ACC Carbon Motorcycle Helmet Review

Honestly, sometimes the last thing we at AIM want to put on when going for a ride is a helmet. This could be because we fancy ourselves a bunch of dashing, windswept heroes whose rakish good looks should never be hidden, even by a hat, much less, a burdensome bauble — protective though it may be. However, as you can imagine, there are many times that we’re required to wear helmets, and it’s the DOT-approved ones that keep OSHA, bike manufacturers, and insurance guys off our backs. For this reason, we own a wide variety of lids, which fulfill our needs at any given moment. One of the latest additions to our collection, and new favorite, is the Extended Half DOT carbon-fiber helmet ($175-$190) seen here in flat black.

Made in the US by Advanced Carbon Composites (ACC), this helmet is comprised of a 50/50 blend of carbon fiber and Kevlar 29 (ballistic quality). It comes with a four-point, 3,000-psi nylon harness, and an Echo Products quick disconnect, which, in all honesty, takes some getting used to. The included multithickness sizing pads easily allow a custom fit, and since the foam liner is only 5/8″ thick, the wonderful mushroom look associated with most halves is nowhere to be found. For those of you thinking that these lids are still too thick, ACC offers a non-DOT carbon fiber helmet ($109-$129), featuring a thin, Ensolite, energy-absorbing foam liner which produces an even smaller, but still safe, helmet. It’s just not DOT approved.

Both types of helmets are available in Extended Half and Polo styles. You have your choice of natural carbon, solid, candy, woven chrome, or metalflake finish in a variety of colors. To date, this is the thinnest, lightest, and most comfortable DOT-approved half-helmet we’ve found. In fact, we like this skull cap so much that we’ll all be modeling them in an upcoming issue of Gentlemen’s Quarterly. Face down. AIM

–Staff as published in American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine.

Advance Carbon Composites
6127 Anno Ave., Dept AIM
Orlando, FL 32809

Harley Skyline Helmet For Women Riders

Woman's Harley Skyline Helmet

Does a woman have a differently shaped head than a man? Harley-Davidson thinks so, and it’s now offering a helmet designed exclusively for women: the Skyline. According to Harley, women say helmets generally sit too high on their heads because they have more hair than men, resulting in poor fit. The Skyline comes in half-shell, three-quarter, and full-face designs. I tested the three-quarter model; I took a small, the size I normally wear in helmets.

The shell is much smaller and lighter than my high-end, brand-name, three-quarter helmet, and the liner is 10mm deeper, so my head fits farther into it. To that end, I don’t feel like a Q-Tip with the helmet sitting so high on my head. The liners are interchangeable (available as an option) to customize the fit if you have more or less hair. The stock pads fit me fine. The anti-static liner is supposed to prevent flyaway hair, even riding in the driest climates. My hair didn’t have any static, so I guess it works.

The three-quarter and full-face helmets each have a ponytail notch in the rear. Since I have long hair, I appreciated that I could keep my hair band high on my ponytail, above the nape of my neck. Normally, I have to move the hair band down to avoid feeling that bump in the back of my neck created by the helmet pushing on it.

Sales of the Skyline are doing so well since it was introduced this past spring that Harley has introduced additional styles other than the gloss black it initially came out with. Price is $195 for the three-quarter, $150 for the half shell. AIM

–Genevieve Schmitt as published in American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company