Choosing a motorcycle helmet can be a daunting task, especially for newer riders. However, it is arguably the most IMPORTANT decision to make when it comes to riding. Although Arkansas law does not require a helmet for riders aged 21 and older, it is still the positively SAFEST way to ride, not to mention a few of our surrounding states require helmets for all riders. There is no point in arguing why you should wear a helmet, its common sense. And lucky for you, there are plenty of style and coverage options available out there!
FULL FACE HELMET
Full face helmets are undoubtedly the most protective helmets offered. They can also be the most comfortable; the full visor protects you from bugs and weather elements, and the helmet diminishes wind noise and can keep out cold. On many full face helmets, the visor is easily removable and can be switched out with clear, UV tinted, fog proof, etc. shields.
Open face 3/4 helmets offer significant protection and comfort, without the full face shield or jaw piece. They can provide ease and comfort in stop-and-go riding, but you must consider the trade off in protection.
FLIP-UP (MODULAR) HELMETS
Flip-up helmets are hybrid designs that offer the best of the full-face and three-quarter helmet worlds. A rider can opt for full-face coverage or flip up the movable faceshield/jaw piece whenever they feel like going open-face. Modular flip-up designs are growing in popularity, especially amongst touring riders.
Half helmets are the bare minimum as far as safety is concerned. They protect the top of the head while leaving the face and critical base of the skull exposed. You should to be extra vigilant that the half-helmet they purchase is DOT-approved and not just a novelty design.
It is always important when choosing a helmet to take the time to get the right size. Many helmets today offer removable liners and pads, which can change the size and comfort of the fit. Be sure to have someone help you fit your helmet when you choose to buy.
Also, rule number one: don’t buy used! You never know what a used helmet has been through: wearing habits, storage practices, how many times has it been dropped? Many manufacturers suggest replacing your helmet every five years, and also will inspect or x-ray any helmet you think may have been damaged to insure its structural integrity is intact.
|(If your helmet looks ANYTHING like these, it's time for a new one!)|