While quads’ stranglehold of the off-road market has been tempered by side by sides (UTVs), quads persist, particularly on narrow tracks or difficult terrain.
Meanwhile riders can soften the blows by wearing safety helmets. Though more farmers seem to be wearing them, many don't, citing issues of weight, ventilation and the struggle to communicate effectively with workers and dogs.
Now, Yamaha and helmet maker Shark at Fieldays launched to the world their 'X16', said to be the first fully certified helmet developed specifically for quad, side-by-side and ROV users.
Low weight of 1200g is achieved with a composite fibreglass shell, durable and proof against knocks onfarm.
Meeting ECE 22-05 and DOT safety standards, the helmet has many features to improve its usability onfarm.
An easy set-and-forget buckle outperforms the traditional double 'D' ring design; large cooling vents promote air flow; large earpads make communication easy; and inserts can reduce noise.
Accessories deal with dust, wind and flies, and a peak and neck guard keeps off the sun.
All units are Bluetooth ready: they have recesses for earphones and a Bluetooth communications controller. A removable easy-clean inner liner makes cleaning easy.
At Fieldays, Yamaha ATV and ROV marketing man Lance Turnley showed a pair of prototype examples. The helmets will go on sale towards the end of the year, he says.