April is “Check Your Helmet Month”, so we decided to go speak to our girls, Paige and Jisel over in our Motorclothes Department and give ourselves a little lesson on all the different styles of helmets Harley-Davidson has to offer to protect every rider out there.
The half helmets provide the least amount of protection. If you choose to get one of these helmets be sure to get one that is designed for motorcycle riding and has the most protection afforded by this minimal amount of protection. Be sure to look for the impact absorbing liner and the DOT approved labeling.
This style is the choice for riders who prefer the wind in their face. The three-quarter helmet affords riders good head protection but lacks the face protection that a full-face helmet gives.
Full-Face and Modular (Flip-Up) Helmets
Full-face helmets provide the most protection through their coverage of the face and jaw and protects the rider from all of the elements, i.e rain, bugs, sand and road debris.
Modular or “flip-up” helmets are very popular. They allow the rider to flip the chin-bar up for talking, eating, drinking and etc. If you choose this type of helmet be sure to have the chin-bar down and latched in place while riding.
The below diagram shows the percentages which areas of impact happen the most when and if an accident occurs. As you can see the largest amount of impacts occur in the jaw and face area. When choosing a helmet be sure to keep this chart in mind and give serious consideration to what areas are protected.
*Be sure that every helmet you choose to wear while riding is DOT approved!
There are more benefits and new technology to each helmet so be sure to stop by our Motorclothes girls to get fitted and up to date with your helmet! Nothing means more important to us than keeping all of our riders out there safe!