Helmet purchasing is a must for protection whilst on the road. When buying a helmet, please consider the British Law. This is not only for your own protection whilst on the road, but to also keep you on the right side of the police.
British Law – Purchasing a helmet:
All helmets must meet:
- British Standard BS 6685:1985
- Carry the BSI Kitemark.
- With an UNECE regulation 22.05.
- A European, Economic Area member standard, offering at least the same safety and protection as BS 6658:1985, and carry a mark equivalent to BSI Kitemark.
There are six types of motorcycle helmets to consider:
- Full face.
- Modular (AKA Flip-up)
- Open face (AKA ¾ helmet)
- Half helmet (AKA brain bucket)
- Off-road (AKA motocross helmet)
- Dual-sport (AKA crossover, ADV, hybrid, enduro)
When considering the type of helmet you require, factor in the type of motorbiking you will be doing on a daily basis. You will need to have the correct helmet to protect you if there is ever to be an accident – hopefully not!
We have been looking at all the different kinds of helmets that are available to buy. All have advanced a long way over the years, from the standard style helmet that was originally made purley for protection. Not only do they now come in different styles – you can also get them with built-in microphones that can be used to communicate with another motorist.
We have seen many on our travels:
- The Cookie Monster
- A Bald head
- Plain; colourful colours
- Spiky Mohawk
- Pigtails out of the side
These types of helmets have made us laugh but also caught our eye. Part of the reason some motorcyclists wear these different types of helmets is that they do get noticed on the road. The other reason is to show off their personality. Whether they are comical or serious as long as they follow the safety measures then they are fine.
If you do buy a standard helmet, it is advisable that you do not place stickers; nor do you paint the helmet. If you do this it may flag the police to think that your helmet doesn’t follow the British Law on the safety. They may pull you over to check the helmet, following the law and regulations.
What are you going for – Humour or Personality?