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The most important piece of motorcycle gear is a motorcycle helmet. Quality bike helmets can increase your motorcycle experience without being a drag.
This motorcycle Helmet Guide shows you how to select a quality helmet plus you will find links to motorcycle apparel discounts, motorcycle helmet brands & motorcycle directories.
Motorcycle Helmet Introduction
Of course each type of helmet has its benefits and disadvantages. Every group of riders have a love for a certain type of helmet. It also has to do with the bike you ride and the type of person you are.
Which Motorcycle Helmet Do You Need?
Motorcycle Full Face Helmets
Easy to recognize because of their protection around the chin. This kind of helmet construction gives it extra strength. However they can easily get warm and foggy.
Motorcycle hybrid helmets allow you to open the chin part of the helmet and slide it upwards. Often very useful for people with glasses.
Motorcycle Open Face Helmets
Open faced is also known as a three quarter motorcycle helmets. They are aimed to protect the ears and the side of the face. However this kind of helmet doesn't have any chin protection. Visors are often detachable.
Motorcycle Half Helmets
Motorcycle shorty helmets also known as half helmets and are the simplest form of a helmet. There is no side and chin protection. They look best when riding a cruiser or custom bike.
Motorcycle Motocross Helmets
Motorcycle motocross helmets include a dirt cap and the possiblity to place goggles.
Motorcycle Helmet Review Tips & Checks
Apart from the safety factor the most important aspect of a helmet is comfort. Let's face it, you're going to be wearing it time and time again. It should be safe, look good and feel very comfy.
The shell is usually composed of either a polycarbonate mixture (a what ...?) or fiberglass. Fiberglass motorcycle helmets are often high impact resistant, very stable and last a long time. The polycarbonate helmets are light weight and very sturdy.
The helmet shell should be cast in one piece (which is often the case, ask if you're not sure) because its major role is to spread the impact and resist sharp objects from penetrating the safety liner.
Helmet Safety Liner
The safety liner is made of EPS (the same stuff used for white plastic foam cups). It has one role, absorb the impact energy without passing it on to your head. Some types of helmets are missing this safety liner. This makes for a much cooler looking helmet but it's missing that one ingredient, just so you know (yes I have one too).
Helmet Comfort Liner
The comfort liner is the padding that rests against your head. It should breathe well, be comfortable and also absorb sweat. In some helmets you can take this comfort liner out (for a wash) or replace it with padding that fits better.
A good ventilation system is very important. Often this does have a direct influence on how noisy helmets get (the wind moving past the vents). But you need ventilation (unless you like riding with a fogged up visor).
Check out whether your ventilation system can be opened and closed and if there are openings in the back of the helmet (air coming in should be able to leave the helmet).
Chin Strap Locking Systems
There are three types of systems: double D-ring (the safest and lightest), quick release (most used and easiest to handle) and lever system (not used a lot and most prone to damage).
I have stood there trying to open that s.. chin strap after a days ride but couldn't. Man do you look silly. Ideally you will get used to the chinstrap of your helmet and can open and close it without any problems.
(1) - quick release with strap shifter
(2) - quick release with press button
(3) - quick release with press button on the side
(4) - saw-tooth connection
(5) double d-ring connection
(6) - soft inner padding
(7) - velcro connection for left-over strap
Space for your ears / (sun)glasses
The inside of the helmet should have enough room for your ears. Ergonomically formed linings are so much more comfortable. With every hour you wear your helmet it becomes better vs. a cramped motorcycle helmet where it becomes worse. Every motorcycle helmet will adapt a little to your head size (but this is only a little).
A low hanging sun can blind you to the extreme. Some helmets have a nice sunshade built into them, very useful. However a pair of sunglasses does the same trick, you choose.
Unless motorcycle helmets are from the stone age, weight is not a consideration to worry about. If it's a bit heavier than your old one no problem. Within a short time your muscles will get used to it.
Helmet Shell Sizes
Some brands do not change their shell size, they only change their inner liners. This means that an extra small helmet size has a lot of extra padding on the inside, compared to an extra large version. Considering that you want helmets that don't feel very big on your head, check if the helmet brand uses different shell sizes for each model size. (this kind of motorcycle helmet will be more expensive).
Does your helmet have a visor? If not you'll be wearing shades or goggles. It's very important that the visor doesn't influence your vision (optically incorrect).
Check out which kind of visor your motorcycle helmet uses. Can you get different kinds e.g. different shades. How easy is it to remove a visor. Where and how does it click open and closed. Make sure you feel comfortable with how stable it feels. Does it make a good seal with your helmet.
You can also get a liquid called - Novus polish cleaner & scratch remover - This stuff is great for removing scratches from your visor and also from your windshield.
Website Visitors Tips on Helmet Selection
When trying on a motorcycle helmet wear it at least 5 minutes and then take it off. Concentrate on places which start to bother you. If possible look in a mirror after to see if you have any red marks on your face.
Try to avoid placing your helmet too high off the ground. So often have I seen a helmet go crashing to the ground because they were left hanging on the mirror, placed on the saddle or on top of a wall. A simple fall can bust your expensive motorcycle helmet and that's just a shame.
Always make sure you understand with what helmet safety standard you are riding. You should be aware that if it doesn't meet the norm your insurance company might give you a hard time. Just so you know...
Check if your selected helmet has anti-scratch and a good anti-fog treatment. Also look to see that the visor doesn't touch against the helmet outer shell. This will result in scratches and unclear area on your visor.
A lighter helmet will of course always be more comfortable than a heavier version.
Give your chinstrap some consideration when checking your motorcycle helmet (make sure it's not too long and can be tucked away, so it doesn't keep hitting you on your chin). The strap is often made of nylon (like a seatbelt).
Ventilation systems are a major cause of noisy helmets. The more aero-dynamic the motorcycle helmet (and the vents) the less noise you will have.
The comfort liner adjusts a bit to the form of your head. Generally motorcycle helmets get more comfortable. But always make sure you do start with a very good fit.
Always inquire about the helmet safety standard. Especially cheaper motorcycle helmets try to avoid some safety testing standards.
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Motorcycle Helmet Fitting Guide
Use a manufacturers fitting chart and measuring tape.
(1) Find the corresponding helmet category(e.g. Small, Large, Extra Large ...) Open helmet by pulling chin straps outwards and place over your head.
(2) A helmet should fit tight on your head. The helmet should feel comfortable. Check the helmet surrounds your forehead tightly...
(3) You cannot put your thumb between your forehead and helmet. Adjust and close the chinstrap. Chinstrap should not be pushing against your neck. Shake your head, the helmet itself should not move!
(4) Make sure you can't slide the helmet off your head.
(5) Sit on your motorcycle in a riding position... the top of the helmet should not influence your vision. To the left and right should be 100% vision
(but this is required from the manufacturers by law). If you wear glasses be sure to try them on with the helmet.
(6) Full faced masks need at least a finger in front of your chin. Press down on the top of the helmet (hold it there)... make sure it feels comfy and surrounds the whole of your head. Check for all the features you want / need. Wear it for at least 5 minutes and check irritation points.
(7) Note: the inner lining will shrink a bit, making the helmet a bit looser.
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