What you need to know about motorcycle half helmets...
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Need to know about motorcycle half helmets?
If you've read my article on cheap motorcycle helmets, you should
realise by now that I am a big fan of DOT/Snell/ECE 22.05 approved
motorcycle helmets. Particularly Snell certified helmets. And there are no
half helmets on the market that are Snell certified.
But I'm savvy
enough to realize that many motorcyclists choose not to wear helmets, and many
more wear open-face helmets, half helmets, or even motorcycle helmets
that look like the GI Joe helmets the kids buy from ToysRUs. (and give the same
level of protection!)
So in the interests of praticality here is what you need to
know about motorcycle half helmets.
Incidentally, if safety is a major consideration for you (and it should be) but you don't want a full face helmet, why not consider an open face three quarter helmet? There are Snell Certified open faced helmets available, and I will list them at the end of the article, so keep reading!
Although I am not sold on these
helmets, I appreciate that for a lot of people riding a motorcycle makes
a statement, and the right look is important. The bike, the clothes, the
sound and the helmet (or not) help to define who you are as a motorcycle rider.
Motorcycle half helmets are here,and whether I like it or
not, they're for sale and they're legal, so I'm not going to preach. Just
please bear these points in mind
- If you're a fan of motorcycle half helmets, that's fine, but make
sure you buy one with decent quality, DOT approved, and not the GI joe Toys R
- Be aware that you are sacrificing a level of protection by opting for a
half helmet. Make sure you ride accordingly.
- Make sure the helmet fits properly. Try a few on, and check that the
straps are comfortable when fastened (you
wouldn't ride with one without fastening the straps would you? Good!)
- Check any accessories (snap on visor, ear muffs) are actually usable
before you buy any motorcycle half helmet. Why pay money for something you
can't or will never use?
- If you get very hot and sweaty in a helmet, look for motorcycle half
helmets that have air vents (yes they do exist) for exampe the Vega XTS
- If you buy one, wear it. On every ride. The time you decide to take a ride
down the block to the gas station for something may wel be the time you have a
rear end. With a helmet you stand a chance. Don't become a statistic!
- If you want to look at Snell Certified open faced helmets as an alternative to the half helmets, try these makes:
Shoei RJ Air
Keep checking back as I will try to add to this list of Snell Certified open face helmets for those of you looking for an alternative to motorcycle half helmets.
In summary, cruiser riders and other bikers who like the half
helmet style should have no problem finding a style they are comfortable with.
Manufacturers who make motorcycle half helmets include; in no particular order, HJC, Shoei, Vega, AGV,
Gmax, M2R, THH and the list goes on. They are available in any finish you could
want including leather! So If your image cant' accomodate a full face helmet
when you are out cruisin' try these online outlets for DOT approved motorcycle
A great selection of motorcycle half helmets at this outlet
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