Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy, Happy New Year!
Iron Horse Helmets wishes you all the best,
Get to work to reach your fondest goals,
And when you’re done, sweet rest.
We hope for your fulfillment (that's what she said),
Contentment, peace (never happen) and more,
A brighter, better new year than
You’ve ever had before.
And Fuck Isis.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Russian Startup Livemap Lands A $300,000 Grant For Its Motorcycle Helmet With Built-In Navigation

As we’re coming up on the next Consumer Electronics Show, Anthony Ha got an update from one of the companies that participated in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at the last CES — Russian startup Livemap.

The Livemap Russian team is working to create motorcycle helmets with voice control and GPS navigation directly in your field of vision — so while you’re riding, you can see directions in your helmet display without having to fiddle with another device or look away from the road. (Back in January, the Livemap team demonstrated an early version of their display, which was transparent enough to show a map without obscuring the road ahead.)

CEO Andrew Artishchev told Anthony via email that most of the past year has been spent building the pre-production prototype of Livemap’s optics. Those optics will be built entirely of aspheric lenses, allowing the motorcycle helmet to, in his words, be “smaller and lighter and sometimes cheaper than the multi-lens design.” He added that the other big focus has been creating a design that will keep the optics costs down.

Now Livemap plans to unveil its prototype in the spring, and to start sales this summer (it will never happen that fast) in its first market, the United States.

To help create the prototype, Livemap has also received a grant of 14.7 million rubles from the Russian Ministry of Science. (That’s a little under $300,000 in U.S. dollars.). If you’re fluent in Russian or don’t mind using Google Translate, you can read more about the grant on some Russian wesbite.

Artishchev also commented on the emergence of a new competitor, Skully, which he dismissed as “only part of Google Glass.”

“The product called Skully P1 is, in short words, like Google Glass put into a helmet — with all its disadvantages like tiny screen, low saturation and contrast, low resolution,” he added.

Iron Horse Helmet salutes the Russians and we wonder????? Will they be wearing this new motorcycle helmet in occupied Ukraine?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Rubber Motorcycle Helmet Mohawk

Have I told you how much we love customer photos?  Well, Robert Bacon knew.  Robert just sent use this picture of his cool Fire Warhawk.
Fire Warhawk

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Top 10 Features to Add to Motorcycle Helmets

The most vital piece of safety gear for any motorcyclist is the helmet — in more ways than one. In a world where just about everything is adjustable, customizable, or able to be personalized in one way or another, the helmet remains relatively uncharted territory in those terms.

But there are some things that can be done to not only enhance the appearance of your helmet, but to improve aspects. Here are Ultimate Motorcycling’s top 10 ideas for things you can add to your helmet.

1. Quick Release Buckles

If you are like me, you don’t like having to putz with the old fashioned double-D ring fasteners on a typical helmet’s retention system. As a result, nearly every helmet I have that didn’t come from the factory with quick release buckles has been upgraded to quick release buckles.

In addition to being faster and easier to use the threading and unthreading the nylon retention strap though those D-rings, most quick release options can be opened and closed with gloves on.

2. Reflective Material

Some helmets arrive from the factory with pre-cut reflective stickers you can apply. These stickers increase visibility to other drivers in low light or hours of darkness when headlights are in use.

Being that your head is the highest point on the bike when you’re under way, it can be seen above your top box tailbag and most windshields, so having some reflective material up there can make a big difference in your visibility. If your helmet didn’t come with such items, reflective tape is available in any hardware store in several colors and widths.

3. Sun Visor

Back in the day street bike helmets often had short duck-bill sun visors available that could snap on and off the helmet — an option not generally available today except on adventure and off-road style helmets.

Having to shade your eyes in the late afternoon sun can be dangerous if you have to do it with your hand. A simple sun visor can be made with tape or non-adhesive static adhering vinyl window sunshade sold for application to automotive windows.

I’ve used both with very good results, although the static cling vinyl can come loose at freeway speeds if not anchored at the ends with tabs of transparent tape.

