has been found that there are real differences in how well the various helmets perform in the tests.  The rating shows how much over the minimum required standard the helmets perform.

The scheme is designed to give riders an easy to understand guide to which helmets will offer them the best protection.

One thing which has become apparent, looking at the tables below, is that the more expensive helmets are not necessarily the best performing ones.  There are quite a few helmets costing under £100 which score either a 4 or a 5 in the tests.

These are the Sharp safety ratings released to date.  As and when new ratings are released, I will update this information so it is kept up to date.

9th April 2009

Following an update email this morning I have amended the following list to include the ratings published on an additional 28 helmets.

Make Model Style Sizes Cost (£) Rating
out of 5
AGV Airtech Full Face XS-XXL 150 ****
K Series Full Face S-XL 100 ***
S-4 Full Face XXS-XXL 180 *****
K3 Full Face XS-XXL 149 ****
Ti-Tech Full Face XXS-XXL 250 ****
S-4 Stealth Full Face XXS-XXL 180 *****
Longway System XS-XL 150 ****
Airoh Leox Full Face XS-XL 99 ***
Speed Fire Full Face XS-XL 50 ****
Mathisse RS System XS-XXL 120 **
Arai RX-7 Full Face XXS-XXL 450 ***
Condor Full Face XS-XXL 200 **
GP5x Full Face XS-XXL 300 *****
Viper GT Full Face XS-XXL 330 ***
Astro Full Face XS-XL 330 ***
Arashi Viper Full Face S-XL 65 ****
Galaxy Full Face XS-XL 49 ***
Sonic Full Face XS-XL 49 ***
Turbo Full Face XS-XL 49 ***
Bell M1 Full Face XS-XXL 130 *****
M4R Full Face XXS-XXL 220 *****
M5X Full Face XS-XXL 299 *****
BMW System 5 System XXS-XXL 280 *****
Box BX4 Full Face XS-XXL 80 **
BX2 Full Face S-XL 60 ****
BX3 Dagger Full Face XS-XL 54 **
BX5 Hurricane Full Face XS-XL 49 ****
Buell Turbulent Full Face XXS-XXL 180 *****
Caberg V2R Full Face XXS-XXL 100 *****
Trip System XS-XL 100 *****
Justissimo GT System XS-XXL 150 ****
Duchinni D801 Full Face XXS-XXL 80 ****
D601 System XS-XXL 90 *
D701 Full Face XS-XXL 50 ****
G-Mac Concept System XS-XXL 80 ***
Givi HPS40.1 Full Face XS-XL 199 ***
Grex RF2 Full Face XS-XXL 120 ****
R1 Full Face XS-XL 100 ****
HJC HQ-1 Full Face XS-XL 249 *****
CS-12 Full Face XS-XXL 69 **
FG-14 Full Face XS-XXL 150 ***
CL-ST Full Face XS-XL 109 ***
FS-10 Full Face XS-XXL 169 ***
CS-12N Full Face XS-XXL 120 ***
CS-R1 Full Face XS-XL 99 *
FG-15 Full Face XS-XL 139 ****
IS-16 Full Face XS-XXL 119 **
FS10 Carbon Full Face XS-XXL 249 ***
KBC Force RR Full Face XXS-XXL 90 *
VR2R Full Face XXS-XXL 180 **
FFR System XXS-XXL 140 *
Magnum Full Face XXS-XXL 139 *
TK8 Full Face XXS-XXL 59 *
XP3 Full Face XXS-XXL 129 ***
Lazer Fibre Pro Full Face XS-XXL 140 ****
LZ6 Full Face XS-XL 60 *****
Tornado Full Face XS-XL 90 **
Vertigo Full Face XS-XXL 70 ****
Fibre D1 Full Face XS-XL 200 ****
Granville System XS-XL 100 ****
Revolution System XXS-XXL 140 ****
Marushin Tiger Full Face XXS-XXL 100 *****
RS1 Carbon Full Face XXS-XXL 200 *****
Ikusa Full Face XS-XXL 119 ****
Samura Full Face XS-XXL 99 *****
Shivan Full Face XS-XXL 119 ****
M401 Full Face XS-XXL TBA **
Nitro N810VX Full Face S-XL 100 ****
N820VX Full Face S-XL 120 ****
N330VX Full Face S-XL 50 **
N755VX Full Face S-XL 80 ****
N1430VX Full Face S-XL 100 ****
N1600VN Full Face S-XL 80 ****
N1700 VF Full Face XS-XXL 119 *****
F347VN System XS-XXL 99 ***
Nolan N62 Full Face XS-XXL 130 ****
N84 Full Face XS-XXL 150 ****
N103 System XXS-XXL 250 ****
N102 System XS-XXL 200 ****
Nuvo SP2 Full Face XS-XL 119 ****
Premier Monza Full Face XS-XXL 170 ****
Roof RO10 Diversion Full Face XS-XXL 245 ****
RO10 Daytona Full Face XS-XXL 245 ***
Boxer System XS-XL 215 ****
RST Racevent Full Face XS-XXL 125 ***
Cobra Vent Full Face S-XL 79 ****
PC1S Full Face XS-XL 60 *
Schuberth S1 Pro Full Face XS-XXXL 400 **
R1 Full Face XS-XXL 320 **
C2 System XS-XXL 350 ****
Scorpion EXO-700 Full Face S-XL 100 ****
Shark RSR2 Full Face XS-XL 319 *****
S500 Air Full Face XS-XXL 114 ****
RSF 2i Full Face XS-XL 159 ****
RSI Full Face XS-XL 199 ****
S800 Full Face XS-XL 149 ****
Openline System XS-XL 190 ***
Evoline System XS-XL 250 ****
S650 Full Face XS-XL 125 ****
RSX Full Face XS-XL 169 *****
Shoei Raid II Full Face XS-XL 250 ****
XR-1000 Full Face XS-XL 330 ***
X-Spirit Full Face XS-XL 480 ****
Multitech System XS-XXL 300 ***
Suomy Extreme Full Face S-XL 400 ***
Gunwind Full Face S-XL 220 ***
Spec 1R Full Face S-XL 300 ***
Takachi TK-30 Full Face S-XL 60 **
Urban N20 Full Face XS-XXL 100 ***
Vemar VSREV Full Face S-XL 190 **
TA12K Full Face S-XL 70 ***
VSSEV Full Face XS-XL 119 *
VTXE Full Face XXS-XXXL 149 **
VXP Full Face XXS-XXXL 79 ***
Viper RS 40 Full Face XXS-XXL 50 ***
RS 66 Full Face XXS-XXL 70 ***
RS V121 System XS-XL 150 ***
RS101 System XS-XL 60 ****
X-Lite X601 Full Face XS-XXL 120 ****
X602 Full Face S-XL 200 ****
X701 Full Face S-XL 260 ****
X801 Full Face S-XL 320 ****
X1002 System XS-XXL 249 ****

