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Do Women Really Need Special Helmets?

Originally posted on Liz Janzen’s Blog

The Schuberth C3W, Fit for Women

The Schuberth C3W, Fit for Women

Schuberth is the only helmet manufacturer offering motorcycle helmets specially fitted for a woman’s unique head and facial structure. What might seem like a clever marketing tactic to some is actually providing a premium level of comfort and enhanced safety for women riders and passengers.

Many women have difficulty finding helmets small enough to fit, sometimes resorting to cheap, ill-fittng children’s helmets which are not designed for the adult anatomy. The C3 Pro Women can be sized down to an XXS (50cm) and the C3W is available for purchase down to XXS. Helmet fit is critical for comfort and safety and a woman should wear a helmet that fits without ‘snugging it up’ with a scarf or beanie underneath.

Another common problem is that a helmet that fits the crown of the head is too loose in the face area and moves around as helmets are not supposed to do. This is because women typically have a higher, more prominent cheekbone and narrower jaw. Schuberth’s C3 Pro Women and C3W have a specially contoured fit in the cheekpads to accommodate this female facial structure.

Studies* show that men have greater neck muscle strength than women, so women are particularly sensitive to helmet weight. Many women express relief when trying Schuberth helmets because of their lightweight and compact construction. In fact, the C3 Pro Women and C3W helmets are the lightest flip-up helmets available.

So whether you are a woman rider, passenger, or a man with a female passenger, we hope this information will help with your helmet shopping. Of course the women’s helmets, just like women’s gear, don’t necessarily fit 100% of women better than standard helmets, but it’s certainly worth looking into when trying to find the best, safest fitting helmet for yourself or your loved one.

Click here to read about the C3 Pro Women and C3W Helmets on Women Riders Now

*Studies:
Maximal isometric muscle strength of the cervical spine in healthy volunteers
Three-Dimensional Isometric Strength of Neck Muscles in Humans

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Andy Sills, Hunter Sills Racing

Andy Sills of Hunter Sills Racing

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?

Read on…

“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.”

Hunter Sills Racing

Andy Sills Preps Erin Hunter for Her Run

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.

Andy Sills Ready to Race the BMW S1000RR

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.

Andy Sills in aerodynamic position

Andy Sills Tucks in for Maximum Aerodynamics

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.

Hunter Sills Racing Celebrating 5 New World Land Speed Records

www.schubertnorthamerica.com

https://www.facebook.com/HunterSillsRacing

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By Alan Tecchio

Motojournalist Alan Tecchio Originally Published this Article in Ultimate Motorcycling Magazine

Motojournalist Alan Tecchio Originally Published this Article in Ultimate Motorcycling Magazine

As an MSF RiderCoach I have worked with plenty of “returning riders” who took time off from their machines to raise a family. While I do not plan to take time off now that I have kids, I do recognize that my riding changed after my children were born. Suddenly I was less likely to ride in inclement or really cold weather and had become a more defensive and cautious rider.

When my daughter Annabella was finally able to flat-foot her feet on the passenger pegs, I knew what was coming next–heartfelt pleas to go for a ride together. Riding with a new passenger can be tough as it is, but when that person is a youngster, it can present even more challenges. For instance, new passengers have to be told how to look through turns and how to lean with the bike when the rider initiates lean in a corner. With young passengers making sure they are always holding on tight (in my case to a Buddy-Belt) is important as well. I also make it a point to ride with my Givi trunk to ensure she cannot fall backward.

The Schuberth C3 Flip-up Helmet with SRC-System collar Installed

The Schuberth C3 Flip-up Helmet with Bluetooth SRC-System Installed

You can go over some of these items pre-ride, hoping that it is remembered by the passenger or better yet… you can make sure you have a good communication system and use it to converse during your ride. I went with the Scala Rider system that was custom made for Schuberth helmetsThe Schuberth Rider Communication System. The fact that it is integrated into the helmet’s collar assists in ease-of-use and once you and your passenger get comfortable with where the buttons are located, you are good to go (even with gloves on!)

With myself donning my trusty C3 Schuberth flip-up helmet and my daughter wearing a C3W (a flip-up specifically designed for women) we prepared for our journey by talking through the intercom system to make sure our volume levels were good. After doing my pre-ride check on our gear and on the motorcycle, we departed.

Once we were enroute, the benefits of the SRC system became immediately clear. If you’ve ever ridden with a passenger, you know that if you want to convey any thoughts to them, you can point at stuff and hope they understand your meaning or you might turn your head toward them to say something that they may or may not be able to hear (not a recommended technique under any circumstances.) With the SRC though, there are no such issues. You can keep your eyes scanning ahead, around and in your mirrors, all the while carrying on a conversation. Although the buttons are easy to navigate, you won’t need them unless you are switching channels to put your iPod on or some other wired or bluetooth device. Conversing is all actuated by your voice.

