Motorcyclists now have more information about the safety and comfort of their helmet with the release of the latest crash ratings for 30 motorcycle helmets.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said motorcyclists are more exposed than motorists if they’re in a crash.

“In 2017, 15 percent of road fatalities and 13 percent of road injuries were sustained by motorcyclists. When you realise motorcycles only account for four percent of all motor vehicle registrations these statistics are concerning,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Helmets are proven to reduce the severity of head injuries as well as the likelihood of death and permanent injury. These CRASH ratings equip riders with the latest safety scores so they can choose the best helmet to suit their needs.”


  • The Consumer Rating and Assessment of Safety Helmets (CRASH) – Transport for NSW, Insurance Australia Group (IAG) and Transport Accident Commission (TAC), tested 30 helmets for protection and comfort
  • None of the helmets tested received a five star rating
  • A mid-priced full face helmet, HJC RPHA 11 achieved the best overall protection and comfort score with four out of five stars for both criteria
  • The worst performing – Airoh City One receiving two stars for crash protection and comfort

The NSW Government recently launched a world first rating system for motorcycle clothing known as MotoCAP, which provides a rating for a number of jackets, gloves and pants.

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