If you add a face-shield sun visor, take care to not make it so wide it reduces the viewing area if using a tape—using tinted transparent cling vinyl window treatment works exceptionally well while not reducing the view area.

Many helmets do arrive with retractable shields, and Arai offers the Pro Shade System.

4. Tinted, Photochromatic and Reflective Shield

Most full-face helmets arrive standard with a clear shield. This is an area where a little investment can lead to a big improvement. Reflective shields have a cool look and can have just enough tint to tame the sun, but they can’t adjust for changes in light levels as conditions change. Photochromatic shields that lighten their tint as light levels decrease are a great option, but cost considerably more than a tinted shield.

5. Eject Helmet Removal System:

The Shock Doctor Eject Helmet Removal System is a relatively new solution to a problem as old as the helmet itself. Helmets when properly fitted are very snug and as a result can take a little effort to remove.

That becomes critically important when a helmet must be removed by rescuers for a rider who has been in an accident. Applying the kind of forces that are required to pull a helmet off can pose the risk of worsening a neck injury, if one has occurred.

The Eject system uses air pumped into a small airbag inside the crown of the helmet to reduce that potential by pushing the helmet off the head. We took a look at the Eject system a while back—you can check it out here.

6. Communications Gear

Perhaps no option for helmet enhancement has gained popularity more rapidly than communications equipment. Of course, the motorcycle helmet must be able to accommodate the equipment installation, but if it does, there are some great options.

7. Helmet Camera

Next to the helmet communications gear, helmet mounted cameras are probably the next biggest thing for helmet functionality. Saving the memories of the ride can be priceless, if a little pricey.

8. Breath Deflector

If you ride often in cooler temperatures that lead to face shield fogging and use a full-face helmet, it can be a great idea to use a breath deflector in the chin bar of your motorcycle helmet.

A number of helmets arrive with these as a removable option, and it’s a good thing to look for if you are in the market for a helmet. Most are held in place with hook and loop material and pop into place pretty easily. They also do much to keep your face warm on a cold day.

9. Anti-Fog Shield

Face shields that have an anti-fog coating or a Pinlock inserts are the second part of the solution to fogged view in cold weather riding. There are also shield cleaning products that can be useful in preventing shield fogging.

10. Helmet Decals and Designs

They don’t really add to the functionality of a helmet, but they can add to the fun factor and are, let’s face it, the most economical and popular helmet enhancement option!

Whenever using any sort of paint, coating or adhesive on your helmet to always check with the manufacturer’s recommendations and precautions in the owner’s manual or website to be sure the finish quality or safety performance of your helmet will not be affected.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Michigan's no-helmet law for motorcyclists has brought more deaths

Since Michigan repealed its motorcycle helmet law in 2012, roughly one in four riders now choose to let their hair blow free. The annual cost of that freedom: roughly two dozen more deaths, scores of additional serious injuries and a huge spike in average medical expenses, according to studies of motorcycle crashes in Michigan.

The numbers underscore what law-enforcement and medical data have shown for years ‒ that riders without motorcycle helmets are more likely to die or suffer serious injuries in a crash than riders who wear motorcycle helmets.

According to updated Michigan State Police data, roughly one-fourth of motorcyclists in Michigan now ride without a motorcycle helmets. But motorcycle helmet riders accounted for nearly one-half of motorcycle fatalities in 2013, 59 of 128 deaths.

A longer-term study of crash and injury data by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that reduced motorcycle helmets use accounts for approximately 24 more deaths and 71 more serious injuries a year in Michigan. The study looked at 15,000 crashes from 2009 through 2013, and calculated that the risk of fatality is 2.8 times higher for riders not wearing a motorcycle helmets, while the risk of serious injury is 1.4 times higher, largely echoing studies in other states.

“Non-helmeted motorcyclists more frequently died on the scene, spent more time in the intensive care unit, required longer ventilator support, and had higher medical costs,” concluded a third study, by Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Read an MLive investigation of Michigan motorcycle crashes in late 2012

The hospital study, of 192 injured motorcyclists, noted that medical expenses for injured helmetless riders averaged $32,700, compared with $21,300 for those wearing motorcycle helmets.

