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How to Choose a Motorcycle Helmet

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The most fragile yet complex organ in the whole of the human body is the brain, which means that motorcycle riders need to make sure they invest in the most appropriate, well-fitting and safest helmet they can find. But what should motorcycle riders look for when searching for a helmet?

The safer the better

The great majority of safety experts recommend that riders go for helmets that cover the entire face, as greater coverage is only ever a good thing in crashes. Many riders like to “feel” the road that they are riding on and think that too much protection spoils that sensation, but more protection is vital to safety. If you are considering purchasing a specific helmet, then the very first thing that needs to be done is to check to make sure that the helmet passes the safety standards of either the United Kingdom or the European Union. The Department of Transport operates the SHARP website, which is the simplest way for people to check. It shows the standards met by a helmet and independent crash test results, with every lid receiving a star rating between one to five stars, with five stars being the safest helmets.

The fit

The next major consideration when purchasing a motorcycle helmet is the fit. A helmet could be the safest on the market, but if it fails to fit properly, to the extent that it will likely fall off in the event that you have a crash, then it is not exactly going to be of help – and according to EU research, this does in fact happen in an alarming 12 percent of all motorcycle accidents.

An improper fit means that the helmet will buffet and constantly move around, while also creating neck tensions and issues with fatigue. A helmet should fit very snugly on the head, and only the skin should move rather than the padding as the latter would most likely indicate that the helmet is overly large. It is crucial to find a helmet that really fits your head, as there are many different shapes of head! When trying on a new helmet in a shop, keep it on for several minutes, as this can make obvious uncomfortable pressure points which may not be immediately noticeable.

Design and colour

Design and colour are other factors that riders will want to consider. While a black bike, helmet, and leathers to match may seem the ultimate in cool, they also reduce visibility and put you at greater risk of having an accident. Make your design and colour choices based on contrast, which increases the likelihood of being seen by other motorists.


Ventilation is also important. Good airflow is needed to stay cool during summer, but when it is raining and cold you should also be able to close it off. This is where reading reviews of helmets can help, as it is difficult to personally test the efficacy of vents in a shop environment.

Purchasing the right helmet is crucial for riding a motorcycle safely, and should be undertaken with great care and consideration.