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Guide to buying the correct motorcycle helmet

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Out of all the different motorcycle clothing accessories including motorcycle helmets, gloves, jackets, racing suits, boots, belts etc. helmets are the most popular. The helmet is also the most important. Your choice of helmet is directly related to what type of bike you are riding.

Choosing the right helmet for you

How will you be using your helmet?

If you are a beginner then I would not go and buy the most expensive, high spec helmet. You really want to be adapting to riding your bike first and deciding whether it will be your full time transportation method or more of a general hobby.

If you are going to use your bike daily as part of your job or commuting then a higher end help maybe better for you as they are more comfortable and have better dynamics.

If you are to be a weekend rider and join a riding group then you'll want a helmet with built in communication provisions as this makes things a lot easier on the long runs.

The important features

The weight of a helmet is an important factor. The weight is key to a proper fitting helmet as it should be evenly distributed around the head and shoulders. Modular helmets are usually heavier due to the mechanics involved for the flip up visor.

Helmet construction is also a main factor in safety and weight. Carbon Fibre and Polycarbonate, Fibreglass composite and what most helmets are made from.

How to measure your Helmet Size and Head Shape

Use a soft measuring tape around your head about a half inch above your eyebrows, above your ears and around the back of your head at the largest point. Check your head size with the specific motorcycle helmet manufacture as they provide different sizing charts for their helmets so you will need to compare your helmet size to each brand.

When you try the helmet on it should sit squarely on your head with the top of the helmet's eye port should be just above your eyebrows. A properly fitted motorcycle helmet will not go on easy at first but loosen the more times you wear it. Helmets should fit snug around your head and face and there should be no pressure points.

Full Face Motorcycle Helmets

Full-face helmets are one of the common kinds that most people choose as they give the most protection since it covers more of your face. It usually has a moveable face shield that protects the eyes when it is closed. Racers prefer full-face helmets for the added protection and comfort, they cover the top, back and front of your head. In times when you meet with an accident, major or minor, chances of damage are very little. Wearing a motorcycle helmet is not just about safety, it is about a sense of style so try and get the balance right but remember safety should always be your first thought.

Riding position is hugely important for full face helmets. Sport riders are often hunched over, which demands complimentary ergonomics from a helmet. Ventilation ducts will be placed near the top of the head to draw the most air in a tuck position. Sporty full faces are also slippery against the wind, and have special aerodynamics to prevent helmet lifting at high speeds.

The main problem with a full face helmet is ventilation. If you have the visor closed the helmet is basically a sealed bubble. Look for something that is well ventilated as this will help make the helmet more comfortable especially on long rides.

Try and find a helmet with moisture wicking, removable and machine-washable padding as this will help keep the helmet fresh. With full face helmets you must also consider the visor as the UV protection rating is also an important factor as well as the visor colour. If you ride primarily in very bright conditions, a mirrored or dark coloured visor will help protect your eyes from glare. A yellow coloured visor will help enhance definition if you ride mostly in overcast cloudy conditions and clear visors are best for night time riding.

Modular helmets

On a modular helmet the chin bar flips up (or is removed entirely) to turn a full face helmet into an open face helmet. They are popular with all kinds of riders and just about every helmet manufacturer has a modular in its line up. They are versatile and great for anyone who occasionally wants to grab a bite to eat or drink or talk to other riders without taking off your helmet. If you have the chin bar closed they offer the same weather protection as a full-coverage helmet but it is not recommended to ride in the open face position because, on most models, the chin bar flips onto the top of the helmet so it's not aerodynamic or safe while riding.

Although not as safe as full face helmets, they are safer than half helmets and open face helmets. They have a mechanism that houses the flip up hinge which means it is not one solid structure which weakens the helmet.

Most modular's have an internal sunshield and are height-adjustable, while others drop down into one position and stay there. Some modular helmets come with Pinlock anti-fog inserts are amazing as they do not fog up even in cold, damp weather.

Three Quarter Coverage Helmet

Some riders find such motorcycle helmets more comfortable to use but they do offer a little less than full protection. They are more popular among cruisers and scooter riders. An open face helmet will cover the top, back and sides of your head, but not your face. If your helmet does not come with eye protection, there are a few options. In sunny weather, you can get away with wearing glasses but for more adverse weather conditions goggles are recommended.

Half Helmets

If you use an open-face helmet, you should have a snap-on face shield in place when you ride, or buy a pair of goggles that can withstand the impact of a stone or other debris. They are sometimes known as Beanies as this type of helmet protects only the top of your head and runs down until your ears.

Although legal they lack in safety features. Half helmets have the minimal required coverage and – even on the top of the head – the impact resistance is often substandard. Obviously being open faced they are cool in the summer and they also look cool but in the colder months they will not stop the biting wind.

Off Road Helmets

A motocross helmet looks different from a street bike or motorcycle helmet. Dirt bike helmets utilise more ventilation to keep the rider cool, as they are usually exerting significantly more energy at lower speeds and dirt riding demands a high physicality from the rider, and it’s often done in warmer weather. Good advice is don't ride with a dirt bike helmet that doesn't fit right or is older than five years, or has been in a crash.

I wouldn't recommend riding with an off road helmet on the roads as at high speeds, the minimal soundproofing can make traffic and wind noise annoying. Motocross helmets are designed to be used with goggles as they provide superior airflow, and they can be used with tear-offs in extremely dirty conditions.

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