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Harley Davidson Helmet Choice

Updated on September 7, 2010

You've got the Bike. You've got the Jacket. Now you need the Harley Davidson Helmet to complete the package.

You've got a choice, and we'll try to keep it simple, so you can get away from the computer and spend more time on the Harley.


1. Half Helmet

Half helmets are the most open of all the helmets and are the most cool to wear in hot environments. They offer basic protection and are the least safe of all the styles due to lack of covering head surface area.

2. 3/4 Helmet

The lid drops down the side on this style leaving the chin unprotected but covering the side of the head including the ears. Many come with visors either built in or snap on.

3. Full Face

Full face helmets are the safest of the bunch. Covering every part of the head. They also offer the largest amount of customization options due to this too. The usually have a flip up face shield at the front. They are warm in winter and offer ventilation for hotter periods.

4. Modular

Modular helmets are very similar to full face but offer the option of turning the entire front up (not just the clear visor) to achieve visibility of a 3/4. They are better for communication and popular with police for this reason.

If you need more help deciding on what Helmet style to choose, feel free to visit my motorbike helmet choice guide.

Harley Davidson Helmet Structure

All modern helmets are made from similar materials. The outer rigid shell. This keeps the shape of the helmet and gives a hard protection against impacts. The inner crash absorbing material. This is normally polystyrene. And interior trim, to make it comfortable to wear. Helmets are useless without a retaining strap to hold them to your head, so make sure it's always done up.

When You Should Seek a Replacement Harley Davidson Helmet

Typically a good helmet is rated for 3 years. After that the structural integrity lowers so you should consider renewing your helmet (the amount of use you got from it doesn't matter). The epoxy loses its strength holding the exterior shell and the inner bulk. UV rays can change the chemical structure of the outer shell, and your own head sweat and natural oil from your hair eventually works it's way in.

If you have an accident, you should always replace your helmet immediately as they are only designed to take one forceful impact. They lose their integrity and build after being smashed! Even if you can not see damage, it can be internal.

You should also replace it if it has been dropped on a hard surface, this too can damage the internals which will negatively effect the structural integrity - not something you want to learn during a crash.

Harley Davidson Helmet Care

Excessive heat or chemicals can degrade the helmet structure. Store it in a cool dry place. Not a garage suffering from condensation next to the window.

Use mild soap and a wet wipe to clean it. A dry cloth may scratch the paint or visor. Never use chemicals or solvents, that bug isn't that hard to scrub off is it?

Please leave a comment if you have any more tips on choosing your Harley Davidson helmet.


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      Motorcyclecoach 7 years ago

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