If you are looking to buy a motorcycle helmet, you should know what type of helmets there are and how you will use your bike as well as what you want to do while wearing your helmet.
There are some helmets that are intended for motorcycling and there are others that aren’t really good for it, but some people will still use it. Some have greater protection than others. Let’s take a closer look at the basic motorcycle helmets you can get.
1. Full-Face Helmets
Full-face helmets are considered to be the safest of all the helmets and they cover the whole head. However, they are also quite heavy and in the summer months, it can get pretty hot. They protect your whole face as the name implies and this also includes your jaw. Other kinds of helmet can leave your jaw unprotected. This type of helmet can also reduce your hearing, something some wearers dislike along with the increased heat during the summer. However, the most important thing is protection and saving your life in the event of an accident, and this type of helmet offers the best protection.
2. Open-Face Helmets
Also known as a three-quarter helmet, it leaves a lot of the rider’s face exposed. While this may allow for greater visibility and access to your face, for example, if you wanted to adjust your glasses, the problem is that it leaves you very vulnerable and open to facial injuries. It does cover the top and back of the head as well as the cheeks but the chin and nose, for example, are exposed and open to injury even in a non-crash situation. Bugs and dust can cause a rider discomfort, but some of these helmets can be fitted with a face shield to help keep out bugs or debris from entering the eyes.
3. Modular Helmets
This is also called a flip-up or sometimes a flip-face helmet, this helmet combines the benefits of a full-face and open-face helmet. There is a chin bar which can be flipped up, so it can function as a full-face helmet or an open-face helmet, making it pretty versatile. Sometimes, your need may change, so you can wear it as one or the other, instead of getting two helmets. When the bar is down, these helmets are a lot safer than an open-face helmet. You can eat or drink, take photos or talk by moving the chin bar. However, due to the presence of a hinge, they are not as sturdy as a full-face helmet in the event of an impact.
4. Half Helmets
Of all the helmets, the half helmet is probably the least safest. However, it is the minimum coverage that is allowed legally in many countries. As you can guess, these are most likely the lightest and cheapest motorcycle helmets around. This is not a good helmet for a new rider but if you are going to get one, then make sure it has a strong chin strap.
5. Off-Road Helmets
The off-road or motocross helmet is easily recognizable because of an elongated chin and the sun visors. They are more for high-intensity biking. Its design allows for ventilation but it is not advisable when highway driving.
You need to pick a helmet that complies with the law but more importantly, one that will keep you safe. Some of these helmets can be quite expensive, but a good, strong helmet can save your life and you can’t put a price on that.