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Shoei RF-1000 Motorcycle Helmet Saved Ken

Saturday, May 30, 2009


This is Editorial Director Ken Hutchison's helmet after crashing a motorcycle during our 2009 Superbike Smackdown test.
There’s no doubt that motorcycling is a dangerous sport. Whether you ride street or dirt if you’re an avid motorcyclist chances are you’ve probably hit the deck, or, at the least know someone who has. That’s why when you ride you should always wear safety gear. All of us know this.
 
But sometimes wearing just any safety gear isn’t enough. In those instances of suffering a big crash sometimes the difference between walking away and being carted off in the back of an ambulance can be as simple as the brand of gear you were wearing. This especially rings true in terms of helmets.
 
Recently, our No. 2 Boss man, Ken Hutchison took a spill in a major way during our 2009 Superbike Smackdown motorcycle comparison. Fortunately, he was wearing a Shoei RF-1000 helmet. (Check out a pre-crash product review here). In his 100 mph crash, Kenny-boy landed directly on the back of his head; the area of the head most susceptible to life altering trauma.
 
Ken hit the pavement so hard that the exterior shell of his helmet cracked as did the inner EPS liner. But he walked away albeit dazed and confused. While the effects from his concussion subsided I wonder if Ken had not worn a Shoei helmet would the outcome been tragically different?
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Comments
cautiouslyoptimistic January 8, 2013 12:48 AM
I was wondering..since this thread is a few years old, have there been any updates to the safety of this helmet? My boyfriend was wearing this same helmet when he crashed his bike and was still seriously injured. He was going about 85mph on the street and hit his head on the pavement. The helmet cracked at the chin and he suffered a serious brain injury. I was wondering if this was a fluke since the guy in this article was going 100mph and still walked away. Thanks.
Racer1 -Bit disingenuous... June 5, 2009 03:47 PM
Adam, that's not what people were taking issue with at all.... and yes, I have been in crashes on the track at 100mph+ and have had helmets save my life, an Arai and a Bell to be precise, at no time did I suggest that had I worn a different premium brand helmet the "outcome would have been tragically different". By saying that you are openly implying that Shoei does a job that other brands are incapable of doing, and that the Shoei is not only better and safer, but wearing any another brand could have "tragic consequences". I am all for you guys "relaying information" about products that work well for you, but drawing erroneous and unsubstantiated conclusions from your experiences does no-one any favors (least of all your credibility)
adam - motousa -shoei helmet June 4, 2009 10:52 AM
What up guys. From the majority of the comments you guys thing this is a blatant Shoei plug. So I assume the naysayers here have never landed on their heads while riding a motorcycle at a 100 mph. We have. Like anything choosing the right motorcycle helmet is a subjective matter. But for us, we enjoy the comfort and crash tested safety the Shoei helmet provides and were relaying this information you to you so when it comes time for you to purchase a helmet you might consider a Shoei.
Tim B -Steve P June 2, 2009 09:23 AM
Steve, things that are hard are brittle and tend to break. Things that are soft and flexible do not.
Steve P -Helmet split June 2, 2009 08:57 AM
Yes, Nate, the helmet splitting is a good thing. That shows that the helmet absorbed the impact and not Ken's skull. Helmets are not supposed to be rock hard shields, but rather firm cushions. Otherwise your head would rattle around inside them, causing possible damage to your brain.
Racer1 -Better sell the Arai June 1, 2009 07:32 PM
"... I wonder if Ken had not worn a Shoei helmet would the outcome been tragically different? " This must be one of the worst pieces of either journalism or opinion I have seen on this site. AGV, Arai, Bell, KBC, etc. are all seen on the racetracks - all tested, certified and have been proven thousands of times to do as advertised. WTF kind of a comment WAS that, seriously?
Nate -Helmet split June 1, 2009 01:45 PM
So the helmet splitting is a good thing? Glad he got through it.
keith -shoei helmet piece May 31, 2009 09:42 PM
I enjoy this site. I don't mind ads. Shoeis are my favorite helmets...big "but"coming.....But, this piece looks to be a very clumsy attempt at a plug. Do you owe Shoei make good spots? If so, post 'em up! Make 'em QUALITY ads, unlike this shameful little plug! This seems to undermine your integrity, whether you meant to or not! Actually, at second sight, it was so clumsy that it couldn't have been an endorsement. Or, was it?
Ed Scott -rf 1000 May 31, 2009 01:59 PM
I am glad Ken chose a helmet that would stand up to a major crash and he can walk away. I have several Shoie helmets and believe in them completly however I think many helmets may be as good or even better. I say buy the best helmet you can afford.
Steve -agree with Tim May 31, 2009 07:10 AM
I am glad that Ken is ok and was able to walk away from his accident, but this is written to imply that only Shoei helmets provide adaquate protection. Helmet testing is always a debatable subject, but this is outrageous to claim that Shoei protection is the greatest because one guy survived a single, isolated crash. That is something like saying "I survived a car accident without a seat belt, therefore nobody should wear seat belts." I love this site, the real articles and the videos are great so keep up the good work!
Tim B -Things that make you go hmm... May 31, 2009 06:44 AM
This seems like an advertisement in disguise. Shoei isn't the only brand of helmet that would have fared this well. Actually, this Shoei cracked pretty severely which is worrying and I wouldn't doubt some other helmets would have faired better. Anyway, he's safe and that's all that matters.
Larry -Concussion May 30, 2009 08:49 PM
I'm glad Ken is doing ok. Concussions are serious business and the effects can last a long time. I purchased a SHOEI 1000 nerve after seeing Ken wearing one during his test of the 06 Yamaha R6. In fact I bought a black R6 and the same red and black helmet he had on because they looked great together. Nice to know the SHOEI is up to the task.