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Why Should You Buy A Helmet?

Aug 18, 2007
Choosing a motorbike helmet can be as hard as buying the motorbike itself. Some might prioritize form over graphic design, and some tend to go for quality.

But does this protective gear really protect you from accidents? Yes, typically helmets are designed to help you keep your focus on the road. Designs have been made to not just protect your head from breaking apart during crashes but also filter ambient noises away. Helmets have drastically improved in design and material since its early years. For full faced designs, air vents have been incorporated to provide good air flow to the riders head and face. Foams have been designed to protect the rider's ears from all those honking horns.

Helmets come from different types of materials. Some are made from the typical aluminum padded with high density foam to light weight graphite and carbon fiber outer shell. Although each and every material being used is capable of providing crash protection, it carries different levels of cost. Before buying any protective gear check on whether it has any test certification or does it conform to any national or international agency standard certificates given by the local department of transportation.

For street bike fanatics and cost conscious bike fanatics, an open face helmet could always be your option. Since you won't be breaking any sound barriers, this type of helmet gives you a good view of incoming and adjacent traffic. This might not give you the maximum protection that a full faced helmet gives but the view and the environment awareness factor is essential to prevent you from bumping into cars and crossing pedestrians. Additional protective gear might be essential to this type of helmet since it only protects the skull and ears. Goggles and face mask may be a good addition to the gears you might be buying. To protect your eyes from bugs and dust that you might encounter along the way, goggles are a must. Face mask or a mouth covering is a good piece of accessory to filter the dust and some particles that is in the air, especially if you are speeding.

Racing with motorbikes has been a sport long enough for it to evolve into a mainstream event. But racing in such high speed races is like signing a contract with death. Motorbike racing is that dangerous since you don't have any doors, engine bay or a seat belt that protects you from slamming your self on the wall so a good protective gear is a must.

A very essential gear that protects you from having a career ending or perhaps a paralyzing accident is the helmet. Racing helmets are usually designed as full faced helmets since it also needs to protect not just the skull but also the face and jaw area. Commonly, racing helmets are made out of carbon fiber since this material is the lightest and hardest material to break. These helmets also come with scratch and impact resistant face plates to protect the eyes from high velocity flying debris around the track.

Even though you've got the top off the line equipments, these don't guarantee your safety. It still pays to be vigilant when riding.
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