Posted by Mario on 17 May 2012
I recently watched a documentary on Nat Geo called ‘Motorcycle Crash Tech’. I’d seen a bit of it before but never had the chance to watch the lot. It covered everything from brake design and slipper clutches to leathers, protectors and helmets.
For those of us of a two-wheeled persuasion I suppose it was interesting enough. But one item really made an impression on me. They were interviewing a design engineer at Nolan helmets (also branded as X-Lite) and he was talking about the use of real-world crash data in development of the lids.
He advised that 80% of crash impacts are to the front of the helmet. The back takes 18% and the top only about 2%.
Still thinking of buying an open-face?