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Video:How to Properly Fit a Motorcycle Helmet

with Basem Wasef

Choosing a motorcycle helmet that is the right fit for your head is not only the safe way to go, it can make the difference between a comfortable, relaxed ride and a big headache. Learn how to find the best helmet for you.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Properly Fit a Motorcycle Helmet

Hi, I'm Basem Wasef with About.com - I'm here to talk about how to fit a helmet properly. I personally don't like to recommend open-face helmets, I prefer full-face helmets for the ultimate protection. But any helmet is going to be better than no helmet.

Motorcycle Helmet Fit

To try a helmet on, the first thing you want to do is grab it at the top of the straps by both hands and slowly pull it over your head. It's going to be a tight fit and you want that because a) when a helmet is new, it'll expand a little bit, and b) you don't want your head moving around, especially in case of an accident.

You want to make sure the helmet fits evenly across the shape of your head, so there are no gaps, like in your temple or your forehead. Also, you don't want it pressing so hard that it becomes uncomfortable after awhile. A snug fit is really important with a helmet and you want to test that by attaching the chin strap and pulling up from the chin guard and making sure that the helmet doesn't move or it doesn't lift off entirely, even worse. Another way to test helmet fit is to swing your head from side to side and make sure it stays snug.

Motorcycle Helmet Comfort

Another thing you want to look for in a helmet is comfort, and the only way to really find out if a helmet is comfortable is to wear it for a few minutes, maybe even ten minutes when you're in the shop. So, just walk around with it and see if any pressure spots develop, if there are any places it fits a little too snugly, that's going to hurt you down the line. You want to make sure you're going to be comfortable in the thing. They say the best kind of helmet is the one you don't even notice you're wearing.

Shopping for a Motorcycle Helmet

There're a few features you might want to look for when you're shopping for a helmet. You want to get vented helmets if you live in a hot climate, to get airflow in there and keep you cool while you're riding in the summer. You also want to consider removable cheek pads or removable liners - it's a lot more hygienic and you get to wash them and get kind of a clean fresh feeling inside your helmet.

Motorcycle Helmet Repair

You want to make sure to repair or replace your helmet if you accidentally drop it or if you're in an accident, and some manufacturers even recommend replacing helmets outright every two to four years depending on usage and storage conditions.

So, I really can't stress how important it is to try a helmet on for awhile and make sure that you're comfortable with it in the shop because when you buy it, you're stuck with it.

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