Too tight? Too big? A Guide to Properly Fitting Motorcycle Helmets

Even though you choose what you think is the right helmet size, it is very important to make sure that you have the proper fit.

Nearly every motorcycle shop that sells helmets will help you determine what works best, but knowing what to look for and what a helmet should feel like can help you make sure that nothing is left unchecked.

What many riders forget is that helmets should be fitted for comfort and safety. This can be especially true for new riders who may be unaccustomed to how snug motorcycle helmets actually are.

Familiarize yourself with the following fit checks, which should be done with a snug helmet with the chin straps secured.

1. Forehead gap. It is a good indication that a helmet is too big if you can slip your pinky in between your forehead and the helmet. It should be so snug that your there is no additional room, even for your smallest finger.

2. Lifting the helmet. When the chin strap is secure, you should not be able to lift the helmet whatsoever from your head, either from the front or the back.

3. Red marks or pressure points. While a helmet should be snug, it should not cause any red markets or deep indentations to form on your head, face, or neck.

4. Side to side head shake. A helmet fits properly if your skin moves along with the helmet when shaking your head firmly from side to side. If the helmet moves but your face does not, the helmet is too big.

5. Room for face shields. If the helmet has a face shield, there should be enough room in between it and your face so that your nose or chin does not touch the shield.

It is also imperative to remember never to use a helmet that has already been involved in a previous accident – even if it was a minor one. It is impossible to tell what interior damage may have been done to the helmet, which may decrease its effectiveness in the event of another impact.

Corey Walker
With 19 years legal experience, Corey has been recognized for his work as an injury attorney.
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