November 27, 2009

Free Helmet Shock Absorption Test for you & your helmet

We have a Helmet Shock Absorption Testing Machine located in China for designing helmet and cost us around US$100,000 from Taiwan. Please see the video for this Shock Absorption Test. When manufacturing a batch or a certain amount of helmets, we need randomly to take one helmet for testing and give data details together with the shipment.

We are willing to test your helmet and give you data for free. If interested, email me about this.

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November 22, 2009

Sorry... I am quite Busy this month

Sorry... I am quite Busy this month for trips around tradeshows and also a hot retailing season of this year. After few weeks, I will gather and organize those milan motorshow details & udpates in December.

The Hottest Item in Milan Motorshow - Ducati Streetfighter 1098

The hot news from Ducati at the Milan Show was the unveiling of its Streetfighter, a conceptually innovative hot-rod that mixes a strong dose of 1098 Superbike power with a monster style and stance.

The Ducati Streetfighter is intended to set the benchmark for a new generation. The engine is a specifically tuned version of the 1098, delivering a claimed 155 horsepower and 85 foot-pounds of torque at, oddly enough, the same 9500 rpm. Claimed dry weight is 374 pounds for the standard model.

The chassis uses the same 34mm-gauge steel-tube frame of the 1098, but the rest is new. Marking a meaningful evolution in Ducati's chassis philosophy, wheelbase was stretched more than 1.5 inches to span 58 inches. The extra length came mostly from the longer single-sided swingarm, while the rest was derived from steering angle, kicked out to 25.7 degrees from the 24.5 degrees of the 1098, to produce a 4.5-inch trail.

The 1198 is also new for 2009. The 1098 replacement shares its 106mm bore and 67.9mm stroke with the 1098R, now known as the 1098R Troy Bayliss Edition (limited to 500 examples worldwide). The 1198 sports 43.5mm intake and 35.3mm exhaust valves, throttle bodies that retain the previous model's elliptical configuration, now enlarged to a corresponding 63.9mm circular diameter, and a 12.7:1 compression ratio.

November 16, 2009



November 15, 2009

Masei Helmet show-off in Motorcycle Show



Masei 803 Flip-Up Chrome Helmet with fancy skull graphics comes with a wired but cool motorcycle bike in Motorcycle Tradeshow Just Today! During this weeks, motor cycle tradeshows are going-on in Italy and Hong Kong at the same time. My staff in will get updated soon in Milan Italy soon.

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A handsome model posted with that Masei Helmet in the show.



November 13, 2009

Eicma Milan - Motorcycle Show 2009 Nov

The Milan Show starts from this Tuesday, 10 November 2009 to Sunday, 15 November 2009
There are three best motorshows in the world. They are Indianapolis, Canton, and Eicma.

With its 30,000 square meters of expos and over 1,500 companies displaying products, the International Motorcycle Show in Milan is undoubtedly the biggest motocross exposition in the world. All brands such as Ducati, Honda, Harley Davidson, Givi, Nolan, ... , Arai, Shoei, HJC, ... and many Chinese OEM makers (one of my friend's) joining this show. I really wanted to visit there, but i am tired of flying. Also, just came back from Canton motorshow. Not fun to walk 8 hours per day and 5 days straight, because there are over 1000 outlets!


Anyway, Arai shows off their carbon helmet in the show. My partners went to their stand and took the pictures. I will get you more updates next week with more pictures.

HELMET PRODUCTION in Zhejiang China


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I inspected few factories in China last week and took few shots...

November 12, 2009

What is Modular or "Flip-up" Helmets ?

A hybrid between full face and open face helmets for street use is the modular or "flip-up" helmet, also sometimes termed "convertible" or "flip-face". The word of "flip-up" is widely used, but sounds more like an American slang.

When fully assembled and closed, they resemble full face helmets by bearing a chin bar for absorbing face impacts. Its chin bar may be pivoted upwards (or, in some cases, may be removed) by a special lever to allow access to most of the face, as in an open face helmet. The rider may thus eat or drink without unfastening the chinstrap and removing the helmet.

As of 2008 there have not been significant scientific studies of modular helmets to assess how protective the pivotable or removable chin bars are. Honestly, full-face helmets are better than them in protection. An accident happened last year in Hong Kong that proven one of the "flip-up" weaknesses. When a lady had a ride with a Taiwanese Lubro "flip-up" helmet on the street, a car behind hit and striked her bike. She was pushed hard toward and her head hit on the ground. So, you know what happened? that flip-up chin part was crashed and her face was smashed and... She was alive, but that was once a beautiful lady losing her whole face. This also suggested that full face helmets was the best helmet type in all motorcycle accidents.

