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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