New Touratech Aventuro Mod Helmet Hits Shelves

Touratech is a well known and respected brand for adventure riders and have been making great aftermarket parts for a wide range of bikes for many years. They also have a good reputation among riders for their riding gear too and have now teamed up with Schuberth on a new modular helmet.

The Touratech Aventuro Mod was announced last year but is now finally hitting shop shelves. “Instead of an all-round solution, we took a modular approach from the start. Using exchangeable components gives a modular helmet the desired functionality without needing to make as many compromises as with an all-round helmet that tries to cover too many applications at the same time,” says Touratech CEO Herbert Schwarz.

By fortunate coincidence, German helmet manufacturer Schuberth was also planning a modular helmet. The new Aventuro Mod is the result of close collaboration between the development departments in Magdeburg and Niedereschach. Its design and graphics are the work of Touratech designer Bart van den Bogaard. In addition to the firm’s cumulative touring experience, Touratech has also contributed numerous parts for the new helmet in conjunction with TT-3D, its plastics competence centre in Murnau.

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The Aventuro Mod uses the same basic structure as the Schuberth C3Pro, but features numerous detail enhancements. The helmet shell is made of special glass fibre laminate, a technology developed by Schuberth to produce glass fibre reinforced plastics that combine high strength with low weight.

As well an anti-fog, distortion-free visor that meets European “class 1 optics” standards, a continuously adjustable sun visor, and washable liner, the Aventuro Mod has an aerodynamically optimised helmet shield – with cover caps included – that is easy to fit without tools. Ingeniously, the peak has a memory function so when the chin section is flipped up, it remembers the position it was set to and then magically rebounds to the riders chosen position when the helmet is closed.

The Touratech Aventuro Mod will retail for $829 in the US and priced between £469.99 and £529.99 in the UK. For Australian riders it will set you back $1,261.

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Each week (if a week is roughly 14 days) we search the Internet (invented by Al Gore) for the best specials on motorcycle gear and tires. This weeks deals include savings on a huge range of Icon gear, massive discounts on Klim jackets and pants as well as great reductions on Michelin tires.

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News Round-Up – Royal Enfield Outsells H-D, Indian Confirms Dark Horse, Schuberth 2015 C3 Pro Helmet Graphics

Royal Enfield Sells More Motorcycles Than Harley-Davidson in 2014

Indian owned motorcycle company Royal Enfield has had a huge year, so huge in fact that they’re now outselling Harley-Davidson – not a small achivement. In 2014, Royal Enfield sold 302,591 motorcycles, up a massive 70 per cent from the previous year (178,121). By comparison, American as apple pie Harley-Davidson managed to sell 267,999 bikes.

Royal Enfield are huge in their home nation of India where their bikes sell for the equivalent of between $1,500 and $2,500 – not a bad price in a market that is home to one of the world’s largest (and growing) middle class of consumers – estimated to be some 250 million people strong.

And while Royal Enfield has a somewhat negative reputation for reliability, the company is quickly modernizing. All its motorcycles now feature fuel injection and they’ve stolen a huge amount of engineers from larger motorcycle companies with the aim of boosting reliability and rideability. And we’ve got to say, the Continental GT is one sweet looking machine.

Royal Enfield Continental GT

Indian Motorcycles Confirms Dark Horse

We mentioned just a few days ago that it was likely that Indian Motorcycles was looking to resurrect the Dark Horse name and today we have official confirmation of that. As part of the launch of their first ‘new’ model for 2015, the company has instigated the ‘Dark Horse Challenge Ride’.

A five mile ride will happen through central Chicago and will be lead by a group of brand new Indian Chief Dark Horse motorcycles. At the end of the ride, riders will be able to get up close and personal with the new machines. Indian Motorcycles however still hasn’t divulged details of a release date or even pricing on the new machines.

For those who don’t join the ride, Chicago motorcycle enthusiasts are also invited to get up close and personal with the all-new Dark Horse by visiting Indian Motorcycle’s exhibit at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, which kicks off Friday, February 13 at 1 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 5 p.m. The new 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse will be formally unveiled at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the Indian Motorcycle display area

Schuberth 2015 C3 Pro Helmet Graphics

Schuberth has added new options to the popular C3 Pro flip-up helmet with the introduction of the “Classic” and “Dark Classic” graphics. The traditionally-styled designs come in seven color combinations for the C3 Pro and two combinations for the C3 Pro Women.

The C3 Pro Classic is available in Blue, Red or Silver, while the C3 Pro Dark Classic is offered in Red, Blue, Silver or Orange variations. The C3 Pro Women is now offered in Classic Red and Classic Silver. For two-up riders or travel partners that want matching helmets, the C3 Pro and C3 Pro Women are both offered in matching Classic Silver and Classic Red finishes.

