Many who ride motorcycles have a love-hate relationship with their helmet. The love part comes from the peace of mind that they use one of the most important safety features available to motorcyclists. The hate part comes in many forms, including a claustrophobic feel, a disconnectedness from the environment that riders otherwise enjoy, or discomfort during rides.
Picking the right one
Riders can address some criticisms by picking the right helmet. Different riders will have different priorities, but some important factors to weigh are:
- Fit: Pick one that fits snugly but comfortably, and remember that it may be a bit tight until it breaks in.
- Rating: Pick one with a high safety rating.
- Suitable type: Pick one that serves the purpose – for example, full-face helmets are great for highway riding.
- Features: They can include blue tooth communication and speakers.
- New safety technology: Multi-directional Protection System employs slip-plane technology.
- Weight: Some may want a helmet that weighs less.
Sadly, it doesn’t prevent all injuries
Riding a motorcycle is still a dangerous endeavor, so bikers should also use appropriate jackets, pants, shoes and gloves designed to withstand contact with the pavement better and thus reduce certain types of injuries.
All the safety gear in the world will not protect against all injures, such as when motorcyclists are forced off the road or collide with a car or truck. In cases like these, it is important to remember that riders have rights. It includes holding other negligent drivers on the road for their reckless actions.