What is the Best Motorcycle Helmet for You?
Motorcyclists can all agree that there is nothing like the adrenaline rush of revving up the motor and heading out for a ride. You and the open road. Nothing compares. The thrill of the wind whizzing past your ears, watching the landscape zooms by as you travel at top speed. Riding makes us feel alive. However, there is no excuse for inadequate safety measure while on the bike. Riders are 37 percent more likely to survive an accident when wearing a helmet. What is the best motorcycle helmet for you? With so many to choose from, it can be confusing. Here is a guide that could help in finding the safest helmet with style and fit in mind.
Do a Little Homework
Some say that the safest helmet is the helmet that fits the best. However, we recommend you check your helmets safety ratings. You can review the reports of three organizations:
- U.S. Department of Transportation
- ECE22.02, also known as the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe
- Snell Memorial Foundation (an organization created in honor of Pete Snell, a racer who died of head injuries)
Consider The Size and Shape of Your Head
Before you purchase a helmet, pick it up, try it on, chin strap and all. While you may have one helmet in mind, you may find the size is too large or small. Also, make sure it fits the shape of your head. It should fit snug, but not tight, should not slide forward and back or side to side. It needs to be comfortable as it conforms to your head.
What’s On the Inside is Important Too
Make sure the liner of your helmet is a sturdy, yet pliable material. The impact absorbing liner should redistribute the force of a direct impact, therefore preventing injury during an accident. Manufacturers use a wide variety of components. Always remember, consider comfort with your fit.
Keep the Helmet on Your Head
Most people know this simply as the chin strap, technically called the retention system. This strap is what essential holds the helmet on your head. It is imperative to make sure you secure your chin strap every time you ride. Test it, tug on it, make sure it is easy to adjust, connect, and unclip.
There are many factors when considering what is the best motorcycle helmet for you. Chesapeake Cycles has a variety of brands, including Bell, Indian, and Victory. We encourage you to come on in and check out our wide selection. Our team is always on hand to help you find the perfect fit to maximize your safety.