Helmets come in all shape and sizes and you can find all varieties of helmets in the market today. In most of the cases, people always tend to go for low-cost helmets to save a few bucks and don’t realize that a helmet is the most crucial safety gear that must be researched on thoroughly before buying.
Now that our motorcycle market has matured significantly compared to the past, we have comparatively more riding gears and accessories available at ease. On the other hand, one can always surf the internet and order the best from the foreign markets in case the hefty customs duties is not an issue.
People always investigate when buying a new two-wheeler and this is exactly what is needed to be done in the case of helmet buying as well. Whenever a new two-wheeler is purchased make sure to keep a part of the amount saved for investing in good riding gears as well.
Before going for a new helmet make sure to keep the below things in mind:
· How much the helmet will be used?
· Which kind of bike do you have?
· Safety ratings on the helmets?s
· Head shape and helmet size?
How much will the helmet be used?
First of all, you’ll have to think about what kind of rider are you and your riding frequencies. If you are a daily commuter and you commute to the office on a bike daily, then you need a middle budget, fairly comfortable lid.
If you ride with a group and you are a long distance rider, then you can always go a feature packed helmets that allow easy communications between riders and are packed with a bunch of more features that makes long distance riding easy.
If you own a superbike and reaching triple digit speeds is your daily routine, then the only option for you is to go for high-end sports bike oriented helmets that have the best safety ratings of all.
What kind of bike do you have?
There are different kinds of motorcycles present and each one of them requires a specific kind of helmet to go along with. This is the reason you will never see a cruiser rider wearing a motocross helmet or a sportbike rider wearing an adventure touring helmet. If you ride a naked street bike, for example, a KTM Duke or a Yamaha MT 01, the best helmet that suits these categories of bikes are full-face sportbike helmets. These are universal helmets as they go along with most of the category of motorcycles be it a high-end sports bike or even a cruiser bike.
If you are cruiser bike rider, half face helmets suit this riding style the most. Though we will always recommend you go for full face helmets as they are the safest. But still, you can go for dual purpose half face cum full face helmets as they can be adjusted as per the riding conditions. An open face helmet also adds to the big nostalgic factor and suits well on old school retro motorcycles too. On the other hand, if you ride a dirt bike, motocross helmets suits these bikes the best.
Safety Ratings on the helmets?
Higher you are willing to spend on a helmet and better the quality gets and there is no end to it. You can easily spend as much as Rs 60,000 on a modern day helmet and you will still be drooling over for more. There are a few international safety standards that should always be checked whenever going for a new helmet.
· DOT - The United States Department of Transportation sets a minimum standard level of protection for helmets.
· ECE- The U.N. Economic Commission for Europe sets a standard level of protection for helmets in Europe.
· Snell- A non-profit in the United States founded after the death of Pete Snell, a sports car racer who died from head injuries.
Head shape and helmet size?
One of the most important things to remember is to check if the helmet fits rightly according to your head and face size. Helmets are available in a number of shapes and size varying from S, M, L, XL to XXL. When buying a helmet, it is always recommended to buy it after being physically present in the dealership as you can try out different sizes and see which one fits you accurately.
For measuring your head size you can wrap an inch tape around your head, about half an inch above your eyebrows covering the largest circumference. An assistance is always helpful for better measurement. After comparing your head size to the manufacturers’ sizes, you will get an idea which different sizes will fit onto your head. Make sure there are no pressure points anywhere or else the helmet might be a little tight for the head. Also, the helmet shouldn’t be loose and should snug around your head and face in a tight manner. You cheeks should be visibly pressed against the inner jaw padding of the helmet.