Why wear a Helmet?

In the United States, it is proven that helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 62%. According to the Highway safety organization, US motorcycle fatalities tallied 4,376 in 2010, of which 42% were not wearing helmets. Currently in the US, only 20 states, plus the District of Columbia, have universal motorcycle helmet laws that require all motorcyclists to wear helmets. Some people believe that wearing a helmet is an intrusion on freedom.  Unfortunately, there can be a cost for that freedom and it isn't free. 

At Motorcycle Gadgets, we wear our helmets for more than the obvious reason of safety. With today's technology, motorcycle helmet devices have evolved, providing riders with better options for helmets such as hands-free communication and entertainment using a number of different interfaces. Nothing beats riding your motorcycle while intermittently being able to talk to you fellow riders, listen to your favorite tunes and receive directions from your Navigation unit in a completely safe way.†

If you live or are ride in a "no helmet law" state, you may choose to take the risk of riding with no helmet. At MG, we believe that wearing a helmet increases the chance of survival in the event of a motorcycle accident and can enhance the riding experience, plus we don't care about messing up our hair.

Choosing the Right Helmet

Whether you are a beginner or experienced rider, choosing the proper motorcycle helmet is one of the most important choices you can make when buying motorcycle gear.  At Motorcycle Gadgets, we wear full face helmets.  However, each type of helmet has its advantages and disadvantages, and the one you prefer will likely depend upon many factors such as safety, comfort, appearance and cost. There are five basic types of helmets intended for motorcycling.  All five are secured by a chin strap, and their protective benefits are greatly reduced, if not eliminated, if the chin strap is not securely fastened so as to maintain a snug fit.

The Full Face helmet covers the entire head and offers the most protection of any other

helmet.

The Open Face helmet provides better visibility than an full face helmet but lacks the protection of a lower chin bar.

The Modular helmet combines the safety of a full face helmet and convenience of an open face while not actively riding. 

The Half helmet is similar to an open face helmet but has no lower back. This helmet provides the minimum coverage generally allowed by law.

The Motocross helmet covers the entire head and has an elongated chin bar which allows for the flow of air during the physical exertion of this type of riding.

Helmet Safety Standards

There are two organizations that set safety standards for motorcycle helmets in the United States, the Federal Government's Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Snell Memorial Foundation.  To meet legal requirements for those states that have a mandatory motorcycle helmet law, all motorcycle helmets must meet the DOT standard, a minimum safety standard set by the DOT.  Any helmet meeting this standard is required to feature a DOT sticker. 

Selecting the Proper Helmet Size

 

What You Should Know About Helmets

The first step in selecting the right helmet is choosing the proper size.  Start by measuring the circumference of your head about 1 inch above the eyebrow with a cloth tape measure.  If you don't have a cloth tape measure, use a piece of string instead and then measure the string against a ruler.   Once you have the measurement, select the helmet select size that corresponds most closely to your head size on the manufacturer sizing chart.  If you fall between two helmet sizes, try on the larger helmet first and then the smaller size.  Keep in mind that manufacturers do not use the same standard for sizing.  Each company has its own idea about shape and fit, so be sure to try on a comparable helmet before you pull the trigger on a purchase, even if itís a good deal online.

The SNELL Memorial Foundation is a private not-for-profit organization that sets voluntary standards for motorcycle helmets, bicycle helmets and auto racing helmets, etc.  Snell Standards are the world's toughest.  Manufacturers are required to put a Snell serialized label inside each of their Snell certified helmets by the Licensing Agreement.