FAQ: How To Choose A Motorcycle Helmet?

What should I look for when buying a helmet?

A good-fitting helmet should be snug but not annoyingly tight. It should sit level on your head (not tilted back) with the front edge one inch or less above your eyebrows so that your forehead is protected. Push the helmet from side to side and back to front.

What is the best helmet for motorcycle?

10 Best Motorcycle Helmets of 2021 (All Types)

Helmet Type Our Score
1. Shoei RF-1200 Full-face racing 9.5/10
2. Arai XD4 Full-Face Dual Sport 9.5/10
​3. Bell Qualifier DLX Full-face racing 9/10
​4. O’Neal Sierra II Full-Face Dual Sport 8/10

What size motorcycle helmet do I need?

Helmet Sizing Chart

Motorcycle Helmet Sizing Chart
Adult Size CM Inches
Small 55-56 21.65 – 22.05
Medium 57-58 22.44 -22.83
Large 59-60 23.23 – 23.62

How much should a good motorcycle helmet cost?

Top-of-the-line motorcycle helmets can be priced over $1000. Extremely affordable, simple ones can be found for under $100. On average, a motorcycle helmet will run you around $150 to $200 for something a bit above the cheapest model you can find.

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Do more expensive bike helmets protect better?

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute did a impact test of two sets of helmets. One of them cheap (US$20.00) the other expensive (US$200.00). The results are clear: there’s no difference.

Are Shoei helmets worth the money?

Shoei helmets are top-notch products, no doubt. But the best helmet is the one that fits YOU best. The priciest, most expensive helmet with the most features and nicest graphic in the world will be a HAZARD if it doesn’t fit your head right. If you have a Shoei head, get a Shoei.

Is Snell better than dot?

In the U.S., Snell is held to be the superior helmet certification. Snell certification is voluntary for the manufacturers; DOT certification is mandatory. Snells standards are more rigorous than DOT standards.

Why is Arai so expensive?

Their prototypes are put through a series of strict tests to ensure that they’re road-ready, which contributes to the extra cost of the helmet. Additionally, Arai believes that the best way to protect the head during an impact is with the design of a smooth, rounded shell.

What size helmet do I need for a 20 inch head?

Helmet Size Chart for HJC, Bell & KLIM

Helmet Size Hat Size Head Circumference – Inches
XS 6 5/8 – 6 3/4 20 7/8 – 21 1/4
S 6 7/8 – 7 21 5/8 – 22
M 7 1/8 – 7 1/4 22 3/8 – 22 3/4
L 7 3/8 – 7 1/2 23 1/4 – 23 5/8

What happens if your helmet is too big?

Remember, if your helmet is too large, several things could happen: it will move around and up and down on your head when you least want it to; it can be noisy and let in wind; worst of all, it may come off in a crash! The helmet or face shield should not touch your nose or chin.

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How tight should a helmet fit?

The key to a helmet doing what it is designed to do is how it fits. A motorcycle helmet should fit snug without minimal play when firmly twisting the helmet from side to side, and up and down. A helmet that fits too tight may cause pressure points, feel uncomfortable, and be extremely difficult to put on or take off.

Which is better Arai or Shoei?

However, when it comes to range of different helmet fits, Arai is the unquestionable winner. Both have an extensive range in their products, but you’ll find more innovative products in Shoei’s range, while Arai takes a more (some would say, too) conservative approach.

How do I know my helmet shape?

Start it just above your eyebrows and circle it around the thickest point in the rear of your head. Cross-reference this measurement with a helmet size chart. A helmet that is too loose will move around or will not sit down completely on your head.

Should a motorcycle helmet squeeze your cheeks?

If the helmet fits as it should, you should feel the cushions against your cheeks. They’ll be pushed up a little, like “chipmunk cheeks.” (Note: Open face helmets do not have cheek pads, so they will not give this effect.) Your cheeks should move, not the helmet. If it’s sliding, go down at least a size.