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Tips on How to Choose a Motocross Helmet
You did all the research, test rides, and negotiation$ for your new dirt bike. Congratulations on your new purchase as it will surely bring you years of fun riding !
The very most important next thing to do is select and purchase the right helmet. Here you will find some points to ponder on how to protect your most important asset: your dome! ( Cabesa, tete, noggin, etc. )
Generally speaking, you may notice a motocross or dirt bike helmet has a different look than a street bike helmet ; namely the extended chin piece meant to protect you from roost, aka dirt and stones/rocks that are thrown up from the back wheel. Also, dirt bike helmets tend to feature more openings for ventilation in order to keep active riders cool even at lower speeds. But these differences do not tell the whole story. Let’s dig deeper.
First, what will the helmet be used for?
- If you are a beginner, a high-priced, feature-loaded helmet may not be advised. Better to wait until you have decided you are going to ride regularly and/or make this hobby more of a lifestyle.
- Are you upgrading or replacing your current helmet? If this is the case then by now you surely know what you like/need and can better justify spending perhaps a little more for the features you seek.
- What kind of budget do you have? Yes the helmet is the most important protective gear for you but, at the same time, do not blow your entire paycheck on it unless you also have adequate body, leg, foot, eye, and hand protection.
Next, what features do you deem most important?
- Construction material of the helmet will affect the safety rating, weight and rider comfort. Most helmets on the market are made of carbon fiber, polycarbonate or fiberglass.
- The weight of your helmet will play an important role in how it properly fits. Make sure weight is evenly distributed between your shoulders and head.
Make sure the helmet meets the safety compliance standards for your location; the more safety ratings the better.
- DOT or United States Department of Transportation has set guidelines for the acceptable minimum safety requirements. Full information on this topic may be found here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/
- Ensure you purchase a helmet that fits properly.
- In order to
properly measure your head for fit, follow these steps:
- sing a cloth measuring tape, start approximately ½” above the eyebrows and ears and end around the back of your head at its largest point.
- Take this number and find its equivalent for the brand helmet you are buying.
- Try all helmets on before purchase! A proper fit will sit squarely and be snug all around with the front opening sitting just above the eyebrows. It is normal for new helmets to be snug at first and then loosen slightly once worn in.
- Some helmet manufacturers make reference to head shape as well, i.e., Oval, Long Oval, etc. Ask questions if you are unsure of your head shape and/or if a particular brand caters to one or the other shapes.
We hope you have found this article useful and that you will visit our site, www.acdracing.us as we are adding helmets to our store very soon! We here at ACD Racing Parts USA care about protecting not just your equipment but protecting you, the rider!
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