Motorcycle helmets are an important piece of equipment for protecting and saving a motorcycle rider's life. A great fitting motorcycle helmet can make the different between life and death. Finding a helmet is more than just a matter of buying one that fits your head size--finding the right fit is the most important. Follow these instructions to learn how to get the best fit for your motorcycle helmet.
Determine the right size. Use your hat size, or measure the largest circumference of your head. Start from above your eyebrows and then move over your ears and around the back of your head. Check measurements for accuracy.
Try your helmet on. Hold the helmet over your head. The helmet bottom should face you with the front pointing down. Hold the inside of the straps with your thumbs and balance the helmet on your fingertips. Slightly spread the sides of the helmet apart as you slip it over your head.
Make sure the helmet sits squarely on your head. There should be no movement.
Fasten the straps securely. Your helmet should fit snugly on your head. The helmet may even feel too tight until it is in place correctly on your head.
Check to make sure the cheek pads touch your cheeks but are not pressing uncomfortably.
Check to make sure that there are no gaps between your temples and brow pads.
If your helmet has a neck roll, make sure that it does not push the helmet away from the back of your neck.
For a full-coverage helmet, press on the chin piece. The helmet or face shield should not touch your nose or chin, as the wind pressure from the ride will do the same. This will cause discomfort and can compromise your safety.
Once you've ensured the proper fit, move the helmet from side to side and up and down using your hands. You should feel a gentle, uniform pressure all over your head from the helmet.
Keep your head straight and the chin strap secure--try rolling the helmet forward off of your head. If you can pull the helmet off, the helmet is too big.
Take off your helmet. Check to see if there are any sore or red spots on your head. These are indicative of pressure points caused by the helmet's fit, which can be uncomfortable and cause headaches while riding. If you find any, this is not the right helmet for you. If there are spots, try the next helmet size up or a different brand.
Wear the helmet around the store a while and see how comfortable it is over time. Any decent store will allow this as they will understand what an important investment this is--a properly fitting helmet can mean the difference between life and death!
The only way to find a proper fit is to try the helmet on. A new helmet should be as tight as you can comfortably wear it. A helmet will loosen over time with use, so make sure your helmet is the right fit first!
Always wear your helmet when riding your motorcycle, whether your state has a helmet law or not--live to ride another day!