What are the safest motorcycle helmets?

February 28, 2021 By Tristan

When picking out a motorcycle helmet safety should be your number one priority. Compromising on safety is not something I would recommend. I like to call it protecting the asset. Now when buying and operating a motorcycle helmet there are a few ways to ensure your helmet is safe. Doing a visual check over the helmet is a great way to ensure its not worn and that is will protect you as best as possible if the time comes.

Chances are if you’re reading this your already aware of my next point. Don’t buy a second-hand helmet. Whilst all the helmet shops tell you this and it might sound like they are trying to get you in there buying one of their new helmets, they are most certainly right. Buying a second-hand helmet is something you should never do unless it’s going to be used as a prop or hung on the wall.

Defiantly don’t do it for something that’s going to be going on your head. The reason for this is simple. If a helmet is dropped the outside of the helmet may not get damaged or may have a slight mark of two. But the inside which is there to protect your head and cushion the impact of the blow might be broken, and therefore wearing it now is half as effective as before. The same goes for a helmet you have been in an accident with. If you have been in an accident it’s time to get a new helmet. Helmets are designed to protect your head as best a possible however they are strictly a one-time use only. To prevent yourself or someone you know from wearing a helmet that’s been in an accident, what I do is I cut the straps of it. That way it’s clear the helmet is not fit for use, and someone won’t be wearing it unaware of the risks that they are in.

Shoei RF-1200 Full Face Motorcycle Helmet Dedicated TC-5 Matte Grey/Black Medium

This helmet is a great all-round helmet for safety and comfort, it comes with a handful of safety features and has the latest crash technology. It comes in various colours depending on your preferences. It’s got specific crash protection elements to improve safety and protect your head and neck in the case of an accident. If you are looking for a helmet that is safe but also aesthetically pleasing, this could be for you. Comes with a 5-year warranty.

Bell Qualifier DLX Full-Face Helmet (Blackout Matte Black – Medium)

This slick design has great aerodynamics and removable/washable interior. By reducing wind and road noise makes for clear listening to that around you. There are a few colours available.

HJC 824-614 CL-17 Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet (Matte Black, Large)

This helmet is built for safety. Its lightweight, build to fit riders and made to cushion the head encase of impact. it’s made by the best for the best. Its aerodynamic shell, reduces drag and turbulence. It has full front and back airflow, that helps flush out any humidity in the helmet. While the price of this helmet is not the cheapest on the market, the quality is a great reflection of the price.

When should you replace your helmet?

It recommends to replace your motorcycle helmet every 5 years, this is regardless if it has been in an accident or not. Whilst this is a general rule of thumb, I’ve known many people who have used the same helmet for yours. However, it recommended you change every 5 years for 2 important reasons. One being that new helmet technology is always coming out and its best to have the latest technology protecting your life, similar to your phone, few of us workaround with phones that are over 5 years old, and if you do, it probably missing half the features of a new one. The second reason is from general wear and tear over this time.

Safety standards

Depending on where you live, your state or country may have different safety standards for helmets than other countries. Checking the safety standard is important and something I would recommend. Ensuring each helmet is made to suit the safety standard is your area is important.

Safe motorcycle helmet types

Who make the safest motorcycle helmets?

This is a question asked by many, and also answered by many. The safest motorcycle helmets are up to a matter of opinion. This is because the high-end range of the safest helmets on the market have very similar features and builds. Therefore, it comes down to a matter of preference. We will keep you updated as there is new technology always coming out that revolves around helmet safety

Safest motorcycle helmets under $200

Our recommendations for the safest motorcycle helmets for under $200 have a look at the link below. Helmet safety is something that shouldn’t be compromised on.

Safe helmets under 200

How does the European safety standards for motorcycle helmets differ from DOT?

Each country or and sometimes state have their own safety standards. These standards whilst vastly similar do have differences that you should be aware of. When buying a helmet, it a good thing to check if it is built to pass the standards of your locality. The European standard in summary is a bit higher than DOT but only by a little bit.