Motorcycle Helmets – How to Determine Proper Fit


When you are purchasing a motorcycle helmet, you need to get the right fit for your comfort and safety. Making sure that your helmet fits right starts with making sure it stays in place in case you come off the bike. The best way to do this is put it on and fasten the strap. Lean your head forward and place your hands on the back edge of the helmet and pull forward on it. If it stays in place, you have a good start for a proper fit.

If you move your head back and forth or up and down, it stay in place. If it shakes out of place, then the fit is too loose. If you are trying on a helmet that covers your entire head, it should fit close to your head but not too tight. This means that it should be touching your cheeks and top of your head with a close fit. If it doesn’t touch the cheeks, it is not a good fit. You don’t want it too tight, thought. You should have room to put glasses or sunglasses on comfortably after putting the helmet on.

Another indication of fit is the resistance it gives you when you pull it on. Helmets include a foam inside that helps the shell to fit to your face and to reduce the noise level you are exposed to. When you try on a helmet, there should be some resistance when you put it on. If the helmet pulls over your head without hardly any effort, it may be too loose. A helmet that is too loose will also allow in more noise, making your ride less comfortable.

The last thing you need to consider is what type of helmet you are going to be comfortable wearing. Many riders prefer preferred a helmet that only covers the top portion of their head. Others like to wear a helmet that covers the entire head and comes with a face shield that deflects debris. The latter provides better protection in the event of a wreck. The most important things to keep in mind are that you a have a good, solid fit that is not too loose and that the helmet stays on securely. It is also important to know that sizes may be slightly larger or smaller with each manufacturer, so you always need to try on any helmet before you purchase it.

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