Congratulations! You’ve just bought a shiny new motorcycle and are one step closer to getting on the road and taking your new bike out for a spin! But before you start riding, there is another very important purchase that cannot be overlooked, which is investing in a new helmet. A good motorcycle helmet will not only protect you from a severe crash but will also protect your face from debris on the road, and must also be comfortable to wear for hours of riding. Here are some key tips for investing in a high-quality helmet that will last through many years of riding.
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Tip 1: Invest in a brand new helmet
While it might be tempting to save money and purchase a second hand or aged helmet from someone you know, major damage to a helmet might not show on its exterior and the lining of a helmet breaks apart after a few years, so it is always highly recommended for a beginner to purchase a brand new helmet.
Tip 2: Opt to go in-store for a fitting, instead of buying online
This is especially true if you are testing and buying your first helmet. As everyone’s head shape is different, it is advisable to try on and test various helmets in store and to check for fit and comfort.
Tip 3: Make sure the helmet complies with safety standards.
Helmets in Australia must comply with the AS/NZS 1698 safety standards, so when shopping for a new helmet, make sure that the helmet carries an AS1698 mark which should not be removed even after purchasing the helmet.
Tip 4: Pick the correct helmet shape for your riding style
Motorcycle Helmets come in two main helmet styles that comply with the AS1689 safety standard: full face and open face helmets. A full face helmet is the ideal choice in providing the most protection as the chin and jaw areas are exposed in open face helmets.
Tip 6: Maintaining your helmet
The most important aspect of owning a helmet is maintaining it and keeping it from wear and tear. Make sure to never place the helmet on the ground as abrasive surfaces can damage the exterior shell. The helmet should also be regularly cleaned on the inside and outside as wearing it frequently will lead to sweat and body oil build up. Last thing to remember is always air the helmet out after each wear!