Early versions of a modern motorcycle helmet were introduced over a century ago when motorcycle engines became more powerful and riders start to go faster. As a result, more accidents followed. The need for protection arose. First helmets were sewn from pieces of thick leather offering some abrasion protection but providing almost no impact protection in the case of a collision at high speed. Seeing an increase in numbers of head injuries among riders, British neurosurgeon Hugh Cairns offered to add a hard shell layer to the construction of a helmet to prevent penetration on impact.
You can read more about helmet history and other revolutionary solutions that save thousands of motorcyclists’ lives each year in the article written by our resident technical writer Timothy Zahl. The piece includes the list of safety testing procedures and differences between the most commonly used helmet certifications. The full article is available at the link below.
Helmet Certifications | What are the Differences among DOT, ECE, SHARP, & SNELL?
Current versions of some of the helmets mentioned in the article:
Fly Racing® - Revolt Liberator Full Face Helmet - MOTORCYCLEiD.com
Shoei® - Hornet X2 Dual Sport Helmet – MOTORCYCLEiD.com
Zoan Helmets® - Optimus Street Raceline Graphic Modular Helmet - MOTORCYCLEiD.com
Shark Helmets® - Street-Drak Blank Matte Open Face Helmet - MOTORCYCLEiD.com
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