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Carbon Fiber Helmet - Safe Riding in a Carbon Fiber Helmet World

May 6, 2008
So you want to be a biker? Following the proper steps along the way will make your dream a safe, enjoyable reality. Before dropping by your local motorcycle shop and plopping down your credit card with wild abandon, take the time to think about what you want compared to what you need. Biting off more than you can chew can make the experience less than fun, and a lot less safe.

Most people learn how to drive a car when they are in high school. When a kid reaches the minimum, magical age of 15, 16, 17 or 18, that birthday is traditionally celebrated with a visit to the local Department of Motor Vehicles for a driving test and, hopefully, a license.

Although some people may go to the DMV seeking a motorcycle license, most are not prepared to don a carbon fiber helmet and roar away on only two wheels. Most people get comfortable with four-wheeled vehicles before moving to two-wheeled transportation.

Even then, receiving some form of motorcycle license will require some training time. General training in a classroom is often the first step, and it is often considered important for teens. Moreover, there is a series of visual and motor tests that the individual must pass before moving to the final stage. In the end, one must place his or her carbon fiber helmet on his or her head and pass the on-cycle road test.

For kids, most states require formal instruction in an accredited program. While the number of in-classroom and on-cycle hours varies, all programs are set up to ensure that a new rider is prepped with lots of knowledge, enhanced skills and some street smarts before he or she is free to roam the roads on a bike.

For adults who decide to learn how to ride, the best way to fulfill your biker fantasy is by signing up for lessons at one of the hundreds of riding schools that are located throughout North America. Courses vary in both cost and duration. They run from the most basic - covering all of the material that the DMV insists you know in order to pass their tests - to the more challenging, for the experienced rider, and on to training for the advanced rider. There are also refresher courses for bikers who have renewed their fascination with their passion and only need to resharpen their skills and get up to date on today's newest motorcycle technology. If you don't already own your own gear, schools can provide a motorcycle and a helmet for your use during the road test.

Knowing the conditions you will be riding in is very important to your decision for what kind of class you will attend. On-road biking requires knowledge of traffic and road conditions. Off-road biking requires consideration of wildlife and ground conditions to properly inflate tires for various soil types. No matter which type of biking you choose, protecting your head with a helmet is important. Perhaps a carbon fiber helmet when appropriate?

Before you have fun in the sun on a bike, make a small investment of time and money and take some classes. While a motorcycle helmet can protect your head, the knowledge you gain from professional instruction will smooth out many of the bumps along the way.
About the Author
John Daniele is an professional on carbon fiber helmets. For information or to purchase a handcrafted, light-weight, fiberglass skid lid look at www.helmetsrus.com To get 10% off your next purchase type in the coupon code: Video
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