2009 Powersports Dealer
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From the 2009 Powersports Dealer Expo
- February 13-16, 2009
by Rick K., Editor, webBikeWorld.com
Special Report: Shark Helmets
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Shark Helmets Display at the 2009 Powersports Dealer
Most of the exhibitors at the annual
Powersports Dealer Expo try to keep the
same location on the floor grid each year, and once they
move up the food chain from newbie to old-timer and find
the "perfect" location, they tend to stick with it.
I can't remember how many years Shark
Helmets has been in attendance at the show, but they
worked their way up to this primo
spot right near one of the main entrances to the show,
just inside from the food court, near the door and in a
high-traffic area. Of course, prime real estate
doesn't come cheap, and the best locations cost big
Tucker Rocky, one of the largest U.S.
distributors of motorcycle products, is just beyond the
Shark booth in
the photo above, and there probably isn't a motorcycle dealer
in the U.S. that doesn't stop there to say "Hi",
Shark gets a lot of that traffic too (and vice-versa).
This year, the Shark cage was the same
size, just without the usual framework of lighting over
the top, giving it a more open feel. The booth is
packed with helmets and Cristophe Miravalls, the Shark
CEO, is always in attendance and always very busy
talking to customers.
I took these photos first thing Sunday
morning, when everyone else was still sleeping off the
previous night's party, but by time I got a chance to
talk to Christophe, the booth was packed again.
I'm sure it's a combination of high-quality displays
with lots of information and plenty of good product that
attracts the attention.
It's a deceptively simply concept that
seems difficult to get right: quality product and lots
of it, displayed to attract attention, but with just
enough information to stick to inquisitive minds,
perfect lighting (for viewing, not for photographing!)
and passionate owners.
Anyway, there were some new helmets on
display, and I didn't realize until today that
apparently the RSX line is no more?
Shark RSR2 V+ Carbon
The RSR2 (wBW
Review), labeled as the RSR2 V+ in the
next two photos, received 5 Stars in the UK's
SHARP helmet rating scheme.
The silver and black helmets shown below
are the RSR2 Carbon variants, and they felt light,
although it's always difficult to tell without a scale.
These two are interesting in that the carbon fiber isn't
the main styling feature of the helmet; only a narrow
strip of carbon fiber can be seen at the lower edge of
the helmet, forming the angular band that sweeps up
towards the rear.
The shell shape looks round, and my
guess is that the shape and the paint cover some type of
reinforcement to help the helmet meet the tough safety
Although the Shark Evoline was the Main Event at the
Shark booth, I didn't take any photos because we've
covered that in our reviews of the
ECE version and the North American
DOT version of the Evoline.
By the way, Cristophe told me the correct pronunciation
of Evoline uses a long "E" and the "line" is
pronounced like "wine". Evoline.
Next up is the RSJ; this is another helmet in the Shark
"Grand Urban" series that also includes the Evoline.
It's a bit difficult to see in this photo, but the helmet has a
pull-down dark smoke internal visor and overall it looks
pretty cool -- sort of a cross between what the
Europeans call the "Jet" style and a fighter pilot
Note that the silver RSJ shown below is minus the
standard full-length face shield, because Cristophe was
demonstrating how easy it is to pop the face shield in and out.
It has no moving parts on the outside, with only "C" shaped cutouts on either side that snap
into place in the small pods on either side of the
helmet. But the pull-down smoke shield can also
be used in place of the face shield.
The RSJ is not one of those cheap plastic overnight
specials -- this is full Shark quality and safety.
The shell is composite fiber; it comes in
two different shell sizes across the size range (XS to
XL) and it has a removable and washable liner. The
list price is $299.95 and it comes in silver, gloss
black, matte black and matte silver.
Here's a new RSi (wBW
review) in a combination color scheme called the "D
Tone" that includes the very cool hologram graphics on
the side from the original blue RSi we reviewed.
The hologram is the area that is reflecting the light in
rainbow colors. It's a bit hard to tell in this
photo, but the dotted lines look like stitching around
the helmet, and the overall graphics package is very
The RSi has been a huge hit for Shark, and the overall
shape still looks fresh 3 years on from its release
date. The helmet is available in a huge array of
colors and graphics; I counted something like 30
The RSi uses two shell sizes covering XS to XXL and the
list prices for 2009 range from $389.95 to $449.95 for
the race replicas.
Just in case you're a first time webBikeWorlder reading
this report or don't know much about Shark, these are
very high quality helmets and they play right along with
the big boys in the world of motorcycle helmet
manufacturing. Shark has an
outstanding reputation for safety and motorcycle helmet
I'm assuming the RSF3 is the replacement for the RSX.
I just didn't realize the RSX was missing from the
display, and since
we reviewed it before (two reviews actually), I
didn't ask about it.
The RSR2 has been Shark's leading technology "flagship"
helmet, followed by the RSF series. The RSF3 also
has the special Shark fiber shell, with Shark's
"multi-element internal shock-absorber with
differentiated density" lining. A photo of this
special EPS lining can be seen in our
Shark RSi review.
The RSF3 is the latest version in the series. It
has the 2.2 mm Shark visor and the "push button" release
mechanism. I'm not sure about the internal shape;
most of the Shark helmets I've tried tend to the long
oval side of round.
The "Style Edition" color pattern below is called the
"Trendy" and it looks interesting. The helmet
below it actually has what looks like leather trim
around the edges, but I don't think that version is sold
in the U.S. market.
Now here's something very cool -- but don't get too
drooly over it, because it's Snell K and SA2005 approved
only and it's designed for karting and auto racing. It's on a Shark
RSi podium, and when I first laid eyes on it, I thought
it was some new type of prototype Shark motorcycle
helmet, but no dice.
Notice the different shaped chin bar, minimal venting
and smaller eye port with minimal peripheral vision.
Besides, it lists for something like $1,000.00 for the
SA and $500.00 for the K version. Oh well...
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