Types of Helmets Posted on 12 Mar 18:11

The trappings of a motorcycle rider add to his or her status and image projected out to fellow riders. A "cool" motorcycle helmet must not only consider appearance (including material, color or graphics) but also, and more importantly, account for safety. Tough, seasoned riders know how to protect themselves while protecting their egos. Don't be left in the dust--make an informed choice of motorcycle helmet by reading through both appearance options and degrees of motorcycle helmet safety.

Full face helmets, hybrid helmets, open face helmets, short helmets and specific makes such as Motor Cross helmets have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to motorcycle helmet safety and appeal.

Easily distinguished, full face motorcycle helmets provide extra strength around the skull and chin. They can, however, cause the rider's face to become overheated and steamed up. Hybrid helmets let the rider slide up the chin portion and are good for people with glasses. Open face motorcycle helmets, or 3/4 motorcycle helmets, are designed to cover the ears and side of the face but fail to protect the chin and eyes (unless visors are added). Shorty helmets, or half motorcycle helmets, are simple helmets that leave the chin and side of the face exposed. Motor Cross helmets include motorcycle helmet accessories such as goggles or a dirt cap.

Once you have established how much coverage your motorcycle helmet will provide, it is time to examine special features such as decals, stickers, color and material. The cost will vary according to size and how much attention you give to appearance.