In addition to being a mandatory element, the motorcycle helmet is our best ally to avoid lesions and even death in case of accidents. In today’s article, we will see the essential characteristics that helmets must have for any type of custom motorcycle.
Buying a motorcycle helmet is an important decision for any biker. There are many types and a variety of helmet on the market, each one focused on certain circumstances. Today we are going to see which are the best helmets if you already own or are going to buy a custom motorcycle, be it Cafe Racer, Bobber, Brat or Scrambler.
What to keep in mind when buying a motorcycle helmet
There are many factors why choosing a helmet or another can be decisive when it comes to optimal driving on a custom motorcycle. In addition to protecting our lives, a helmet can prevent us from poor visibility, environmental noise caused by the wind or that all kinds of insects crash against our face.
Let’s look at some aspects to consider when purchasing a helmet.
That are homologated
This is a very important aspect and mainly affects the quality of the helmet. That this object has passed all security controls by an official body potentially increases our security. Keep in mind that for them to be officially approved, the helmets have undergone several stress tests. Each manufacturer is required to perform various durability and safety tests on each of its products.
Therefore it is very important that you look whenever the helmet has an official identifier or seal. In the case of the European Union, said seal is ECE 22-05. In other countries like the US they will carry others like DOT and Snell.
Helmet with a good fixation
It is useless to wear a good helmet if the fixation fails, that is, the straps and anchors are not good and the helmet can get out of the head.
It is essential that you check that the fasteners are reliable and fasten well to the chin.
Custom motorcycle helmets, as we will see later, are usually open. So good support is indispensable.
Choose helmet size
Like the support you have to choose the correct size. The helmet should fit us well in the head, without tightening, but without being too baggy so that we can get out. In addition, it must be comfortable to wear.
Other aspects to take into account regarding the comfort of a helmet for a custom motorcycle are ventilation and padding.
Many helmets have ventilation systems that allow air to enter inside. In this way we avoid excessive heat and sweat, especially on long trips.
Another interesting aspect is the inner padding. Ideally, this padding should be as comfortable as possible and sweat repellent. In addition, if it can be removed and put in order to wash it from time to time much better.
Good visibility is a very important aspect also linked to safety. However, here we find a paradox; And the greater the visibility, the less secure the helmet is.
Open helmets or Jet type, are usually the most used in custom motorcycles. These helmets, having our face exposed, offer excellent visibility. However, for the same reason it exposes us to greater damage to our face.
On the contrary, full or closed helmets, protect us much better from any blow, but subtract us from the visibility field. With these helmets, the pilot should move his neck further to see at the sides or up and down.
Our advice is that depending on the trip to be made on your custom motorcycle, you use one or the other. That is, for short trips and at low speed, a Jet helmet can be more than enough.
But for long trips on the road or off-road and higher speeds it is much better to use a full-face helmet or one focused on enduro for motocross.
Like the helmet itself all must be approved. There are many models according to the manufacturer’s brand, but they should all be protected against UV rays, be resistant to scratches and not soak easily.
Types of helmets for custom motorcycles
Although any approved helmet is used to drive a custom motorcycle, the truth is that aesthetics is important when we drive. After all, we have invested in giving a unique and special image to our cafe racer motorcycle. Are we not going to take care that the helmet is consistent with our motorcycle?
So, finally fashion generally imposes three types of custom motorcycle helmets that we will see below:
Jet type helmets
They are the most common in the custom world. Almost all the best known brands have models of this type. They are ideal to personalize them by painting or stickers.
Also and, as we have already mentioned above, they are the least safe. So it is advisable to use them at not very high speeds and on short distances.
These helmets have a very good visibility, since they keep our face exposed. They can be used comfortably with glasses and screens or protective masks can also be attached.
Torx Wyatt helmet
DMD Vintage helmet
Bell Custom 500 helmet
Bandit Star Jet helmet
Full face helmets
The integral helmets are closed. Offer a better protection of our head since they protect our face from possible blows.
They usually carry the retractable visor already incorporated into the same body. There are also many brands and variants. They are designed for longer trips and higher speeds.
DMD Racer helmet
Bell Bullitt helmet
Biltwell Gringo helmet
AFX Street helmet
They are specially designed for routes on less asphalted roads. They are therefore ideal for use with Scrambler-style motorcycles.
They offer great safety against blows and usually weigh very little. They are designed to wear special protective glasses, although some wear a visor.
DMD Seventy Five helmet
Bell Moto 3 helmet
We hope to have clarified a little more the different types of custom motorcycle helmets that exist in the market.
At LDK, our online store of products for coffee racer and custom motorcycle lovers, we have a wide catalog of helmets for every situation. Contact us for any questions you have. We will be happy to assist you.