THERE are more than 300,000 quads/ATVs on the Australian market, and it’s estimated that only 20 per cent of quad users wear helmets.
Yamaha Australia has been working closely with organisations such as the FCAI to apply safety-based programs, like the ATV 5 Star Safety handover, which occurs at the handover of a quad at dealer level. At the dealer handover, new owners are educated on personal safety, training, correct load carrying, manufacturer recommendations, and using ATVs in the right situations.
It is estimated that more than 30 per cent of ATV fatalities could have been avoided with the use of a helmet and, with this in mind, Yamaha worked closely with French helmet-maker Shark to release the Shark X16 ATV ROV helmet. The helmet is fully certified ATV- and SSV-specific, with features incorporated to reduce perceived hurdles: too hot, too heavy, can’t hear the animals and annoying D-link buckles. With features including quick-release buckles, lightweight feel, increased ventilation for air flow and increased hearing, Shark is hoping to increase ATV and SSV helmet use and decrease fatalities Australia-wide.
We got to use the new Shark ATV and SSV helmet during the Kodiak launch and can attest it is considerably lighter than an average helmet, tipping the scales at a minuscule 1.2kg. The quick-release buckle is easy to use, and sound travelled well through the dedicated hearing vents.
With a laundry list of attachments and features available, from fly nets, sun packs, eyewear compatibility and noise reduction, the only thing Shark could have done more to encourage wearing a helmet on an ATV is make one that looks like an Akubra.