Now that you have your motorcycle, you’re ready to hit the road, feel the wind on your face, and experience total freedom. Or are you? Part of riding a motorcycle is acknowledging that you are now more at risk of a serious injury. This means that you have to make a few adjustments to better protect yourself. Hopping on your bike in a pair of shorts and flip-flops is not going to seem like a good idea anymore when a negligent driver slams into you.
Before you hit the streets of Covington on your new bike, invest in some riding gear to help protect yourself. More specifically, buy the right kind of helmet for the riding you intend to do. The right motorcycle helmet matters when you are on the road. Read below for some questions to consider when shopping for a helmet.
What kind of rider are you?
Consider what type of rider you are and what type of riding you plan to be doing. Are you a commuter? Will be you be riding in a group? Are you new to motorcycles? If you are new to riding, you may feel more comfortable with more protection than a half shell provides. If you are riding in a group, you may prefer a helmet that has a built-in communication system so that you can easily talk with the other people in the group.
What kind of features do you need?
If you plan on doing some long-haul riding, you might want a helmet that is lighter in weight so that your neck and shoulders can easily support it during your rides. Be sure the fit is right and the center of gravity of the helmet sits properly on your head so that it does not cause unnecessary strain to your neck. Consider the construction of the helmet and be sure it has the comfort and safety rating you need.
What style of bike are you riding?
Whether you are on a cruiser, sport bike, or a café bike, you should the choose the helmet that fits the style of motorcycle you are riding. For example, if you are on a cruiser, a half shell might be your best option since manufacturers design them for casual riders. However, if you are on a café bike, an open face helmet provides the protection you need while keeping with the old school style of your bike.
The type of helmet you wear should match the type of riding you do as well as the style of bike you have. Choosing the right design, style and safety rating can make a major difference if you are ever in a motorcycle accident.