Types of Motorcycle Helmets
If you are looking for a new helmet, you are in luck! Bergen County Harley-Davidson® has a huge selection of helmets of different varieties. Located in Rochelle Park near Clifton, Hackensack, Newark, Ridgewood, and Paterson, New Jersey, we wanted to provide you some information on the different type of helmets that are out there. It is important to pick out a helmet that fits your riding style and comfort level. It is always important to wear your helmet, so make sure you like it before you buy it!
A half helmet is the most basic type of headgear you can wear on the road. These helmets provide protection for the top of your head, but do little to keep your face safe. The reason that half helmets are popular is the lightweight design, which is less fatiguing over the course of a few hours on the road, and the comfortable ‘wind in your face’ feel. If you choose a half helmet, you should probably look at investing in a face mask, goggles, or riding glasses as well to protect your eyes, nose, and mouth from bugs and debris on the road.
Open Face Helmets (¾ helmets)
Open face helmets step up the protection provided by a half helmet by utilizing a design that comes down to cover a rider’s jawline. In addition to augmented protection in a crash, these helmets are typically equipped with a windscreen that will keep flying debris on the road from popping up and catching you in the face. The design of a ¾ helmet is heavier than a half helmet, and lacks the chin bar present in a full face model, but allows riders to easily communicate, eat, and drink compared to the more intrusive design of a full face helmet.
Full Face Helmets
Full face helmets are the best defense you can give your head on the road. These helmets build on the open face design with the addition of a full chin bar that wraps around the front of a riders face, which when combined with the visor, gives you full protection from the elements, as well as the road. This type of helmet is heavy, and can be fatiguing, and the chin bar can obstruct your ability to talk or snack while you’re taking a break. Still, if you’re trying to keep the wind chill off of your face, a full face helmet is definitely the way to go.
Modular helmets are an interesting combination of full face and open face helmets. This type of headgear features a flip up or removable chin bar that allows you to get the convenience of an open face helmet, with the wind deflection of a full face helmet. These helmets have weight equivalent to, or heavier than a full face helmet so in terms of fatigue these helmets are simply a matter of preference. One important note is that the chin bar on a modular helmet isn’t necessarily going to provide the same level of protection as a full face helmet because the joints are a weak spot in the design, so if you’re after all around protection, a full face model will still be your best bet.
The Fit of Your Helmet
Regardless of the style, the fit of your helmet is the most important feature. A well fitted half helmet will provide more protection than a poorly sized full face model so here are some tips when you’re shopping. First, Try On Helmets! Lots of them! Don’t settle on the first helmet you find because you like the style, try out some different types and figure out what fits best. Fasten and tighten all of the straps, and move your head. Does the helmet wobble? Does it pinch, or prevent you from having a comfortable range of motion in your neck? These factors can indicate that you’re shopping in the wrong size. Your helmet should feel snug, but not tight, and allow you to move your head comfortably. Try different styles and sizes until you get the fit that’s best for your head!
Whether you’re looking for the most comfortable riding helmet for those long trips or you’re interested in making sure that it is the perfect fit for getting around turns in the city, Bergen County Harley-Davidson® is here to make sure you get what you want. We have an excellent selection of helmets for your riding needs. Located in Rochelle Park near Clifton, Hackensack, Newark, Ridgewood, and Paterson, New Jersey, we can help you regardless where you ride from.