Husband and wife team Claude and Chantal Morin founded Roof helmets in 1993. Claude, a design engineer and keen motorcyclist, had worked in the automotive industry before developing his first helmet in the mid 70's.
This helmet the "Nida" used honeycomb impact absorption technology from the aerospace industry, unfortunately the manufacturer went bankrupt and so Claude launched the helmet himself. It was an expensive and exclusive helmet with only 1,000 being made.
Claude went on to work on many different models of motorcycle helmets for manufacturers such as Levior and Shark before launching his own brand Roof.
The company name Roof came from the idea that a roof is a structure which protects, and the two O's are symbolic of motorcycle wheels.
The first helmet launched was the Roadster, an open face motorbike helmet; this was followed two years later by the innovative Boxer, the first flip front helmet where the chin bar rotates 180 degrees over the top of the helmet to avoid aerodynamic turbulence.
The Boxer is still manufactured today.
All Roof helmets were made in France until the factory burnt to the ground in 2005 when production shifted to specialist facilities in Vietnam.
Claude's original and creative style has resulted in some truly unique motorbike helmets; their Rats helmet's chin-bar was made from a metal lattice, in response to a request from an adventure rider who wanted more airflow; and the Bamboo is the only helmet in the world to have its outer shell made of natural bamboo.
As Claude says "We have already thought of the helmet that will protect you tomorrow".
Today the company is still run by Claude and Chantal Morin from their headquarters in Pegomas on the French Riviera between Cannes and Nice.
These headquarters house their marketing, design, testing, research and development teams where the company is continuing innovate and develop new prototypes to improve biker protection.