My helmet depicts me - that I take my life, my bike and my biking, seriously. As a biker, no matter what the laws say, one cannot deny the criticality and the importance of the helmet as a basic, must-have protective gear.
Motorcycle helmets have a long and interesting history. It came into being sometime at the start of the 1900s and has continuously improved and evolved ever since. However, the objective remains the same all these years, that it is made for and used to protect the head, the face and the life of the rider in a crash. Statistics prove that lives have been saved and are still being saved by using helmets.
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As much as being a tough and rough biker, combined with all the wild and unthinkable traits others assume bikers to be, I don’t compromise on my helmet! Whether cruising or touring, whether riding to work or for leisure, whether solo-riding or riding two; keeping myself and my pillion safe at all times, is doing justice to my biking fraternity.
In addition to safety, the helmet also provides comfort and ease. It cuts down the wind from bursting the eardrums and hitting the face and the eyes, and keeps insects and flying debris from landing on or striking the face. The helmet also protects from drastic and unpredictable weather changes. A comfy helmet even fends off tiredness and distress.
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A biker is spoilt for choice by the wide-spread motorcycle helmets that are available, today. There are helmets for motorcycling, and there are many more in the market that are not motorcycle-friendly. Thus, be aware of what you are getting. And bear in mind that it defeats the purpose of wearing a helmet if it is not strapped on.
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A full-face helmet provides wholesome and paramount protection to any rider. It covers your skull at the rear all the way to the base, and the front is safely covered by the chin bar. It has a visor that enables the rider to view the path. It provides ventilation and breathable room, too. It is apt to be used both as on-road and off-road safety gear. The helmet’s chin strap must be secured, to function to its fullest potential. Whether just riding down two blocks to the grocer’s or making a one-week road trip or even riding off-road on the dirt over a race, a full-face helmet offers you all the comforts and benefits of a biking helmet.
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A fusion of an open face helmet and a full-face helmet, this is a more city-riding designed helmet. With the flip-face down, it looks like a typical full-face helmet. The advantage of this helmet is that one can flip the whole full-face up, disclosing the open face helmet within. In contrast to the full-face helmet, the flip-up needs not be removed every time the rider needs to eat, talk or need some fresh air. However, this helmet is much debated about, due to its protruding chin bar nature, it is said to pull in more wind and heat. Also questionable is that it isn’t tight-fit and compressing enough due to is fusion-make that gives more room than needed in terms of safety and protection.
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A basic helmet to cover the ears, cheeks and the rear skull till its base. This Café Racer delight may or may not come with a visor. The lower chin bar and full-face protection are usually absent from this helmet. This helmet offers the same protection as the earlier helmets for the rear but lacks face and chin protection. Fitting a visor can add more protection from the heat or rain and flying debris. Alternatively, for added protection of the eyes, one can use a biker’s goggle or shades while using this helmet. Better fitted for low-traffic riding, this helmet meets the basic purpose of protection.
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Looking like the open face helmet from the front, this helmet covers half the rear. Though this helmet is banned in many places, due to its lack of protection and safety feature; it carries an aesthetic and trendy essence to many bikers, notably amongst the cruisers and tourers. For eye protection, a rider has to use goggles or elastic shades.
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