If you have a motorbike or are considering buying one, then a motorcycle helmet is an absolute necessity. Indeed, in many parts of the world, it is a legal obligation to buy one.
Walking into a motorcycle accessories stockist, you may be confused by the range of helmets on offer. Fortunately, things are not quite so daunting as they first seem.
Let's take a closer look at the four main different types of motorbike helmets that are available.
The first is the full face helmet, which is ideal for those who want to feel better protected. These helmets provide full cover for your face, including a hinged visor.
As a result, a full face helmet is perfect for providing protection from the elements. It also offers greater protection that some other alternatives in case of an accident.
An open face motorbike helmet, by contrast, offers a lower degree of protection. You'll find that it does not have any protection for your chin.
It's generally worn with goggles or a visor, depending on the preference of the rider. Given that it leaves the rider feeling more exposed, it tends to be preferred by those looking for more freedom in their riding experience.
A compromise between protection and exposure is provided by flip up helmets. These will also allow you to talk to other people more easily, while still wearing your helmet.
Finally, you'll find that there are a range of off road helmets. These are aimed at those wishing to take place in motocross and other such sports.
If you've ever tried to ride in such an event then you'll know the importance of keeping all of that mud and grit away from your face!
The four types of helmet listed above are all available for purchase within the UK.