It’s riding season again for me. I’ve dusted and detailed my old 2005 motorcycle and bought new tires. Riding has been therapeutic. I scanned the shops for a new helmet and was surprised as the diversity and selection. There are even more online. And some of them look awesome but I wonder about the safety and practicality of them.
Look at the variety of choices you have:
I personally would like to have a helmet that looked like I was a member of the Predator alien planet. It looks fierce. It looks ready for battle. I might even try to create a device that I could fit a powerful flashlight or camera on my shoulder like the movie monster. My YouTube searched uncovered this company that does something from HJC helmets. http://rezzercustom
But here’s the deal on regular helmets. You are supposed to wear one to save your life in the advent you fall or have an accident riding. The cool factor is a sidebar.
These are supposedly been tested for: :
It is the vision issue that I see with most of the “cool” helmets. And on the safety ratings you have to trust one of the four popular markings.
You should find some ratings on the helmet. Here’s what they mean.
The outer shell. -The outer-most layer of the helmet, this is usually made of fiber-reinforced composites, which will allow the material to contract during a hard impact. That will help lessen the blow of the force before it reaches your head.
Helmets typically range in weight from 1400 to 1800 grams. The key to weight is a properly fitting helmet so the weight is distributed evenly around your head and shoulders. Modular helmets often weigh more than a Full Face because of the apparatus installed to flip up the visor.
Try the helmet on before using it. The helmet should sit squarely on your head with the top of the helmet’s eye port just above your eyebrows. A properly fitted motorcycle helmet will not go on easy at first but loosen slightly as it is broken in.
If the helmet moves or your fingers fit easily between your head and the helmet you’ll likely need a smaller size. The helmet should fit snug around your head and face with no pressure points. If desired, the check pads can then be adjusted for better fitting.
To further ensure your helmet is the best fit possible, look for these things after trying it on:
I understand the cool factor or riding with a particular helmet. I don’t get the no helmet or shorty, half helmet folks nor the ones that wear the plastic Nazi looking models. We only have one head. I know it gets hot but dang!
What’s your take on the helmet?
Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the founder of Blanchard.Media and the GunPodcastNetwork.com Tags: dual sport, Full face, half helmet, modular, motorcycle radio, open face, predator, Rezzer custom, safety, sport bike, summer, YouTube