It is crucial to have suitable riding gear that can protect you in case of a crash and a helmet is the most important part of it. Statistics show that helmets save lives, so wear one every time you are going for a ride, even if your state’s laws don’t require it. A good helmet protects the rider’s head in a crash by absorbing the energy of impact and prevent penetration. Early helmets were invented over a century ago, before World War I when motorcycles became faster and riding became fairly dangerous. First prototypes were made of thick leather, which offered good abrasion protection but couldn’t protect the scull from penetration on impact.
A British neurosurgeon came up with an idea of a hard shell helmet in efforts of reducing the number of severe head traumas among riders. If you want to learn more about helmet history, safety testing procedures and learn the difference between the main helmet certifications, click the link below to read the full article by our tech author Timothy Zahl.
Helmet Certifications | What are the Differences among DOT, ECE, SHARP, & SNELL?
Current versions of some of the helmets mentioned in the article:
Fly Racing® - Revolt Liberator Full Face Helmet - MOTORCYCLEiD.com
Shoei® - Hornet X2 Dual Sport Helmet – MOTORCYCLEiD.com
Zoan Helmets® - Optimus Street Raceline Graphic Modular Helmet - MOTORCYCLEiD.com
Shark Helmets® - Street-Drak Blank Matte Open Face Helmet - MOTORCYCLEiD.com
GMAX® - GM-35 Full Dressed Derk Half Shell Helmet – MOTORCYCLEiD.com
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