There are many types of helmets you can get, the most common of which is the full face helmet. For the casual rider, you can’t go wrong with it as it the most popular and the safest type of helmet. Don’t make the mistake of buying a Motocross helmet if all you ever do is casually ride around the city. Some of these helmets look very cool, but depending on how you ride they may be completely useless or even detrimental to you. This article provides an overview of each type of helmet so that you can make an informed decision on which one is for you.
Full Face Helmets
The most common helmet on the road, these helmets have a full wrap-around chin bar as well as a flip down shield. This isn’t something limited to only sportbike riders; you will see scooter riders all the way to Harley riders wearing a face full helmet for one main reason: it provides the best protection.
Coming equipped with a flip-up chin bar, modular helmets allow the wearer to quickly flip between a full face to open face and vice versa with the press of a button. This style of helmet is extremely versatile, making it quite popular among many riders. Also, depending on the route, road conditions, and speed, riders can enjoy different positions on the helmet for a better experience.
Open Face/¾ Helmets
These helmets primarily protect the back and crown of the head. Typically comes with a flip down shield much like a full face helmet. Many travelling riders enjoy this helmet design because the wider field of vision provides better sight-seeing opportunities as well as easier communication with other riders. You can ask for directions and pump for gas without removing the helmet.
This mostly guards the top of one’s head, and provides some or possible no coverage to the back. This is the daredevil’s option – this helmet provides some protection so that riders can still feel the refreshing breeze on their face.
Dual Sport Helmets
Combining both on and off road riding, these helmets are great for adventure and dual sport riders who want to have the comfort of a street helmet included on an off road type of helmet. Removable or flip down shields and controllable air vents are the most basic features of this type of helmet.
Motocross/Off Road Helmets
Though full face street helmets are way different than full face motocross helmets, motocross helmets come with a full chin bar as well as an opening to put on goggles in place of a shield. Furthermore, the visors on top help deflect sun, debris, roost, and even rain.
Great, now you’ve figured out which style of helmet best suits your needs. However, you aren’t done yet. You have to make sure that your helmet works well with the way you ride, as well as whether it can fit properly on your head at all.