Which one best suits you?
Shopping for your helmet is always exciting, regardless of whether you’re buying your fifth or first. You have so many options that it can be hard to decide what helmet you want.
Before you start to consider price, brand, color, and style, the first step in helmet ownership must be to select a type. Some helmets have different functions and not all helmets are created equal. There are six common types of motorcycle headgear, each with its benefits, disadvantages, and purpose. We’ve broken them down and listed all their advantages and disadvantages, along with the type of riding that they are best for.
The full-face helmet, which is the type people most often think about when discussing motorcycles. It’s a classic round helmet with a bobblehead-like profile. It is featured in some of the world’s most popular racing events such as the Isle of Man TT or MotoGP.
A full-face head helmet covers “the entire face”, or should we say the entire head. An opening is located at the neck, which can be used for fitting. A second one is at eye level, which can be used to see. The transparent visor protects you with a retractable, transparent visor. It can either be tinted clear or translucent. The chin bars are the portion of the visor that wraps around it. It’s the part of the shell around the rider’s mouth and chin.
Modern full-face Oneal helmets Australia feature closable intake ventilations at both the front and back of the shell. They are typically located on the chin, forehead, and chin.
The air vents in older designs are replaced by small, circular openings that are covered with mesh screens to keep dust out. In this case, ventilation relies more on the helmet’s visor and may be eliminated by some manufacturers.
To suit various purposes, full-face helmets come in a variety of shapes. Sportier applications require more daring profiles that have sharp chin bars, aggressive edges, and winglets. These models are more aerodynamic and offer less resistance. The silhouettes for street or touring models are simpler but they often have more features, such as retractable sun visors or integrated comms systems.
Pros: The best protection, comfort, and best soundproofing
Cons: Limiting airflow, despite air vents and fogging
Different types of riding: Street, Highway, Track
At first glance, the modular Helmet looks almost like a full face. However, it is easy to see the difference when you look closer. Although a modular helmet is similar to a full-face helmet in terms of features, it has a flip-up bonus chin bar. The modular is like a garage door for your helmet. The front section opens up to make it more convenient.
In some models, the chin bar and visor can be connected and lifted in one piece. These helmets are usually not able to be lifted higher than the forehead. This allows you to have full protection while riding and still be able to remove the helmet at pit stops.
This helmet is popular with touring and adventure riders. They can wear it almost all day without needing to remove it.
Pros: Convenient, versatile
Con: Thinner, less chin protection
Types Of Riding: City. Highway
The motocross helmet is an adaptation of the full-face that was created to meet the specific needs of dirtbike fans. The motocross headgear is the same as the full-face. It’s a one-piece helmet with both a hole to insert your head and a view hole. The helmet does not include a visor. It was designed to be worn in combination with goggles, which offer superior protection against debris.
The chin bar has a truncated shape and wraps loosely around your face. The front of the helmet often has a “mouthpiece” that covers the nose. This is often fitted with a large air vent. This type of helmet is also equipped with a peak on its forehead that looks similar to a baseball cap. It serves the same purpose, protecting the eyes against the sun.
This helmet features large air vents, ducts, and other large air ducts for maximum airflow. They’re lighter than their road counterparts and can be worn all day under more severe conditions. They do not offer the same level of isolation as their road-based counterparts.
Most manufacturers make motocross helmets in the same style. The choice of livery, look, and brand will all play a role in the design. Vintage has been incorporated into the motocross helmet category. Some brands offer a classic look with a sleek shell and fixed air vents.
Pros: Lightweight and well ventilated
Cons: This is for off-roading only, not suitable on the road, and has poor soundproofing
Types Of Riding: On-road