November 11, 2009

Truth about Carbon Helmets


Carbon Fiber Helmets are gaining popular this year in magazines, news, and even online. Some brands such as HJC and Akuma have been adveristing intensively on magazines with their special features such as coloring. Their prices are at least US$250 in store. They are unique and expensive, because not so many oem makers can produce carbon fiber helmets so far. I know only few can do it and asking for high price. But, to be honest to you, this technology is not a big deal at all.

Since 1994, carbon composites have become known for supplying a quality product. With its roots in the aerospace and automotive composites industries, many helmet makers have started designing helmets with carbon materials. Beware of "Carbon Fiber" helmets made in China. I saw some listings online selling carbon helmets for only US$30 with painted carbon patterns on appearance only. Absolutely 100% fake! The production cost of a full face helmet must go over US$100 per one unit.

I went to one of the oem makers this week and discussed with helmet engineers & technicians about carbon helmets. It costs much more to build one carbon helmet! Almost 3 times of fiber glass and only few oem makers can manufacture with raw carbon materials. I will soon examine the details of their production and testing next month and still working on building my first carbon helmet sample with color features that costed me few hundred bucks already

There are only one reason why a rider wants to buy a carbon helmet. It is very light in weight. The strength of carbon helmet is almost the same as that of fiberglass, but the weight of it is half or 3/4 of fiberglass helmet. This is more like a fashion for me so far. Soon in next few years, many brands can easily make carbon full-face or flip-up helmets.

Anyway, I am invited to attent the Feb 2010 motorbike tradeshow in Indianapolis and I will see you guys there!

Interesting Fact About Motorcycle & Helmet concerning accidents and crashes

  • All the studies on this subject from U.S. and other places in the world show that riders who wear helmets crash less frequently and suffer fewer injuries and deaths if they do crash. They are less likely to suffer long-term or permanent disablement caused by head or neck injuries.
  • A helmet that meets the D.O.T. standard (or Snell, even better),even a cheap motorcycle helmet, offers serious levels of protection if you crash.
  • By cutting down on wind noise, helmets can actually help you hear other sounds better(not worse as some people believe). By reducing fatigue from the wind, they keep you more alert. By protecting your eyes from the wind, they allow you to see better.
  • A full-face helmet can keep you from being distracted when a large insect hits your face.
  • If you choose a bright-colored visible one, you will be more conspicuous in traffic, making it easier for other motorists to see and avoid you.
  • Another important point to remember is that most motorcycle accidents happen on short journeys, so even if you are just going down the road for some milk, put on your helmet. Don't become a statistic!

November 7, 2009

The Best Helmet Graphics of 2009 - ICON PREDATOR

I have examined most of the famous brand helmets this year. Considering the helmet graphics itself only, I personally award "Icon Predator" for 2009. Most motorcycle dealers know that Icon helmets have been a leader in helmet graphics with frenzy cartoons, monsters, and creatures. I can imagine icon spends much of their energies and investment on their graphic designs! A Good Job!!

This predator helmet is the latest release of Icon Airframe Helmet, which is the best for most black-colored bikes. Well, as to my bike experience, black, matte black, gray, white, and silver-colored helmets are easier to sell on the markets. yellow, pink, and green ones are hardest to sell, because motorcycle bikes are hardly those colors. Anyway, it is my favorite helmet design of 2009, but the retailing price is not cheap. I know that ICON helmets are manufactured in Ningbo, China with own stuff and production lines.


FEATURES:
  • All world standard, meets or exceeds the following: DOT FMVSS 218(US), ECE 22-05(EUROPE), SAI AS1698(AUSTRALIA) & SG(JAPAN), safety and testing standard.
  • Fiberglass
  • Wind tunnel tested and refined
  • Imported

November 6, 2009

Current US Motorcycle Helmet & Bicycle Laws for Each State



State Universal law
(covers all riders)
Partial law
(covers young riders
or some adult riders)
Bicyclists covered
by state law

