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Different types of motorcycle helmet
By AJ Virtuz 22 Oct 2020 717

It has been proven that helmets have been saving thousands of lives every year. In 2017 alone, motorcycle helmets saved an estimated 1,872 lives. And additional 749 lives more could have been saved in the same year if all motorcyclists had worn their helmets. On the other hand, the use of motorcycle helmets had saved nearly $3.5 billion in economic costs, and $21 billion in comprehensive costs. This is according to the findings of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US.


The anatomy of a motorcycle helmet according to Motorcycle Legal Foundation


As we delve into knowing about the different types of motorcycle helmets, people should know its different types, usage, and its difference in terms of safety that you should consider when purchasing one.


Full-Face Helmet

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The full-face helmet accompanies a full coverage around your head and neck, and is considered the most secure type of motorcycle helmet that can protect you from a possible impact caused by a potential accident. A distinctive component of the full-face helmet is the jaw bar, which is a key wellbeing highlight that several helmets didn’t have. It is an important feature of a helmet, because according to a study on helmet damage and motorcycle head injuries, the chin suffers half of extreme impacts during a mishap, and only a full-face helmet can furnish you with assurance for your chin and jaw.


Modular (Flip-up) Helmet


Modular helmets, also known as flip-up helmets, are a blend between a ¾ helmet and a full-face helmet, the explanation being is that the jaw bar and visor can flip up to open the front of the helmet. Materials and fitment are similar to the full-face helmet. They include a visor for eye protection, and occasionally include a secondary internal visor for additional eye protection from the sunlight. Modular helmets usually weigh slightly more than the traditional full-face helmet due to the extra design features attached into the flip-up front area. With this helmet, riders’ safety is slightly reduced because of its hinge structure, as there is a slight opening compared to a full-face helmet, but it offers more protection in comparison to other helmets due to the added chin protection.


Half Helmet

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Half helmets, also known as jockey helmets or half shells — is the best for riders who want to feel most wind on their faces, as half helmets offer the least amount of coverage compared to most helmets, although still being legal and approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The half helmet is said to be most riders’ favorite, particularly those on cruisers and scooters.  Albeit the con of half helmets is how minimal they are, some models do come with options to help further protect the riders. Internal drop down visors are becoming very popular nowadays and can help in eye protection.


Off-Road Helmet


Off-road helmets, also known as dirt bike, or motocross helmets, are design for the streets and on dirt roads. They aren’t the best option for city and highway use, but they are best for places where knobby tires are a requirement. Off-road helmets are simple, do not have anything special structure and could be worth up to run on the road. It is precisely the fact of not having screen that makes them different from the usual for driving on a current road, although it can also be done without. It is simple but effective.


Dual-Sport Helmet


Also known as crossover, ADV, hybrid, and enduro helmet, the dual-sport helmet is said to be a mix between an off-road helmet and a full-face helmet, as it has an exterior styling similar to an off-road helmet with a large visor and lower chin bar, but incorporates more interior padding that gives comfort to riders, similar to a full-face helmet. These are meant to be a halfway point between each style, as they are designed to be used both on the road and off-road.


Open-Face Helmet

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Also known as ¾ helmets, open-face helmets cover the top back and sides of your head but leaves your face exposed. This is said to be the most popular type of helmet and best used for those who ride scooters, cafe racers, tourers, and cruisers, as the face area is kept open and you can also utterly feel the wind on your skin for better airflow, just like the half helmets. Open-face helmets do not have chin bars, which reduces the safety of the motorcycle helmet, as it leaves your face fully exposed. Although open face helmets be incorporated with partial or full-face visors riders can use to protect the eyes and face from sunlight,



Wearing helmets is essential for a rider most importantly this rainy season. According to World Health Organization (WHO), helmets were practically created to reduce the risk of serious head and brain injuries by reducing the impact of a force or collision to a rider’s head. “It lessens the deceleration of the skull, and hence the brain movement, by managing the impact. The soft material incorporated in the helmet absorbs some of the impact and therefore the head comes to a halt more slowly. This means that the brain does not hit the skull with such great force.”


Have a safe riding!


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