Types of motorcycle helmets.28 April, 2017
Types of motorcycle helmets.
The motorcycle helmet is the best protection for the motorcyclist in the event of a traffic accident. Reduces up to 30% motorbike deaths on the road and even a 40% in the case of serious head injuries.
Just like there are different types of motorcycles there are different types of helmets. Here we bring you the main motorcycle helmets you will find, with its characteristics, advantages and disadvantages.
1-Classic or Retro helmet:
Classic or retro helmets are the minimum expression of a helmet and are highly recommended. Due to their design they are usually used for cruiser motorcycles, where aesthetics plays a fundamental role and the driving rhythm is usually calm.
In addition to leaving the face unprotected, a good part of the head is also exposed, especially side and rear. The thickness of the helmet is usually low and its fit to the head is also very questionable reliability.
Protection level: very low.
Jet helmets offer a somewhat higher degree of protection than classic helmets< or retro, but still its security is very low. They protect most of the head but leave the face completely exposed.
They are very common as citizen helmets due to their lightness and small size., especially as helmets for scooters.
3-Jet helmet with lenses:
Jet helmets with screens are practically the same as Jet helmets but with the advantage of having a protective screen that frees us from the wind, dust or possible insects. Even so, its screens do not resist strong impacts and the face continues to be exposed, so your level of protection is still low.
Although its use is also widespread among older bikes, they are very common between scooters and mega scooters.
Although a trial helmet has the same appearance as a Jet helmet without a screen, they are helmets developed for the practice of trial with trial bikes, that's why his level of protection is considered good, since they carry out their mission safely in the practice of this discipline, but not outside of it.
Although as a general rule they are approved to circulate with them also by road at that time they become a Jet helmet without another screen, lowering their protection to very low since it is not what they have been designed for.
5- Helmet de Cross:
Protection level: good.
Off-road helmets are very specific helmets specially designed for use on enduro bikes or motocross bikes. They are very light helmets, with a prominent airy chinrest, sun visor but without screen since they are designed to be used with enduro or motocross goggles.
They are helmets with which you normally do a great physical exercise, so they are designed to guarantee good ventilation, as well as a wide field of vision.
Protection level: good.
Modular helmets quickly gained popularity due to their practicality, They are flip-up chin helmets in which a simple helmet turns into a jet-like helmet by operating a simple mechanism., consequently being heavier than a full face helmet.
Driving with the chin guard open is generally not allowed, nor recommended, but it is a very practical and comfortable helmet for long trips with touring motorcycles where stops are frequent and allows you to discover your face without removing your helmet. Some, like in this case, incorporate a small retractable smoked screen.
Trail helmets are helmets halfway between off-road helmets and full face helmets. One-piece helmets, with a chin guard that leaves your face very clear, like off-roading, with sun visor, like off-roading, but with a screen like the integrals.
The use of trail helmets are widespread in trail bikes and adventure spirit, as well as among those who like quiet enduro.
Protection level: very high.
Full face helmets are the most common of all and offer the highest level of protection. They are composed of a single piece so that in the event of an impact nothing could be disassembled. They are the ones that best adapt to the head, firmly protecting the entire face and chin.
They are the most recommended helmets for all types of road motorcycle, from scooters to large tourist bikes. There are them of very diverse ranges, being the highest-end and the lightest.