All motorcycle riders should wear Harley Davidson Helmets to ensure safety while riding. In the event of an accident, a helmet can protect the head and prevent serious injuries. Not to mention it is a legal requirement. Selecting the right Harley Davidson Helmets and caring for it is equally important as wearing one while riding. Harley Davidson makes some of the best helmets you will find on the market. Here is a few of my favorites:
Harley-Davidson® Men’s Hybrid Ultra-Light Torque 3/4 Helmet. 98351-11VM
GMax GM54S Modular Helmet
HJC Solid Men’s IS-33 Harley Touring Motorcycle Helmet – Matte Black / 2X-Large
Harley Davidson Helmets
Harley Davidson Motorcycle Helmets are designed for a single impact event.
Underneath the outer hard shell is a layer of molded Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS). The EPS layer is designed to protect the rider’s/wearer’s head against an impact, absorbing kinetic forces. When a helmet is dropped, or impacted (however minor), this EPS layer will absorb this impact as it is designed. Once it has been impacted, the helmet will NO LONG offer any protection from future impacts. THE HELMET MUST BE DESTORYED AND DISPOSED OF.
Covering the EPS foam layer is a padded comfort liner, made from cloth or leather, and is designed solely for comfort by filling in the area between the EPS layer and the wearer’s head, providing a more comfortable fit.
Here is a brief guide to help you pick the right Harley Davidson Motorcycle Helmet:
Types of Harley Davidson Motorcycle Helmets
Harley Davidson Helmets
There are different types of Harley Davidson helmets available. The helmet you should purchase depends on your preference and application. Let’s look at the most common helmet types:
Half Harley Davidson Helmets
One of the most popular Harley Davidson Helmets types is the half helmet. This helmet fulfills all standards set by the Department of Transportation. However, it only covers your head and leaves your entire face exposed. This type of helmet is mostly preferred by Harley owners. It is considered to be a classic helmet type. Even though the face is exposed in half helmets, they provide adequate safety. This is one helmet that provides an exceptional level of safety and is stylish at the same time.
Low Profile Harley-Davidson Chopper Half Helmet Skull Cap
Bell Rogue Helmet
Open Face Harley Davidson Helmets
Harley Davidson Half helmets only cover the head and leave the back of the head and the entire face exposed. Even though they are safe, some people do not prefer wearing half helmets. To suit the needs of such individuals, the company manufactures a line of Open Face Harley Davidson Helmets. These Harley Davidson Helmets provide significantly more safety than half helmets. They cover the entire head along with the back of the head and part of the neck. However, the front of the face remains exposed for an open feel.
This is the preferred Harley Davidson Helmets type by many riders who enjoy the wind on their face but still want significant protection. For individuals who like listening to music, these helmets even come with build-in headphones. Not only can you listen to music, you can also comfortably talk with passengers while riding. With this type of a helmet, you won’t need to shout at the top of your lungs just to communicate with the passenger.
HJC IS-2 Schade Open Face Motorcycle Helmet
Motorcycle Street Open Face Helmet DOT Approved DUAL VISOR SYSTEM
Full Face Harley Davidson Helmets
These Harley Davidson Helmet types are not as popular amongst motorcyclists who love cruising. It is rather the perfect tool for enthusiasts who like to race and also professional racers. It provides more protection than half helmets and open face helmets combined. They cover the entire head as well as the face. To make viewing easy, there is a visor at the front. This visor can even be lifted. These helmets are available in an extensive variety of designs. You can have your full face helmet customized to your preference.
Harley-Davidson® Men’s Americana Hybrid Ultra-Light Full Face Helmet. 98362-11VM
HJC CL-16 Helmet SNELL/DOT
Hybrid Harley Davidson Helmets
Harley Davidson Hybrid helmets are the most convenient option in terms of comfort, style and safety. This helmet can be used as a full face helmet or an open face helmet. When it is being used as a full face helmet, it will provide utmost safety. However, the front end can be detached or raised to reveal a comfortable open face helmet. While you are racing, you can use the hybrid as a full face helmet to ensure maximum safety. On the other hand, if you are in the mood for cruising, you can remove the front end of the helmet and feel the wind. You will find an extensive collection of hybrid helmet designs from any renowned helmet retailer.