“So, what is being conveyed during these moto-conversations?” you ask? Well, things like, “Are you comfortable back there?” or “Are you scared?” or “Are we going too fast?” were asked. Of course from time to time I would make sure she was holding on tightly and I could coach her in real time how to look through a corner, in advance of actually going into the corner. What an absolute pleasure and from a safety standpoint, a huge relief! We would end up laughing together at things and of course I would point out all the stuff around us that as a road user (let alone a motorcyclist), you should be looking for.

When I asked Annabella for some feedback of her own regarding the SRC, she said, “It’s great to talk with you while we’re riding because if I want to tell you about something I am seeing, I can just say it! I don’t have to wait until we come to a stop.” Out of the mouth of babes…

Alan and His Daughter Communicate While Riding Via Bluetooth Communications

Alan and His Daughter Annabella Communicate While Riding Via Bluetooth Communications

In speaking with a friend who has just started to take his own daughter out on his bike without a comm system, I learned that he did not think it was a problem to ride and talk just by turning his head toward her a bit. My response was, “So you have to take your eyes off the road in front of you even if it is just for a few seconds to do that, right?” He replied yes, which led me to remind him that it only takes a second for traffic conditions to dramatically change. If you are not looking where you are going even for a split second, that could potentially become a very dangerous scenario in a very short amount of time. He had to agree and accepted my offer to borrow my Schuberth C3’s to try them out with his daughter. I’ll bet that after he sees firsthand the level of safety using a state-of-the-art helmet communication system like the SRC’s provides, he will be buying a set of C3’s himself! If you ride with a young passenger, you should absolutely consider doing the same.

In-Helmet Communications Also Provides Safety and Ease for Adult Pillions and Co-Riders

In-Helmet Communications Also Provides Safety and Ease for Adult Pillions and Co-Riders

Even if you do not ride with a child in the pillion position, if you ride with other riders, being able to converse, sing together, etc… transforms your whole riding experience and definitely takes it to a completely new level. On a recent 2,000 plus mile moto-odyssey I and three riding buddies were able to easily let each other know when we needed gas, were hungry or just needed to take a break thanks to our SRC systems. When we were tired of hearing each others’ voices, that press of a button on the integrated helmet collar switched the comm off and allowed for our iPods to be piped into our helmet speakers. Another big plus– Phone calls are prioritized so we could take calls without having to have our whole group stop which would have wasted precious ride time.

So from a safety standpoint, the SRC setup within the Schuberth C3 helmet is simply amazing and with inexperienced riders, it is in my opinion, absolutely crucial. From a regular user standpoint, it makes riding a motorcycle way more fun and allows for conversations to occur that would normally have to wait until you were stopped somewhere. And let’s be real here-who remembers every single detail of a ride once they have come to a stop? To be able to point out a great mountain range or even better–a distracted driver who cannot maintain lane position, enhances any ride on a motorcycle. Hell, it could even save your life! It has on occasion, already done that for me so I am definitely sold. You will be too if you choose to make this serious investment in your head and general well being.

But enough with the sales pitch. The point of this story is that the experience the Schuberth C3 and C3W helmets with SRC systems in place was a phenomenal bonding activity for myself and my daughter. When you see how fast kids grow up these days, it makes you realize you have to cherish every moment. Times like these are worth more than gold.

Click here for a video of Alan and his daughter riding with their Schuberth Rider Communication Systems.

Alan Adjusts the SRC-System Mic and Explains How to Use the Buttons When Communicating

Alan Adjusts Annabella's SRC-System Mic and Explains How to Use the Buttons

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We are very happy to announce the official start of two more Replica Formula-1 helmets:

The 1:8 Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg helmets weight over 100 grams and are very detailled models made of metal.

The 1:12 keyring helmet of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg are not only good-looking but also very useful – not only for formula-1 car keys.

Replicas_fullset

We hope you´ll enjoy them:  http://www.shop.schuberth.com

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in: Formula 1

Impressions from Monaco

As promised our racing team did some spectacular shots from Monaco and we´d like to share them here:

Alonso – Massa – Schumacher – Rosberg at Fairmont hotel
(you can see the different shell sizes: big – small – small – big)

Schumacher – Rosberg – Massa – Alsonso
(at the port)

Schumacher – Rosberg – Alonso – Massa
(in the tunnel)

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