A rider’s helmet not only protects them in the event of a crash, it also acts as a way to identify them. Much like their race numbers, riders are known for having certain helmet designs as a way to pick them out from competitors. But how are the helmet designs chosen? Where would you start? We took a closer look at the helmets of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet riders to see what designs they had and then asked the riders themselves about them…
Chaz Davies: “I have been with Shoei since 2007 and think they are the best in the world. I have an X-Spirit 2. I know about the research that they carry out in Japan and I think it’s so important to choose a helmet that will protect you. After all, you’ve only got one head so you have to look after it!
“I worked with Starline designers on the design and went to their offices a few years ago to help come up with the design. They came up with what I wanted quite quickly and then we just keep tweaking it and adding cool effects to it. It’s an ongoing project really. I like camouflage so my design includes some of that on the top. Last year it was green, white and black. But now, I have changed it to red, white, black and silver so that it fits in with the bike better. I have my Monster Energy logo on the sides of my helmet and my logo on the back. I don’t have a character but instead, I have my name which is split. There is a union jack flag at the bottom and a Welsh flag on the top.
“I think it’s important that a helmet works as good as it looks. Shoei has a system that shows exactly where the damage to the helmet is on the inside. Often with helmets you can’t see which part has taken the impact, whereas on the inside of the Shoei there is a black inside which in the event of a crash will fracture and show the white underneath where it has impacted so that you can see exactly where it has taken the brunt of the crash.”