Andy Sills and his partner Erin Hunter are the land speed racing duo of Hunter Sills Racing. At this year’s International Motorcycle Speed Trials by BUB on the Bonneville Salt Flats, the duo swept 5 land speed records atop their BMW S1000RR. This was their first time outfitted in Schuberth SR1s at this event. Want to know what some of the fastest riders in the world think of Schuberth’s masterpiece helmet?
“When you race a motorcycle over 200 miles per hour with your life partner, you want them protected by nothing but the absolute best – that’s why we chose the Schuberth SR1 for the 2013 race season.”
The SR1 Experience at 200+ Miles an Hour
The Schuberth SR1 is like no other. It is a significant advancement in that tool which is the most critical component to my ride after the machine itself… that is, my helmet. The ‘fit and finish” of the SR1 defines the standard by which all others will be judged. The design, materials and construction of the SR1 have no equal. The aerodynamic attributes are near perfection. The physical fit on the rider’s head is indeed perfection… The SR1 holds your head truly still with no slippage or movement regardless of your position in the air stream… it holds steadfastly steady, stable, neutral and this helmet nearly disappears from your awareness. The view and vision are natural, wide open and so crystal clear and distortion free that the windscreen likewise seems to disappear from your perception. This helmet leverages critical head position inspiring a command center presence in the hi-tech cockpit of my BMW SR1000 or K1300.
I have ridden in the SR1 now as my only helmet for the past six months. Over two different weeks during August at the SCTA’s ‘Speedweek’ as well as the BUB International Motorcycle Speed Trials, clad in the SR1 I made a dozen 220+mph passes over the 6 mile ‘long course’ at the Bonneville salt flats. Team Hunter Sills / San Diego BMW Motorcycles garnered two FIM World Records and three AMA National Records including a BMW Data Recorder (GPS) measured top speed of 236 mph (naturally aspirated) while achieving a 227 mph FIM certified average speed over the measured mile. The Schubert SR1 was my perfect command center. The SR1 became my ‘private world’, tucked in precisely positioned behind the aerodynamic foil shaped by our Catalyst Composites fairing – peaking just a quarter panel above the wind screen. Imagine: dead calm, no movement, no pressure, no lift… from my riders point of view, the SR1 remains virtually transparent to the ride. The SR1 is the perfect final component in your quest for truth and peace in speed. See photos of the SR1 in action at the Hunter Sills Facebook page. You’ll get the picture.
More importantly in the past 4 months I have also put on an additional 8,000 miles of high speed, high desert, high plains real world back roads pleasure ripping across the country in my Schuberth SR1. The SR1 helmet leverages the rest of my riding gear with a commanding, serious, confident presence. It holds my head in a firm nevertheless seemingly invisible grip such that my view thru the screen is like an extension of my naturally balanced head (over the course of a couple of thousand miles the SR1 molded to my head such that there are no pressure or hot spots, just an even, positive connection). The perspective from the SR1 is comprehensive but focused. Home is where your head is… welcome home to the Schuberth SR1.