Motorcycle Helmet Fit Guide
Motorcycle Helmet Fit Guide
Your motorcycle helmet is more then just head protection, It's an extension of your personality, a way to express yourself. Are you a skull, crossbones and horns type of guy? Or you do take a simple, clean, "less is more" approach? What you may not realize is that motorcycle helmets come in all shapes and types, each serving a different purpose. After reading this guide you'll be an expert on varieties of Motorcycle helmets. And if you have been wondering on how to choose a motorcycle helmet, we need your eyes to be glued for next few minutes
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After the death of Lawrence of Arabia (due to head trauma in a motorcycle accident) one of his doctors, Hugh Cairns, initiated extensive research on how to prevent future injures. This research led to the development and use of Motorcycle helmets all across the globe. Today we take a look at the different types.
Half helmet: Also known as the Shorty helmet, this is the design that most people picture when you think of a motorcycle helmet. They offer protection from the ears up and are preferred by countless bikers due to the fact that they are the most comfortable even though they provide the least amount of protection required by law.
Open Face Helmet: AKA the three quarters helmet. It provides more protection the the half helmet by providing coverage to the ears and lower rear part of your head. It still leaves the front of your face vulnerable, though a lot of 3/4 helmets do have visors.
Full Face Helmet: We bet you could have guessed, but this one covers your full head. Most full face helmets have a clear or colored flip up visor which protects the eyes. Some of them even have a secondary visor under the first which is usually smaller and can be retracted into the Helmet. This helmet type provides the rider with the most protection, but is also the most intrusive. It is most often used by people who ride street bikes, sport bike and other on-road motorcycles/ machines.
Off Road Helmet: Some people would argue this is a sub type of the full face helmet, but we feel their are enough differences to put it as a different type, it is also known as a motocross helmet or ATV Helmet. The Off Road helmet is elongated in the mouth and chin area, this allows the rider to breathe a bit easier while providing additional protection. The Off Road Helmet also has a visor, but it is not the same as the Full Face Visor. This visor is a piece of plastic (often adjustable) which keeps the sun out of your eyes. This is especially useful when the rider is airborne. It is the preference of most Dirt Bike Riders, people who ride ATV's as well as Snowmobile riders.
Modular Helmet: This type of helmet is really a mix between the Full Face helmet and the Open Face helmet. It normally looks like the Full Face helmet but the protection on the chin (Known as the chin bar) as well as the visor can be completely opened (Flipped up). When opened the chin bar will be near your forehead and the helmet will more resemble the Open Face Helmet. It is important to note, that the flip up feature of the Modular Helmet is more of a convenience, in other words you are not supposed to ride with the helmet open. It allows a rider to conversate, eat or drink without removing the helmet completely.