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SHARP Five Star Rating System

SHARP Five Star Rating System

New SHARP Five Star Motorcycle Helmet Safety Standard Rating System

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SHARP Helmet Ratings Below  |  SHARP Flip-up Helmet Ratings Below

April 2011 - New SHARP Motorcycle Helmets Now Rated (SHARP website)

Selected SHARP helmet safety ratings below.

SHARP Releases 27 More Helmet Scores
May 28, 2009 - 27 new safety ratings for motorcycle helmets were published today by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning (see list below).  He also unveiled a new website to give motorcyclists the best advice and information on choosing a helmet.

An extra 27 motorcycle helmets have been rated by SHARP - the Department for Transport’s Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme – taking the total number of ratings published past the 200 mark.

All these ratings are today published on the new SHARP website which has been overhauled to include more information for motorcyclists on how to find the right helmet for them.  The site also includes demonstrations of how the SHARP tests are carried out and how to make sure a helmet fits properly.

In addition, new in-store information leaflets are being made available for retailers to give them and their customers more information about the SHARP scheme.

Mike Penning said "We estimate that 50 deaths could be prevented each year if all riders wore the safest helmets available.  That is why I am delighted to be announcing additional SHARP ratings today at the same time as the new and improved SHARP website is launched.

"By making sure that motorcyclists have access to the best safety information, promoting further training and safe riding, and reminding drivers to look out for bikers I hope that we can improve safety for motorcyclists and reduce the number of tragedies we see on the roads each year."

All helmets must meet minimum legal safety standards but the SHARP scheme uses a wider range of tests to provide riders with more information on how much protection a helmet can provide in a crash.

The objective advice, which includes important guidance on how to select a good fitting helmet, will help riders to choose the safest helmet suitable for them.

The SHARP tests - which award ratings of between one and five stars - show that the safety performance of helmets can vary by as much as 70%.  With helmets across a wide price range scoring highly all riders should be able to find a high performing helmet in a size and style that fits them and at a price they want to pay.

The new website was developed in response to feedback from consumers and the motorcycle industry and SHARP is inviting motorcyclists to continue giving feedback on the new site so that it best meets their needs.

The SHARP system was unveiled on June 12, 2008.

For more information about the SHARP programme, visit the SHARP website.

SHARP Helmet Ratings
Following is the list of the first 56 helmets rated by SHARP.  Note that some of these helmets may not be available in all countries, and some helmets are sold under different names in different countries. 

Also, it's difficult to determine whether the construction of these helmets are identical to helmets that are sold in markets outside the UK to meet different safety standard ratings.  This is not an official list; check with SHARP for the details.

