When it comes to getting a motorcycle helmet, most riders look at two things, a protective helmet that will provide complete coverage on the head and neck and one that is also comfortable to put on, easy to remove, or wear the whole day.
As regards the amount of money that you should spend on a helmet, it all boils down to your budget and needs, more especially the environment from which you will be riding your bike. Most riders, therefore, prefer a full-face helmet because it is very versatile, and will complement any type of motorcycle that they ride while remaining functional in the different environmental conditions.
If your primary objective is to find a highly functional helmet at an affordable price, then you have many options to choose from starting from as low as $32 all the way to $80. So retailing at $32 is the Fuel Helmets SH-HHGL17 Unisex-Adult Deluxe Shorty DOT, the head bucket is quite light, with zero wind and noise control. The helmet is comfortable to put on and will offer the necessary protection to the head but not the neck. And that is probably the best that you will get for a low budget motorcycle helmet.
The Motorcycle Motocross ATV Helmet DOT approved retails at $80, has a sporty appearance, comes equipped with a couple of air vents, and removable linings meant to enhance comfort and ensure breathability. The head bucket just like the high end features a streamlined aerodynamic design meant to reduce wind noise and drag. Other important features equipped on the budget-friendly helmet are the multi-density EPS, the enhanced chin strap, and a fast-release buckle so that the medics can easily get access to your head in the event of an accident.
So the least amount of money that you can spend on a helmet is $80 because it has incorporated all the basic protective features, and the most is $900 so that you can enjoy all the innovative features.
High-end Motorcycle Helmets
We then move to the high-end motorcycle helmets, and given that the budget-friendly helmet has incorporated most of the features that you will be looking for in a high-end helmet, a logical concern would be why should you fork out about $900 for features that can be found on an $80 helmet? Well, because of the amount of research, time, and technology that went into the materials and design of the helmet with the aim of keeping the riders head safe.
A brief recap of what you will be paying for is the overall look of the helmet, hard to image right! Well, some helmets are highly-priced just because they are super attractive in terms of the paint job and graffiti. The price will also be influenced by the materials used on the inside, some will, therefore, incorporate the antibacterial liners, which is a good option for people with sensitive skin.
Others use high-quality original leather material while others use the reflective or high visibility coatings. So if you are thinking of getting top of the range helmet our advice will be that you go all out so that you enjoy all the new and innovative features, a good example would be the Shoei Neotec II Helmet – Excursion. So for $799, you will be getting a comfortable headwear with seamless head padding, complete with integrated grooves for glasses.
Bikers also get a multi-channel ventilation system, the helmet has integrated a communication system, a pre-installed loudspeaker, an integrated antenna, and a microphone for Bluetooth and radio reception. Shoei Neotec II Helmet – Excursion will fulfill many riders’ wildest dreams while offering a precise and secure fit, not to forget that it is comfortably protective.
Tips on choosing a motorcycle helmet
No matter how beautiful your motorcycle helmet looks, if it is not protective then you are better off without it. So here are some features that you should be on the look-out for.
The Helmets shell material – the weight and comfort of your helmet will be influenced by the material that has been used in making it. Some helmets are, therefore, made of fiberglass composite, this type are very expensive because the material flexes, crushes, and splits as it absorbs energy.
Others are made with carbon fiber, which is light in weight, highly-priced, and distributes energy upon impact. The less expensive helmets are characteristic of the polycarbonate material which flexes as it absorbs energy; others are made from the EPS. So upon reading the manufacturer’s manual, you should be able to tell the quality of the helmet in relation to the above material guideline.
The comfort features – we know that you expect to hear about cushioning and the helmets interior lining, well that is not what we are going to talk about, not that they aren’t important but that they have become quite repetitive. So today we are coming from a different angle, so with the current wave of innovation and technology, how comfortable your helmet is, will be determined by how deep you can put your hand into your pocket, as there has been an introduction of functional features in addition to the padding and lining of helmets.
Innovative helmets are now coming with improved cooling systems, so apart from the ventilation system, you will get units that use batteries or solar power, and even fans to help reduce the heat inside the helmet. Some helmets have incorporated the led lighting, which can be used as turn signals, brake lighting, among other lighting that allows the rider to see where they are going and to be seen by other riders.
Helmets also come with the rearview option, which is quite important when riding and you, therefore, don’t have to look over your shoulder before changing lanes. The rearview option will provide riders with a complete view of what’s around them, enabling a wider field of vision. Helmets that have incorporated this feature, work by bending the light around the sides of the helmet. Last but not least we have the new heads up display which comes with varying features and which work by providing the rider with information on the visor screen about their traveling speed, their GPS data, and call information from a smartphone.
How much should you spend on a motorcycle depends on where you are riding and how much you are willing to spend. If you are a frequent rider, it would be best if you got a protective helmet with the most advanced innovative features, but if you ride occasionally then $80 is a good price to start from.