Helmets – One of the most important riding gear.

admin@throttle|Updated: August 30, 2016 14:00
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From our past survey on helmets, we got around 929 responses of which 334 riders said they are extremely satisfied with the product whereas 448 said it just does the JOB and remaining 147 riders says they are not satisfied with what they purchased. So did you ask yourself what are the reasons due to which you are not satisfied with your current helmets? And what should you check when you buy your next helmets?

 

Below are few points which a rider should keep in mind while buying the helmet, could be one of your reason which you did not check while buying and are not satisfied.

 

Riding a bike in itself is a lifes greatest adventure, so important equipment – namely riding gears, body protection are must when riding any bike and nothing can be more important than a helmet. You likely did some research before deciding on the bike so you are going to want to do the same before grabbing your next helmet is it not?

 

What will the helmet be used for?

 

1. Are you a beginner?
If you are new to biking, a high-end, high-priced helmet loaded with features may not be the best purchase.

 

2. Do you plan to ride a lot or commute to work?
If riding is your everyday transportation or you take weekly road trips, higher end helmets may prove to be more comfortable and offer better dynamics and reduced wind noise.

 

3. Are you riding with a group?
Many bikers join riding groups and if you have not already done so eventually you will pal around with others and find group riding enhances the overall experience. One key element to group riding is communication and you will want a helmet with built in communication provisions.

 

Considering Helmet Safety rating
1. ISI mark is a certification mark for industrial products in India

 

2. DOT - The United States Department of Transportation sets a minimum standard level of protection for helmets.

 

3. ECE22.02 - The U.N. Economic Commission for Europe sets a standard level of protection for helmets in Europe.

 

4. Snell2010 - A non-profit in the United States founded after the death of Pete Snell, a sports car racer who died from head injuries etc.

 

What Features Do You Want?

 

1. Helmet Weight.
Helmets usually weigh from 1400 to 2000 grams, please make sure you check that the helmet weight is distributed evenly around your head & shoulder, if not it will feel heavier and strain your neck.

 

2. Helmet Construction
What is helmet made of - Polycarbonate, Fiberglass composite and Carbon Fiber compose most helmets.

 

3. Optional Features
Todays helmets offer numerous technological advance. You can choose what suits you best.
Helmet Size

How to Measure Your Helmet Size

 

A properly fitted helmet can play a major role in the outcome of an accident. The first step in finding a motorcycle helmet is determining your head size. Follow these steps:
Wrap a soft measuring tape around your head about a half inch above your eyebrows, above your ears and around the back of your head at the largest point. It is best to have assistance when measuring.

 

Compare your head size with the specific motorcycle helmet manufacturers size to find a match. Each motorcycle helmet manufacturer provides different sizing charts for their helmets so you will need to compare your helmet size to each brands sizing.

 

If the helmet moves or your fingers fit easily between your head and the helmet, you'll likely need a smaller size. The helmet should fit snug around your head and face with no pressure points. If desired, the check pads can then be adjusted for better fitting.

 

Price
Price is likely one of the first things you will consider especially if you are a beginner. Price does not necessarily mean a better helmet or even a safer helmet. Price is often reflected in the materials used and the number of features. For example, a helmet constructed of carbon fibre will typically cost more than a polycarbonate helmet.