Do you remember your first helmet? Do you remember how they chose and bought it? Was this purchase successful? Let’s speculate, what should be the ultimate helmet for the first season?
How do inexperienced beginners usually choose?
Many first seasons choose their first helmet in terms of:
– I’ll buy a simple one, but suddenly I don’t like it, then I’ll sell it!
– This is my first season, why buy an expensive helmet? I’ll take a cheap one, and then I’ll save some money and get the coolest!
It turns out that, at the forefront of the purchase of a helmet, it is not the protective properties that come to the fore. The overwhelming mass focuses on:
- The price
And they simply take away the old helmet of a friend / brother / grandfather or a neighbor in the garage. Why pay more when you can pick up an old dusty helmet from a box labeled “trash”.
In all seriousness, you open websites selling things from your hands and equipment is there at every step: cheap and cheerful. However, no one promised that this equipment was not in any trouble. The helmet may visually look adequate, and the seller will say that this pair of scratches is he accidentally rubbed the helmet. But how do you know what the state of the helmet is in reality? Do you know that a helmet, according to its characteristics, must be changed ideally after 5 years, since after this period the manufacturers quietly whisper about material fatigue? Now you know.
And also, buying into the bargain price of a helmet from a Chinese site, half of the beginners do not even ask the question of certification!
– Pf! Why is she needed? – someone will say. – Another fad for which I add a price to the helmet.
– Hey, wait. Certification is a guarantee that the manufacturer has released a high-quality model that will definitely protect your head, and will not fly to pieces at the first minor impact!
Helmet certification is mandatory, because if it is not there, no one will give you a guarantee that your helmet is not made of cardboard with cotton wool instead of the required polycarbonate, carbon fiber or fiberglass.
First seasonists know little about equipment, someone is lucky to have experienced comrades or be puzzled by the selection: read a sea of information and terrorize a consultant in a motorcycle store to delirium tremens. Unfortunately, not many people do this.
What kind of helmets to look for for beginners?
Are you waiting for an exact list of models? I will not list them, although the same Icon has good options. I love Alliance GT Operator, Airmada Stack and Airframe Pro Warbird so much. But since everyone’s requests are different, financial capabilities and preferences are also different, there is no point in making a bare list. But to describe the selection criteria is very useful.
Firstly, for beginners, the most important thing is to choose an integral helmet. The only exception is for the guys cross and endurists, but you are already a privileged separate caste. You don’t have a question of choosing a helmet – the line of cross-country models is excellent.
– Why integral?
Here it is already strictly on the shelves:
- Integral among city and tourist helmets is one of the most reliable. One-piece design protects the chin in an elegant way, there is no danger of losing the “cheek” on impact
- The integral has a minimum of moving parts, the design is elementary
- It is the lightest, due to the same integral design with a minimum number of attachments.
- It isolates well from noise, tightly protects the head from all sides, unlike open helmets
- Good aerodynamics, one of the best in the helmet classification
Secondly, pay attention to the availability of certificates. Yes, branded helmets will definitely have it, but … But if you take out a helmet through tenth hands by fraternal agreement and a great pull from pen pals somewhere in the “classmates” .. where is the guarantee that this is exactly the same branded helmet ? Look for at least DOT and ECE references on certified helmets. Not a single self-respecting motorcycle store will sell you a helmet that has not passed certification, and if it does, it will not work for a long time – a sure omen.
Thirdly, a cheap helmet differs from an expensive one in the level of elaboration. We talked about this in the article (“Motorcycle helmets – what are they and which one to choose?”). So, when a first-season man takes a helmet off his hands for three kopecks, he thinks that since this is his first season, he will still have time to buy his coolest and most sophisticated helmet. Indisputably. But where is the logic, friends? Shouldn’t the first helmet be as safe as possible? It seemed to me that the maximum safety is equal to the cheapness only when you sit at home and play tanks, and the motorcycle and helmet are gathering dust somewhere in the garage at the daddy. Is not it so?
You will never be in more danger in your entire motorcycle life as in your first season! It is foolish to buy a left-handed helmet that only creates a kind of protection. Your first helmet should be as reliable as the armor of a T-34 tank!
You can take the standard model in stock, without additional options, but from very good quality materials. Let it be just a helmet, with a good lining, to which you will take an alternative visor, maybe fork out for a pinlock. But he will not disappoint you, and most importantly, his safety will not be imaginary.
You will take a helmet of a more advanced level with additional options, improved aerodynamics or ventilation for the next season, the built-in glasses do not burn for you, ten visors will also wait. Your main task as a novice motorcyclist in your first season is to gain hands-on experience, improve your driving skills, and stay alive and unharmed.
Why is it better to buy a new helmet rather than hand it off?
In general, we answered this question above. Summarize:
- The helmet has its own expiration date, in the store you buy a fresh helmet that will last you longer and whose materials are in a “charged” state to extinguish the impact energy
- Motorcycle shops always have certified helmets
- You will be helped to choose the model and size
- No one has ever worn a helmet from a store before you, it has not been ridden, so the lining is completely clean for reasons of hygiene and will take the anatomical shape of your head during use.
Buying equipment hits the pockets of novice motorcyclists a lot, because they are not yet used to the fact that they have chosen not a cheap activity. However, only treatment is more expensive than health, and a helmet is not more expensive than money. For the first season, you need to look for a helmet model, albeit simple, but reliable in every sense, which will not be a disappointment for you.