Picking the right Motorcycle Helmet

A MOTORBIKE HELMET IS ONE OT THE MOST IMPORTANT PURCHASES YOU, AS A MOTORCYCLE RIDER CAN MAKE. WE HAVE CREATED THE FOLLOWING AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE HELMET GUIDE IN ORDER TO HELP YOU KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A HELMET, AS WELL AS WHAT THE AUSTRALIAN LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MOTORCYCLE HELMETS ARE.

Legal Requirements

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MOTORCYCLE HELMETS IN AUSTRALIA

GET THE PERFECT HELMET FIT IN 7 EASY STEPS

1 GRASP & SECURE CHIN STRAPS
2 ROTATE HELMET FROM SIDE TO SIDE
3 ROTATE HELMET UP AND DOWN
4 CHECK CHEEK PAD SIZE
5 PERFORM THE FOUR FINGER TEST
6 HELMET ROLL TEST

helmet features

VENTS

More expensive helmets usually feature advanced ventilation systems to help keep you cool and prevent your face shield from fogging up while closed. The more time you can spend with your face shield fully closed, the safer you are on the road.

SCRATCH RESISTANCE

If you’re planning on travelling long distances or expect to leave your helmet out of its storage sack a lot of the time, a scratch resistant finish might be a good option for you.

STRAPS

There is nothing more annoying than the end of a strap flapping wildly against the side of your neck at 100kph. Most helmets come with some way of securing the tag end of the strap out of the way, just make sure yours does too. Padded straps are also nice, especially on longer rides.

REMOVABLE / ADJUSTABLE LINING

some high-end race helmets allow you to fine tune your fit by adding and removing a few millimetres of cushioning around the cheek area. Other helmets feature removable linings which can be washed. Best yet, race helmets and some high end touring models have a removable neck brace that enables emergency service professionals to lift your helmet off easily without the helmet tugging against your jaw risking a neck injury.

FACE SHIELD

If you’re planning on travelling long distances or expect to leave your helmet out of its storage sack a lot of the time, a scratch resistant finish might be a good option for you.

LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS

Realistically, this is only of concern for motocross riders (who need to conserve energy) and anyone who plans on racing. The weight savings afforded by a helmet made from kevlar and carbon fibre versus fibreglass are marginal for everyday riders, and you just might find a heavier helmet is more durable.

Australian Motorcycle Helmet Guide