How to Choose a Motorcycle Helmet?
A helmet is the most important part of motorcyclist’s gear, not to mention legally required. According to research, in case of an accident a helmet can prevent 88% of head injuries and there is a 50% chance of avoiding fatal consequences. All countries of the European Union have enacted a law that requires helmet use while on a motorcycle. On Czech roads, the ECE22-05 homologation is required.
Motorcycle Helmet Categories:
- Scooter helmets – ideal for slower motorcycles, open, flip-up shield, without chin protection
- Quad helmets – light, similar to motocross helmets, chin protection, beak, sometimes visor
- Motocross helmets – light, maximum chin protection, beak with a free space for motocross goggles
- Touring helmets – suitable for fast riding, durable, aerodynamic, with quality padding, head, chin and eye protection
- Full face helmets – a very durable frame, complete head protection, chin and eyes included, comfortable for road and touring motorcycles
- Open helmets – for slower motorcycles, no chin protection, separate flip-up shield and comfortable padding
- Modular helmets – easy to put on, the front part can be flipped up
- Retro helmets – full face, a modular or an open helmet with a legendary shape or graphics
- Helmet accessories – spare shields of various colours, films, beaks, inner and sun visors, padding, spare visors, breath deflectors, intercoms, tec.
Main Criteria to Consider When Picking Out a Motorcycle Helmet
When choosing a motorcycle helmet, you need to consider the type of your motorcycle (touring, enduro, …), size, material, attributes, functions, design and, of course, price.
The most common question is whether to buy a full face helmet or a modular helmet. If you’ve got a scooter or a chopper, you can use an open helmet. On a touring motorbike, however, use a full face helmet. If you have an open helmet without a shield, you are required by law to wear goggles. A modular helmet is more practical for touring or spots motorbikes. The general rule is that full face helmets are safer than open helmets, although both meet the required standards.
Aside from providing vital protection, a helmet can also express your style – An you surely want to look cool on your motorcycle! We offer a wide selection of helmets designed according to current trends.
The price of a motorcycle helmet depends on:
- Weight – the lightest and most expensive helmets are made of carbon
- Materials used – the cheap thermoplastic helmets of the past have been replaced by composite shells and carbon helmets
- Attributes – face protection, ventilation, fastening, integrated visor
- Aerodynamics – stability during higher speeds (over 100 km/h) and noise reduction
- Quality of manufacture – brand helmets are carefully made to the smallest details
- Design – colourful models and race helmet replicas are more expensive that unicolour helmets
With everyday use, the aerodynamics of the helmet is key, as is helmet ventilation and its weight. During a fall, the most important aspects are the frame of the helmet and the used materials.
Modern motorcycle helmets are defined by:
- Lightweight aerodynamic shell made of multifibre composites
- Comfortable padding, detachable and washable face pads
- Integrated sun visor, UV resistant coating
- Scratch resistant visor, ventilation ducts in the upper part of the helmet
- Intercom installation available – free space to fit the device
- Micrometric quick-release fastening, high-level certification
Size: A Motorcycle Helmet Must Fit Well
Your motorcycle helmet must fit perfectly. If it is too big, it will slide and if it is too small, it will press your head. It is important to secure it carefully as well, so that it won’t fall off in case of an impact. If you wear optical glasses, a modular helmet is ideal for you. When picking out a helmet for yourself, factor in your head circumference (at forehead level):
- 49 – 50 cm = XXXS
- 51 – 52 cm = XXS
- 53 – 54 cm = XS
- 55 – 56 cm = S
- 57 – 58 cm = M
- 59- 60 cm = L
- 61 – 62 cm = XL
- 63 – 64 cm = XXL
- 65 – 66 cm = XXXL
How to choose a helmet for children?
When picking out children’s motorcycle helmet (or motocross, enduro), consider its safety attributes, design and price. The essential part is selecting a size, though – make sure the helmet fits as the child grows, only when deciding between 2 sizes you can choose the larger one.
Don’t be afraid to buy helmets for both children and adults online. Every good e-shop will exchange sizes for free (or return your money).
When to Buy a New Motorcycle Helmet?
Every motorcycle helmet is designed to withstand one impact and must be replaced after every accident. Further protection is impossible after an impact. If there are no accidents, it is recommended to replace the helmet in approximately three years.
Finally, one more remark: Do not lend your helmet to other motorcyclists, since its shape is adjusted to your head and therefore not suitable for other people to wear.