Types and styles of motorcycle helmets

Open Face Helmets (AKA 3 )

These helmets are very popular with scooters and cruiser riders. This 3/4 structure looks vintage and is a great match for stylish street-going motorbikes.

Open-face helmets are structurally equal to full-face helmets in terms of safety. For impact resistance, shells often have the same padding and composites as full faces. Open-face helmets have less coverage as you can see from their name. In many cases, the helmet does not have a chin bar or a face shield. An open helmet covering your head will cover your top, back, sides, and forehead, but your face won’t be covered.

Open-face Oneal helmets Australia offer the added benefit of having a more airy feeling. In rainy or dusty situations, this can make it difficult to use. Even if your helmet features a flip-down visor you may still need to use a bandana for protection. Alternately you might grow a massive beard to solve this problem. There are many options for you if your helmet does not provide eye protection. In sunny weather, glasses can be worn. Riders will often opt for goggles when the weather turns bad. Many helmet manufacturers offer eye protection that snaps onto their helmets.

Half helmets (AKA brain buckets):

Half helmets are the least restrictive type of lid. They cover your entire head, usually from the top to your forehead and about halfway down your back. They are popular with vintage and cruiser motorcycle riders. Harley-Davidson is the most famous. However, they are also very popular with naked bikes, such as Ducati Monsters or BMW S1000Rs, or Kawasaki Z1000s.

Half helmets are generally DOT approved. They can be used on Canadian roads. Half helmets lack safety features. Half helmets provide only the minimum coverage and, even at the top of the head, the impact resistance is often substandard.

Only you know what concessions are safe. A half helmet is fine if you feel comfortable. Brain buckets represent the freedom of motorcycling. Airflow and lightness are unparalleled. For facial protection, riders often wear sunglasses, goggles, or bandannas. Some helmets, including the Bell Rogue, have a detachable muzzle which eliminates the need for a bandanna.

Off-road Helmets are also known as motocross

Off-road helmets have a distinctive look that distinguishes them from regular full faces. They are distinguished by their sun peaks as well as their angular, angular neck bars. Dirt riding requires physical strength and is often done in warmer temperatures. Motocross helmets maximize ventilation and reduce weight.

With an off-road helmet, you wouldn’t want your motorcycle to be too dangerous. Low soundproofing can make wind noise and traffic annoying at high speeds. The sun’s peak will make your head look like a kite if it is too high. For cruising through the backwoods, off-road headgear is ideal.

Motocross helmets are made to be worn with goggles. Goggles are superior in airflow and can be worn with tear-offs even in the most extreme conditions. The sun peak does exactly what it says: It protects your eyes from direct sunlight. The sun peak also protects against the falling of miles-high roosts from above.

Carbon-fibre or advanced-composite helmets would be great for off-road racing. These helmets don’t compromise safety and weight. Racers should also consider a better level of ventilation. You should also consider a race-inspired helmet if you are wearing body armor or a neck brace.

As usual, certain helmets fit certain head shapes. You can find more information in our fitting section. Certain helmets are compatible with certain goggles. A match between your goggles and your eye-port can make a significant difference in protecting your eyes from rain and dust. Look for a helmet manufacturer who also makes goggles (e.g. Fox, Thor) to check if the manufacturer has a match.