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Things to consider when buying a motorcycle helmet online
You will find a large number of helmets in our shop from various brands, types and price ranges. The most common types and models are in stock so that your helmet will be delivered to you in a little over a week when you live outside Europe and a few days if you live in Europe. Have you already decided which helmet you like? Then you can use our Lowest Price Guarantee to get it for the lowest price you will find online. If you haven’t decided yet, the points below will help you decide the best choice for your specific situation. What are the tips when buying a helmet online?
Which types of helmets are available?
There are many types of motorcycle helmets. Most of these can be brought back to 4 main categories:
Or also known as the Sportbike Helmets, this is the most common type, on the road and on the track. The shell of the full-face helmet consists of 1 piece and protects the entire head. This category offers the best protection. The full-face also offers the widest choice of designs. Popular Full-Face Helmets are: AGV, Shoei, HJC, Shark
The Modular Helmet offers most flexibility. The helmet can be worn in two positions. It’s basically a full-face helmet which you can flip up. That is why this type of helmet is also called a Flip-Up Helmet. You can enjoy the wind in the city and enjoy a silent long trip with the same helmet. The modular helmet is mainly worn as a Touring Helmet and by riders who combine riding in the city with longer trips. Quality modular helmets are made by: Schuberth, Shoei, AGV, HJC
The Open-Face Helmet is made for cruising and riding in the city. This category is also called Jet Helmet. The helmet is less stifling than a full-face helmet. It offers a better sight en puts you in better contact with the outside. This adds to the riding experience. The downside is that it offers less protection. Popular Open-Face Helmet brands are: Shark, AGV, Scorpion,
This type of helmet is meant for riding on dirt roads. This category consists of Adventure Helmets and Cross Helmets. The adventure helmet is often used during longer off-road trips. Cross helmets have all the features needed on a dirt track.
How will you use the helmet?
As a newbie to the world of motorcycles you may want to consider other things than an experienced touring rider. You can buy a descent helmet for not more than $200 to go on the road well protected. A helmet is one of the first pieces of equipment usually purchased by riders. Others basic pieces equipment for riding are Boots, Gloves, Jacket, Pants, Suit.
Do you ride on a weekly basis or make longer trips? Then it may be a good idea to invest in a good quality helmet, because there are quite some differences between the models out there. What you may expect from a quality helmet is a more comfortable fit and a better wind and noise reduction. Also the ventilation will be better and the helmet will remain stable at higher speeds. When making longer trips you want the helmet to be versatile and offer the best protection in different weather types.
Hitting the track?
Racing Helmets offer the features that are needed on track. For example: Dubbel-D closure, Quick Release, Aerodynamic design, compatibility with a camel bag and other features
On the dirt track: extended chin, good fit for goggles, Quick Release, optimal ventilation
Many motorcycle enthousiasts ride in company. Even if you are not riding in company, there is a good chance you will in the future. Riders tend to look up on one another. It is good to have a helmet prepared for communication. Most of the helmets we sell are prepared for a communication kit.
Which features to choose from?
The material of the shell has a large influence on several criteria as weight, comfort and safety. The most common helmet shells are made of polycarbonate, glass fiber - and carbon fiber composites. Usually the inner shells are made of Polystyrene (EPS).
- Polycarbonate: flexes when it absorbs energy (less expensive material)
- Glass Fiber composite: flexes, crushes and splits as it absorbs energy (more expensive)
- Carbon Fiber: distributes impact throughout the shell and is ultra light-weight (most expensive and lightest)
- EPS: foam material densely compressed into a shock absorbing inner shell
Weight of the helmet
A lighter helmet feel more comfortable when riding. You want to notice as less as possible that the helmet is there. The lightest helmets are made from Glass Fiber and Carbon Fiber. An average helmet weighs around 1400 – 1800 grams. Usually modular helmets are heavier than Full-face helmets and Open-Face Helmets. There is an additional flip-up mechanism built in the helmet. It is essential that the helmet has the right fit so that the impact is distributed throughout the helmet. If the center of gravity is off a lighter helmet can feel heavier and strain your neck.
As with a motorcycle, there are many features to think of when choosing a helmet. Examples are:
- Integrated Sunvisor: dark tinted inner visor to protect your eyes against the sun
- Isolation: high noise reduction enables a pleasant riding experience
- Ventilation: a good airflow through helmet keeps the head cool
- Inner Liner: think of antibacterial, removable and washable, noisereducing, reversible
- Aerodynamic: windtunnel tested, streamlined spoilers, good stability at high speeds
- Communication: some helmets like the schuberth C4 have incorporated mic and speakers, but most helmets in our shop are prepared for communication
- Quick Release: the inner liner can be removed in case of an emergency
Once you made the choice to buy your helmet online, it’s important to know what your size is. When the package arrives at your door, you want it to be the right so you can immediately be on your way wearing your new helmet. Wearing the right size can influence the protection your helmet offers. Avoid wearing the wrong size by measuring your head at least once. Fortunately it is pretty easy to determine your head size. Watch our “how to find your helmet size”-video, which tells you all you need to know to determine your helmet size. Or simply send an email to [email protected]. When a customer visits our physical store, the things we check are:
- Shake no: the helmet should not move around the head but instead it should sit tightly and move along with the head. You want the helmet to sit tight in the same position when facing a strong headwind.
- Space between head and shell: the EPS inner Shell should be close on the head. If you can fit a finger between head and the shell, you may want to choose a smaller size.
- shell: you should not feel any hard parts of the shell pressing on the head. Consider that it may feel very tight at first but will become looser slightly as it is broken in. The pressing on the cheeks doesn't mean the helmet is too tight. The size is only determined by the head size. This is not related to how it feels on the cheeks.
When you received the helmet and it’s not the right size, no worries. You can simply send it back and we will take care of sending you the right size. Remind not to take off the labels when trying it on. If you follow these simple steps, you basically can’t go wrong and you will be riding with the correct size in no time.
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