How to buy your lid

By: Tony Carter MotorCycle Direct Posted: March 16th, 2018



The third part of our guest blogger Tony Carter's detailed look at your lid.

Have you read Part 1, and Part 2 yet? You should!

How to buy your lid

A few basic rules should be applied when looking to purchase a new helmet:

Decide the maximum budget that you can afford.

Generally speaking, you get what you pay for as far as features are concerned, but the level of protection remains constant regardless of price.

A pricier helmet, although offering no better protection, will potentially afford better levels of comfort, afford less wind noise (providing it fits correctly), have better fittings and have a better overall build quality.

Fitting Tips

Try on a variety of sizes and makes until you find the helmet that best fits your size and shape of head.

If you find a helmet off the shelf that fits, ask if you can try the same size that is still in its box. It is more than likely that the helmet on the shelf has been tried on by many people and the interior may have started to become misshapen. A fresh helmet straight out of the box will provide you with a more accurate fit.

Testing the Fit

Once you have found the helmet that best suits your requirements, without securing the straps, try to lift the helmet off your head by asserting pressure to the chin bar and to the rear of the shell. Twist the helmet from side to side. If the helmet fits correctly it should remain on your head and only be capable of being removed with a degree of force. If the helmet can be tilted easily, then it may be because you have the wrong style or make of helmet, it may be the wrong size or the wrong shape, in which case you will need to try another make or size.

Once you have found the correct size and shape of helmet, with it securely fastened, make sure that you can easily turn your head from side to side. Many riders find that their head movements are restricted for all sorts of reasons, not least of which is because the style of helmet they are considering or have purchased is wrong for the type of bike they ride.

Securing Straps

Securing straps can and do cause problems. Shoei were one of the first to introduce the seat belt type fastener, which found favour with many riders as they found that their helmet could be secured with a gloved hand. Over time many other manufacturers followed suit, but what often is not realised by riders is that these straps will stretch with repeated use and so they cease to be properly secured to the head. If you do have this type of safety catch, then make sure that you check the tightness of the strap on a regular basis. The last thing you want to do is put a loose strap to the test in a real accident. With a double D fastener (the main alternative type of fastener), the strap is tightened every time the helmet is put on, and personally I prefer this for peace of mind, even though it may not be as convenient as the safety belt type fastener.

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