But Michigan lawmakers have thus far resisted calls to reconsider the helmet law, while one group supporting the right to ride without motorcycle helmets scoffed at the crash data.

Fewer riders wear motorcycle helmets

Although the fatality rate for motorcyclists has risen only slightly, more riders are taking advantage of Michigan’s repeal of its motorcycle helmet law. And with more riders going without motorcycle helmets, experts estimate an additional 24 deaths occur each year.

In October, state Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, introduced a bill to require motorcycle helmets. She concedes it is going nowhere. “I think it’s an important first step,” Warren said. “It’s important to have legislation out there so people can talk about it.”

The bill landed in the Transportation Committee ‒ where five of seven members were among those who voted to repeal the motorcycle helmet law. “It’s not coming out of committee,” said chairman Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba. “I don’t see any support for it. My colleagues voted overwhelmingly (to repeal mandatory motorcycle helmet use) so why should we vote on it again?” Casperson said he is unaware of any definitive studies that show a link between motorcycle helmet use and safety. “I would be open to look at it, but I haven’t seen anything like that.”

A prolonged fight

Under the 2012 law, riders 21 and older may ride without a motorcycle helmet if they have passed a safety course or ridden at least two years. They are required to carry $20,000 in medical insurance. The law before repeal – in place since 1969 – required all riders to wear a motorcycle helmet.

Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm twice vetoed repeal of that law before GOP Gov. Rick Snyder signed it into law on April 12, 2012, making Michigan the 31st state to let motorcyclists ride without motorcycle helmets.

Snyder stated at the time: “While many motorcyclists will continue to wear motorcycle helmets, those who choose not to deserve the latitude to make their own informed judgments as long as they meet the requirements of this new law.”

Asked about revisiting the issue, Snyder spokesman Dave Murray told Bridge: “Gov. Snyder is always open to discussions with our partners in the Legislature about important issues.”

Last year, on the one-year anniversary of repeal of the motorcycle helmet law, 25 organizations including the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, the Michigan State Medical Society, the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and several insurance companies urged lawmakers to restore the law. Nothing happened.

A spokesman for the motorcycle advocacy group that lobbied for repeal of the motorcycle helmet law said his organization doesn't buy any of the studies that show increased cost, injury or fatalities for those who ride without a motorcycle helmet.

“These people just make things up,” said Jim Rhoades, legislative director for American Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) of Michigan.

Rhoades contends there is no conclusive evidence motorcycling fatalities are up as a result of the change in the law. He noted, accurately, that overall motorcycling fatalities in 2010 – when the mandatory motorcycle helmet was still in place – were 125, similar to 128 in 2013.

“Show me where the fatalities are up,” he said. “Promoting a mandatory motorcycle helmet law does nothing to make for a safer motorcycle rider.” Experts say that annual deaths by motorcyclists fluctuate more than automobile fatalities because weather has a greater effect on how much cyclists ride. A year with a prolonged winter or numerous rainy days can reduce riding, while one with long warm and dry periods can increase it. Still, motorcycle fatalities did rise following repeal of the motorcycle helmet law, from 103 in 2009, 125 in 2010, 109 in 2011 to 129 in 2012 and 128 in 2013.

The Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, found that Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law repeal led to a 36 percent increase in the severity of injury claims and that overall medical payments were 50 percent higher than would have been expected under the mandatory motorcycle helmet law. Higher medical costs are passed along through higher insurance premiums or hospital charges, which are paid by consumers or absorbed by federal programs like Medicaid.

A father’s loss

Livingston County resident Karl Pohl said he needs no crash statistics or hospital studies to convince him on the wisdom of requiring motorcycle helmets.

On a warm night in June 2012, two months after the motorcycle helmet law was repealed, his son, Scott, 25, motorcycled down a rural road in Washtenaw County toward a welding job 45 minutes away. His motorcycle helmet was stowed in his right saddlebag.

