So you finally decided to get that sportbike or cruiser that you have always wanted to own but you forgot that you are going to need at least a helmet to enjoy riding it around. You have come to the right place to know what to look for in buying your first brain bucket protector. There are 3 main things you need to know when purchasing a helmet: Getting the right fit, choosing a helmet configuration and considering safety ratings.
Getting the Right Size
This is just a important as getting the right size pants and shoes. Your helmet is good for nothing if it looks good but wobbles a lot on your head. Even a cheap helmet that fits is better than one that doesn’t. If you go to a motorcycle shop to purchase a helmet they might end up asking you what type of head you have. Look below for a good diagram to determine your type of head.
Having the right size helmet will help you be more comfortable when it comes to longer rides and you’ll be more satisfied with the helmet purchased.
Getting the Right Configuration
There are many types of helmets to purchase and many of them are for different types of riding styles. For example, if you have a motorcycle that you plan to take off road and get muddy and dirty then a helmet with goggles would be more your style and fitting while a cruiser motorcycle would have sometimes an open faced helmet with good insulation to keep out wind noise. It all depends on the type of riding that you will be doing. Talk to a motorcycle shop and explain the types of riding you’ll be doing. We always recommend a full face helmet over an open face as they are safer when it comes to highway riding and bugs are not going to be hitting you.
Just because every helmet looks similar to other helmets does not mean that it has a good safety rating. Helmets with a DOT approved sticker on the helmet does not mean that it is a good or great helmet, it just means that it has passed the standard for motorcycle helmets in the United States. SNELL and SHARP are also safety rated stickers for helmets but they don’t just pass the standards for helmets, they are put to the test and exceed them. They are on a pass/ fail tests to make sure the helmets are safe and adequate for the type of riding anyone will do.
The Reinecke Law Firm endorses all motorcyclists to wear a helmet with standard DOT protection. We have seen a fair share of motorcycle accidents and it’s sad to say not everyone wears one and many problems could be avoided had they have been wearing a helmet. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident that you think is not your fault please contact us today at 1(800)275-8326.