At Best Motorcycle Helmet Guide, we know there is no more important piece of riding gear protection a rider will purchase than a motorcycle helmet. Whether you are a new rider or have been riding for many years, choosing the right helmet means the difference between a secure, comfortable and protected head compared to one that is exposed and vulnerable to unforeseen events…such as a high-impact road accident, bad weather, a swarm of insects or a falling branch.
Making The Choice – The Right Helmet
Choosing the right lid is arguably the most important decision you will make and gear you will ever own. Doing what you can to stay alive while riding at seventy miles (or more) is the most important part of enjoying this lifestyle. There are countless options on the market and the process of choosing one can be confusing.
We suggest you work backwards and ASK yourself what you will be doing on your bike before you make that all important choice.
- Where will you be riding? – for the majority of the time – asphalt, blacktop, pavement or off road, dirt bike riding. Or will you be mixing it up regularly?
- Is Safety your number 1 priority? – do you want a no frills quality piece of protection with a few key aesthetics or do you prefer some wind in your face and dislike too much constraint.
- How important is functionality and fit? – you want a smart helmet when it comes to functionality and it has to feel almost custom built for your head.
- Does the look mean everything? – how you look up on the pegs is the only thing that really matters.
- Do You want to be wired in? – do you you want your music streaming, ability to make and take cell calls and the odd chat with your buddies cruising along beside you on the road.
- Is your budget dictating your choice? – if your budget is determining what you can and can’t buy, you’re in good luck due to the huge range of price points in helmets.
Once you have got an idea of the above, you will be a lot more confident selecting the one that is the right one for you. We have divided the helmets into the main categories with a comprehensive review of the best and most popular helmet brands. Our reviews include the latest from –
- Speed and Strength
How Much Should I Spend On A Helmet?
The price of helmets varies depending on the design, the material the shell is constructed from and the features included within the interior. Also, the overall quality of the helmet and whether it is a new or older design will impact cost. Helmet price can range anywhere from $50 – $1,000 and that may not be including options….so be sure to factor these in (eg. Bluetooth system, Visor, ) when considering the cost.
If you’re looking for a professional fit, you will spend more because of the added quality and extra options. Like with most consumer products, reputable brand names will cost more. In the motorcycle helmet market, top end brands are Schuberth, Shoei, Arai – which are seen as an investment. Other lesser known brands can offer extremely good quality and should not be dismissed as ‘not as good’ as other brand names.
Do your research, know what you want before your stunned with specs for this and that helmet. And the best place to start is checking out helmet reviews.
Take your time, go to a few motorcycle helmet stores and try on a variety of helmets. Ask about:
- HELMET MATERIAL – what is it made from and how long does it last? (helmets’ durability)
- WINNERS – what helmet is their highest seller and who buys them? i.e.off road riders or on-road riders? Or both?
- LOSERS – what helmets are returned the most and why?
- EXPERT SELECTION – most of the sales team in motorcycle stores are riding enthusiasts so ask them, what helmets do they wear? If they could buy any helmet, what would they choose? And importantly, which helmets would they never buy and why?
- OPTIONS – what else is included with the helmet? Some include an extra shield or visor, a cover bag – to stow helmet to avoid scratches.
- PARTS – what MODEL/YEAR is the helmet, and are replacement parts easy to buy?
Refunds and Warranties
It is not uncommon for a helmet to fit perfectly in the store, but on the road it’s a different story with wind and drag pressure.
This can be also a challenge with communications and Bluetooth /Itercom systems – again, they might work fine in the store, but on the road you may not have the coverage or range you want.
Ask the questions so that you know whether or not you can bring it back once you leave the store or press the ‘buy it now’ online button.
Note some warranties are from the purchase date where as others may be from the manufacturing date – so be sure to ask what the warranty period is. Best to ask what is relevant for the lid you’re contemplating buying.
What Is Best In Helmet Visibility – Visors, Shields Or Goggles?
A wide view and the ability to see the road safely is what will prevent an collision with a automobile,
tree or dangerous object in your pathway. If you choose to wear a Half Helmet or Open Faced product, goggles or riding sunglasses are recommended for eye protection. Whichever eye shield you prefer, it’s best that it contours to the sun’s light so that you can ride without the obstruction of UV rays.
A lot of the dual sport riders will choose to flip up their visors and wear their goggles in an open face helmet style before they transition from the street to the dirt riding. Similarly, if you are riding in the dark, there are night-vision-like goggles that make it easier to see other vehicles on the road regardless of the hour. Although goggles are flexible with various colors and prescription lenses to choose from, it will not protect portions of your face that would benefit from being covered up in an accident.
If you have difficulty breathing when there is increased pressure from speed and wind, you may want to consider using a Full-Face Shield instead of goggles or sunglasses. The key here is that you have a lot of choice when it comes to eye protection, and it is worth some consideration as to what is best suited to your needs.
Remember that the visibility you have with protective eye and face wear should contribute to you feeling comfortable and remaining aware of your surroundings. If the gear is obstructive, avoid it all costs. This might keep you from seeing other cars with your peripherals. While driving at night it’s best to avoid tinted glasses or dark visors. When you can, interchange your eye protection to the light and weather conditions. This will increase your comfort and protection.
Before you invest your hard earned money into a quality motorcycle helmet, make sure that it meets the basic safety standards. This includes the Department of Transportation tests, also known as DOT standards. Also, you may have seen a sticker on helmets “Snell Certified“.
Don’t Be A Push Over
With such a large number of quality helmets on the market today, there is no reason for you to settle with one that you are not totally sold on.
The AR-1 Skully Helmet is like no other in its class. It is at the forefront of the best technology integrated into a motorcycle helmet. From a Google Glass type visor image to a 180 degree rear view camera, today there is no […read more]