Who Is The Helmet Man?
Who is The Helmet Man and why do you care? Tom Doran is the owner of The Helmet Man and has been involved in the motorcycle industry for over 20 years. Tom and our team have worked with racing legends and business industry icons for decades and have learned from the best what is important in a helmet. Our goal at the helmet man is to take the helmet lessons we have learned from the best and provide you with “the” greatest performing helmet for your ride.
From 1987 to 1991, Tom Doran was President of the motorcycle helmet division of Bell. Bell’s direction and goal was to find out from racers, enthusiasts and every day customers, what they needed from their helmet performance. Tom was fortunate to learn all about helmet needs from the best racers in the world. In 1990, he met with auto racing legend and two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, Al Unser Jr. In addition to face to face time with Al Unser Jr., he worked with the famous father and son team, Mario and Michael Andretti and garnered their valuable advice to finalize a retail motorcycle helmet program in the early 90’s.
As the 90’s took Bell into new challenges , Tom worked with proven champions including motocross icons like 1984 Supercross Champ Johnny “O’Show” O’Mara and Damon “The Beast From the East” Bradshaw and Larry Ward (Big Bird) one of the all-time Top 30 racing legends. They all stressed the importance of key essential helmet components mandatory in a helmet for national speed requirements.
Tom bought the motorcycle helmet license in1991 and re-established Bell Motorcycle Helmets as a leading brand for safety, comfort, style, and reliability. He met with the current motocross leaders like Mike La Rocco, former Super cross and Motocross professional racer, for counsel on helmet needs. LaRocco, often referred to as "the rock" raced for factory teams Suzuki and Kawasaki and finished his career with Honda and is still serving as the Team Manager for Geico Honda.
As Bell launched new, innovative products, the company now turned to the industry business leaders knowing they certainly would have their opinions on the role Bell Helmets was playing in the market and their recommendations to take Bell Helmets to the next echelon. Tom was privileged to gain the next level of helmet expertise from Hall of Fame, Terry Vance, of the world famous Vines & Hines. Terry had specific ideas on the right helmet for racing needs.
The Millennium ushered in new and superior technology for helmet manufacturers. Realizing helmet innovation starts with the racing leaders… Jeremy “Showtime” McGrath, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame 2003 gave his suggestions on what would make a better fitting and lighter helmet made from the new and superior composites. Eddie Lawson, Bob Hannah, Bubba Shobert, Ricky Johnson, Scotty Parker and John Kocinski also added their input for the right fitting helmet.
In 2003 Tom sold the production rights to Bell Sports but retained the web site www.bellhelmets.com that he created. In 2012 the web site was sold to Bell Sports as this would allow Tom the creative freedom to build his new site www.thehelmetman.com and fill it with all the top brands in the sport. The focus being “The Evolution of Head Protection” and a one stop shop for all your helmet needs.
Wow, we are name dropping!!!? But it is all in hopes that you will realize Tom and our team are the “real deal”! We have been around helmets for a long time. We want your business very much and will work hard to prove it to you and put you in the right helmet. Hey, if you remember anything from all this annoying name dropping is that we have learned from the best what is important when selecting and wearing a helmet and will pass that information onto you! Remember, we don't just sell helmets like many of our competitors. We live and breathe what we do! We talk helmets, we test helmets and we make sure you're getting a good product for your money.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our store!
"The Evolution of Head Protection"
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