Thanks to advanced engineering and technology, the C3 Pro is one of the world’s quietest, lightest flip-up helmet, weighing in at only 1,650 grams. Externally, wind tunnel-tested aerodynamics include a molded rear spoiler to ensure a smooth ride, even at high speeds. Internally, each C3 Pro comes equipped with an internal antenna that allows riders to utilize the Bluetooth® SRC-System for seamless pairing with intercom, phone, MP3 player and GPS.

Recommended retail price is $829

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Is An Expensive Helmet a Safe Helmet? A Look at Helmet Safety Ratings and Price

“If you have a $10 head, buy a $10 helmet. If your head is worth more, buy a Bell.” That was the famous ad that Bell ran in the 1970’s and it’s still often quoted today when people talk about motorcycle gear, especially motorcycle helmets. It sounds right – who puts their faith in something cheap over an expensive item, especially when it comes to safety? But how true is that today? Is that $700 Shoei really what you need to keep your head safe or can you get away spending only $150? We’ve collated as much data as we can and analysed the correlation between helmet prices and their safety and the results are pretty surprising.

We took our data from the UK Government organisation SHARP, the Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme. It provides by far and away the most comprehensive motorcycle helmet safety testing data available freely online. It’s obviously UK centric though, so we’ve stripped out the helmets that aren’t readily available internationally. We also removed all models that appear to be discontinued and finally only included brands that had at least three helmets rated once the above criteria was met.

Below we have charted those remaining helmets, and you can them see by each helmet listed individually and by a brand as a whole. Hover your mouse over the individual circles to see the helmet name, its rating and its price. Note that the prices on the Y-Axis are in Pounds Sterling (£).

Now let’s do some analysis.

If we put a trend line through the graph like below, you can see that the trend is that the higher the helmet rating the higher the price, but only marginally. In fact the most expensive helmet in our data, the Arai RX-7 GP only receives a 4 star rating from SHARP, but costs £589, or around $1,000. Compare that to either the G-Mac Pilot or the Viper RS-33, both of which are the equally cheapest helmets in our data and cost only £40 or around $65. Like the Arai, they also receive a 4 star rating.

Helmet Safety and Price All Helmets

To demonstrate it even more starkly, the Schuberth S1 Pro is listed at £450 and only received a 2 star safety rating from SHARP. It received ‘Poor’ results for both left and right side impact tests and yet it is more expensive than all the 5 star rated helmets except three.

The cheapest 5 star helmet you can buy is the Nitro Aikido which costs £70 or around $120 on Amazon. The Nitro Aikido was first released back in 2011 and is still produced today. They’re a good example of why you shouldn’t take brands on face value either. If you’d previously heard about the Aikido and it’s great value for money, you may have assumed that the rest of the Nitro range was as good.  And while the Aikido is damn good for the price, it’s the company’s only 5 star helmet – they even have a few 2 star rated helmets for sale. In fact,  the safety of Nitro’s helmets almost increases as the price decreases:

Helmet Safety and Price Nitro Helmets

On the flipside, the most expensive helmet money can buy if you want a 5 star rated helmet is the AGV Corsa.  The AGV Corsa is listed at £550, or around $750 at Revzilla.  But if safety is your only concern and you really want to wear the same brand Rossi wears, you can save yourself $450 and buy the AGV Stealth. Again, this shows that helmet price doesn’t necessarily correlate with helmet safety.

Helmet Safety and Price AGV Helmets

Of the major brands by far and away the most disappointing is Schuberth. Not only is the average price of their helmets the most expensive of all the brands featured here, they also have no helmets with a safety rating of 5.  But they do have two helmets with a safety rating of 2. If there’s any example of expensive helmets not equalling safety then Schuberth is it.

Helmet Safety and Price Schuberth Helmets

So how much is your head worth? Well, if you’re short on funds, about £70 for a Nitro Aikido. But while a helmet like the Nitro Aikido provides the same amount of safety as the AGV Corsa or Shark Race R Pro which cost up to seven times more, does it make it necessarily a good helmet?

Of course not, and safety and price are just two of many factors you should consider. But don’t be fooled by the price (or brand) of a helmet. Never is the phrase ‘Buyer Beware’ more important than when it comes to protecting your head. If someone had asked you before reading this article if you thought a $700 Schuberth S1 Pro was safer than a $120 Nitro Aikido, I’m sure you would have gone for the former.

In part two of this story which will be published later in the week, we’ll take a look at the best five helmets that are rated 5 stars, including comfort, noise levels and price.