The Motorcycle Safety Foundation welcomed Biltwell Inc.’s generous donation of 1,800 helmets to the National Motorcycle Safety Fund for use at MSF-recognized Rider Training Sites. Training sites have a constant need to replenish their stock of helmets, which are used every weekend by first-time students who take the MSF Basic RiderCourse at over 2,000 locations around the country.
With Biltwell’s consent, the MSF is selling the helmets to the training sites at a nominal cost, with all proceeds going to the National Motorcycle Safety Fund. The NMSF is MSF’s 501(c)(3) charitable division which has funded crash research, motorcycle safety videos and publications, alcohol and drug education programs for motorists and other initiatives aimed at creating a safer riding environment for all motorcyclists.
“We had an extra quantity of our Gringo and Gringo S model helmets sitting in inventory and realized we could put them to better use by donating them for use at MSF training sites, which would improve the students’ experience,” said Mike Ellis, general manager of Biltwell.
“We always strive to provide the safest and best motorcycle training experience available, and, like motorcycle riding itself, it all starts with putting on a good helmet,” said Diane Howells, president of Motorcycle Safety School, Inc., of Brooklyn, NY. “We are grateful to Biltwell for their ongoing support of motorcycle training.”
According to MSF president Tim Buche: “These type of donations enable multiple win-win situations. The training sites with their limited budgets can upgrade their helmet inventory at little cost; students can enjoy wearing fresh, modern helmets during the hands-on course; NMSF gains funding for future research and outreach projects; and Biltwell gets the tax benefits of a charitable contribution.”