The most important piece of riding equipment you can purchase is a helmet.
The most important piece of riding gear you can purchase is a motorcycle helmet, and it must be properly fitted. Beginners may find it difficult to select their first helmet due to the ever-changing motorcycle range and body types, as well as the variety of helmets, brands, and makes to choose from.
Getting the right helmet and getting it on time is critical, as hitting the road only to discover the helmet you bought is a dud isn’t a good idea. So, if you’re looking for a new lid and aren’t sure what to get, here’s a quick guide to help you out.
Purchase the vehicle you intend to ride:
The process of selecting a helmet begins with the type of motorcycle you ride or the type of riding you intend to do the most.
For starters, if you have a sports bike and enjoy track days, a race helmet is the best option. These are full-face helmets with an aerodynamic design to provide the best possible protection for the human head. These helmets also have specially designed air vents on the top of the head that allow air to pass through while the rider is fully leaned over. The only drawback is that they are slightly more expensive, and may be prohibitively expensive to purchase when compared to other options. On the plus side, they are the safest bet when it comes to security.
ADV helmets for adventure motorcyclists, modular helmets that can be flipped up to talk to people or enter businesses, open-face helmets for looking cool while riding big cruisers, and motocross helmets are all available in addition to race helmets.
While each of these helmets serves a different purpose, full face helmets are the safest of all.
Ensure that the safety rating is correct:
There are different safety ratings in different parts of the world, for example, in India there is an ISI standard for helmets, but when it comes to the real rating (ratings that matter for helmets), especially for a riding gear that you have to trust with your life, Snell, D.O.T, E.C.E., or SHARP come to mind. Make sure your helmet meets one or more of these safety standards, as they are the most widely recognised in the helmet industry.
- SNELL– Snell Memorial Foundation
- E.C.E.– Economic Commission of Europe
- SHARP– Safety Helmet Assessment And Rating Programme
- D.O.T.– Department Of Transportation
Choose what’s best for you:
Different brands of helmets have different engineering, features, shapes, and sizes.
It’s perfectly normal for two different brands to produce medium helmets of different sizes and shapes (and same goes for all sizes). However, not every rider has the same head shape or size. So it’s a good idea to go to a store that sells the brands you’re interested in and try on the majority of the models that fit your budget. One thing to keep in mind is that the helmet should fit snugly against your cheeks and head. It should not feel loose if you move your head side to side while wearing the lid. If that’s the case, go for a smaller size.
Double-D is required:
Check to see if the helmet you’ve chosen has a double-D lock. As a result, make sure you have a wide and clear view ahead of you (including the vision on the motorcycle’s metre console). The helmet should not be too heavy, as this can make daily city rides uncomfortable, and the overall weight of the lid should be perfectly balanced.