A Word about Motorcycle Helmets
Posted by Jason, a long time Customer and Safety Advocate on Sep 9th 2016
I'm not making judgments about your biking preferences, but I think you really should wear a helmet. There was a time when helmets were rarely worn. But we know better these days. Let’s face it, riding a motorcycle is not a walk in the park. It has risks and studies have shown that motorcycle helmets do save lives. It’s a fact you’ve heard a thousand times. But did you know that the CDC says helmet use prevents up to 37% of fatalities from motorcycle operations. And for your passengers, the survival rates get better with a helmet. So, what’s your most precious asset? You and your family! Let’s protect both with a motorcycle helmet.
What kind should I buy? Basically, there are four styles and they all provide excellent protection.
- For those that hate helmets, the Half-Helmet, sometimes referred to as shorty-helmets, provides basic protection that is small, light, and cool in hot weather. Its beanie appearance is rather novel and fashionable too.
- An Open-Face (¾)-Helmet is a step up in coverage and protection. With this helmet only the face is left uncovered.
- The best protection is afforded by wearing a Full-Face motorcycle helmet. These styles encase cheeks and the jaw. A face shield protects the face from impact and flying debris, and flips up if desired. Most full-face helmets have a vent system to keep the head cool on hot days.
- The Modular Helmet combines the style and benefits of the Full-Face and the Open-Face (¾). With this style you can flip-up the chin bar for easier on/off. It can also be flipped-up when riding when full-face exposure is desired.
Ride safe, and wear a helmet!