What is the best motorbike helmet?

Oh how we would love to list the top ten motorcycle helmets! Yes, there are, of course, a number of highly recommended motorbike helmets, with stunning designs, the ultimate in aerodynamic technology and safety features flying out the wazoo… but they will come at a cost.

So what is the best motorbike helmet?

When it comes to helmets there is a huge amount of variety on offer, which can make choosing a motorcycle helmet confusing. You will have to look at safety ratings, fit, full or open face, coverage, communications facilities… and of course, its aesthetic appeal. But price will probably be most important as the cost of motorbike helmets can range from well under £100 to almost £1,000.

Ultimately, when it comes to riding a motorbike, absolutely nothing should be as important as your safety and therefore, your helmet. Your bike may be the best thing since sliced bread; your leathers might keep you warm and dry on the wettest of days, but these won’t mean a thing if you come off your bike and your head isn’t protected. Protecting your head from injury should be at the top of your list of priorities, no matter what.

I’ve just bought a new bike and I don’t know which motorcycle helmet to choose!

Superbike Rental hears your pain. Here are our top tips:

  1. Make sure that the motorbike helmet you choose complies with British Standard BS 6658:1985 or UNECE Regulation 22.05, or comply with a standard accepted by a member of the European Economic Area that offers an equivalent safety and protection level to the British Standard Kitemark.
  2. Top brands include Shoei, Arai, Shark, AGV and Roof. Do some research and try them on before you buy as one size certainly does not fit all – for example, riders who regularly wear Shoei will often state that Arai helmets aren’t as comfortable and vice versa.
  3. When choosing between a full-faced, half-faced or flip front helmet, remember they all have pros and cons when it comes to protection, noise levels, comfort and price.
  4. The more money you pay, the lighter and more aerodynamic your helmet is likely to be. It may also have an interchangeable visor and pin-lock system, which will stop your visor from misting up. Of course, access to these features will depend on your budget.
  5. Helmets come in a range of styles and the keen motorcyclist will have one for every bike – Enduro, full race helmets etc. Again, look at the bike/bikes you are likely to ride on a regular basis so you can decide the best style for your needs.

In the end, the best helmet for you is the one you can afford, which fits, is safety rated and one that you are happy to wear time and again. Just because a motorcycle helmet looks good doesn’t make it comfortable, so bear in mind the fact that if you’re planning on taking your bike out regularly, you’ll be wearing your helmet for hours at a time.

Added by: Mark Coventry

Superbike Brentwood

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