Buying an adventure motorcycle helmet online
Author: Lance Turnley Date Posted:13 July 2022
When it comes to adventure motorcycling, one of the most critical gear choices you'll make is selecting the right motorcycle helmet. I've lost count of the helmets I've bought over the years. Buying a new helmet can be stressful, but the rule of thumb is to buy the best you can afford and, secondly, take your time with the process. I once quickly bought a Fox V3 motocross helmet while travelling interstate. I threw it on, and it felt nice and firm; that'll do; then I had to catch a plane. The following day, after 30 minutes of wearing it, the pressure on my forehead was excruciating, and as a result, $500 went down the drain.
The lesson: A high-quality adventure motorcycle helmet enhances your safety and makes your ride more enjoyable. This guide takes you through the essential steps to find the perfect ADV helmet that fits your needs and preferences.
Determine Your Helmet Requirements
Before diving into the helmet shopping process, it's crucial to establish your specific needs. Adventure riders have different preferences, and considering these factors will help you narrow down your options:
- Helmet type: Look for helmets designed explicitly for adventure motorcycling and ensure they meet safety standards and offer appropriate features.
- Budget: While investing in a quality helmet is essential, set a budget that suits your affordability to find the best helmet in that price bracket.
- Fit and Comfort: The right fit is crucial for comfort and safety. Try different helmets to find the one that suits your head shape and provides a snug yet comfortable fit.
Determine Your Head Shape and Size
Adventure motorcycle helmets come in various shapes and sizes to accommodate different head shapes. There are three different shape styles—round oval, intermediate oval (the most common), and long oval. The only way you can determine your shape is to have a friend take a photo of the top of your noggin. For those lucky enough to still have hair, make sure you slick it down with water or utilise that jar of Brylcreem you have stuffed in the back of the bottom bathroom drawer since the '60s.
Additionally, measure the circumference of your head just above your eyebrows and at the thickest point in the rear. Use this measurement to cross-reference with the helmet size chart of the brand/s you're interested in.
Consider Vision Needs
In my experience, adventure motorcyclists need to give more thought to vision. Clear vision is essential during an adventure ride. If you wear glasses or goggles, ensure the helmet's face shield accommodates them comfortably. Some helmets even have cutouts in the padding to accommodate glasses. Consider a helmet with a drop-down sun visor or a transition lens visor for sunny conditions. I prefer to wear sunglasses with a 1.5 bifocal lens to read route sheets and my GPS, and I like to ride with the face shield open at times for extra ventilation.
Protect Your Hearing
Next is hearing, and it's crucial to protect this just as much as any other body part. With adventure riding, there'll be plenty of highway kilometres, and this is where most of the damage is done. It's no different to industrial deafness, and the damage to your hearing can be permanent over time. For many years I've worn custom-made earplugs. I can still hear the environment around me, but it removes the constant hurricane noise. Having something in your ear can be uncomfortable, but for your long-term well-being, try and get used to it.
Accessories For Comfort
One of the most underrated head accessories for adventure motorcyclists is a Klim Nek Sok, Tek Sok or the ADVWorx Moto Merino All Natural Multi Functional Headwear. At 100kph, hitting a blowfly, grasshopper, or moth is the equivalent of your sadistic buddy shooting you in the neck at paintball. Seriously, who needs that? For myself, I wear the Buff over my nose and mouth. I can easily breathe through it, and it stops my mouth drying out. In summer, you can soak it in water to keep cool; in winter, it helps keep you warm. Slip a fleecy neck warmer over your neck sock if you need more insulation.
Stay In Touch
Finally, but not compulsory, is a Bluetooth communications system. I've had an old Sena Dual system for years, and it's never let me down. The voice-activated Bluetooth connection will work up to 500 metres or more when riding with a partner, depending on the terrain. It's always good to warn your mate of a logging truck that nearly took you out or which side of the creek to cross. You can easily use voice commands to dial or answer your phone, and people I've spoken to think I'm in the car because it's so clear. It's also great when connected to your GPS as it will direct you to your accommodation when you come into town late at night.
Ensure Safety Standards Compliance
Always prioritise safety when choosing an adventure motorbike helmet. Ensure that the helmet you choose is either ECE 22.05 or Australian Standard AS 1698-1988 and AS/NZS 1698:2006 approved.
We're Here To Help
Finding the ideal adventure motorbike helmet may take effort, but it's crucial to your safety and comfort during those long rides. Remember to determine your head shape, consider your vision needs, protect your hearing, and accessorise for maximum comfort. At AdventureMoto, we offer a 'Size Fit Guarantee' on all helmets including one of our favourites the KLIM Krios Pro so you can shop confidently. Once you find the perfect helmet that aligns with your preferences, you'll be ready to rev your engine for epic adventures with peace of mind and comfort. Happy riding!