The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) was the place to be for those looking to see the very latest in motorcycle helmets. We saw all the big hitters as well as a lot of smaller brands and a few that are just cracking the North American market, all using the biggest industry show in North America to display their very latest.
Here are six new helmets that caught our attention at AIMExpo 2015!
1. 2016 Bell Pro Star
Bell introduced its new Star range at AIMExpo 2015. The company has taken the Flex Impact Liner from its off-road line and put it into its flagship street/race helmet, the Pro Star. This liner uses three different protective materials designed to address low, mid and high-speed impacts as well as rotational impact. A special carbon material is used on the outer shell for light weight and strength, while six EPS liners and five shell sizes ensures fit and performance. Bell claims it’s the most comprehensive level of protection the company has ever offered.
The new Panovision viewport offers increased peripheral and lateral visibility, making shoulder checks easier and increasing vision in a tucked race position.
The Pro Star is the top-of-the-line street/race helmet from Bell and is accompanied by the Race Star and Star in the company’s 2016 motorcycle lineup. Pricing starts at $1,199 USD. Visit www.bellhelmets.com for more.
2. Premier Helmets Vintage
You may not have heard of Premier Helmets, but the Italian brand that was started in California in 1956 is breaking back into the North American market. What caught our attention at AIMExpo was the Vintage helmet. A classic, no-frills open-face retro lid, what makes the Vintage so neat is the huge array of beautiful graphics available. The Vintage comes in 34 different styles if you can believe that, including higher-end carbon fibre models and several graphic styles that we thought were custom-painted. The designs are hip and trendy, right on the mark with the current retro moto trend.
Premier takes pride in offering a protective product, and all helmets are ECE 22.05 approved. The company is still in the early phase of breaking back into the NA market, so pricing and distribution info is yet to be determined.
3. Schuberth E1 Adventure
German helmet maker Schuberth introduced the industry and the public to the highly-anticipated E1 Adventure helmet at the AIMExpo, the company’s first dual sport/enduro-specific helmet offering. What sets it apart from most adventure helmets is the fact that it’s a modular, flip-up helmet, utilizing Schuberth’s success in modular lids from its street range.
Aerodynamics and aeroacoustics were a priority when designing the new E1. The peak visor is fully articulating and can be set to three different positions, an internal sun visor allows the rider to further customize the amount of sunlight coming in, and the closable off-road-inspired chin vent features a removable filter. A built-in antenna will connect to Schuberth’s SRC-Pro Bluetooth communication collar system.
Schuberth has never been known for fancy graphics or designs, but the shell (which comes in two sizes) is available in five solid colours and five graphic styles that aren’t flashy but are at least tasteful.
Schuberth expects helmets to be available in early spring of 2016, with an MSRP starting at $829 USD.