Any rider will tell you that the most important piece of your riding gear is the helmet. After all, it’s the only barrier that’s protecting your head against the pavement if you hit the ground. There are different styles of helmets that provide varying looks and protection; however, they can all be categorized within three categories.
full face motorcycle helmet provides the most protection for your head, and it looks just like it sounds. This style covers your chin, face and skull. Most riders that choose this style if helmet ride street bikes or sport bikes. Full face helmets generally come with a visor that can easily be replaced if broken or scratched on the highway.
An open face motorcycle helmet does not cover your whole head and it also leaves you chin exposed. But, it does cover the head and face. This helmet has a visor on the front to protect you from rocks and other debris that hit you on the road. Some riders prefer open face helmets over other styles because they are not as stuffy feeling. The open face helmet allows lots of air to circulate on the inside of the helmet. Long distance riders show preference toward this type of helmet because they spend a long time in their riding gear. Both half and full helmets can have radios or communication devices so riders can talk to each other without shouting over engine noise.
Half motorcycle helmets, which are also known as skull helmets, provide the least coverage out of the three styles. It’s good idea to ride with a shield on your motorcycle if you’re riding with a half helmet, because it doesn’t come with a visor. This helmet doesn’t cover the chin or face, which leaves it open for rocks and bugs. However, the half helmet does leave room for other accessories, like sunglasses or face guards. It’s important to remember to check for a DOT sticker on the back of your helmet before you make your purchase. The Department of Transportation makes sure that approved helmet models are durable enough to protect your head in event of a fall or accident, within reason of course. On a final note, never buy a helmet you suspect is damaged or broken.
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