If you live in a large city, chances are you have encountered more than your fair share of traffic. Those long frustrating hours inching your vehicle slowly till you finally reach your destination, late. And there are a few alternatives. Public transportation could help, but what if your house is a long walk from the next bus stop, train station. Walking only proves effective for short distances. And so the motorcycle emerges as one of the top choices. The two-wheeled machines zipping through and past cars while the people stuck in traffic look and wish they were you. In addition, motorcycles make anybody riding them automatically look cooler.
Yet as cool as they present visually, they can also prove to be quite dangerous, if not used in the proper manner. If the helmet to helmet rules is anything to go by, you understand how dangerous using the wrong helmet can prove to a person’s head. In addition to dressing your body appropriately, your head must be protected even more. You don’t want a wrong turn or skirmish becoming the day you require brain surgery. The world of helmets is a fascinating and varied one with types ranging from full face to open face. It can be disorienting finding one that is a perfect mix of safety and aesthetics. And so for the motorcycle enthusiast/connoisseur/ or casual rider, here are some of the best ways to pick a motorcycle helmet design:
- What is the purpose of the helmet?
Depending on whether you are a frequent or occasional rider will determine the quality of the helmet you want to purchase. You may want to consider factors such as wind noise is going on an hour’s long ride, or simply a short one.
- Safety First:
The United States of America’s Transportation Department has fortunately set a standard of helmet protection for riders. So has the United Nation’s Economic Commission For Europe. So when you go helmet shopping, don’t forget to make sure that whatever you buy at least meets the minimum standard requirements.
Now that you’ve selected a brand, its time to find your fit. The process is quite simple. Use a measuring tape and wrap it around your head, starting above your eyebrows and ears, and reaching back to the biggest part of your head. When you get to the shop, look at the size chart to figure out what size fits your measurement best. A perfect fit should take some time to adjust to and will not slide down your head so easily the first time. If it enters too easily, and there is space in the helmet for your fingers, request another one.
- Do you ride alone or with people?
If you are prone to riding with groups of people, you may want to be able to talk to the other members. In this case, it is recommended to find a helmet that provides for this. Luckily, many of the brands take care of this need.
After considering all the safety and size requirements, feel free to pick the best looking helmet of all time.
And off your ride, into the sunset, badass but protected.