Advantage and Disadvantage of Motorcycle Half Helmets
We understand certain motorcycle riders, especially cruiser and chopper riders, feel that a full face helmet doesn’t portray the desired image or provide the desired riding experience. Essentially a full face helmet doesn’t provide the ‘wind in your face’ feeling of freedom that riding is all about. We continually acknowledge that riding a motorcycle is a statement, and we understand that the complete statement, including the helmet is important. Retro Motorcycle half helmets represent freedom, more so than any other helmet option. For those considering a half helmet we have looked into the advantages and disadvantages, and all other important considerations in the helmet decision process, and summarized the information for you below.
Without trying to tell you what kind of helmet you should wear, let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of the motorcycle half helmets.
Advantages motorcycle half helmets
Due to their smaller surface area and simplicity you can expect motorcycle half helmets to be lighter than three quarter and full face helmets. The half helmet does not obstruct your peripheral vision like full face helmets and to a lesser extent three quarter helmets can. Your vision when riding with a half helmet can be the same as if you were riding with no helmet at all, but it’s looking cool helmets.
It is generally easier to communicate with the people around you or hear traffic with motorcycle half helmets. Exceptions occur if you have a decent communication system inside your full face helmet. Unfortunately greater hearing at slow speeds trades off with higher wind noise at faster speeds; wind noise can be unpleasant and even damaging to your ears unless you wear adequate ear protection. With a decent half helmet you can expect the most air flow to your head offered by motorcycle helmets, keeping your head cool in warm temperatures. However this airflow cannot be controlled so you should note the wind chill disadvantage we mention below.
Disadvantages motorcycle half helmets
This disadvantage is significant and should not be treated lightly. Your face, chin, the sides and the back of your head can all be exposed in a half helmet, depending on the particular model. The level of protection offered by a half helmet is significantly lower than that offered by a full face helmet. To this extent you will not find a half helmet which has Snell safety approval. Motorcycle half helmets offer very little protection from the cold. While the airflow may be an advantage in warmer temperatures, when it gets cold a half helmet can be unpleasantly cold and will require you to wear other clothing to keep warm (i.e. Balaclava).
XU 2014, Motorcycle Half Helmet, Gloss Black, White Flame
We have already covered protection issues above which are vitally important if you are involved in an accident. Here we are concerned with general riding comfort; motorcycle half helmets (assuming it does not have a visor/shield) offer no eye protection from wind strain, rain, bugs or general debris. When wearing a half helmet you will need to wear goggles or glasses to overcome this unless the helmet has a visor (shield).
You will find motorcycle half helmets in chrome, carbon fiber, leather, with air brushed graphics or a matte finish. Essentially whatever external finish you want, it’s available. And if it’s not, you can get it custom made – half helmets represent the biggest market in custom helmet making.
Picture Source: www.warehouseoverloads.com