Types Of Motorcycle Helmets: The Complete Guide

Types of motorcycle helmets. Whether you are riding for the first time, then one of the most important pieces of motorcycle safety equipment is a helmet. Using a motorcycle helmet may prevent one from feeling the wind on your hair and face. As well as getting a complete view of your surroundings, it will protect you in the event of a motorcycle accident.

Types Of Motorcycle Helmets

The six most common motorcycle helmet styles are:

1. Full-Face Helmet

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Around your head and neck, the full-face helmet provides the most protection. As a result, it is believed to be the safest type of motorcycle helmet for preventing impact damage. 

A full-face helmet is a great option for any motorcyclist, regardless of the type of bike they ride or where they ride it. A helmet does vary depending on the type of biking you do. Sports riders have a crouched posture and require helmets that do not lift at high speeds. As a result, they tend to choose one with a higher chin bar and an angled visor opening.

The chin bar is one of the most distinctive features of a full-face helmet, and it’s a basic safety feature that most helmets lack. During an accident, your chin absorbs half of the severe blows. while only a full-face helmet can give you protection for your chin and jaw.

To evaporate sweat, minimize vision fogging, and make the journey chill while riding, most full-face helmets have ventilation through the helmet. In the cooler months, the passage may be closed to reduce air circulation. 

In recent years, full-face helmets have seen significant improvements in terms of features and technology. Including Bluetooth connectivity, high-visibility designs, and sunshades that adapt to changing light.

2. Modular Helmet 

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A modular helmet, at first sight, appears to be a full-face helmet. However, looking more closely reveals what distinguishes them apart. A modular helmet has all of the same features as a full-face helmet, but it also has a flip-up chin bar. Consider a modular to think of as a garage door on a helmet—the front section can be opened for added convenience.   

On some helmets, the chin bar and visor are integrated into a single piece that lifts as one. The “face” portion of these helmets is rarely higher than the forehead. That comes in handy if you want all of the protection of a full-face helmet. While riding but also like being able to open it up during pit stops without removing it.   

Look for a modular helmet that allows you to raise the chin bar separately from the visor and flip it to the back of the head if you want a genuine full-to-three-quarter hybrid.   

This type of helmet is particularly popular among adventure and touring cyclists since it allows them to ride for almost the whole day without having to put the helmet on and off.  

3. Half Helmets

Half helmets, as the name implies, cover the top half of the head. This sort of helmet is also known as pudding basins, brain buckets, or jockey helmets and provides excellent protection for the brain and skull. On the other hand, half helmets offer limited protection to the face, making them less suitable for use in tough conditions or extreme weather. The openness of many half-face helmets makes them more aerodynamic and allows for greater airflow. Many versions of the half-face helmet are DOT-certified and provide increased ventilation due to their openness.

A half helmet, unlike a full-face helmet, does not have a chin bar or an integrated visor, which limits its facial and chin protection capabilities. For eye protection and coverage against insects, dust, sunlight, raindrops, and other flying particles. The rider must also wear goggles, face shields, or other masks.

4. Open-Face Helmet

Open face helmets, often known as “quarter” helmets, cover the top back and sides of your head but leave your face exposed. The face area is kept open to feel the wind on their skin among scooters, cafe racers, tourers, and cruisers who prefer them. The lack of a chin bar on a ¾ helmet is what makes it so dangerous.

In terms of safety, open-face helmets are equivalent to full-face helmets in their coverage areas. The weight is slightly less than a full-face helmet because there is no chin bar, but it isn’t a significant decline. Because of the helmet’s openness, it does not protect you against the elements or road debris. They may come with either partial- or full-face visors to safeguard your eyes and face from the sun. Or they may need you to purchase the component separately.

5. Motocross Helmet 

The motocross helmet is a modification of the full face intended to accommodate off-road and dirt bike riders’ specific demands. The full-face helmet is a single-piece item with a hole for your head to pass through and a hole for looking out of. However, it does not include a visor. It’s intended to be used with goggles that provide greater eye protection against obstructions and debris.   

The chin bar is wrapped and truncated more loosely around the face. At the front, it usually incorporates a “mouthpiece” component that covers the nose. Which is typically equipped with a big air vent. A peak on the forehead, like that seen in a baseball cap, serves the same purpose as a visor in this helmet: to shield the eyes from the sun.

The aerodynamic design of this type of helmet includes several big air vents and ducts to guarantee optimum ventilation. They’re also far lighter than their road counterparts. Because they’re meant to be worn for extended periods in more extreme weather conditions. Nonetheless, they don’t offer the same level of isolation and soundproofing as a bike helmet. 

6. Dual-Sport Helmet

Off-road helmets are the most popular style for motorcyclists. This type of motorcycle helmet has an appearance similar to that of an off-road helmet. The majority of versions have a huge, aero-dynamic visor. Dual sport helmets also feature an elongated chin bar, which is not as long as that on off-road helmets. The interior of dual sport helmets, like many full-face helmets, is more cushioned, giving the user greater comfort when riding.

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A broad visor on a riding helmet, for example, provides better visibility and eye protection. Riders can adjust the visor to keep it flat while riding on city streets or rough trails, or raise it up to wear goggles and let fresh air in.

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