Motorcycle Accessories News
Continuing our live report from the 2005
Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana - February 19-21, 2005.
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Feb. 19, 2005 - 19:12: Here's another
page with more goodies. I'll probably call it
quits for today after this and get some dinner and rest.
My impressions so far? Lots to see for sure,
but no real ground-breaking news so far. The KBC
FFR (see below) flip-up helmet will be released right
after the show. I've been bugging them to send a
sample for a couple of months now, and we're supposed to
get one, so we'll wait and see.
I'm still surprised that there are no new flip-up
helmets. We've been waiting for years for a
breakthrough flip-up, i.e., light weight, Snell
approval, metal hinges, etc., but no one seems to be
The other thing that's surprising is several helmet
manufacturers (not the big guys, but the high-quality
niche players) have told me they will no longer pursue
Snell certification and will go with
ECE 22.05 instead. They say that to meet the
Snell penetration test, the helmet shell has to be made
heavier than required for ECE 22.05, and they don't want
to spend the extra money for dual tooling and they don't
like the extra weight in their helmets.
I've heard that passing the Snell penetration test
means a thicker shell, so this may be a reaction.
At least one of the manufacturers (Shark) already has
Snell approval on the RSR (see
the wBW review), but the revised RSR II will be DOT
and ECE 22.05 only.
By the way, the RSR II has some improved features
(see below); we'll be getting one soon for a follow-up
review on our "helmet of the year" for 2004.
By the way, several motorcycle racers were here
signing autographs, and believe it or not, there weren't
the usual crowds surrounding them. This is also
what leads me to believe there are less people here this
year for some reason. I saw Aaron Yates in the
huge Teknic pavilion and Jason Pridmore in another booth
signing autographs and posing for photos.
Vanson has a nice display of famous motorcycle
racer's leathers (the real thing), and several other
leather manufacturers also have obviously used leathers
from famous racers.
Besides the blue helmets mentioned earlier, pink
also seems to be in, with helmets for women and children
available in various shades of pastel.
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|KBC has a sample of their
new FFR flip-open helmet sitting on a rack
amongst other models. I didn't try
this one on, but played with the flip-up
mechanism and the vents. The mechanism
seemed very crisp, snapping open with more
authority than other flip-ups I've tried.
The liner appears to be removable. The
chin vent and top vent would, I think, work
fine with gloved hands. KBC is
supposed to be sending us an example "any
day now" for a review. Sorry about the
poor quality of the photo on the right; not
sure what happened. (Update: See the wBW
review of the KBC FFR).
found out that the FFR will be available in
Burgundy, Matte Black, White, Gloss Black
and Silver. Graphics are called
"Freeze" and are available in Gunmetal with
Blue, Silver and Red hightlights.
There's also a special edition Freeze model
that's sort of all silver and frost.
The only FFR they have on display is the
model shown above, the Blue and Gunmetal
version. The FFR will be DOT and ECE
22.05 approved. By the way, the
flip-up visor also seems to open very high.
KBC calls it their "Mag-Cam Hi-Pivot".