Peter O' Toole would still be alive if he was wearing a helmet. Confused? Peter O' Toole immortalized T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. The opening scene shows O' Toole on his Brough Superior SS100 zipping through the English countryside where he is involved in a fatal crash. There are three things everyone can learn from this:

1)- T.E. Lawrence in real life was not wearing a helmet when he crashed near his cottage in Clouds Hills

2)- The neurosurgeon Hugh Cairns who attended Lawrence became an instrumental figure in the study of crash helmets

3)- As a result of Cairns research, helmets today have saved countless lives

Moral of the story: if you have a motorbike, you must have a helmet as well.

 

Why are helmets so important?

While the answer may seem obvious, let’s take some time to establish why you can’t pass up on this piece of safety gear.

  • Statistics show that head injuries are the leading cause of death in motor cycle accidents.
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), wearing a helmet reduces the risk of severe injuries by 70% and fatalities by almost 40%.


Keeping the above statistics in mind, the first question should be, how to get a helmet that protects.

 Here is the answer,

What type of helmet are you looking for?

 There are many different shapes and types of helmets out there. The one you ultimately decide on will depend on your preferences and usage.

Some of the different types of helmets available include:

  • Full Face
  • Dual Sport
  • Half Shell
  • Modular
  • Open Face


Determining Helmet Size and Head Shape

Finding a helmet that fits is extremely important. In order to find the perfect helmet for your perfect head, you need to know your head size and shape.

How to determine your head shape

Buying a motorcycle helmet isn’t as simple as choosing say, a baseball cap. There’s no walking into a motorcycle store and asking for a small, medium, or large. In order to get a good helmet, you need to first determine the size of your head.

It usually helps to get someone to measure your head; however, you can do this on your own too. You will need a measuring tape to wrap around your head. It is advised that you measure your head a couple of times to get accurate measurements.

Next, compare the helmet manufacturer's size chart with your head size. You must remember that there is no universal helmet size chart and manufacturers may have their own.

It goes without saying that you must try the helmet on before buying it. The helmet should fit perfectly. It may feel a bit snug in the beginning but will loosen somewhat as it is broken in. You would know that you have the right helmet if it fits snuggly around your head and face. 

Finding out your head shape

Now that you’ve measured the size of your head, it is time to find out about your head shape. The helmet shape is very important because it contributes to both comfort and safety.

Motorcycle helmets come in the following shapes:

  • Round OvalThis shape resembles an oblong head that is longer side-to-side.

  • Intermediate Oval – This shape is for a round head and by far the most commonly manufactured.

  • Long Oval  – This shape again resembles an oblong head that is longer front to back and narrow side-to-side.

 

In addition to all of the above considerations, you are likely to have to weigh other factors such as price, brand, weight and aesthetics. These are largely personal preferences and can only be decided by you.

Just remember, when you’re out riding, your safety is extremely important. Take steps to ensure that you have a smooth ride by getting the right helmet for yourself and your passenger.