Desert Ride – Sports Bike On Sand

Now this is a twist on machines, ICON & Triumph have teamed up to make this very cool video and they haven’t used your typical off-road motorcycle. They have turned a Triumph Speed Triple into a dune jumping machine with those ridiculous tires. The stunt rider on the desert prepped Triple is named Julien Welsch. I have seen stunting done before but not in this type of environment or the seaside. I like the videos that ICON put together and this is one of the coolest.

Bike Control At It’s Finest

ICON – Shinobi

Skills such as these are not human, the control he has on the bike is nothing short of mind bending. If you would take the Tazmanian Devil and stick him in a human being then it would Shin Kinoshita. A Man of little words but his riding and stunting skills speak for him. I love these ICON videos, it takes a hell of a lot of practice to pull of what he is doing. The balance, the turning, the momentum, mind numbing. I don’t have the guts to try some of that stuff, my heart jumps when I pull a wheelie, this guy is waving and bouncing this very large motorcycle around like it’s his third limb. More ICON videos please.

Link: Autoblog

ICON Films – Stunters

I’m not the biggest fan of stunting, but I always have respect for those who perfected those skills. These guys are pulling wheelies, and insane stunts to perfection. ICON has put together a very cool set of videos on some of the best stunters around, I love the videography, I wonder how they mounted some of the cameras to the machines, and the control these guys have of their machines is amazing.

J.D. Power Associate Motorcycle Helmet Study

I always look into the latest J.D. Power Associates study for helmets and other items. They have a very clear criteria when it comes to motorcycle helmets, its based on a 1000 point system and owners of these helmets are surveyed. 11 key areas which affect helmet scoring:

  • quietness
  • ventilation/air flow
  • de-fogging
  • face shield ability to keep wind out
  • face shield ability to resist scratching
  • ease of replacing face shield
  • scratch resistance of shell
  • color/graphic design
  • weight
  • ease of fastening the strap
  • comfort/fit.

Arai has been the number one for the past 10 years in a row. I have to say that I am one of there very satisfied customers. Arai comes in first at 819 points, and Shoei in second with 816 points. I always recommend both Arai and Shoei, and I also recommend Scorpion as an alternative to the usual brands.

Ranking:

  1. Arai
  2. Shoei
  3. Icon
  4. Scorpion
  5. Harley-Davidson
  6. Nolan
  7. KBC
  8. Bell
  9. Fulmer

Link: Clutch&Chrome