A new wave of new motorcycle helmet designs is being tested in the U.S. to see how they will fare against each other and other competing models.
The new models are being tested at Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Kawasaki, Kawi, Suzuki and Yamaha.
These models are all competing for market share in the $1,000,000-$2,000 (around £1,100 to £1.50) price range.
The main goal of the helmet competition is to find out how well each model performs against the other.
This will be key to finding the best helmet to fit a motorcycle rider’s head and neck, with some models also looking to improve the fit of helmets for other types of riders.
A recent report from US bike helmet company Harley-Davidsons, published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, showed that motorcycle helmets offered protection against three common types of injury: head injuries, neck injuries and fractures.
The researchers found that of the four helmets tested, three of them were effective at preventing head injuries while the others did not provide the same level of protection against neck injuries or fractures.
“The research has shown that the most effective helmets can reduce injuries significantly compared to the most inexpensive helmets,” said Harley-Dragoons Chief Executive Officer John F. Travolta.
The company has tested the new helmets at its testing facility in the state of New York.
“We have tested all of our helmets on a variety of riders, including children, adults, older adults and even professional athletes.
We have found that these helmets provide good levels of protection at all ages,” Travola said.”
For many of the most severe head injuries we have tested, the helmet provides very little protection,” added Travolts research engineer and co-author, Dr. Robert W. Sonders.
Sonders added that a study from the U of A, Canada, showed helmet manufacturers were able to develop the best helmets in terms of head protection.
“They had this really strong advantage in terms a helmet’s performance,” he said.
“It’s really the performance of the helmets that has really been the most important determinant in the outcome of these helmets.”
The most expensive helmet tested, Kawabata, offers helmet manufacturers the best chance of beating out competitors in the market.
Its $2,300 ($2,800 for those over 65) premium helmet has been designed specifically for the high-volume helmet market, and offers better protection for those with large heads and more severe neck injuries.
Other companies are also making helmets for the motorcycle helmet market.
Ducati has launched its Ducati XTR, and Kawasaki has also announced its motorcycle helmet line.