Before you buy a new helmet, safety is the most important. Comfort is second.
A perfect helmet would be so comfy that riders would not even notice it was there. Unfortunately, it’s not as common as unicorns.
Let’s now see what factors make a motorbike helmet comfortable.
- The soft padding inside is gentle against the skin.
- The perfect liners shape to match your head shape.
- Smooth padding on the neck of the chin strap.
- Visibility through the visor is excellent. Your peripheral vision is not affected.
- You will need to install adequate air vents in your head to remove hot air.
- Low ambient/wind noise
- While many helmets may feel comfortable initially, pressure points can develop over time.
- Pressure points can cause headaches and pain. You must ensure that there are no pressure points.
- Make sure your chin doesn’t touch the helmet’s chin bar
- You should have enough room to open and close your mouth.
- You should usually ride for about an hour with any helmet before you can determine its comfort level.
- Pressure points do not develop
- The helmet is not too loud/hot
- There is no way to borrow a helmet and test it out for an hour. The company will provide a helmet measuring guide and sizing charts.
Some more checkpoints:
These are the steps that will ensure your helmet fits properly if all of the above are met.
- If you are wearing full-face helmets, make sure to press down on the helmet’s chin. If it does it is a sign that the helmet is too large.
- You can move the helmet side to side, up and down using your hands. Your skin should move with the helmet if it fits correctly.
- Remember that helmets tend to loosen as they are used more. You should wear your helmet as snugly as possible when you get it new.
- Try rolling the helmet upon your head. It should be impossible to remove the helmet. The helmet should not be removed if you are able to.
- Remove the helmet. Is your head sore? Do you feel any redness? After a long ride, pressure points can make it uncomfortable and cause headaches. You can either choose the next largest size or a different helmet brand.
- You should also ensure you feel comfortable with the visibility provided by a full-face helmet. Full-face helmets have less visibility than open-face helmets due to their nature. A good helmet should give you a wide view of the road ahead.
How can I choose the best helmet for my motorcycle?
You should also consider the type of riding that you do. Are you a street rider, a track rider, or a motorcyclist who rides in the city? The way you ride and the places you go most often will determine which helmet is best for you. Motorbike helmets have a specific purpose. They work best when used for that purpose.
Full-face helmets – Designed for enthusiasts who need protection. This helmet is preferred by safety-conscious riders. It protects the head, jaw, and face. These helmets are typically the most secure. Full-face helmets provide a quiet ride, cut down on wind noise, and seal to stop rainwater from leaking in. They are also more aerodynamic. They also weigh more than other types.
Half-face helmet – To ride a scooter within the city limits at low speeds. These helmets protect your head, but not your jaw. These helmets offer better visibility than full-face helmets, but there will be more wind noise and rainwater seepage.
Flip-up/ Modular helmets – For Tourers who enjoy long, strenuous rides. Modular helmets combine open-face and full-face helmets. The helmets have a movable, chin bar, which slides over the top of your helmet at the touch of a button. These helmets offer the perfect balance between full-face and open-face helmets, but they are heavier because of the latches.
Motocross helmets – These helmets are for riders who want to venture out of the beaten path. These helmets don’t usually have a visor. For eye protection, off-roaders prefer separate goggles. These goggles are not aerodynamic so they should be avoided when riding on roads.