At about 6:30 p.m., according to news accounts, he collided with an SUV that unexpectedly pulled into his path. He died some 10 hours later at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

According to the Ann Arbor News, an autopsy found that Scott Pohl died from “traumatic head injuries…”
The news account said a state police trooper reported that “a few feet from the motorcycle (lay) a young man bleeding from the head and left hand. His right cheek was in contact with the road. (He was) breathing poorly in a puddle of blood.”

Karl Pohl told the News he believed his son might have lived had he worn his motorcycle helmet.

“When they changed that law, I thought it was stupid,” he said.
“I didn’t know it would affect me like it has. He very well may have survived that crash.” Pohl told Bridge he has since been advised by his attorney not to discuss the case because of pending criminal and civil litigation.
Mounting data nationally

National research generally aligns with the Michigan studies on the impact of motorcycle helmet use on safety and cost:

A study of the impact of repeal of Florida’s motorcycle helmet law in 2000 concluded it resulted in 46 to 82 additional deaths in the following year. It noted that other research found a 21 percent increase in motorcycle deaths in Arkansas and a 30 percent increase in Texas following repeal of their motorcycle helmet laws.

A 2006 West Virginia University study that compared states with mandatory laws to those with little or no motorcycle helmet regulation found notable differences in fatality and serious brain injury rates. According to the study, 16.5 percent of motorcycle crash victims in states without a universal motorcycle helmet law had a primary diagnosis of brain injury compared with 11.5 percent in states with mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. The in-hospital death rate in states with no mandatory motorcycle helmet law was also higher – 11.3 percent versus 8.8 percent. The federal Centers for Disease Control estimated that in 2010 $3 billion in costs were saved as a result of U.S. motorcyclists wearing motorcycle helmets. It estimated that another $1.4 billion could have been saved if all motorcyclists wore motorcycle helmets.

But with Republicans even more firmly in control of the state Legislature following the Nov. 4 election, groups that favor restoration of the mandatory motorcycle helmet law foresee a long, uphill fight to get that done.


One advocate for mandatory motorcycle helmet use sees a debate driven more often by emotion than reason.
“It’s the whole, ‘This is me. This is who I am. Don’t take away from my freedom,’” said Tom Constand of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan. “Well, that freedom ends at my wallet.”

That was precisely the sentiment of one motorcyclist who commented on the Facebook page of Warren, the Democrat who introduced the new motorcycle helmet bill. “I think it’s a shame that politicians, people who are supposed to act on the public’s behalf must think that taking away personal liberties makes us safer,” the rider wrote. “I don’t want you to meddle in my life and take away from me the thing that I enjoy the most. Who do I hurt riding without a motorcycle helmet?” he wrote.

To which Constand responds that severe brain injuries – in addition to their devastating impact on individuals and their families – are very costly.

“You are talking about millions and millions of dollars,” he said, adding that the expense of lifelong medical care is picked up in the form of higher insurance premiums or paid by taxpayers.

Constand said the $20,000 in medical insurance that riders are required to carry would last “maybe a week” for someone with a severe brain injury.

Heather Drake, vice president of government relations for AAA of Michigan, said it may simply take more grim crash statistics to convince lawmakers to reconsider.

“It will be a tough battle. But if the (fatality and injury) numbers keep trending the way they are, a future Legislature may revisit this issue.”

Don’t count on it, said Rhoades, of ABATE. He said his group is ready to push back on any legislative initiative – whether this year or next – to restore mandatory motorcycle helmet use.

“It isn’t going to happen,” Rhoades said. “That issue is dead.”

Ted Roelofs worked for the Grand Rapids Press for 30 years, where he covered everything from politics to social services to military affairs. He has earned numerous awards, including for work in Albania during the 1999 Kosovo refugee crisis.

Posted By Ryan Felton on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Thursday, December 25, 2014

I Hate Illinois Nazis Shirt

I Hate Illinois Nazis Shirt
What is the best movie ever?  Full Metal Jacket

What is one of the best movies ever?  The Blues Brothers

That is why we made this awesome I Hate Illinois Nazis Shirt.  It is our Iron Horse Helmets to our boy John.

