The humble motorcycle helmet, when designed and constructed properly, is probably the most important piece of safety equipment a rider can use to protect him or herself from the elements or an unfortunate accident. It literally is the thin line between life and death, or something worse. However, when deciding on the helmet you will buy, you need to be sure that you are getting what you pay for and that you buy a helmet which fits your head properly – a bad fitting helmet can be a hazard. How do you go about this?
First, you do some research; the resources online and even in your local motorcycling community are virtually unlimited. Ask your riding buddies, ask around at your local dealer – anywhere where you know someone who wears helmets there will be someone with an opinion and some, usually, helpful advice. Head shapes vary a great deal from person to person, and this is often the reason it can take time to find one which takes this into account and actually cradles your skull. It pays to do your research first. Pull up a fitting guide, read several reviews, look around at styles, shapes and colors, process any advice you are given and you will have a solid start.
Next, you try on some models and see what fits well and is comfortable wearing on your head for some time. You will likely need to visit more than one dealer if you are looking at several brands – unless you are lucky enough to have a large dealer showroom nearby with a very wide selection – so take the time to speak with a salesperson while you are there. You never know, you may find a deal on a helmet you like which fits.
Given all the investment of time it seems you may need, you should do your best to enjoy the search, for it can be rewarding. However, be aware that for some riders finding a helmet can be a chore – be prepared.
There are many motorcycle helmet manufacturers who make fantastic helmets now, due to incredible advances in materials and testing technology, so you will find a large selection of helmets from which to choose. Once you do find what you want, and the unit fits right, it has the features you are looking for and it meets your budget, you then make the purchase. Now you are riding safe!
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