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Helmet impact points shown on the Icon Airframe

icon-airframe-statistic-left icon-airframe-statistic-rightYour helmet is going to help protect your head in a crash, but where is it most likely to hit something? The Icon Airframe Statistic helmet has graphics on it showing you the probability of each section receiving an impact in an accident. It’s not good news for those of you who like open face helmets: your facial features are at risk in 55% of all accidents and, as any surgeon will tell you, there are some truly horrifying injuries that are suffered to the lower jaw by motorcyclists who don’t wear full-face helmets.

The statistics come from a 1981 report called the Hurt Report. It was conducted in America and looked at over 900 accidents during the two year period of 1976-77.

Check out our guide to purchasing the right helmet.

Darren is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the NZ Motoring Writers' Guild

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