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Choosing Your Helmet

Discussion in 'Safety riding, gears & equipments' started by BigBird, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. BigBird

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    Your most important piece of protective equipment is your motorcycle helmet. You and any pillion or sidecar passenger must wear an approved motorcycle helmet that complies with the standards.
    There are many makes and models of motorcycle helmets available. There are 2 key types of helmets:
    Full face
    · has a chin panel and visor
    · protects your face, jaw and chin and offers better eye, wind, sun and impact protection.
    Open face
    · face open to the elements
    · offers less protection from the elements and impact.
    Full face helmets are a significant improvement in safety and while the open face style may be attractive to you, your face might be the first point of impact in the event of a crash.
    Helmet checklist:
    · your helmet must be an approved helmet that complies with the standards.
    · make sure there are no dents or weak spots on the shell or inside of your helmet
    · it must fit comfortably, not too tightly or too loosely
    · it must have the chinstrap fastened and properly tightened.
    Helmets should be:
    · replaced after a crash or a significant impact
    · replaced if they become loose fitting, or the straps become worn. Loose fitting
    · helmets do not offer the needed protection and a worn chin strap may break in a crash
    · only cleaned with mild soapy water (some chemicals and cleaners may weaken the shell).
    Helmets should not be:
    · second hand. You do not know if it has been dropped or damaged. Second hand helmets should be regarded as being unsafe for use.

    If you’re unsure whether a helmet is okay you should check with a reputable dealer.
    HOPE IT HELPS :thumbsup:
     
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  3. tabi1

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    Good info here big bird. as far as the actual "fit" of the helmet see below. This is the most important part of your purchase IMHO.
    This information was pulled from: http://www.helmetcheck.org/thefit.aspx

    Once the helmet is on your head, make a few other fit checks before fastening the straps.

    • The cheek pads should touch your cheeks without pressing uncomfortably.
    • There should be no gaps between your temples and the brow pads.
    • If the helmet has a neck roll, it shouldn't push the helmet away from the back of your neck.
    • On full-face helmets, press on the chin piece. The helmet or face shield should not touch your nose or chin. If it does, it will surely do so at speed from wind pressure.

    With the helmet still on and the straps securely fastened, move it from side to side and up and down with your hands. If it fits right, your skin should move as the helmet is moved. You should feel as if a slight, even pressure is being exerted all over your head. Remember, too, that a helmet loosens up a bit as the comfort liner compresses through use. A new helmet should be as tight as you can comfortably wear it.

    Now, with the chin strap still securely fastened and your head straight, try rolling the helmet forward off your head. You shouldn't be able to pull it off. If you can, the helmet is too big. Take off the helmet. Does your head feel sore anywhere? Are there any red spots on your forehead? Pressure points can be uncomfortable and can cause a headache after a long ride, so be sure your helmet isn't causing any. If it is, choose the next largest size or try a different brand of helmet. Human heads are not all the same shape, neither are helmets.

    If you are still unsure about the helmet's fit, wear it around the store for a while to see if it remains comfortable. A helmet is an important investment, no matter what its price. Be sure the one you choose is right for you.
     
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    + Up Sir tabi1, well said :thumbsup:
     
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    very well said masters..! if i may add, helmets should not be shared as sir @tab1 posted ealier and for sanitary reasons.. you may also use "balaclava" for added protection for sweat and dust..:thumbsup:
    most helmets comes with detachable inner linings, so look for helmets that offers this kind of feature..
     
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    All great advice.

    The best one told to me many many years ago was this:

    If you got a $10 head buy a $10 helmet, if you think your head is worth more than that then buy the best thing you can afford.

    If you think about it, a helmet is the one thing that you have a bit of control over in which if you go down has the most chance of helping you live to ride another day. Gloves, protection for knees, elbows, boots etc are great, but those are mostly to help the cosmetic end of a crash. Most rider die of massive head injuries, so when you see the guys wearing the helmet that look like they dug out of the trash, chances are they aren't really concerned if they live or die.

    Just my .02 cents gentlemen.
     
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    I agree!!! It is better to own an expensive quality helmet than to own an expensive motorcycle jacket.
     
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    how about this. with ICC sticker.

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    pra makamura. may helmet narin ang cd-r king.
     
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    Perfect, you can have a snack at stop lights :D

    Is that the new Shoei, I showee mine you showeee yours,,, :p?????????????????????
     
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    is this disposable helmet sir?. genuine icc for appliances or for helmet?.:D
     

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