Protecting your body is a must while riding your motorcycle and nothing could be more important than the Helmet. Starting with the basics we will help you get aware and understand about each and every design aspect of different types of Helmets. Discussing the safety, visibility, fit, aerodynamics and weight, helping you decide which exact type of Helmet suits you. So wasting no more lines let us jump to the point.
We will be discussing seven different types of Helmets, we know there are many more types available so we will be covering the whole spectrum of each different category keeping in mind we do not leave out anything. In the end, we will discuss in detail about the materials of Helmets.
Seven Types Of Helmets :
- Full Face
- Open Face
- Half Helmet
- Dual Sports
Full Face :
As the name suggests, it covers most parts of the face. The top and back of the head, the jaw and other parts, leaving space for eyes and nose; which are covered by a plastic visor that can be flipped up and down.
A Full Face touring Helmet is an extremely versatile Helmet, as it perfectly suits long rides that might include different kinds of terrains and a wide range of weather conditions whether it is winter or summer. As it is able to withstand rain, dust, snow etc.
The Air Vents in a Touring Helmet are ideally situated at the top, which provides effective ventilation during hot weather.
Full Face Helmets are usually heavier than others – still, they should be as light as possible without compromising on safety. With a perfect size selection, they will not exert excessive strain on the neck.
Full Face Helmets have excellent aerodynamics and insulation to ensure a quiet ride with minimal wind resistance. They offer sideways visibility which is critical at intersections and while overtaking. The only issue found with this helmet is that it can be troublesome to have communication with another Rider or Pillion Rider while riding.
Open Face :
This type of Helmet is well known by many other names, one of it is the ¾ Helmet as it covers 75% of the face. It might be DOT approved, but it only majorly protects the head. The jaw and face might only be partially protected at best.
This Helmet is not suitable for all weather conditions as it does not block snow, rain, and dust. You can try out a Bandanna and Eye-Wear, but it can not stop a stone flying on your face.
Apart from visibility, another reason for preferring this Helmet is it’s Light-Weight. Some people even prefer this Helmet for its classy old-school style. These are the best options for slow speed cruising in the city.
Half Helmet :
This type of Helmet provides the least safety from all the available categories of Helmets. It has the least weight and uses Chin Straps. It looks cool and is suited best on Café Racers and Cruisers.
Though we would not suggest this Helmet because it does not provide adequate protection against wind, rain, snow etc. It covers very small portion of the face. Even lesser than an Open Face Helmet, these Helmets are nowhere as safe as a Full Face Helmet.
Modular Helmet :
It gives the rider comfort in all possible ways with it’s versatility. It covers either the Full Face or acts as an Open Face Helmet. The Chin-Bar simply lifts up and gets converted from Full Face to Half Face.
Suppose the Rider is hungry and seeks to stop and grab a bite then he can just flip the Chin-Bar up. Even while riding in a group it can be easy to have communication with fellow Riders.
The only point where this Helmet falls behind other Helmets is due to its Open-able Chin-Bar. In case of a crash it would not be able to provide as much protection as the Full Face Helmet because the forces would not distribute evenly due to its construction. This can easily cause breakage.
This is purpose-built for extreme motorsports. They are found with an extended Chin-Bar, a Sun Peak and a larger Eye Port for easy allowance of goggles. Premium ones are made from Carbon-Fiber.
The only thing to be taken care while purchasing this Helmet is that you must check for the Eye Port and Goggle size. If the size does not match then it can be an issue as it makes it move a lot with the wind.
Dual Sport :
These Helmets can be used in both, Off and On Road rides. They have the option of flipping the visor to use goggles instead. Just like a Motocross Helmet, they have an extended Chin-Bar which helps in better Ventilation and they do have a provision of Front Lip for shade.
In comparison to Motocross Helmets, these provide better soundproofing.
Racing Helmet :
This category provides the best safety and is used on track for it’s Impact Safety. It is the best in every manner from safety to aerodynamics. It is even lighter in weight as manufacturers use exotic materials such as Carbon Fiber and Kevlar composites. The only disadvantage is the high price. But if you are among those who prioritize safety, you would not regret buying it.
We will be back with more articles on Safety Gears and remember to grab your Helmet as you head out. With this we conclude our Article and hope we further increased the depth of your Automobile and Motorsports Vision. If you want to know more feel free to comment down below.