Not only does HJC develop helmets for motorcyclists in every category, but the company also helps support motorcycle events and racers around the world. In 2017 and 2018, HJC became title sponsor of the MotoGP of France at Le Mans. After three years of successfully partnering with Dorna (promotors of MotoGP), the company announced during their press conference at INTERMOT that they will be entering a new role in 2019 – as title sponsors of the HJC German GP at Sachsenring.
Also introduced at the press conference were four new helmet models, including the brand-new i 70. It has a noticeably smaller shell, allowing for a more compact and lightweight helmet. The i 70 features an inner, drop-down sun shield with a sun visor lever. The outer shield creates an increased upward vision with a center locking system. The i 70 includes speaker pockets for communications systems, as well as a wider glasses groove.
Earlier in 2018, HJC released the RPHA 90. The RPHA 90 is the company’s most compact modular shell, made of HJC’s PIM+ (Premium Integrated Matrix) shell material. The lightweight combined with details, like the hi-visibility reflective patches and noise-cancelling interior, help increase the rider experience, according to the company.
For off-road riders, HJC introduced the i 50, which includes an extended visor to block sunlight and protect riders from dirt and debris, an extended chin bar for comfort and breathing space, and dual position goggle band fitment. Nine intake vents and four exhaust vents help to keep riders cool and comfortable. The newest feature is SLID (Sliding Layer Impact Distribution).
The C 90 (modular) and C 70 (full-face) are also new to HJC’s product lines. These helmets are composed of HJC’s advanced polycarbonate shell material. In 2019, HJC will name all of the new helmets under a different series title. These will fall under a letter series, such as ‘i’, ‘C’, ‘V’ or ‘F’) and are further defined by a number series such as ‘70’, ‘90’, ‘50’, or ‘30’).
In addition to new features and technology, HJC has also announced a number of creative graphics, including licensed graphics from Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar. The RPHA 90 Darth Vader and CS-15 Stormtrooper feature Star Wars’ most iconic characters. The most unexpected character of all came from Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. with the RPHA 11 Mike Wazowski. This “eye-catching” helmet has been a fan favorite. X-Men’s Wolverine will now join HJC’s licensed Marvel helmet line on the RPHA 70.