Best Motorcycle Helmets Buying Guide
Looking for the best motorcycle helmets? The human head is the most susceptible part of the human body to sustain a fatal injury. If you want to ride a motorbike we recommend you wear a good quality motorbike helmet. There are varying arguments surrounding the effectiveness of crash helmets in preventing fatal injury during a motorbike crash, however all we need to know is that our heads can withstand a greater impact with a helmet on than without, so we always wear quality crash helmets.
If you have made the decision to use best motorcycle helmets in your riding adventures, you have chosen the right path, the path that is most likely to lead to many years of successful, safe and exhilarating riding. Now it is important that you choose the right motorbike helmet for your riding needs.
How to Choose a Best Motorcycle Helmet + 5 Helmet Reviews
You need to consider what main purpose your motorcycle helmet will be fulfilling, naturally head protection, but what type or style of riding will you mostly be doing?
There are two main purposes (categories) we consider – on-road and off-road. On-road broadly includes racing, touring, recreational riding and commuting. Off-road also includes racing, recreational off-road riding and adventure touring. There are styles which cross between the two, you may be planning an adventure tour which will include on-road and off-road riding like Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman did on their ‘Long Way Round’ and ‘Long Way Down’ long distance adventure tours. Luckily there are plenty of best motorcycle helmets options available. Selecting which helmet is right for you become easier after you have narrowed down your riding purpose. And don’t forget size of helmets that match with you.
The color also can have a major impact on how visible you are to other road users. The most visible color is white, as such we recommend you buy a white helmet or an alternative bright colored helmet. The least visible color is probably black, and despite its natural appeal to many riders the black helmet should be avoided by the safety conscious motorbike helmet user.
The best motorcycle helmets you choose should fit snugly on your head, not too tight so that it is difficult to get on/off or uncomfortable, but tight enough so that when you shake your head the helmet moves with your head as one and does not wobble around. The helmet should feel ‘snug’ on your head without tightening the safety strap; the strap should be seen as an additional measure to prevent the helmet from flying off your head in an accident.
Best motorcycle helmets are designed to absorb energy during impact, this absorption of energy protects you by preventing energy from being transferred to your head. However in absorbing the energy the inside of the helmet will likely be permanently damaged. You should always be very careful with your helmet, never drop it as this impact can damage the interior of the helmet while the exterior appears undamaged. It is for this reason that you should not purchase second hand as you cannot determine whether the safety protection that the motorbike helmet was designed with is still offered.
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