Riding a motorcycle is one of the most rewarding things I could possibly do for myself. Unfortunately, it’s not always smooth sailing, especially when you dump your bike. Luckily, you should have had or should have a protective helmet to keep your head safe. If you live in a state where helmets are optional, I highly suggest investing one of the best rated motorcycle helmets you can find. If you aren’t sure where to start, I’ll fill you in.
Types Of Helmets
It’s 2017 and the amount of different types of helmets that are on the market is mind blowing. Before you get out on the open road, you’ll want to take all of these different types into consideration. Some of them have better benefits than others, but others offer more comfort.
A full face helmet is exactly how it sounds-it completely shields your face and head. If you were to drop your bike or get into an accident, the construction of these helmets will save your face from a lot of damage. Unfortunately, they aren’t the easiest things to take off of your head becuase of how thight they fit. However, if you aren’t a fan of the wind in your face, this would bea great option for you because the shield keeps the noise and wind out.
A half shell helmet, also known as a “brain bucket” protects just the top of your head pretty much. It’s just helmet shell that sits on top of your head that’s secured with a chin strap. These are nice for those who want just the bare minimum protection. These do not shield your face from wind or noise, but you can invest in some goggles to keep the wind out of your eyes.
Open face helmets are just like full face except they don’t have the shield on them. They are great for full head protection and may be a little easier to take off. These are a good option for those who want the full protection, but enjoy the wind blowing in their face.
These are just a few of the different types of helmets, but they are the most common.
The features of your helmet are just as important as what type you choose. The helmet weight is a huge factor in how comfortable you are when you ride. The weight of the helmet should be evenly distributed around your head. If the center of gravity is off, ht can feel heavier and put strain on your neck. Modular helmets typically weigh more becuase of all of their components.
Helmet construction is another big consideration. The material that a helmet is made from has an influence on a number of factors such as weight, safety rating, and comfort. Most helmets are made from polycarbonate, fiberglass composite and carbon fiber.
If you want to get really fancy with your gear, you can get a really technologically advanced one. There are helmets that have bluetooth technology, radios, wind reduction measures, and different sunshades.
Clearly, there are a lot of considerations to take before you go out and buy just any helmet. You should definitely take the time to try them on and ensure that it fits well and that it balances well on your head. Nothing is more important than your safety when you are out on the road.