You are in love with highways and your motorcycle. Speed is your life. You are truly a rider! But you are a family man too. Certainly you not only love your rides, but you care for your safety on the road. Go; gift yourself a helmet for high speed racing. Read on to make an informed decision in buying the best motorcycle helmet for you.
- Style: Don’t choose your safety shield by the look and graphics on it. Of course you don’t want to buy a bad looking helmet and trust me, you don’t have to. Now a days, markets are flooded with stylish helmets which can give you best protection as well. There are Full Face Helmets, Open face Helmet, Modular Helmets, Half Helmets and Motorcross/Off-road Helmets in the market. You can also buy helmets for different types of motorcycles such as Street Helmets, Racing Helmets and Touring Helmets.
- Shape, Size and Weight: To choose the correct and best fitted helmet for you, check the shape according to your head shape. Generally you have to choose among Round, Round oval and oval. Size is another factor to consider. If you can’t find a helmet in your size then you can try different padding to increase or decrease the firmness according to your head-shape. And what about the weight? It is obvious that you don’t want to carry a huge load on your head. Generally helmets come with decreasing weight now a days. But you should always check the weight before buying and be assured that it is not too heavy and uncomfortable for you, as you are going to enjoy a long ride.
- Shell and Liner: Shells are made of polycarbonate plastic or fiberglass. The liner of the helmet is not padded. Manufacturers have developed their own liner which is thinner, but able to give you more impact resistance. Check their manual to get an idea on what type of liner they are using. You can find helmets which are composed of strong resistant materials like carbon fiber, kevler and patented manufacturer materials. Also check the padding material used on the interior. Make sure that it does not increase the temperature inside your helmet.
- Visor: Visor is one of the most important parts of a helmet. Manufacturers construct helmet visor that will remain undamaged after an attack of 1 gram lead pellets at a velocity of over 300 miles per hour. These high density plastic materials can bear 450 degree heat for at least 40-45 seconds. Visors prevent severe head injuries and give enough protection to your eyes. It protects your face from wind and flying objects at high speed. To check the visibility, just look through the visor. If you have a clear vision through this from all sides, then it is perfect for you. You can buy a helmet with visor having a quick swap mechanism too.
Ventilation and Safety ratings: Manufacturers create vent with open and close functions so that you can control the air flow into your helmet d uring long ride. Check the number of vents and their positions. Look for airflow channels in the padding and the liner as well. These will ensure proper airflow with the helmet on. And don’t forget to check the safety ratings of your helmet. DOT, Snell and ECE are the most common standards which are used in the testing of helmets before they are ready for market.