Tuesday, August 6, 2013

How to Select Motorcycle Helmets


Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating yet dangerous activity. You lack the security and protection an automobile can give you. So when you encounter a collision or go too fast on a turn, the results can be disastrous. To keep yourself safe, it’s advised that you put on a motorcycle helmet. A quality helmet meant for BMW motorcycles in Virginia allows protection from an accident’s impact to the brain as well as protection from the outside elements. To reap the benefits of a motorcycle helmet, you must know what kind to purchase.

Safety Standards

Safety is your first priority when selecting a helmet. A sign of a quality helmet is one that has been approved by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). A helmet approved by the Snell Memorial Foundation is also reliable because of the extensive safety testing they require. Examine the helmet for these labels. You should also inspect the helmet to see what condition it is in. Avoid defects such as ripped padding, cracks, metal sticking out, or worn straps. Seek out a helmet that has reflective material or at least contains reflective tape on the sides and back of the helmet. It’s advised that you purchase a colorful helmet; orange, yellow, red, or white are all suitable choices. The more your helmet stands out, the more visible you’ll be in the dark or in stormy conditions. Another feature you may want to invest in is a face guard designed to shield you from dirt and debris and to circulate cool air. Last, purchase secure straps that have 2 rings for fastening so they won’t come loose in an accident.

Fitting


Each helmet is made for a different fit. When shopping for helmets for BMW motorcycles in Virginia, it’s wise to try on multiple helmets to see which one will fit your head the best. A good indicator of a nice fit is if you strap it on your head and you try to roll it forward off your head and it does not come off. You can also test it by shaking your head and seeing if it jostles or not. Remember that a solid helmet will hug your head, and a full face helmet should conform to the sides of your face and your cheeks. 


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30 comments:

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Great tips on selecting a helmet. I see so many not wearing helmets now, because some states don't require them any longer. All I can say is ... STUPID, STUPID... All they have to do is fall once and hit their head.

Margaret said...

Well first of all, I wanna learn how to ride a motorcycle. Yeah, Im kinda into the speed of it all.

And thanks for the tips on getting a helmet to stay safe.

Nicole Adkisson said...

Should be a law to wear a helmet on a motorcycle. Just in the last few months a lot of people from my high school have been in motorcycle related accidents and weren't wearing helmets.

Dawn Bedingfield said...

Helmets are important and can save your life. My dh was in a motorcycle accidnet 7 years ago, he was thrown off on his head. The helmet cracked but he was okay.

Terri Lynn Grothe said...

So cool

Pam said...

Thanks for sharing an informative post! Good tips for choosing a helmet.

Growing Up Madison said...

No bikers here in this family but some really great info for those who do bike. :)

Melanie B said...

I don't ever want my kids to ride a motorcycle! Ag too scary. Those are good tips too, the shaking of the head to test it is aso good for bike helmets!

mail4rosey said...

I have a 20-yr. old son who has had three motorcycles, and I can tell you that as a mom you WANT to make sure they've got the best helmet around when they're riding. Not an investment to take lightly.

I'm your latest follower. Thanks for the write-up.

Anita Breeze said...

That is one cool looking helmet! Today at the grocery store, I saw one that looked like a Roman Centurion helmet.

Amanda McMahon said...

we call helmets "bonk hats" for our kids. but these are more than that for sure

Cyndie said...

In my state, helmets are not required and I think it is s safety risk.

Marika said...

Great advice on selecting helmets for bikers. They're safe and they can be looking great as well.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Fantastic advice about such a must have piece of equipment.

Maureen Fitzgerald said...

Great tips! I'm going to pass this along to a few bikers I know.

Maureen Fitzgerald said...

Great tips! I'm going to pass this along to a few people I know could use this info!

AMBER EDWARDS said...

Oh it always drives me nuts when I see people driving on their motorcycles without a helmet! My brother is one of the guys that gets called in if there is an accident. There are far too many horror stories of motorcyclists involved without helmets. These are crucial tips to get the right helmet!

MELISASource said...

Great information! I really wish that all states would require helmets - I've seen them save lives.

Patricia Woolverton said...

Great tips! It is so important to wear a helmet and one that fits. I see so many riders without them and it makes me nervous for them.

Corinne Schmitt said...

Great advice on the roll test. My hubby rides a motorcycle and I used to wear an extra helmet that he had for himself that definitely failed this test since it would flop all over on my head. Now I have my own, which thankfully, fits just right.

kristenione said...

Great post with important advice. I'm not a motorcyclist but I wondered about how to pick out a bike helmet for my son and I think these would be similar. Thanks!

Melinda Dunne said...

My husband rides and he always wears a helmet. It is vital to have a helmet that fits properly which many don't pay attention to.

Melanie Scout said...

You'll never catch me on a motorcycle, but I agree that safety is important!

StacieinAtlanta said...

Great tips! I get so upset when I see people riding motorcycles without helmets. I am so glad that many states have helmet laws. Everyone should choose a helmet!

Mel Cole said...

Thank you for the nice tips when buying a new helmet! Gotta look for a new one for my hubby.

Noor said...

Great tips indeed . Motorcycling is a dangerous ride at times so I would never want anyone to go without it.

Areeba said...

My best friend just got into an accident and he wasn't wearing helmet which caused him BIG damages!!! Thanks for sharing these tips, helmet is indeed very important!

Jenny said...

I plan on having a scooter when I get my license and will definitely use these tips to find a bad ass helmet :D

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

We come from a long line of motorcycle owners and riders. These tips are so important because the tragedies that have occurred from not wearing the right helmet have been devastating.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

We come from a long line of motorcycle owners and riders. These tips are so important because the tragedies that have occurred from not wearing the right helmet have been devastating.