So, we hopefully convinced you to get a helmet. It can be overwhelming to choose which type, as there are so many. However, they all can be split into five categories: Full face, off-road (or motocross). Modular, open face (or ¾ helmet) and half helmet. After you read all their advantages and disadvantages, you can decide for yourself which one suits your needs the best.
The full face helmet, guess what protects your whole face. It covers the entire head, its rear watching out for the base of your skull, while also having a visor protecting your eyes and a section over the front of your chin. They also offer you a quiet ride, as they usually mute out the actual sound of the road and your motorcycle. They are probably the safest type, though they can be a bit heavier (as they have much more material), and are a bit warmer. They’re also a godsend for your neck and shoulders, as they have little wind resistance. All around, probably your best bet.
The motocross helmet is a bit different than the full face one. It has a longer, drawn out chin and visor part. As it’s mostly used for off-road riding, its shape helps deflect debris that is often caused by the environment in which you ride in. They’re also often combined with goggles that you really should get, on account of the bugs and dirt. This may seem like a hassle, but it’s what actually makes these great, as you have the greatest amount of flexibility and movement when you ride.
You can move your head more than you could with the full-faced type and its design allows for a wider and greater field of vision. The sun visor is very important as it does wonders if you ride during the day, in hot, sunny place. The vents are specially designed to help you cool down and just let the heat escape the helmet. They offer less protection than the full-faced type, and are best used on, you guessed it, dirt roads.
Modular (or flip-up) is basically a hybrid between the open face and the full face helmets. What makes them special is that they have, basically, the best of both worlds. As the full face type, they protect the base of your head, your chin, and your eyes. However, if you want to talk to someone or want to breathe with a bit more ease, just remove the chin bar and slide the visor up. Both the chin bar and the visor are easy to replace and to move, depending on the situation. However, keep in mind that this is the heaviest of types, as it has so many added and movable pieces. It’s also not as snug as a full face type, which while making it more comfortable, will make it less safe and offer less protection. We do suggest that you always ride with the modular helmet fully assembled and closed, and open it up during slow rides, or when you simply stop (since you don’t have to actually take the thing off to breathe). Another problem could be the wind drag or the high wind resistance. Because of their design, they are less aerodynamic than other types.
Open face helmets cover the ears, back of your head, and your cheeks, but leave open the chin (and basically the whole front of your face). However, they can, and often are, made with an added face shield. Some countries even demand that you have a face shield or goggles, as you can seriously get hurt and get into a crash because of debris flying into your eyes. Trust us, you’re not that pretty, you don’t need to show your face everywhere. Plus, the wind will make you even less pretty (unless you’re going for that aged-like-fine-wine old man look). On the upside, they offer excellent visibility, like you’re not even wearing a helmet. It will also make it much easier to actually eat and talk to people. Another plus is that they are very light.
Half helmets or the skull cap. Unfortunately, they are not called that because they’re cool (or at least shouldn’t be). They offer the least protection possible, as they cover only the top of your head. Some Motorcycle safety foundations actually prohibit using these things now. If you get into a crash, you need to be very lucky and actually hit the pavement with the top of your head; otherwise, you might as well have „helmet hair” for nothing. Another problem is that these don’t even protect your eyes, as most models don’t have visors, and so you have to get goggles. They also have very high wind resistance, which will make your neck muscles sore like they’ve never been before. At least they’re very light and offer the most head mobility. However, unless mobility is really that important to you (or you want to get a neck like a wrestler after a few months of riding), there is little reason to actually get this type.