Sinar Puncak Sdn Bhd as the sole distributor for SHOEI Japan have organised the 2013 SHOEI J-Cruise Zulfahmi Limited Edition open face helmet handover for their first 100 customer taking place in Hard Rock Cafe, Kuala Lumpur. This effort is to enable Zulfahmi fans who have bought the limited edition helmet to meet and greet with him and also the designer, Zaki Ismail. Zulfahmi Khairudin is the KTM-Ajo-AirAsia rider in Moto3 bearing the number 63. Zaki Ismail is the one who owns the Zaki Designs that designs the graphics for Zulfahmi helmet.
Dato Razlan from Sepang International Circuit (SIC) was there too to tell a little bit about Zulfahmi involvement in Moto3 race series and the effort of SIC to bring Malaysian rider to be the world class rider in word class championship. One of the effort that proof to be beneficial is the introduction of Spanish CEV race series to Malaysian talents, where the competition is tough but a little lower cost compared to MotoGP. Spain has produced many talented rider and this makes the Spanish CEV championship to be the proving ground Malaysian riders. On other notes, he added that WSBK might be coming soon to Sepang if everything is okay and the confirmation will be released by the end of the month (January 2014).
Mr Lee of Sinar Puncak tell us that there are actually 300 units of this helmets but only 280 are being sold to the customer. So, where is the another 20 units? Well, it is saved for Zulfahmi. Sinar Puncak is pushing SHOEI brand to be premium helmet of choice in Malaysia soon and by the look of it when 280 units of the limited edition is being sold quickly, this might be true soon enough.
Mr Ishigawa and Makito of SHOEI Japan are also here to shows us their support and commitment to be the number one premium helmet of choice in Malaysia. The collaboration of SHOEI Japan with Zaki Ismail designs for Zulfahmi Khairudin limited edition replica is the first for Asian rider other than for the riders in Japan. This is the first step to introduce the premium helmet in Malaysia and Mr Ishigawa are hoping to be the number one in the country.
Also at the event was the designer himself, Zaki Ismail, to present us the graphics design theme. The graphics design is based on the Malaysian flag as seen on the top of the helmet where you can see the crescent moon and star in yellow colour. The tiger as related to Zulfahmi number as TI63R, is based from the theme Harimau Malaya.
For 2014, Zulfahmi Khairuddin will be with Ongetta AirAsia Honda team for the Moto3 race series. There are only 6 riders in Moto3 using the Honda machine and Zulfahmi is one of them. Joining Zulfahmi for the Moto3 for full season is Hafiq Azmi who will be using the KTM machine. There will be just few more weeks before the MotoGP season starts on 23th March 2014 at Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, Losail circuit.
Anyone who were invited are able to mingle with Zulfahmi, Zaki and the SHOEI representative and the time given is very sufficient where you can talk and ask many questions.
Zulfahmi are also good in entertaining the fans where he really appreciates his fans and not reluctant to sign many boxes and helmets there. Now, the box can also be collectors item. What if Zulfahmi wins the Moto3 this year? Yeah, the limited edition helmet might increase in price.
Included in the box is this keychain as a proof you are having the limited edition helmet. This particular keychain is number 011/280 that belongs to Muhammad Hazrin which is a good looking gold colour.
The label on the helmet clearly labeled it as J-Cruise ZULFAHMI making it a proud thing for us to have this kind of recognition from SHOEI who are willing to make a special livery for Malaysian rider. Video below is the 360 view of the 2013 SHOEI J-Cruise Zulfahmi Limited Edition open face helmet. Price is at RM1,588 but already sold out.
Final words, a great thanks to Sinar Puncak Sdn Bhd for bringing us the premium helmet from SHOEI with special livery for us in Malaysia to appreciate it. Keep up the good job!