Alabama
yes no 15 and younger
Alaska no 17 and younger no law
Arizona no 17 and younger no law
Arkansas no 20 and younger no law
California yes no 17 and younger
Colorado no 17 and younger and their passengers 17 and younger no law
Connecticut no 17 and younger 15 and younger
Delaware no 18 and younger 17 and younger
District of Columbia yes no 15 and younger
Florida no 20 and younger 15 and younger
Georgia yes no 15 and younger
Hawaii no 17 and younger 15 and younger
Idaho no 17 and younger no law
Illinois no law no law no law
Indiana no 17 and younger no law
Iowa no law no law no law
Kansas no 17 and younger no law
Kentucky no 20 and younger no law
Louisiana yes no 11 and younger
Maine no 17 and younger 15 and younger
Maryland yes no 15 and younger
Massachusetts yes no 1 through 16 (riding with children younger than 1 prohibited)
Michigan yes no no law
Minnesota no 17 and younger no law
Mississippi yes no no law
Missouri yes no no law
Montana no 17 and younger no law
Nebraska yes no no law
Nevada yes no no law
New Hampshire no law no law 15 and younger
New Jersey yes no 16 and younger
New Mexico no 17 and younger 17 and younger
New York yes no 1 through 13 (riding with children younger than 1 prohibited)
North Carolina yes no 15 and younger
North Dakota no 17 and younger no law
Ohio no 17 and younger no law
Oklahoma no 17 and younger no law
Oregon yes no 15 and younger
Pennsylvania no 20 and younger 11 and younger
Rhode Island no 20 and younger 15 and younger
South Carolina no 20 and younger no law
South Dakota no 17 and younger no law
Tennessee yes no 15 and younger
Texas no 20 and younger no law
Utah no 17 and younger no law
Vermont yes no no law
Virginia yes no no law
Washington yes no no law
West Virginia yes no 14 and younger
Wisconsin no 17 and younger no law
Wyoming no 17 and younger no law

~ Alaska's motorcycle helmet use law covers passengers of all ages, operators younger than 18, and operators with instructional permits.

~ In Florida, the law requires that all riders younger than 21 years wear helmets, without exception. Those 21 years and older may ride without helmets only if they can show proof that they are covered by a medical insurance policy.

~ In Kentucky, the law requires that all riders younger than 21 years wear helmets, without exception. Those 21 years and older may ride without helmets only if they can show proof that they are covered by a medical insurance policy. Motorcycle helmet laws in Kentucky also cover operators with instructional/learner's permits.

~ Motorcycle helmet laws in Maine cover operators with instructional/learner's permits. Maine's motorcycle helmet use law also covers passengers 17 years and younger and passengers if their operators are required to wear a helmet.

~ Motorcycle helmet laws in Minnesota cover operators with instructional/learner's permits.

~ North Dakota's motorcycle helmet use law covers all passengers traveling with operators who are covered by the law.

~ Ohio's motorcycle helmet use law covers all operators during the first year of licensure and all passengers of operators who are covered by the law.

~ Pennsylvania's motorcycle helmet use law covers all operators during the first two years of licensure unless the operator has completed the safety course approved by PennDOT or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

~ Rhode Island's motorcycle helmet use law covers all passengers (regardless of age) and all operators during the first year of licensure (regardless of age).

~ Texas exempts riders 21 years or older if they can either show proof of successfully completing a motorcycle operator training and safety course or can show proof of having a medical insurance policy. A peace officer may not stop or detain a person who is the operator of or a passenger on a motorcycle for the sole purpose of determining whether the person has successfully completed the motorcycle operator training and safety course or is covered by a health insurance plan.

~ Motorcycle helmet laws in Wisconsin cover operators with instructional/learner's permits.

New Release of MASEI CHROME TORA TIGER HELMET 2010 Spring







November 2, 2009

Helmet Shock Absorption Test Equipment for ECE & DOT

As mentioned before, the ECE 22.05 standard administered by the Economic Community of Europe is the most common internationally. Both ECE and DOT standard test for energy absorption and helmet rigidity at greater impact speeds, but ECE standard requires that a sample from each manufacturing batch be re-tested for compliance for any manufacturer.

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We bought an ECE Testing Machine for designing helmet and cost us around US$100,000 from Taiwan. Please see the video for this Shock Absorption Test. When manufacturing a batch or a certain amount of helmets, we need randomly to take one helmet for testing and give data details together with the shipment.

If you want a free Shock Absorption Test Info or want us to perform a free Shock Absorption Test for your helmet, please contact me via email.

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