February 21, 2012 - The 2012 Dealer Expo is over but I have a few more reports to post.
Schuberth formally introduced both the Schuberth S2 and Schuberth SR1 (review) helmets at this year's event.
We reviewed the Schuberth SR1 late last year and it was named the webBikeWorld Motorcycle Helmet of the Year in our annual awards.
2011 was "The Year of the Motorcycle Helmet" but the SR1 was and is an absolute standout, so there was no question which helmet would get the choice.
That SR1 was an ECE version, and the U.S. DOT version has picked up a few grams, according to Schuberth, to meet the DOT helmet safety standards.
The SR1 is Schuberth's full race helmet, with many technologies and construction techniques taken from their experience in Formula 1 helmets.
It's interesting to note that Schuberth does not sponsor any Formula 1 racers; the racers come to Schuberth and pay for their helmets, based on the quality and reputation of the brand.
Schuberth also introduced the Schuberth S2 to the world at the 2012 Dealer Expo. This is a first for Schuberth -- a world introduction of a brand new helmet in the U.S. I guess it demonstrates the importance of this market for sales and rider interest!
I was given an overview of a prototype S2 at last year's EICMA show but Schuberth didn't want any photos published at that time, but the helmet is now ready to go.
Or nearly ready, anyway -- the first examples are rolling off the production line in Germany and should be on the dealer's shelves in 6 weeks or so.
The S2 is a descendant of the Schuberth S1 (review), which was reviewed several years ago on webBikeWorld. The S1 was a very quiet helmet and the "S" series is Schuberth's take on a sport-touring helmet.
The S2 is simply loaded with technology.
Everything from the foam layers used in the cheek pads and liner to the EPS, air channels, venting system and the special spoiler around the bottom of the helmet are designed for performance, safety and to make the helmet as quiet as possible.
Also, the EPS liner has a built-in antenna, illustrated in the photo below.
The antenna will connect to a special Schuberth Bluetooth SRC system, the Schuberth SRCS-2, similar to the Schuberth SRC Bluetooth intercom (review) we also reviewed previously on webBikeWorld.com for the Schuberth C3 flip-up (review).
Note, however, that the spoiler along the bottom of the S2, along with the strategically placed slider for the internal sun visor, will probably limit the choices of installing an aftermarket intercom system on this helmet.
The Schuberth S2 will have a list price of $699.00. Sizes range from XS to XXXL. Colors: Gloss Black, Matte Black, Silver, Glossy White.
The Schuberth S2 has many unique features, including (taken from Schuberth press release):
Upgrades to the S2 from the S1 include a lighter and more compact shell that is more aerodynamic.
It also has an improved sun visor with more coverage, more reflective materials, more convenient location of sun visor lever and the microlock clasp is more adjustable than S1 "seatbelt" style retention system.
A removable vent cover is included, which provides access to keep the vent holes clean.
We'll know more when we do a full review, but in the meantime, here are some photos of the Schuberth S2 and the U.S. version of the Schuberth SR1.
Publication Date: February 21, 2012