Talk about rubbing your nose, ears, chin and whole head in it … Icon has released a new version of its Airframe motorcycle helmets with crash statistics.
The numbers you see on the helmet represents the crash statistics for that part of the helmet to be damaged in an accident. Therefore, it’s the likelihood of your head suffering injury in that area if you don’t wear a helmet, or for your nose or chin to hit the deck if wearing an open-face helmet.
Interestingly, Icon also makes open-faced helmets! However, that hasn’t stopped them appealing to the safety conscious with this new design.
The crash statistics come from the aptly-named Hurt Report and show that the most common area of impact on motorcycle helmets is the chin at 19.4% which spells “ouch” for open-face helmet wearers. The least vulnerable place is the very top of the head at 0.4% which sort of makes a mockery of those little Nazi-styled caps some riders wear.
Icon helmets are no longer imported into Australia, but it’s a good helmet for the American market where some states still allow riders to choose not to wear a helmet.
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every 100 motorcyclists killed in crashes while not wearing a helmet, 37 could have been saved had they worn helmets. Yet, the use of motorcycle helmets in the US continues to decline to about half from 71% in 2000.
As for the argument about a full-face and open-face motorcycle helmets, I know I’ll be riding with an open-face helmet when I ride a Harley-Davidson Ultra Ltd from Rocky to Cairns over the next few days. It’s going to be hot and sticky work behind that huge fairing in North Queensland!
The options are to wear a full-face helmet and prevent an accident by not passing out from the heat and lack of fresh air or stay alert and avoid an accident in the open-face helmet.
What do you think: full face, open face or no helmet?