Welcome to Billy’s Crash Helmets (US edition)
Thanks for checking us out and welcome to the US edition of BillysCrashHelmets!
Our site aims to help you find the safest motorcycle crash helmets and discover what the folks who bought the helmets think of em.
The site started out covering helmets available in the UK so you’ll see quite a bit of talk about the SHARP crash helmet safety test. That’s because, even though it’s a UK based test, SHARP’s testing methodologies are based on the most in-depth, real world study of motorcycle accidents ever undertaken – the Cost 327 report. Cost replicated a number of real accidents in the lab to produce a series of tests which subject helmets to as close to real world conditions as possible. SHARP then adapted these tests to produce a series of repeatable safety tests which tell us which motorcycle helmets are likely to perform best in an accident. You can find out more about SHARP and Cost 327 here.
We’ll also be adding more information about DOT and Snell testing in the near future – and indicating when a helmet’s approved by either within each article.
Of course no single test will ever cover all bases – but with a baseline of either ECE 22.05 or DOT approval together with independent testing from SHARP and Snell, hopefully the advice we give is sound. At least, that’s the plan.
That said, our overall review scoring you’ll find at the bottom of each review looks at a few other factors too – comfort, value, noise suppression and features – with safety rating just one of them.
Note, where a helmet hasn’t been reviewed but where we think it’ll score highly for safety (usually based on overall safety performance of the brand or similar helmets in the range) we’ll probably still include a review.
You’ll also find links to retailers dotted around this site. We only link to retailers who score well on the trust ratings sites – and we check out their terms and conditions to find retailers with the most customer-friendly conditions along with the best ratings. That way, we hope you can trust who we recommend. If you do, it’s a win-win for both of us because when you click through and buy something, and if I’ve managed to set up a deal with the retailer, I should get a small percentage out of the sale at no extra cost to you (it’s called an affiliate agreement). But if I see a great deal and can’t get an affiliate relationship going, it’ll still be displayed on the site.
How Do our Helmet Reviews Work?
So far, I don’t (mostly) get hands on with the helmets myself. What I do is hunt around the web for reviews, comments, forum posts, videos – anything and everything we can find that relates to a specific helmet model – to find out what folks who’ve spent their hard-earned cash on the helmet and who’ve used it in anger on the road – what they think of the lid. I reckon that’s much more relevant than getting a helmet sent out and fiddling about with it for a few days then passing judgment anyhow. You live with a helmet through winter filth and the dusty days of summer and that’s how you get to know a helmet’s limitations – not by getting one delivered in the post, gawping at it a bit then popping down the mall in it for a ‘road test’.
The internet’s a wonderful thing and is full of folks giving their opinions on all kinds of welcome – and not so welcome – topics. So I use it to get a wide range of helmet users’ and owners’ thoughts and opinions, shove them all in a pot, stir them around a bit, then dish them out in generous dollops in our reviews. And if you’d like to join in, visit the contact page and drop us a note about your helmet – we’d love to know what you think and may well publish your thoughts at the bottom of the review page.
So there you have it. Independent advice, information from motorcyclists who wear/own the helmets and a single useful repository for all things to do with skid lids.
I hope you find it useful!