How to Choose the Right Motorcycle Helmet

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Motorcycle helmets are required by law in certain states; so before you even start the engine of your new bike, you need to know how to choose a motorcycle helmet that fits your head and meets your specific riding needs. As you may already know, there are dozens of motorcycle helmet types and sizes. So where should you start? Check out the guide below from Killer Creek Harley-Davidson for a breakdown of how to determine motorcycle helmet size and type, how tight should a motorcycle helmet be for a proper fit, and more!



How to Choose a Motorcycle Helmet That Meets Your Needs

Motorcycle helmets come in a variety of materials, styles, and price points. You’ll want to choose a helmet that matches the type of riding you do, your budget, and your preferences when it comes to comfort and coverage. Typically, Atlanta riders will choose from the following helmet types:

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

So, which type is right for you? All-day rides require more protection from wind and weather, so you’ll most likely want a quieter and more aerodynamic full face helmet. Dual sport helmets are designed for adventure riding, offer some features from both street and motocross helmets, and allow you to wear motocross goggles. If you’re still unsure, our team is happy to answer any other questions you may have about how to choose a motorcycle helmet!

Choosing the Right Size Motorcycle Helmet

An improperly fitted helmet is not only uncomfortable but poses a major safety risk when riding in Cartersville traffic. More than anything, choosing the right size motorcycle helmet comes down to measuring your head to determine the right size. Here’s what to keep in mind:

  • Measure your head by wrapping a soft measuring tape about a half-inch above your eyebrows, above your ears, and around the back of your head at the largest point. Having a friend assist you with this is helpful!
  • Try on your helmet in the store and check for proper fit. How tight should a motorcycle helmet be? A helmet that fits right shouldn’t slip on easily at first but will loosen over time as you break it in. The helmet’s eye port should be just above your eyebrows.

Does Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet Cause Hair Loss?

Wearing a helmet does not cause hair loss—ifyour helmet is the right size and shape for your head. For many Conyers riders, the risk of hair loss from conditions like traction alopecia is one of the biggest motivators of learning how to choose a motorcycle helmet that fits! Wearing a motorcycle helmet can cause hair loss if your hairstyle or the way you put on your helmet tends to pull on your hair follicles. To avoid hair loss from wearing a motorcycle helmet, we suggest that you:

  • Try not to pull or tug at your hair when putting on your helmet.
  • Clean your helmet regularly to prevent infection-causing fungal growth.
  • Avoid tying your hair tightly or wearing braids for long periods of time under your helmet.
  • Ensure that your helmet isn’t tighter than it should be, or the wrong shape for your head.

Order Your Genuine H-D® Gear & Accessories at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson 

Whether you’re looking for quality helmets, MotorClothes merchandise, or other H-D ® gear, we’ve got you covered! Stop by our dealership in Roswell or order your parts and accessories online today.


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