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THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MOTORBIKE HELMETS

Your motorbike helmet is one of the most prominent and identifiable objects that tells the world you’re a rider: other than your motorcycle.

And nowadays, how your helmet looks offers much more variance than in days gone by.

The selection of helmet styles, designs and colors have continued to expand year after year.

Better yet, helmet construction and its protective qualities have also improved, while simultaneously getting lighter and more comfortable. This is one of those areas that technology has improved to serve riders better. (However, cell phones that can ring within your helmet are a technological advancement that is debatable as to whether it offers a real improvement to the quality of riding or not).

Motorcycle helmets can be categorized as follows.

TYPES OF MOTORCYCLE HELMETS

A) HALF HELMETS

B) 3/4 or OPEN FACE HELMETS

C) FULL FACE HELMETS

D) MOTOCROSS HELMETS(A Variation of Full-Face Helmets)

E) MODULAR “FLIP UP” HELMETS (Hybrid between 3/4 and Full Face)

HALF HELMETS

As the name implies, these types of helmets cover 1/2 your head. They are the lightest, the least expensive and offer the least protection. Proponents of this style argue that this has the advantage of offering better hearing since the rider’s ears are less obstructed. (Your ears may have a leather covering, instead of a helmet covering them).

Their main use is among riders who consider it a fashionable fashionable choice, particularly on certain bikes, such as “Cruisers” or “Classic” bikes.

However, do not confuse 1/2 helmets with “Novelty Helmets” which look similar to 1/2 Helmets, although they offer practically no actual crash protection and are not certified as a legal safety protective device for a rider’s head. (Stated differently, they are illegal to use in U.S. states that require helmet use by law).

3/4 or OPEN FACE HELMETS

Open Face helmets have been around a very long time and are an alternative helmet for riders who want to have a “traditional” look to go along with their “classic” motorbikes. Having said that, this style is also used by plenty of other riders who prefer the 3/4 design since it has not chin section (as a full face helmet) that, to some, may seem restrictive.

FULL FACE HELMETS

Full Face Helmets offer the greatest head protection in the event of a crash. They evolved from the design of the Open Face Helmet with the addition of a frontal chin section that protects the face when a rider takes a fall and started becoming more prominent in the 1980’s.

For those who prefer to have electronic communication or audio systems in their helmet, it used to be that an open face helmet was the best choice. However, with the continued miniaturization of electronic components, as well as the design improvements in full face helmets to accommodate electronics, that distinction is much less relevant nowadays.

MOTOCROSS HELMETS

Off-road helmets are very similar to full face helmets, however they feature an elongated chin section and also have a visor portions, somewhat like the visor of a baseball hat which helps to keep the sun out of the rider’s eyes. (However the visors are not as aerodynamic at the higher speeds a full face helmet is designed for).

Additionally, Motocross Helmets are usually not worn with a face shield, which is common with Open Face and Full Face helmets. Instead, motocross riders wear goggles. a chin bar, and partially open face to give the rider extra protection while wearing goggles.

MODULAR MOTORCYCLE HELMETS

This helmet design is the new kid on the block.  A Modular or “Flip Up” Helmet (pictured above) is a hybrid between Open Face and Full Face helmets. Modular Helmets are like a Full Face Helmet in that they offer full head and face crash protection.  However, they allow the frontal part (the chin area) to be rotated up and out of the way, when a rider is stopped.  Typically, the rider pivots the frontal chin bar section of a modular helmet out of the way by a lever on the helmet.

The advantage is that a rider can easily engage in conversation or have a drink or a snack, without removing the whole helmet. In this way, when the Modular Helmet is in the open position, it is somewhat similar to an open face helmet.

In this way, modular motorcycle helmets provide some compelling advantages to motorbike riders seeking the best compromise between rider safety and rider convenience.

MODULAR MOTORCYCLE HELMET CAUTIONS

It should be emphasized that modular helmets are designed to be worn in the “closed” position while riding. Stated another way, a modular helmet is not designed as a substitute for an Open Face helmet.

In fact, if the modular helmet were left open while riding, it could be argued that this helmet would reduce rider safety.

If the helmet were left open while riding, the chin bar section which protrudes higher above the rider’s forehead, would act like its own sail, directing wind pressure against the helmet and putting stress on the rider’s neck.

Further, if the rider were to crash with the helmet open, not only would he/she not have the face protection benefit, but the protruding chin section would increase the risk of rider neck injury due to the additional leveraged pressure exerted om the rider’s neck, if that section were to hit something.

Anyway, the point is that a modular helmet should be worn in the CLOSED position while actually riding.

As a further note regarding biker safety, since modular helmets are a relative newcomer to the motorcycle helmet industry, they have not been subject to the scientific tests and scrutiny as the other well-established helmet categories.

Without such testing, it’s somewhat presumed that the modular helmet (when worn in the “closed” position) offers greater protection than an open face helmet, but may not meet the safety standards of a standard (non modular) full face helmet.

MOTORBIKE HELMET “FUN” STUFF

Eghad! Now you more about motorcycle helmets than you probably every cared to know! The “Fun” stuff about motorcycle helmets includes:

  • All the Different Colors
  • The Varied Designs
  • Various Features, Such as Removable Padding (for cleaning) and Ventilation (for warm weather comfort)

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