What To Look For When Buying A Motorcycle Helmet
Buying a motorcycle helmet can be quite confusing these days. there are so many helmets to choose from, trying to figure out which one is the right one for you can take some time. Motorcycle helmets come in a variety of shapes sizes and colors. There are also quite a few manufacturers to choose from. Most people pick a helmet that fits their personality or the colors of their bike. That is a good way to it. You should like the helmet so you will wear it whenever you are out there shredding some curves. Here are a few of the most popular motorcycle helmet makers around: Icon, AGV, Suomy, ZR, Nolan, Thor and Scorpion are just a few of the popular manufacturers you can choose from. You have several types of motorcycle helmets to choose from.
Lets talk about half helmets. These are helmets that do not cover your entire face they just cover the top of your heads the side of your head and sometimes come with a visor. A lot of these types also come with a face shield to keep debris and bugs out of your face. If the half helmet you pick does not you will need to get you some goggles. Half helmets are very popular with the cruiser crowd. Also skullcaps are popular with this crowd. A skull cap is exactly what it implies it is a helmet that only covers the cap of your skull. A skull cap usually has no visor. They are very popular with the American bike crowd mainly because the skullcaps are usually adorned with a nice paint job like skulls or an old airplane motif, bullet holes, flames, iron crosses and the like.
Skullcaps are mostly for show and really do not offer much in the way of protection. You will find most of the really cool ones are not DOT and SNELL approved. So if you are looking for protection I would recommend at least a half face if not a full face helmet. For cruiser riders it is sometimes hard to ride around with a full face when your buddies are wearing next to nothing. So I would recommend at leas a half helmet if nothing else. If you absolutely want a skull cap then ck to see if you can find one that is at lest DOT approved if not DOT and Snell both. I ride a cruiser myself so I understand the notion of the wind in your hair and the freedom of the road. Its just a good idea to cover your head with some thing just in case.
Full face motorcycle helmets are mostly worn by guys that ride crotch rockets or sport bikes is the more correct term. Sport bikes these days pump out a serious amount of horsepower, therefore it is vital to wear a helmet that can protect you in case of a crash, while still keeping you comfortable when you are out there tearing up the street or track. It is almost impossible not to find a full face helmet that fits your personality or your ride. These days you can even get custom graphics painted on your helmet. Most offer a venting system which will keep air flowing in, a quick switch face shield so you can switch from a clear to a tinted shield in no time. Full face helmets are usually available starting at about $100 on up in to the $600+ range depending on what you want, but for a couple of hundred you should be able to find one that suits you. Make sure that the fit is tight enough where the helmet can not be turned when its on your head. the fit should be snug.
Motocross helmets are the other type that we should mention. Specifically designed for off road use these helmets are made to be full face helmets with a visor and no face shield. A set of goggles is needed for them if you want eye protection. Thor makes some really nice ones for you to choose from.
When it comes to choosing a motorcycle helmet just remember a few things. Choose a helmet that you will like and will choose to wear. Make sure its DOT and Snell approved for your safety. Make sure that the helmet fits properly on your head and is comfortable enough to wear for hours on end.