Also take a look at the following entry

Choosing The Correct Size Motorcycle Helmet

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Have You Heard Of New Enough?

February 11, 2009

If you are looking to buy some new gear you can’t go far wrong than taking a look at the New Enough website.  These guys are offering deals which really cant be missed out on!

Established in 1998, New Enough started out life as a motorcycle leather exchange business and has quickly grown into two 20,000 square feet of climate controlled warehouse space at Shallowater Texas. 

The almost family run company now focuses on selling ‘current year’ closeout gear sourced from distributors.  By being able to buy these closeout, or end of range lines as we in the UK call them, in bulk at heavily discounted prices they are able to pass these savings on to their customers.

They stock a full range of  motorcycle gear including jackets, trousers, gloves, boots and helmets for both men and women, plus a range of children’s clothes and helmets as well as parts and accessories.

I know these guys are based in the USA but they do post worldwide, and given the prices they are selling this kit off at you may be able to pick up a bargain no matter what country you are in.  I know there are a few items in their range that I really like 🙂

They actually try all the gear themselves and write a review of what they think about it, so you won’t find the normal ‘catalogue type reviews’ found on other sites.  It’s a personal opinion which I think is so much better.

You can find their latest BEST DEALS here.

And their own CLOSEOUT SECTION where there is many a brilliant bargain to be had.

Here are a few of the great money saving deals they have as of 11th Feb 2009.  Obviously the range will change regularly as new stock comes in and older stock is sold out.  

If you are looking at buying something then make sure to check your size is available, especially in their own closeout section and don’t forget to check the shipping costs too.  Click on the links to be taken direct to their website.. 

Joe Rocket Honda CBR Textile Jacket

Joe Rocket Honda CBR Textile Jacket

New Enough Price $129.00

Teknic Lightening Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Teknic Lightening Leather Jacket

New Enough Price $99.99

Sidi Vertigo Corsa Air Boots

Sidi Vertigo Corsa Air Motorcycle Boots

New Enough Price $329.00

Fieldsheer Razor Leather Motorbike Jacket 

Fieldsheer Razor Leather Motorcycle Jacket

New Enough Price $314,95

The last item in my mini selection is the Power Trip Vamp Women’s Textile Jacket. I fell in love with this the second I saw it! I just love it for it’s individuality!

Power Trip Vamp Woman's Textile Jacket

Ladies Power Trip Vamp Textile Jacket

New Enough Price $85!!!!!!

That kind of price just made me fall in love with this jacket even more!!

Go on, have a nose round their site, they have some terrific not-to-be-missed deals on there!