What to Look for When Shopping for a Motorcycle Helmet
If you have ever looked at a display of motorcycle helmets in a shop, you know how overwhelming the diversity of choice can be. Let us break it down for you to make it easier to narrow down your myriad of options. There are four primary categories of motorcycle helmets.
The shell style, also called a 1/2 helmet, is a classic motorcycle helmet and has retained its popularity over the years. These helmets are lightweight and comfortable, but they don't provide the same level of protection as other helmet varieties that offer more head and face coverage. These helmets are most commonly worn by cruiser riders, particularly those with Harley-Davidsons. If you choose this style of helmet, be sure to protect your face and eyes with a bandana and goggles or sunglasses.
A full-face helmet delivers the most comprehensive protection, covering your head, face and chin. This type of helmet will keep you safest in the event of an accident. The helmet should fit snugly but should not be so tight that it gives you a headache. You should also look for one that is well-ventilated to allow airflow to your face. A washable interior is also a plus, allowing you to clean out all that sweat from time to time.
An open-face helmet, also known as a 3/4 helmet, offers similar protection to a full-face helmet. However, this style of helmet does not have a chin bar, so you'll be missing out on protection in that area. Depending on the specific helmet you choose, you may or may not have a face shield. It is important to note that this shield is not designed to protect your face in an accident. It is there solely to block the wind.
A modular helmet is a bit of a cross between a full-face helmet and an open-face helmet. With a modular helmet, the chin bar is set on hinges, allowing you to lift it up to get some fresh air to your face. You also have the option of removing the chin bar, turning the helmet into an open-face version. This is a great option for those who experience vast changes in weather conditions throughout the year or who ride different styles of bikes.
Find Your New Motorcycle Helmet at Renegade
Here at Renegade Classics, we'll be more than happy to help you find the perfect motorcycle helmet to meet your needs. Our sales associates are experts in this area and can advise you on proper fit, DOT and Snell ratings, extra features and more. Don't be shy about asking if you have any questions about our motorcycle helmets and other products for bikers. Stop by and see us today to stock up on everything you need for your next ride.