SHARP Motorcycle Helmet Ratings

SHARP Flip-up Helmet Ratings Below

More:  See our full Motorcycle Helmet Review Index

Make   Model SHARP Rating*
AGV   Airtech 4
    K3 4
    K Series 3
    S4 5
    S4 Stealth 5
    Ti Tech (wBW Review) 4
    GP Tech 5
    K4 4
    T-2  (wBW Review) 5
Airoh   Leox 3
    Speed Fire 4
    SV55 S 4
    Force 3
Arai   Astro (wBW Quantum II Review) 3
    Condor 2
    GP5x 5
    RX-7 (wBW Corsair V Review) 3
    Viper GT 3
    Chaser 3
    RX-7 GP (wBW Review) 4
    Quantum II (wBW Review) 3
Arashi   Galaxy 3
    Sonic 3
    Turbo 3
    Viper 4
    Daytona 1
Bell   M1 5
    M3R 5
    M4R 5
    M5X 5
    M4R Carbon 5
    M5X Carbon 5
Box   BX2 4
    BX5 Hurricane 4
    BX4 2
    BX3 Dagger 2
    FX-1 3
    BX-1 4
    FZ-1 2
    BZ-1 3
Buell   Turbulent 5
Caberg   Konda (Review) 5
    V2R 5
    V2 407 5
CMS   GP-4 (wBW Review) 1
    GP-5S 1
Dainese   Airstream 1
    D181 2
    Performance 4
Duchinni   D801 4
    D701 4
    D409 4
    D419 4
    D909 4
Givi   HPS40.1 3
Grex   R1 4
    RF2 4
Harley-Davidson   FXRG 4
  Laguna II 1
HJC   CL-ST 3
    CS-12 2
    CS-12N 3
    FG-14 3
    FG-15 4
    FS-10 (wBW Review) 3
    FS-10 Carbon 3
    HQ-1 (wBW AC-12 Carbon Review) 5
    IS-16 (wBW Review) 2
    CS-R1 (wBW Review) 1
    FS Max (wBW Review) 3
    IS Max (wBW Review) 3
Kawasaki   Ninja 4
KBC   VR1X 3
    VR2R (wBW Review) 2
    Force RR (wBW Review) 1
    Magnum 1
    TK8 1
    XP3 3
Lazer   Fibre Pro 4
    Fibre D1 4
    LZ 6 5
    Tornado 2
    Vertigo 4
    Breva 4
Marushin   Tiger 5
    RS1 Carbon 5
    Ikusa 4
    Samura 5
    M401 2
    Shivan 4
Nitro   N1700 VF 5
    N330VX 2
    N755VX 4
    N810VX 4
    N820VX 4
    N1430VX 4
    F347VN 3
    N1600VN 4
    N510V 3
    N1000V 2
    Aikido 5
    NS-FF 2
Nolan   N62 4
    N84 4
    X802 4
Nuvo   SP2 4
NZI   Convert III 1
Premier   Monza 4
Roof   R010 Diversion (wBW Review) 4
    Daytona 3
RST   Cobra Vent 4
    Race Vent 3
    PC1S 1
    Fusion 1
Schuberth   S1 Pro 2
    R1 (wBW Review) 2
Scorpion   EXO 450  (wBW Review) 3
Shark   RSF 2i 4
    RSI Carbon 4
    RSI (wBW Review) 4
    RSR2 (wBW Review) 5
    S 500 Air 4
    S 600 4
    S 800 4
    S 650 4
    RSX (wBW Review) 5
    RSF 3 (wBW Review) 4
    RSR 2 Carbon 5
    S 700 4
    S 900 4
Shoei   Raid II 4
    XR-1000 (wBW Review) 3
    X-Spirit (wBW Review) 4
    Qwest  (wBW Review) 5
    X-Spirit II (X-12)  (wBW Review) 5
SparX   S-07  (wBW Review) 3
Suomy   Extreme 3
    Gunwind 3
    Spec 1R (wBW Review) 3
Takachi   TK-30 2
Urban   N20 (wBW Review) 3
V-Can   V190 4
Vemar   TAI2K 3
    VSREV (wBW Review) 2
    VSSEV 1
    VTXE (wBW Review) 2
    VXP 3
    Jiano (wBW Review) 3
Viper   RS 40 3
    RS 66 3
    RS-33 4
    RS-44 4
X-Lite   X601 4
    X602 4
    X701 4
    X1002 4
    X801 4

* Scale of 1-5, 5 is best. 

NOTE:  Unofficial list.  See the SHARP website for more information.
Helmets listed in order of SHARP test date within brand.

SHARP Flip-up Motorcycle Helmet Ratings

More:  See our full Motorcycle Helmet Review Index

Make   Model SHARP Rating* Date
Airoh   Matisse RS 2 Nov 2008
    Miro 3 May 2009
AGV   Longway (Miglia) (wBW Review) 4 Nov 2008
BMW   System 5 5 Nov 2008
Box   SZ-1 3 May 2009
Caberg   Trip (wBW Review) 5 Nov 2008
    Justissimo GT (wBW Review) 4 Nov 2008
    Sintesi (wBW Review) 4 May 2009
G-MAC   Concept 3 Nov 2008
Duchinni   D601 1 Nov 2008
    D619 4 May 2009
Grex   RF2 4 Nov 2008
KBC   FFR (wBW Review) 1 Nov 2008
Lazer   Granville 4 Nov 2008
    Revolution 4 Nov 2008
Nolan   N102 (wBW Review) 4 Nov 2008
  + Nolan N85 4 Nov 2010
  + Nolan N90 (wBW Review) 4 Nov 2010
    N103 (wBW Review) 4 Nov 2008
ROOF   Boxer (wBW Review) 4 Nov 2008
Scorpion   EXO-900 Air 3 May 2009
Schuberth   C2 (wBW Review) 4 Nov 2008
    C3 (wBW Review) 3 May 2009
Shark   Evoline (wBW Review) 4 Nov 2008
    Openline 3 Nov 2008
Shoei   Multitec (wBW Review) 3 Nov 2008
Viper   RS 101 4 Nov 2008
    RS V121 3 Nov 2008

* Scale of 1-5, 5 is best.

