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|The Guide to buying the Perfect Helmet
The purchase of your motorcycle helmet will be more daunting a task then picking out your custom ride. Why, you ask? The sheer amount of options. From some companies like HJC, Z1R, Bell, Shoei and Arai, you will be presented with a plethora shapes, styles and features to decide on.
If you take away one thing from this buying guide, remember this, “you get what you pay for”. If you decided your budget for a helmet is $50, then be prepared to experience low to moderate discomfort.
Example: small ventilation holes, minimal aerodynamic shaping around the helmet shell, economy cheek padding, etc. Cheaper helmets are usually heavier which may cause neck strain when you ride into a head wind.
Good helmets have great ventilation. They feel lighter on your head, have better shock absorbency, and your field of vision is clearer and wider. Good helmets also have better gasket seals, which means less wind roaring through your ears on the highway. Only you can be the judge on how much your head is worth. Out of all the riding apparel you will acquire, the motorcycle helmet should be considered your most important purchase. It’s ok to spend a few more dollars on a solid helmet; your head is worth it. The price of your helmet will pale in comparison to hospital bills. The good news is most good helmets will last you around five years. It’s good practice to replace them before the ten year mark.
In your search for picking out the right helmet, we recommend a two–pronged approach.
One: Try on helmets at a local cycle shop. The helmet should be snug, but not over constrictive. When you move your head from side to side, the helmet should move in synch with you. Purchasing a helmet online without trying it on first is risky and can easily avoided. The shape of your head is unique and may take a test fitting of a dozen or so helmets before you find the right one
Two: Read reviews. We are riders too at Cruiser Customizing, and we happily share our thoughts on numerous products, including helmets. Click on Member Reviews on the product page to see what our staff rider community thinks of that helmet.
|So now that you know what to look for in a helmet, how do you narrow down your options?|
Based on what type of ride you have (dirt, sportsbike, cruiser, touring) manufacturers offer helmets tailored for your riding application.
Touring helmets focus on balance, ergonomics and low sound level, since the rides will generally be long distance, and comfort is a premium. Racing helmets are lightweight, comfortable, durable and highly ventilated. The cruiser category may have the widest selection of the helmet types. Half helmets, three-quarter, full and modular all fit and work splendidly in the cruiser market. Riding with a full size windshield? Check out a half or three quarter helmet. No windshield? No problem. A full face or modular is what you want. Modular helmets, in fact, offer the most versatility since the helmet allows you to raise the face shield and chin bar. So whichever your riding style happens to be, there is a helmet made for you.