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Sena’s noise cancelling helmet is finally here!



Sena have been making brilliant Bluetooth headsets and their excellent Prism action camera for years. But their noise cancelling helmet might be the perfect use of their technology.

After much waiting – and admittedly a little bit of development delay – Sena’s plan to take on the helmet manufacturers has begun in earnest with the launch of their Momentum range of helmets at EICMA in Milan.

There are five versions of the lid itself and each offers the same protection with its DOT and ECE approved EPS and fibreglass shell, but it’s the various bits of technology packed into each helmet that provides the difference.

With their standard Momentum, Sena have taken their top-of-the-line 20S technology and integrated it directly into the shell. With perfect speaker placement (next to your ears behind comfortable padding) and button controls in-built into the side of the helmet, riders will get all of the benefits of the 20S – FM radio, turn-by-turn GPS audio and chat Intercom – but with added comfort and the ability to speak to a group of up-to eight other riders for 27 hours on a single charge.

It will be available towards the end of 2017 for what Sena say will be a recommended retailer price of €469.

For those who ride with fewer friends – or just want to save a little bit of money – the Momentum Lite allows chat to three other riders at a range of around 1.5km and will come for the slightly cheaper cost of €419.

Then there is the Momentum Pro, which for €619 comes with all of the Momentum’s feature set but offers even greater gains by incorporating the guts of what is essentially a Sena Prism camera into the top of the helmet itself. What this means that you can not only chat, call or listen to music but also record audio directly onto the footage captured by the QHD (1440p, 30fps) or FHD (1080, 60fps) camera. Perfect for all of this motorcycle vloggers desperate to get in on the ‘influencer’ action and also – we imagine – extremely useful for those times when you might need a little evidence for your insurance claim.

But it’s the two helmets that make use of Sena’s new INC technology that really offer what we think will be the greatest potential benefit – noise cancelling without the need for ear plugs.

Using the what is essentially the same technology that you’d get from your top-tier BOSE headphones, the Momentum INC (€619) and Momentum INC PRO (€719 with added camera) analyses the sound coming into it from four discretely placed microphones around the helmet and adjusts in real time it’s cancelling technology to literally phase out the harmful helmet noise coming through to your ears.

Obviously you can turn these speakers off (why would you?) but better is the option to flick the ‘Ambient’ switch which allows you to hear what is outside of your helmet whilst still taking advantage of whatever is going on inside your helmet. So you can hear what the lady in the petrol station is saying to you whilst still banging our your hardcore Gabba riding soundtrack.

If that’s your sort of thing.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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Ex-Skully Helmet bosses theft claims ‘without merit’; case dropped



Lawsuit against founders of Skully, the failed connected helmet-maker reportedly dropped.

The dream of an augmented reality projecting, heads-up display motorcycle helmet has been offered by a few companies over recent years, but there have been none more famous and fabled than Californian technology Start-up Skully.

Launched via Indiegogo in 2014 the company managed to raise $2,446,824 in crowdsourced funds to help them deliver their AR-1 helmet. However despite securing another whopping $11 million in additional investor funding, after much delay and negative press, the company announced in August of 2016 that they were closing; and that few (if any) of the helmets promised would be delivered.

Of the many reports with regards to the company’s inability to ship a final product, the most voracious and damaging of all where the ones surrounding the alleged misappropriation of funds by the two founding brothers of the company, Mitchell and Marcus Weller.

In a lawsuit filed by ex-employee Isabelle Faithauer who claimed wrongful dismissal, Faithauer filed a complaint claiming that the ‘Wellers used Skully corporate accounts as their personal piggy banks’ and that they had demanded that Faithauer ‘conceal the true nature of the expenses by entering them in Skully’s books to make it appear that the expenses were incurred for legitimate business expenses, which in fact they were clearly not’.

Amongst the list of falsely claimed expenses, the lawsuit detailed such payments being made on a variety of items, from Grocery Bills through to a pair of Dodge Vipers and a $13,000 trip to Las Vegas.

Once news of the lawsuit broke – and the details within it emerged – forums, message-boards and Indiegogo themselves were inundated with hundreds of customers and product investors furious at the alleged misuse of their funds; not to mention the lack of actual helmet that they had paid for.

Whilst it may not have been the absolute reason for Skully’s failure, there is no doubt that the negative press and legal expenses surrounding the case did not come at the best time for the company and had played a significant role in the ultimate closure of the business.

However it’s been brought to Motofire’s attention – via an anonymous message online – that the plaintiff for the case, Isabelle Faithauer herself has now withdrawn her claims that and has in fact admitted that her accusations made in the lawsuit could be construed as being ‘without merit’.

According to the document that we have been sent, Faithauer states that after her dismissal from Skully, Inc in December 2015 she was ‘upset’ and that during the discovery phase of her case by her attorney she soon came to learn that ‘many facts, documents, and information th’ uncovered ‘could lead a reasonable jury to conclude that [her] claims were totally without merit’.

She states that it is for this reason that she dismissed her claims against the Wellers in an agreement to settle for mutual release of claims. The document is signed 28th of December 2017.

Motofire have attempted to contact both Faithauer and her Attorney to confirm the veracity of the statement we have received but at the time of publishing have not received reply.

It’s another intriguing twist in a company tale and story that seems to refuse to lay down and die and whatever the truth, there is no doubt that Skully tapped into the desire for motorcyclists to utilise greater technology within their day-to-day riding, and that the heads-up technology envisioned by the company will eventually be developed successfully.

In fact, since the initial closure of Skully helmets, a new consortium have taken ownership of the brand and have promised to release their version of the AR-1 helmet – now appropriately titled the Fenix – in the summer of 2018.

Neither of the Weller brothers have any involvement in the new setup.

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