Be sure to pick up your I hate Illinois Nazis shirt before the cease and desist letter comes in from Universal Pictures.

American Flame Neoprene Face Mask

American Flame Neoprene Face Mask
Features include:
1) Being softer than a baby's bottom so your face can comfortably revel in it all day on the slopes,
2) Having America flag flames on it (should go without saying how important this is)
3) You get to say that you bought it from Iron Horse Helmets.
4) Working whether you're shredding pow standing up, or upside down and mid-McTwist.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Outlaw Biker Beards

Sure, we supplied Sons of Anarchy with a few motorcycle helmets.

Sure, we have supplied a few Outlaw Biker gangs in our time.

But, did you know that also supply Canadians?   We don't discriminate against anyone's money.

Please be sure to know that we don't supply Vegans......OK, we will supply vegans if they pay. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


The average motorcycle helmet costs several hundred dollars and, assuming its life isn’t cut short by a crash, lasts for years. But even if it never actually hits the dirt it picks up a lot of it while you ride, along with dead bugs, airborne contaminants, and nicks and scratches from road debris thrown up by cars and trucks. Here are some tips to keep your investment—not to mention, the most important piece of safety gear you own—looking good.

None of the materials used to make helmet shells react well to harsh cleaners, which can dull the paint and degrade the underlying shell. Most spray-on bike waxes and polishes are safe to use on helmets—using warm water and mild soap is always a safe option—but avoid anything with ammonia, alcohol, or petrochemicals.

Loosen dried-on crud by placing a wet paper towel over it for a few minutes. After it’s had time to soak it should come off easily. Now’s the time for that spray-on wax, which will not only clean and shine but leave a protective layer so the junk to come doesn’t adhere as easily.

The EPS liner doesn’t require maintenance or cleaning, but it benefits from a clean environment. Sweat and skin oil accelerate its breakdown, which is why most helmet manufacturers suggest replacing a helmet at specified intervals after its first use. The comfort liner absorbs contaminants and should be washed regularly to protect the EPS and to keep the helmet from smelling like a soiled gym sock. Use a very mild soap or shampoo that your skin is already used to; avoid scented soaps unless you really like the smell. Rinse out all the soap, wring the moisture out of the liner, and let it air dry.

Use the wet-paper-towel method to get the stubborn stuff off of face shields then use either an appropriate non-abrasive plastic cleaner or mild soap and warm water to finish the job.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Iron Horse Helmets Face Masks

Christmas is over! It was a great Christmas Season!

It seems like everyone wants to send us their cool pictures. We have already received about 30 pictures and it is only January.

Please be sure to send us your pictures and we will do our best to make you famous.  Seriously....About 3 people a day read this popular blog.

We will make an extra bonus if you send us a picture of you wearing a Iron Horse Helmets Face Mask in a bank...With a gun!

Fat chicks like #hashtags because they look like waffles shirt

Where do we think of these things?
fat chicks like #hashtags because they look like waffles shirt

This fat chicks like #hashtags because they look like waffles shirt is hilarious.  I think I will go make a few for myself. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Motorcycle Helmet raises $373K for charity!

Having been signed by 12 motorcycling world champions, a 'stop cancer' helmet has been auctioned off for $373,000, all of which will be donated to charity

Alberto Hernandez is a Spanish university student who has always been a huge fan of motorcycling. His great passion for two-wheeled sport led him to meet his compatriot Oscar Haro, a member of the CWM LCR Honda Team run by former grand prix winner Lucio Cecchinello. Through their friendship the pair came up with the idea of a project to collect funds for AECC, (Spanish Association against Cancer) ( and Riders For Health (, the official charity of MotoGP.

Their plan was to create a pink helmet, the colour associated with many cancer research charities, then to get it signed by some of the most famous riders in motorcycling history. They would then put it up for auction and donate the proceeds to charity. No sooner said, than it was done.

