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What are the Different Types of Motorcycle Helmets?

Type 1: Full Face Helmets

Full face helmets provide the best protection of all types of helmets. They cover the top, front, and back of the head. Full-face helmets are typically round or bubble-shaped and have aerodynamics that can be adjusted to suit different riding positions. Full face helmets, regardless of their shape or appearance, are structurally stronger because of a thick chin bar integrated into the rest. The wind visors at the front can be easily opened and closed.

Without proper ventilation, a full-face helmet could be sealed off by keeping the visor closed. Enclosed motorcycle helmets have ventilation channels at the top, sides, and front. This allows fresh air to circulate throughout the helmet, allowing for better breathing and less fogging.

Type 2: Modular Helmets

Modular helmets have chin bars that pivot upwards on the rear hinges. When you need to stop for a call, eat, check your GPS or talk about the trip, simply flip the chin bar to transform what is essentially a full-face helmet into an open-face one. Modular motorcycle helmets come in a variety of shapes, from the round for those who ride at lower speeds or more upright styles to more aerodynamic models for those who want to go faster.

Modular helmets are not as strong and reliable as full-face (one-piece) helmets. Lower chin sections may be reinforced for strength but they are not part of the main helmet and will react differently to a crash.

Modular helmets are typically heavier than full-face helmets due to the strength reinforcements in the chin and other parts of the helmet.

Type 3: Open Face Helmets

Open Face helmets are a long-standing favorite of scooter and lower-speed riders. They cover the top, sides, and back of your head while leaving your facial areas open to the fresh air. Open face motorcycle helmets provide less protection against crashes because there is no structural chin area. The helmets are securely secured to your head by an adjustable strap that wraps around your chin.

The great open-air feeling is not without its downsides. You will be exposed to road grit and bugs as well as water. Many open-face helmets are available with removable visor pieces or air-filtering masks.

Type 4:Dirt Bike

Because dirt biking requires more effort, dirt bike helmets have maximum ventilation to allow the rider to breathe freely during off-road riding. Dirt bike helmets have less insulation, which is another reason why they are so cool. The superior protection around the chin is provided by a one-piece design.

Dirt bike helmets don’t have wind visors and are not designed for high-speed riding. Riders usually wear separate goggles to protect their eyes. This is a good thing, as goggles are easier to clean and remove when dirt gets covered.

Large, adjustable “sun peak”, attachments for off-road helmets serve multiple functions. They keep the sun from shining on your eyes, which is important when you are riding at high speeds and going up and down steep hills.

Sun peaks can block dirt and mud from being kicked up by riders behind you on dirt trails. Because of its distinctive visual appearance, this arc of dirt spraying into the air behind dirt bikes is called a “roostertail”. It is not fun to be “roosted”, and it can also cause severe pain if rocks are thrown.

Dirt bike helmets are lighter and more insulated, so you will hear most of the noise. This is a good thing for lower speeds on rough terrain when you need to hear the sounds of tires sliding, skidding, or keeping contact.

High-speed riding can make it very unpleasant to hear and feel the wind in a dirt bike helmet. Sun peaks could also be subject to dangerous aerodynamic forces, which would push your head upwards and backward. Dirt bike helmets can be worn at slower speeds.

Dirt bike helmets made from lighter-weight composites are great for those who intend to do off-road racing and other extreme activities.

Type 5: Dual Sport Helmets

Dual Sport helmets, which are essentially dirt bike helmets, have been re-engineered to be street-friendly at moderate highway speeds. Ventilation is greatly improved for on-road riding through ducts or vents. Face shields can also be flipped down to allow for more freedom while on the move. Flip the face shields up to use with goggles while off-roading.

Dual sport helmets are more secure than dirt bike helmets. They have permanently integrated chin bars that provide jaw protection. These helmets also have glare-reducing sun peaks that don’t increase in the aerodynamic lift as much when speeds rise.

Dual sport helmets provide more insulation to keep riders comfortable on the road. They are warmer and sound-muffling better than dirt bikes helmets, but not as well as full-face helmets.


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