It is a big congratulation that you have a motorcycle and welcome to some of the life’s utmost escapades. Regardless of whether you ride a bike for pleasure or as a commuter, riding is for eternity a phenomenal experience that gives you years of gratification and delight.
The truth is that your motorcycle did not come low-priced. Thus, with all the efforts of saving and probably cutting costs on some necessary things; you need to safeguard your bike as much as you can by protecting the core bike parts.
You can do this by buying bike accessories like case savers that protect the pricey engine cases when there is a chain failure. Bike plates such as bash plates which shield the inside part of the bike’s frame in the event of the unpleasant happening of an accident are other significant motorcycle accessories.
Looking after your body should be the primary priority besides your motorcycle. As a result, before you plan for that riding trip backcountry or evade traffic with cars; it is crucial to invest in a quality helmet. This essential equipment helps keep you safe in case of an accident. It is that one accessory of a bike kit that you must wear.
Bike helmets are costly, and it is of the essence to buy the perfect helmet for your head, riding style, confidence as well as your budget. This post helps you comprehend some of the main features to look for when searching for the ideal helmet:
1. Ensure the helmet is legal
In Australia, you need to check a helmet with UNECE 22.05 or Australian AS1698 sticker. As well, you can also make sure that the label on the helmet’s chin trap has E1 or other numbers that show the country where the helmet is manufactured. Even though there is a wide range of helmet standards across the world, the most universal is E1 (the Euro standard).
2. Get the perfect fit
A helmet is a personal item and it can be intricate to buy one for someone. However, people have different head sizes and shape as well as the availability of diverse helmet models and styles makes it a daunting experience when choosing your new motorcycle helmet.
First, you need to know the shape of your head. They are three distinct kinds of head shapes; round oval, intermediate, and long oval. By identifying the shape of your head, you will move one step closer to finding the appropriate fit.
Usually, if you buy the wrong size there will be pressure exerted on your head and you will feel pain on these pressure points. For that reason, when choosing a helmet; fit it for about 30 to 40 minutes to allow time for pressure point to react in case it does not fit. If there are no pressure points, then the helmet is suitable and it will not disappoint when you go for long rides.
The good thing is that most shops utilize size charts, especially when you buy it via online. It ensures that you receive the right helmet.
3. Comfort level
See how much the helmet move either down/up or right/left to check its comfort. A well-fit helmet should only move vaguely with a petite pull on your scalp and face. A big helmet moves around when someone shakes the head and will fit loosely whereas a small one cannot sit on the heap suitably.
For extra comfort, you can insert liners and cheek pads to your helmet. This is when you find it extremely tricky to find a fitting helmet.
4. The type of helmet to choose
It covers your entire head as well as face down to the foundation of your lower jaw and skull. It has a visor, an opening that allows you to have a clear vision when riding. This type of helmet provides you with superior protection.
It is the trendiest helmet with excellent aerodynamics. It keeps away the projectiles and wind from your face that would otherwise annoy.
Fortunately, it has ventilation holes to allow fresh air in and ensure that the visor remains clear. However, many riders find this helmet bulky and can decline hearing experience.
It is a lighter helmet than the full-face and provides great visibility. It requires the rider to wear protections like goggles. It leaves your face exposed to issues like bad weather and projectiles.
Its main disadvantage is that it cannot shield your face when an accident occurs. Some open-face helmets have the visor affixed as with the above image. It allows the rider to talk, drink or eat without having to remove it.
It is a unique style helmet which provides the least safety amongst all types of helmets. Frequently, bikers as well as classic bike fans, use this helmet. It conforms to the least regulations.
It is more comfortable and light helmet, offers greater visibility, and has no face protection. Therefore, it provides an inferior aerodynamic performance. It can severely damage eyes if an object hit your eyes while riding at high speed.
The whole front can flip up for an open face. It is suitable during hot weather and when riding at low-speed city traffic since you need better visibility to pedestrians.