The helmet is definitely one of the most important and effective safety measure that a rider can invest. In fact, there is no other piece of gear that would offer more protection should a rider go down. It is the reason why most people believe that a motorcycle helmet should not be chosen just with the appearance or price in your mind. Instead, a rider must look for the most highly rated as well as the best fitting helmet that she or he could afford.
In this guide, we will cover 3 important aspects in selecting the right motorcycle helmet, including shape, size and fit.
The shape of your head plays an important role in choosing a suitable fitting motorcycle helmet. In general, all helmet manufacturers will make the wares to fit a particular head shape. These usually range between 3 main forms: round oval, intermediate oval and long oval.
- Round oval: Designed for the heads which have nearly identical side-to-side and front-to-back measurements.
- Intermediate oval: Designed for the head which are a little bit shorter side-to-side than it is front-to-back. Most types of motorcycle helmet will fall into an intermediate oval form since this is the most popular head shape.
- Long oval: Designed for the heads which are shorter side-to-side (ear to ear) than it is front-to-back (from the back of your skull to the forehead).
Size the motorcycle helmet
Many people do not know how to measure helmet size, but it is actually easy as choosing a hat. The best way for this is the tailor’s tape, fiberglass seamstress or soft vinyl measure, which is flexible enough for you to wrap around the skull. In general, you could apply it to find out which helmet size will fit you by doing the following step:
- Wrap the tape around the largest part of your head, which is often above your eyebrows a half-inch or above your ears, and then take the measurement on your brow. To have the most precise result, you should have someone help in this step.
- Use the number measured above and compare with the size chart to find out the right size of helmet. All manufacturer have sizing which are specific to their own designs, so you just need to focus on this size chart, which is created for the motorcycle helmet that you are considering.
When you wear a new helmet for the first time, it would actually be a little tight, with the inside coming into contact with most of your head, but not too restrictive that it would lead to any pain. In other words, there should be no place in which the interior of your helmet places pressure on particular point of the face or skull; but it should not move freely around. Although the helmet would adjust to suit the shape of your head, it will never get loose enough to turn from side to side easily:
- Put on the helmet. It need to be a little bit tight when it goes over your head.
- The helmet needs to lie on your head smoothly with the upper edge of the eye port being just above your eyebrows and also have fine peripheral visibility to see from side to side.
- Try placing your finger between the head and the interior of your helmet. If it could fit easily, you should try a smaller size. Remember that some models of helmet allow you to change the cheek pads for better match, so you should take this into consideration.