If there is one item of motorcycle riding gear that you should always take seriously it’s motorcycle helmets and that goes for expensive and motorcycle helmets. All the studies from around the world have shown that street bikers that do wear helmets have far less serious injuries and fatalities than those who don’t, seems obvious doesn’t it; but you would be surprised by how many people actually ignore this warning and pay the price. If you’re like many people that like their head where it should be; attached to your body then pay attention and you just might learn something. The word cheap is somewhat overrated and people should realize that in today’s modern marketplace buying affordable motorcycle helmets doesn’t necessarily mean that’s it’s terrible quality, that is if you do your research properly.
Your first concern should be to check that whichever motorcycle helmet you want has the D.O.T (U.S. Department of Transportation) certification sticker or logo on the helmet. They have set standards by which every helmet manufacturer has to adhere to and meet. If you look carefully you would find many brands that have an affordable range of motorcycle helmets that are certified and don’t lack in graphics, so you’re still in luck to find that ideal helmet with graphics and design that you like. Alternatively you should also be on the lookout for motorcycle helmets that are certified by The Snell Foundation. If you’re concerned about quality the difference between a D.O.T helmet and a Snell certified helmet is in comparison relatively minimal.
Their independent testing is totally comprehensive and competent and when the time comes they’re sure to perform to recommended standards. In the end be rest assured that they will meet up to expensive helmets’ standards. Keep in mind that different countries have different standards so be sure to get a helmet that meets your countries motorcycling standards especially if you’re living in the UK as their standards are high.
Your basic different types of Helmets include:
- Full Face Helmets
- Off-Road/Motocross Helmets
- Modular or “Flip-up” Helmets
- Open face or ¾ Helmets
- Half or Skid Lid Helmets
A motorcycle helmet’s main function is to provide maximum head protection to the user by absorbing as much of the impact energy when you have a collision. The use of EPS (expanded polystyrene) inside the helmet is the actual substance responsible for absorbing the force of any impact. How much facial area is protected is largely determined by what type of motorcycle helmet you’re using. There is a huge difference in protection between a full face helmet and a skid lid helmet.
It’s important to point out here that you should be weary of paying top dollar for street helmets that have fancy graphic designs especially when they’re not of high quality. These obviously play an important part in the overall choice for all motorcyclists but sometimes dealers get a bit eager to charge high prices for their motorcycle gear.