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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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NEW: The C3 PRO & C3 PRO WOMEN

The First High Speed Flip-Up Helmet with Internal Antenna

Schuberth C3 PROAerodynamics – Rear spoiler adds 8% additional downforce for greater stability at higher speeds

Aeroacoustics – Reduced noise measured at 82 dba – Schuberth’s quietest flip-up helmet ever

Ventilation – New vent scoop increases airflow to over 8 liters per second

Comfort – New plush liner materials enhance comfort and fit

Communications – Internal dual band antenna improves SRCS wireless connectivity

Light, quiet, compact – these features have characterized the Schuberth C3 flip-up helmet for years. Now Schuberth is presenting a completely updated premium partner to the base model C3 – the C3 PRO. The C3 PRO features a molded rear spoiler developed in the Schuberth wind tunnel for minimizing buffeting at higher speed riding. The internal antenna and Bluetooth® receiver enhance the communication range up to 700 meters and FM radio reception for the Schuberth Rider Communication System. The refined inner lining offers a plush, comfortable fit. The new vent scoop boosts airflow through the helmet to over 8 liters of air per second at 100 km/h. With a wind tunnel tested sound rating of just 82 dB(A), the C3 PRO is the quietest Schuberth helmet ever. The C3 PRO (and female fit C3 PRO WOMEN) flip-up helmet features over 20 additional enhancements and will be available this spring.

C3 PRO WOMEN
Based on additional research, the C3 PRO WOMEN is specially fitted for a woman’s facial structure, featuring a special contour and materials in the cheek pads to better fit a woman’s higher cheek bones,  narrower jaw and smaller facial features.

Schuberth Rider Communication System for the C3 PRO
The easy-to-install, fully integrated Schuberth Rider Communication System (SRCS C3 PRO) plugs into the C3 PRO’s internal antenna for improved FM radio reception and pairing distance of up to 700 meters.

(Note: The SRCS C3 will fit into the C3 PRO and will function normally, but since it does not plug into the helmet’s antenna, it will not offer the improved reception that can be expected from the new SRCS C3 PRO.  The SRCS C3 PRO does not offer backward compatibility to the C3.  While it will physically fit, there is no internal antenna, so Bluetooth connectivity and radio reception are not possible.)

Schuberth C3 PRO Colors

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A successful start of the SR1 at the Intermot

 

Finally! Our new SR1 passed the first endurance race without any problems. With our 30-people team we have introduced the new Supersport helmet to many competencies for six long days. Over 100.000 visitors stormed our Schuberth booth, tried and evaluated the SR1. The positive feedback we received gave us great pleasure and at this point we want to Thank Everyone for the huge interest!

 

Moreover, our Flip-up helmet C3 also kept us on our feet. At all times we offered two full helmet sizes to try on. Although, due to the high resonance over the weekend the incredible demand would have still been difficult to satisfy even with the availability of four helmet sizes.

 

Furthermore, we would like to congratulate Fernando Alonso to his 3rd rank in the Japan-GP. His helmet besides helmets from our other F-1-pilots was one of the main attractions on our booth.

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The new one…

SR1 – THE FIRST SUPERSPORTS HELMET BY SCHUBERTH

Just in time for the Intermot (6.-10.10.2010) we will present our new helmet: The SR1.

As a sneak preview we prepared some really amazing shots of probably our most beautiful helmet ever produced

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Developed for High-Speed driving experience: The SR1 is our first pure-bred Super Sport Helmet for ambitious sport riders and professional racers.

If you want to see the helmet from every perspective:

visit us at the premier, from 6.10.2010 at the Intermot, hall 6, booth A010.

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