What do the words have in common: bowler hat, walnut, watermelon rind, helmet, half? This is what the common people call open helmets. They are still alive on store shelves, although more technical integrals and modulars have noticeably shaken the authority of open helmets. What kind of helmets are offered today? Who chooses an open helmet in modern times?
What kind of helmets are called open?
Open – implies the absence of the lower front part of the structure. It is customary to distinguish two main options:
- Helmet ½, aka helmet
- Helmet ¾
Helmets have long outlived their usefulness. They are used only in retro style or for entourage, but since the level of its protection is the same as that of house slippers instead of motorboots, it is unreasonable and too dangerous to wear a helmet. Few stores seriously put their helmets on the shelves.
Helmet ¾ is much more interesting, it covers most of the head, as the name implies – ¾ head for sure. There are additions to the base, which in terms of materials meets all the necessary standards. The helmet can have built-in goggles, visors of various shapes (and the longer the better), visors or regular goggles with an elastic band, like in motocross helmets.
The question of the presence of a pinlock is not even worth it here, since the space of the helmet is not closed.
More often, modifications of open helmets began to appear, where, in addition to glasses, the set included a mask ala breath deflector. The option is curious, especially since the front part is covered with a plastic insert. This helps out from insects, makes breathing easier at high speeds, but falling on the asphalt still injures the jaw due to the mobility of the structure. Many people fell in love with such models, first of all, for the original image, reminiscent of a fighter pilot’s helmet.
What are the pros and cons of open helmets?
Let’s start with the good. To the pluses helmet should include:
In integrals and modulars, you often have to open the visor when it gets too stuffy. An open helmet is not closed, which means it is blown great. Another question is, if you decide to drive at an increased speed, and nothing covers your face and airways (you only have glasses or a short visor), then the air flow turns out to be excessive and the pilot begins to suffocate already due to the fact that he cannot breathe adequately. Natural speed limiter. On the question of why many bikers use a bandana to cover their face from insects, dust and excessive wind resistance when helmets are open.
I sit high, I look away. For the owners of open helmets, it is correct to say “I look wide”. An open helmet does not restrict the rider’s view. You often hear complaints about some models of helmets, they say I see only directly and then at eye level. And here nothing interferes, especially if a round visor is used, and not glasses.
Such helmets have little functionality, and the body, as we remember, is not cast, which means that the weight of the helmets is very modest.
A controversial point, so it will appear in the minuses too. Sometimes we do not see the source of danger, but we hear that it is. Typical situation with blind spots or limited visibility. Open helmets allow you to “listen” to everyone around you, react to the sound of the exhaust or the voices of passers-by.
Ease of use
Simple as a brick, nothing complicated. Maximum – users with clasps get confused for the first time and that’s it. The fewer options, the easier it is to operate. Have you ever tried to give a person far from motorcycle life some advanced modular? With what attempt will he throw his “cheek” back?
Cheap and angry. There is little material, functionality too, so why pay more? The price for open helmets is quite loyal, for which it is in demand among beginners. On the other hand, first-seasons fall more often, and the jaw of these models is not protected.
In my opinion, open helmets only two obvious disadvantages:
Minimum level of protection
As motorcyclists very cleverly pointed out at the Harley-Davidson Summit, there will be talk of freedom in open helmets only until the first serious fall, before the first knocked out tooth. The problem of an open chin is an indisputable fact.
The item that was listed in the pluses as audibility turns into minuses when there are too many street sounds. It’s like listening to music: you like it when you are at workout and it is in your headphones for the first hour or two, but incredibly annoying at three in the morning behind the wall with your neighbors. So it is here, a double-edged sword. The noise gets on your nerves when you have to drive all day.
Who needs an open helmet?
Traditionally, it is believed that an open helmet is the calling card of bikers. In fact, this is one of the myths of the motorcycle world.
Open helmets are so engraved in the memory of ordinary people at the level of associations with choppers and cruisers that no one thinks about whether the tradition of wearing a helmet ¾ or a helmet appeared due to the lack of alternatives. In the past, there were no integrals or modulars. Remember, our grandfathers had only a “watermelon peel” helmet and …. a “watermelon peel” helmet from all the options.
Progress has long stepped in front, and the iron curtain has collapsed, now open helmets are chosen by people who drive slowly, with pleasure, savoring the road. As we learned earlier, helmet construction is a natural speed limiter. Open helmets are in great demand among owners of scooters, mopeds and lovers of imposing driving at moderate speeds.
Yes, fans of true labor of motorcycle movement still choose open helmets, but lovers of polyhacking have already switched to integrals and modulars with a wide radius of functionality.
Among other things, open helmets are taken for passengers.
Output: An open helmet in modern times is suitable for people who want to enjoy a leisurely ride and at the same time feel the wind on their face. Helmets ¾ are chosen by owners of scooters, mopeds, classics, choppers and other heavy road bikes.