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Motorcycle Helmet Buying Guide

By Darya AMX

Tue Nov 23 2021

Welcome to the ultimate guide to helping you purchase the best helmet that is right for you. Whether you are looking for a road or off-road helmet, this guide will give you all the right tools to give you more knowledge on buying a motorcycle helmet. We will show you all the safety tips you should look for, break down fitment sizing, explain the different styles of helmets as well as the pricing category for all helmets.

What to look for when shopping for your first helmet

You've bought your first bike, ready to cruise down the Great Ocean Road with your mates, but you're forgetting one last bit, a motorcycle helmet! We've got you covered with all the essential knowledge you need to know to purchase a motorcycle helmet. Not all helmets are right for every rider, so we will explain which helmet model is perfect for your riding style.

1. Safety

Safety is always number 1. When riding any kind of motorcycle, it is very important to wear a helmet. In Australia, helmets must meet either the Australian Standard or the European Standard for them to be legally used on the road. All motorcycle helmets sold at AMX Superstores are AS/NZS 1698, UNECE22.05 or UNECE22.06 certified.

Based on the CRASH rating system, the study found 71 per cent of the riders wore a helmet that was not of the right size and 69 per cent of the respondents reported discomfort using the helmet. When purchasing a helmet it is important to look at all safety features that come with the helmet, padding, the inner liner, the material used in the shell or any sort of MIPS or MEDS technology. It is also important that you find a properly fitting helmet so that you are safe on the roads.

The CRASH protection ratings for 2017 onwards are as follows:

  • Energy reduction in a higher speed crash on a flat surface (30 per cent)
  • Energy reduction in a higher speed crash on curb surface (15 per cent)
  • Energy reduction in a lower speed crash on flat surface (15 per cent)
  • Helmet's ability to minimise the rotation of the helmet in a crash (15 per cent)
  • Helmet coverage (10 per cent)
  • Oblique impact energy management (15 per cent)

https://crash.org.au/rating-system.html

2. Fitment

Proper fitment of a motorcycle helmet is the next most important step in purchasing a helmet. We want to make sure the fitment is correct for your head shape, so that you are as safe as possible when needed. The size of the helmet is the most important part of the fitment process. You want to make sure you purchase the correct size helmet, in order for the helmet to be effective.

Below is a step by step guide on how to get the correct helmet sizing so that you can purchase a helmet online, but the best way to get the correct sizing, is to head into your closest AMX Superstores, have one our team members size you out for the correct fitment and guide you to the best motorcycle helmet for your head shape.

Every motorcycle helmet is made up of a rigid outer shell, an inner liner and a comfort liner. The outer shell can be composed of several different materials such as Plastic, Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber & Kevlar. The inner line is made of EPS, which is expanded polystyrene. While the comfort liner is a soft padding between your head and the inner liner of the helmet to provide comfort while riding. It is important to try on different helmets as every helmet fits differently, some have thicker comfort liners while some have thinner ones.

3. Style

Motorcycle helmets range in a variety of different styles. Depending on what kind of riding you are doing, you might want to consider which helmet you choose. There are 6 different styles of helmets, you've got the safest helmet, which is the Full Face Helmet. You've also got open face helmets, modular helmets, adventure helmets, half helmets and off road/motocross helmets.

There are 6 different helmet styles:

Full Face Helmets

Full Face Helmets are the safest motorcycle helmet that you can buy. They are the quietest helmets all while providing the rider with comfort and safety.

Open Face Helmets

Open face helmets are a very cool lightweight helmet option for your everyday scooter rider. Maybe you want a bit of air flow while still having the protection for your head. Most of these helmets have a slide down visor to protect your face from the wind.

Modular Helmets

Modular helmets are the perfect touring helmet for your group riders who are going on long trips across the country. They are easy to put on, take off, even to stop and have a chat while taking a quick break on your adventure all thanks to the detachable chin bar. They are the perfect touring helmets.

