Motorcycle helmets protect a rider's face, neck, and head in the event of a crash. Some helmets also keep wind, rain, and debris away from the face. Harley-Davidson offers a line of safe and sturdy branded headgear for riders.What types of motorcycle helmets does Harley-Davidson offer?
- Full-face helmets: Offering the most protection, full-face helmets cover the head, neck, jaw, and face. They usually have a clear visor through which you can see.
- Open-face helmets: Some riders prefer not to have a visor covering their faces. An open-face style leaves the face exposed to the elements. However, some have a sun shield that offers partial protection. Harley-Davidson offers open-face protection in both 3/4 and 5/8 styles.
- Modular helmets: This is a flexible style that can be used in more than one way. Modular helmets can convert between full-face and open-face helmets.
- Half helmets: This style is lightweight while offering greater visibility than other options. However, half helmets cover only the top of a rider's head, so they offer the lowest level of protection on the road.
- Safety:Motorcycle helmets should meet industry standards for protecting the head.
- Fit: To measure your head for a helmet, place a tape measure one inch above your eyebrows. After you measure around your head, consult a size chart from Harley-Davidson that is specific to the manufacturer of that helmet. Motorcycle helmets become looser with wear, so if you are between sizes, it is usually recommended to size down.
- Materials: To protect your head and neck in the event of a motorcycle crash, your safety gear should be comprised of a tough outer material, such as plastic with composite fibers. Inside, it should have a material that offers both padding and comfort, such as EPS foam.
- Expert construction: Harley-Davidson sells motorcycle helmets from major manufacturers, such as Bell and HJC. These companies have expertise in crafting safe, solid headgear.
- After a crash: Once a helmet has been in a crash, it has done its job. After withstanding the impact of one crash, its protective layers may have suffered irreparable damage. Even if you don't see visible damage, it is not safe to continue using the helmet.
- After it suffers damage: Drops and falls that happen during everyday life are not usually enough to render a Harley-Davidson motorcycle helmet unusable. However, if you are ever concerned about the integrity of a helmet, have a professional inspect it before continuing to wear it.
- After several years: After two to five years, consider upgrading your helmet to a newer model.