GMax GM54S Modular Helmet
Dual Visor Modular Flip up Motorcycle Helmet DOT
Bluetooth Communication Systems are a great idea and innovation that helps communication via the intercom and with listening of music while riding. For example: Sena SMH5-02 Bluetooth Headset/Intercom Kit
Determining Your Harley Davidson Helmet Size
One of the worst things any motorcycle enthusiast can do is buy an irregular sized helmet. The Harley Davidson Helmets you purchase, regardless of the design, should be a perfect fit. If the helmet is too tight, it will be uncomfortable. You won’t be able to concentrate on riding and your chances of encountering an accident will increase.
On the other hand, if you buy a Harley Davidson Helmets which is loose, you will have trouble handling it. The helmet will wobble on your head and not stay in one place. Loose helmets can even wobble and obstruct your view which can be extremely dangerous while racing or cruising. The best way to purchase a helmet is to measure your head’s diameter.
The correct way to do that is to keep the measuring tape at your forehead and take it to the broadest part of your head in the rear. These measurements can then be given to a helmet sales specialist or helmet retailer. You will then be provided the correct helmet size for you. At times, you can simply replace the internal padding of the helmet to make it fit properly. Harley Davidson Helmets that are a perfect fit should move a little, but large rotations and movements are a red flag in terms of helmet size.
Caring For Your Harley-Davidson Helmet
Caring for your helmet is the most important part. The better you care for your helmet, the safer it will be. There are many things one can do to damage the structural integrity of helmets. If the helmet is slightly damaged, it will not protect your head in the event of an accident. Here are a few tips to care for your helmet:
- Whenever you are carrying your helmet from one place to another, you have to be sure to hold it properly. If the helmet is dropped, whether it develops a crack or not, IT NEEDS TO BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY! This could prove disastrous in the event of an accident. The helmet could literally crack open instead of protecting your head.
- Another thing you should make sure of is to protect the internal lining. Never hang the helmet in a manner that places stress on the inner lining. The inner lining provides support to your head and should be kept in mint condition.
- Never clean the helmet with strong chemicals. You should use only mild soaps to clean the helmet. Chemicals can damage the protective layer on helmets.
When Should You Replace Your Helmet?
If you care for your Harley Davidson Helmets properly, it would last you a while. However, Harley Davidson Helmets have a limited life after which they have to be replaced. This is mainly because the protective ability of helmets deteriorates with time. Typically, you should replace the helmet every three to four years. This is only if the helmet is well maintained and cared for. But if the helmet shows signs of severe wear and tear, it should be replaced immediately. Helmets that are used roughly should be replaced every two years for optimal safety.
IF A HELMET IS DROPPED (EVEN IF NO APPARENT DAMAGE ON THE OUTSIDE) IT NEEDS TO BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY!
Another reason for replacing helmets is safety standards. As new technology continues to emerge, helmets become more advanced. This is why you should consider getting the latest helmets to get the best safety features. Whenever you are out riding your motorcycle, be sure to wear a helmet to prevent injuries. Also, make sure that your helmet is the right size to make sure it is doing its job.
Along with your Harley Davidson Helmets, is a very important component Motorcycle Riding Glasses. Here are some of my favorites:
Kickback Foam Padded Motorcycle Sunglasses
Global Vision Eyewear Men’s Kickback 24 Sunglasses with Photochromic Color Changing Lenses, Clear, Standard
Global Vision Boss Goggles and Lens Kit (Black Frame/Clear, Smoke, Yellow Lens)
Oakley Dispatch II Sunglasses – Oakley Men’s Lifestyle Designer Eyewear – Polished Black/Grey / One Size Fits All