One can easily argue that when it comes to motorcycle riding, the most important safety component a rider can have with them is a helmet. Recent statistics indicate that motorcycle helmets have helped save the lives of up to 1,772 motorcyclists.
The records go on to show that close to 740 lives would have been saved if the riders had been wearing helmets. Depending on where you reside, the state laws may or may not require you to wear a helmet while riding, but it is always a good idea to wear one at all times.
The following is a look at the different types of helmets available today:
Full Face Helmets
The full face helmet is considered to be the safest helmet that a rider can wear. It provides the best coverage for your neck and head. The chin bar is its most distinguishable feature. It is a feature that is not available in many motorcycle helmets.
A recent study conducted on motorcycle head injuries and helmet damage indicated that in the event of an accident, the chin encounters up to fifty percent of the impact. It goes on to state that the full face helmet is the only helmet that can help protect the motorcyclists’ chin and jaw.
This particular type of helmet happens to be a versatile choice for all motorcycle riders. Regardless of the kind of motorbike you are used to riding, you will find that this helmet will offer you the protection you need when riding on the country roads, highway, or on the tracks.
Flip-up or Modular Helmet
The modular helmet from XLMOTO is a blend between the full-face helmet and the ¾ helmet. You will notice that the visor and the chin bar can be flipped-up in order to open the front part of your helmet. Its fitment and materials are, however, very similar to those used in a full-face helmet. It includes a visor to help protect your eyes. In some cases, it may also include a secondary internal visor intended to provide you with additional protection from the sun.
The adventure helmet is designed for off-road biking enthusiasts. As its name suggests, this is the helmet you will need to ride away from the busy city streets and into the uneven dirt roads. Compared to the other helmets discussed here, the adventure helmet comes with a larger visor. The visor is intended to facilitate better airflow when you are riding.
It is a helmet designed for flowing ventilation when riding during the warm sunny days, minimum weight, and maximum protection. Therefore, do not expect it to have lush comforts such as the presence of Bluetooth speakers.
A half helmet is only able to cover the upper part of your head. It also covers the area between your forehead and brows. There are some that may provide more coverage at the back of the neck including the ears, but they will in many cases leave the other part of your face completely exposed. Even though the helmet is able to provide better airflow, it evidently has very little to offer in terms of protection.