A quality motorcycle helmet is one of the most important pieces of safety gear a rider can invest in. Not only is it required by law in most countries, but it can also mean the difference between life and death in the event of an accident. With so many different makes, models, and styles of motorbike helmets on the market, you might not know exactly what you’re looking for. So, we’ve put together a few tips to help you chose the right one.
Find Out Your Head Size and Shape
It sounds obvious, but determining your head shape and size is an important factor when choosing the right motorcycle helmet and might immediately rule out some options.
To measure your head circumference, wrap a flexible measuring tape around the widest part of your head, just above your eyebrows and ears. Make sure the tape measure is level and snug but not too tight. Record the measurement in centimetres or inches.
Next, compare your head circumference measurement with the manufacturer's size chart. Different manufacturers may have slightly different sizing guidelines, so it's important to refer to check the details. If your measurement falls between two sizes, it's generally recommended to opt for the larger size to ensure a comfortable fit. If you have the opportunity, it’s definitely worth popping into a showroom like Bridge Motorcycles to physically try on helmets. You’ll soon know if a helmet is too small or large for you once you try it on! You can also get a feel for different styles and which you prefer and feel safest wearing. Some people look for a half face helmet but then feel too exposed when riding while actually wearing one, whereas others start out looking for a full faced version but find it too uncomfortable.
Look for Motorcycle Helmet Safety Certifications
When buying a motorbike helmet, it is important to look for safety certifications to ensure they meet the necessary safety standards. The most common certification for motorcycle helmets in the UK is the ECE 22.05 standard, which is a European-wide certification that ensures the helmet meets minimum safety requirements for impact resistance, penetration resistance, retention system strength, and field of vision. The next ECE 22-06 European helmet safety standard will be the new standard from next year. A good number of the motorcycle helmets stocked at Bridge Motorcycles are already compliant with the e standard for additional safety.
Another important certification to look for is the SHARP rating, which is a UK-specific rating system, that evaluates motorcycle helmets based on a series of impact tests. The SHARP rating ranges from one to five stars, with a higher rating indicating better overall protection. The team at Bridge Motorcycles are trained by leading manufacturers and are fully qualified to fit motorbike helmets. This is where coming into a store has an advantage over buying online. Our staff can help you find the best helmet for function, safety and style.
Types of Motorcycle Helmets
When selecting a motorcycle helmet, there are some primary types to consider: full-face, open-face, modular, and half helmets.
- Full-face motorbike helmets offer the most protection but can be hot in warm weather, while open-face helmets are cooler but offer less protection.
- Modular motorbike helmets are a combination of full-face and open-face helmets, and half helmets provide the least overall protection but are lightweight and stylish.
Before you decide to buy a motorcycle helmet, you might want to try on a few different types to see which feels most comfortable and suitable. Narrowing down the type of helmet you’re looking for will make it much easier to zero in on the right one.
Motorcycle Helmet Features
Some motorcycle helmets have unique features that may make them more appealing to you, depending on your preferences.
- Ventilation: A well-ventilated motorcycle helmet can make a big difference in terms of comfort, especially on hot days. Look for motorbike helmets with multiple vents that can be opened and closed, allowing you to regulate airflow as needed. This is going to be especially important if you’re planning a lot of summer riding or are likely to frequently be in slower moving traffic which is less likely to allow free air flow.
- Visor type: There are several types of helmet visors available, including clear, tinted, and polarised options. Clear visors are best for night riding, while tinted or polarised visors can help reduce glare during the day. Some helmets also offer a photochromatic visor that can adjust to changing light conditions. If you find a motorcycle helmet that you like but it doesn’t come with the visor you want, don’t worry. Visors often clip to the helmet so can be changed as and when needed.
- Bluetooth communication systems: Some motorcycle helmets come with built-in Bluetooth communication systems that allow you to listen to music or take calls while riding. Some even have intercom systems that let you communicate with other riders who also have Bluetooth helmets.
Determine Your Motorcycle Helmet Budget, But Don’t Compromise Safety
When choosing a motorcycle helmet, it is important to set a budget before making a purchase. However, it’s important to remember that a motorcycle helmet is an investment in your safety. Don't sacrifice quality for a lower price. It is important to choose a helmet that meets safety standards and provides adequate protection in case of an accident. By setting a budget and doing your research, you can find a helmet that meets your needs and fits within your price range. By taking the time to carefully select a motorcycle helmet that fits well and provides the necessary protection, you can enjoy a safe and comfortable ride, no matter where your motorcycle takes you. Remember, investing in a quality motorcycle helmet is an investment in your life!
If you want to enquire about any of our motorcycle helmets that are on sale, get in touch or come and visit our showroom and speak to one of our experts.