Adventure Helmets

Adventure helmets are a cross between an on road and off road helmet, they are a full face helmet with a peak like a motocross helmet. The unique part of the adventure helmet is that it has a helmet visor that slides up and down when needed.

Half Helmets

Half helmets are your ideal helmet for your cruiser bike. Easy to chuck on and head out for a ride to the pub with friends. You would probably want to wear glasses while rocking a half face helmet to stop the wind from getting in your eyes.

Off Road/Motocross Helmets

Off Road/Motocross helmets are perfect for all motocross riders who want to ride the bush or race on the tracks. Motocross helmets are not equipped with a visor, because they are made to rock with a pair of motocross goggles.

4. Price

Most helmets price range between $79 to $1,500 depending on what features you would like on your helmet. If you want a lighter weighted, good quality helmet, you are looking at a more expensive helmet due to the components that make up the helmet such as carbon fibre. A full face helmet will be more expensive than an open face helmet or a half helmet.

The Shoei VFX-WR Motocross Helmet is a poly-carbonate helmet with MEDS technology along with an Emergency Quick Release System that starts at $799 retail. The Fly Racing Formula CC Motocross helmet is a tri-weave composite shell that is carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass with RHEON technology along with true functional ventilation when in motion that starts at $649 retail.

Find out your head size

Step 1 

Measure around the largest part of your head just above the ears, taking the measurement at the forehead. The measurement will correspond to a particular size in the model range you are interested in. This is a good starting point to finding the perfect motorcycle helmet. If you want a particular brand or model, do not be tempted to go for another size if yours is out of stock – wait and get the correct size so that you have a properly fitted helmet.

Step 2 

Once you have the helmet in the recommended size, place it firmly on your head and secure the chin strap. If the helmet has a quick release buckle, take time to adjust the strap. Once fitted, you should be able to feel the inside of the motorcycle helmet against all parts of your head. Once you are happy, wear the helmet for a few minutes to make sure it is comfortable and snug.

Step 3 

Try to rotate the helmet from side to side with the strap secured. Make sure the helmet does not rotate on your head. The cheek-pads should provide a firm, comfortable fit. Tilt the helmet forward and back. It should stay in position and not move. If it slips forward or back it is the wrong size and you will need to choose a different motorcycle helmet size.

Step 4 

The final thing to check is that the motorcycle helmet is secure and won’t come off easily. Tilt your head forward and have someone try to roll the helmet off your head by carefully applying an upward force to the rear of the helmet at its base. If it can be rolled off in the store with the chin strap done up, it will most likely come off in a crash.

When should you purchase a new motorcycle helmet?

  • You can buy a new motorcycle helmet anytime you'd like, but you must always buy a new helmet if you have a crash. If you crack your helmet or compress the foam, it will not work properly the next time.

  • If your motorcycle helmet has been properly taken care of and hasn't been involved in a crash it should be replaced approximately once every five years, or once every three years if used regularly.

  • Helmets are made of materials which will deteriorate with time, heat and humidity. Hair oils, body fluids and cosmetics also contribute to helmet degradation. Petroleum-based products present in cleaners, paints, fuels and other common materials may also degrade materials used in many helmets.

Helmet Brand Recommendations

There are lots of different motorcycle helmet brands to choose from when it comes to motorcycle helmets. Here is a list of the top helmet manufacturers that we sell at AMX Superstores.

Full Face Helmets

Open Face Helmets

Modular Helmets

Adventure Helmets

Half Helmets

Off Road /Motocross Helmets

Happy shopping!

We hope our guide provided you with the best information to find the best motorcycle helmet so that you can go out and enjoy your ride! If you need any help with fitment, sizing or information head into one of our 17 stores in Australia, or shop online at amxsuperstores.com.au ! Our sales team in store are available to answer all of your questions, and to provide advice on size and fitment. If you can't get into a store, you can speak to a friendly Online Customer Service team member on 1300 113 257.

                                 

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