NOTE:  Unofficial list.  See the SHARP website for more information.
Helmets listed in order of SHARP test date within brand.


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Notes
The SHARP tests and assessments are valid for all types of helmet and further results will be released on a rolling basis through the remainder of 2008.

Full face helmets represent the largest part of the market (approx. 80%), but 'flip front' style helmets are gaining in popularity.  Therefore, SHARP will consider assessing these helmets this summer, before completing the remaining full face helmets.  Open face helmets will be considered later.

Motorcyclists are one of our most vulnerable road user groups.  In 2006, 23,326 motorcyclists were injured in accidents, with 599 being killed.

Head injuries occur in 80% of all motorcyclist fatalities and in 70% of these the head injury is the most serious.

Currently no comparative rating system is available on motorcycle helmets anywhere in the world.

Helmets sold in the UK must meet the minimum standards of UN ECE Regulation 22.05 or comply with British Standard 6658:1985. SHARP assesses the extent to which helmets offer protection above these minimum requirements.

Public Enquiries: 020 7944 8300
SHARP information home page
Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk

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November 25, 2007 - The new SHARP (Safety Helmet and Assessment Rating Programme) website is up and running in the UK and it describes the new 5-Star motorcycle helmet safety standard.

SHARP "will enable riders to more easily select a helmet which matches their needs", according to the site. 

"It will provide consumers with an independent assessment of the safety performance of helmets sold in the UK.  The SHARP RATING reflects the performance of each helmet model following a series of advanced tests in our lab and will rate helmets from 1-5 stars".

The new SHARP ratings and advanced testing will be in place by the Spring of 2008 and will include liner impact tests, oblique impact tests, impact locations and test speeds on various size head forms.  The SHARP website also has information on correctly fitting a motorcycle helmet.


November 22, 2007 (UK) - A pioneering new Government motorcycle helmet safety rating scheme which could save the lives of 50 riders a year was officially launched today by Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick.

In a world first, SHARP - the Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme - will give an independent rating of how much protection a helmet can provide in an impact. Helmets will be rated from 1 to 5 stars depending how well they perform in our laboratory tests.

All helmets on sale in the UK must offer the wearer a minimum level of protection, but tests show there are real differences in safety performance. SHARP's objective advice, based on rigorous testing, will help riders choose a safer helmet by measuring the extent to which a helmet exceeds the minimum standards.

Speaking at the Road Safety Expo 07 in London today, Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said "Our research indicates that even though all helmets have to reach a minimum legal standard, safety performance can vary by as much as 30%.  The SHARP scheme being officially launched today will allow riders to select a safer helmet on the basis of a simple star rating system."

"This is a vital step forward.  Motorcyclists are one of the single most vulnerable groups on GB roads today.  They account for just 1% of all road traffic, but for 20% of all those killed or seriously injured.  We estimate that if all riders wore helmets that scored well in our rating system, the SHARP scheme could save up to 50 lives a year."

During his speech, Jim Fitzpatrick also announced the launch of the Driving Standard Agency's Enhanced Rider Scheme.  This is aimed at enhancing the road safety skills of the motorcycle and scooter riders already on the roads.  The Agency has been working with the motorcycle industry to devise a new training package for the benefit of all riders with a full motorcycle licence.  Those who pass the Enhanced Rider Scheme will get a certificate that will put them in line for discounts on their insurance.

The first SHARP results are expected to be available next Spring, with the majority of helmets on the market tested before the end of 2008.  Early results show that good performance is not restricted to premium price helmets.

For more information about SHARP, visit the SHARP website.

Background

  • Motorcyclists are our most vulnerable road users. Last year 23,326 motorcyclists were injured in accidents in the UK, with 599 being killed.

  • Head injuries occur in 80% of all motorcyclist fatalities and in 70% of these the head injury is the most serious.

  • Currently no comparative rating system is available on motorcycle helmets anywhere in the world.

  • Helmets sold in the UK must meet the minimum standards of UN ECE Regulation 22.05 or comply with British Standard 6658:1985.  SHARP will assess the extent to which helmets offer protection above these minimum requirements.

  • Initially, SHARP will concentrate on assessing full-face helmets.  Ultimately, all helmets will be rated by SHARP.

  • SHARP will be promoted in partnership with the THINK! road safety campaign, which already gives advice to motorcyclists via the THINK! Academy.

  • More information about the DSA's Enhanced Rider Scheme

  • Department for Transport Website

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