My Name Is, Alessandro Malatesta and this is my testimonialI ride a 695 Ducati Monster modified to race in limited solo in SA and twin sprint in VicAt Round 2 of the Vic titles I purchased the RHOK Lycan helmet off Mick’s suit repair, my first time around the Winton circuit with the new helmet was like riding with a base ball cap on, man their light.It was Monday the 15th of May 2011 round 3 Victorian titles at Philip Island.The weather was wet, there were periods where the track dried out but then rained again, race 3 in the afternoon I was position 9 on the grid, I had a soft front and medium rear in continentals on at the time, in the warm up lap the bike hung on really well as the track was dry, as we staged I noticed a few spots of rain on my visor.Lights went out race start I passed position 3 I was directly behind the guy on pole, 4th gear coming into turn 1 first place was Nic Borelli, as Nic dipped in to turn 1 I dipped in staying on the power the rain got a bit heavier and the bike washed out beneath me as lost traction, I am now sliding feet first towards the ripple strip of turn 1, Adam Stockdale was behind me not knowing if he should pick the gap between me and my bike or to just throw the bike down, thankfully for me he decided to stand on the front brakes and let go of the bike, Adam was high sided and thrown head first off the bike, the front wheel locked up and hit my helmet head on, it felt like someone hitting my helmet with a sledgehammer, I was wearing ear plugs and the noise of the bike hitting me was still intense, not knowing what had just hit me I notice Adam pass over me, as I hit the ripple strip I barrel rolled a few times, once I came to a stop I quickly got up and ran over to Adam whom seemed a bit vague and kept asking if the guy he hit was alright, I answered “ you hit me ! And I’m fine “, I noticed Adam’s Shoei was damaged due to him hitting the grass head first, the visor was busted and the rubber bit was hanging off, he then lay down so I checked that my bike had turned off, then checked if it were possible to get back on it and stay in the race but there was too much damage.I assisted the track marshals to load the bikes in the trailer, whilst Adam was taken by the ambulance, Adam suffered concussion and was taken to hospital for observation, I then removed my helmet and gloves, staring at my helmet as I was holding the bike in the trailer whilst travelling back to the pits, the guy next to me holding Adams bike said “helmet doesn’t look to bad does it” I looked at him and replied “would you believe a bike hit me in the head?”.There is a slight crack in the (what seems to be) clear coat and a few scratches on the front, not only am I impressed with the way I can ride easily with the light helmet but I can be rest assured that my head couldn’t be in a safer helmet, 10 stars for RHOK as far as I’m concerned.SincerelyAlessandro Malatesta0407 716 344
Hi Marinko.I purchased one of your lycan fire helmets about 12 months ago. I was very happy with it. Loved the graphics,the quietness as far as wind noise goes.The fit was very good after you supplied me with different cheek pads.After using it for 2 weeks I realised I was no longer suffering neck aches.On a Saturday late in February I had a collision with a large dog at 80 kph.(the dog won).The result was smashed ankle (124 mm titanium strip with 10 bolts in right ankle,) and broken left wrist. My head hit the ground with enough force to knock me out for 2-3 seconds and give me 2 black eyes.Of interest to you,the helmet did not break or crack.just badly scratched.The visor did not shatter or break. I would heartily recomend this helmet to every rider.
Marinko, just dropping you a line to let you know how much fun I'm having with my new helmet.I've had it now for a few weeks and can't believe that I held on to my old BMW Series 5 helmet for so long. Although I have not weighed the Series 5, it feels like it weighs at least double that of the RHOK, which incidentally comes in at 1350 grams (Complete with CAMO Bluetooth setup). That's 50 grams lighter than my mates Shoei that he bought a couple of weeks before I got mine.Anyway, we had a couple of nasty days here in Sydney over the last week or so. Some really windy and some light and heavy rain, and some with all three. Firstly, the wind; the RHOK is unbelievably aerodynamic, no head buffeting whatsoever, it felt like I didn't even have a helmet on.When the rain finally blessed me with it's presence, I was dreading the usual fogging of the visor and consequent requirement to lift it and get drenched from the top and bottom of the open visor. The fogging is inevitable and happened on que, however the expectant face drench never occurred. I had the visor cracked open one notch and could not believe it when nothing happened other than the visor unfogging. As I travelled longer through the rain, I was expecting the stop start traffic to produce the next phase which was water flowing down from the top of the helmet onto my face. Well none of this happened, I don't understand why not as there is no channel to stop the water from coming straight down. I'm only happy that it didn't. Maybe I'll have to wait till it's absolutely torrential, then I can report back on my findings. But as we all know, when the rain is relentlessly pissing down, all bets are off, regardless of what you are wearing.So in a nutshell, I love this helmet and would not swap it for any other brand.Take care, keep up the great work,Cheers,John