Giacomo Agostini, Angel Nieto, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Márquez, Dani Pedrosa, Wayne Rainey, Loris Capirossi, Àlex Crivillé, Wayne Gardner, Scott Russell and Randy Mamola; These are the names of some of the sport’s greatest ever champions who put their support behind the initiative and autographed the helmet. Twelve world Champions, whose careers combined make a total of 58 world titles. The helmet also got the approval and autograph of the CEO of Dorna Sports (the MotoGP promoter), Carmelo Ezpeleta.

Anthony Constantinou, CEO of CWM FX and the title sponsor of the CWM LCR Honda Team from 2015, was at Valencia for the last race of the MotoGP season. Having heard about the auction, he decided to take part online and offered up a staggering sum of €255,000 ($A373,000).

Anthony Constantinou said: “With so many families affected by cancer, it's important that we all join together to support the charities which provide vital services for patients and their loved ones. The team has done an excellent job in raising awareness and funds. I’m pleased I could play a part in this deserving cause and I hope it inspires others to get involved in the fight against cancer.”

In 2012, a helmet worn by Ayrton Senna raised $A137,000, and a Sebastian Vettel one fetched $A133,000 in 2013.

Friday, December 19, 2014

“Guardian Angel”- Gremlin Bell

“Guardian Angel”- Gremlin Bell
“Ward off bike Gremlins”

All most all the bikers in America these days wear these Gremlin Bells on their helmets. These acts like guardian angels which help them from evil road spirits. They are hung on the bike to ward off (or get rid of) evil road spirits. Yes... you heard me right... evil spirits... as in “GREMLINS”.

They love to cause all sorts of problems for you while you are riding. Some say they are responsible for cutting a guy into two in the highway, some say that they made a biker to disappear in the dark.

Gremlins can't stand the sound of a ringing bell so they won't come near you when they hear it. If you already have some gremlins riding with you, they will get trapped in the hollow of the bell, and the constant ringing will drive them insane, thus causes them to drop of your bike.

When you purchase a gremlin bell and place it on your bike, it offers protection. If you receive the gremlin bell as a gift, the powerful magic of the bell is doubled. You want the bell to be low to the ground, but not so low it will catch on obstacles and come off. Place it as forward as possible, so the road gremlins will jump away when they first hear you.

So whenever you see a biker with a bell you'll know that he has been blessed with one of the most important thing in life - friendship from a fellow biker.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ski Masks

Sure, we sell a lot of biker masks.  Did you know that a lot of people also buy our masks as ski masks?  

We don't mind, it all spends the same.  Be sure to check out the over 400 ski masks (biker masks) that we sell! 

Here are some customer photos:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I was pro-cop anti-criminal before it was racist shirt

I was pro-cop anti-criminal before it was racist shirt

We know this I was pro-cop anti-criminal before it was racist shirt will piss off some criminals....We don't care. Iron Horse Helmets supports cops 90% of the time.

We don't support them when we see them in our rearview mirror, but who does?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Biker Masks

What do you know about the age of Enlightenment?  Did you know that we are still kind of in it?

We have received new customer photos with our neoprene face masks and these are some enlightened people!
Motorcycle mask
I am a little worried about the skinny and chunky chick, but hey, we sell to everyone.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

The last mosquito that bit me was hungover for a week Shirt

The last mosquito that bit me was hungover for a week shirt
Not afraid to express yourself? Good, our Tees got attitude and something to say. Make a statement or make 'em laugh with T-shirts from Iron Horse Helmets. Got a great idea for the next Iron Horse Helmet T-shirt, send it to us - we won't give ya nothing for it, but we might use it and will be sure to take all the credit for it.

These tee shirts are available in five different colors and seven (got that, SEVEN) sizes. Yes, we realize that some of you are no longer a fit and trim size 44 chest, so we're offering our awesome shirts in sizes up to triple XL. Choose your color, choose your size, choose your quantity.  The last mosquito that bit me was hungover for a week is boldly printed across the back of the tee, we do some blatant advertising on the front and print our logo on the front left chest so you don't forget where you bought it!!

Our screen printed biker t-shirts are priced low enough that you could have a fresh one for every day of the week!