Finding the Right Fit: Helmets
Helmets are an integral part of your safety while riding any type of bike. Choosing the right one can sometimes feel overwhelming. We’ve put together a guide to the basics for Australian standard motorcycle helmets, so you can make the right choice without sacrificing your safety.
Your helmet should be the most important part of your personal safety kit. While your choice might be affected by personal preference and all the flashy finishing touches there is one thing you need to put at the top of your criteria list. Any helmet you wear while riding needs to have identification that it complies with the Australian Standard of safety. This will be either a sticker or label fastened to the inside of the helmet. The standards are tried and tested to ensure your helmet will properly absorb energy and force, distribute load, and stay properly attached to your head, in an impact.
A safe helmet is of no use to you if it doesn’t properly fit on your head. This is why you always need to try before you buy. Your helmet should fit snug to your head and not move around with excess room as you move your head. If you have cheek pads they should sit flush with your cheeks without applying any pressure. There should be no gaps around or between the eyebrow pads either.If you are trying a full face helmet apply pressure to the chin piece. When you do this, no part of the face guard should actually touch your face.
A full face helmet is usually considered the safest option. These types of helmets fully cover your face there for no area is more vulnerable than another in the event of an impact. Full face helmets also feature a chin/jaw bar that protects what studies have found to be the area where 50% of impact injuries are sustained. Whatever bike you ride, in whatever terrain or area, full face helmets offer the greatest protection.
Open face helmets are also known as ¾ helmets as they only cover about ¾ of your whole head and face. These helmets are open around your face and chin, often with a fastening chin strap connecting the cheek pads. These helmets don't offer as much protection in an injury as full face helmets so they are usually more suited to cruisers.
Can’t decide between a full face or open face helmet? Get the best of both worlds with a modular helmet. They look like a full face helmet with the visor and chin bar but with an added hinge that allows you to flip the bottom half up making it an open face fit.
Half helmets offer the least amount of coverage/protection. For this reason they're not usually suited to heavy duty riding where you may be at higher risk of injury. These helmets are simple and straightforward and pair well with seperate eye protection.
Browse our full range of helmets here to find the right one for you.