Purchasing a motorcycle helmet
Your motorcycle helmet is definitely the most important piece of riding gear that you NEED to equip! Choosing the right helmet is as important as (or even more important than…) purchasing a bike!
When purchasing a helmet, these are some of the things you need to look out for:
In Singapore, a rider MUST wear a TUV SUD PSB-approved helmet. It is a white and blue sticker stuck to your helmet and it consists of a batch number. If a rider is caught wearing unapproved helmets, they can be fined by Singapore Traffic Police or Land Transport Authority (LTA).
Getting the right fit is very important to ensure that you have the highest level of protection. A bad fitting helmet can come off in an accident even if the chin strap is done up. To find the right fit, measure your head size before purchase. Check each helmet brand’s fit guide for recommended sizing. Helmets should fit snugly and not shift when the head is moved up and down or side to side. Slide four fingers into the helmet near your cheeks – if you can fit four fingers in, it is probably too big! Test on your forehead area as well. Note that it can take time before you find a helmet that properly fits you. Take time before you take your first ride!
Type of Helmet
Full face helmets are the largest category and are often considered to be the safest of all motorcycle headgear. Full face helmet is a versatile choice as there are many options to choose from regardless of the type of motorcycle you ride, where you ride it, the design, price rice and type of use – you will definitely find one that suits your needs.
Modular helmets are also known as flip-up helmets. The difference between this and a full-face helmet is that the chin bar and visor can flip up to open the front of the helmet. Materials and fitment are similar to full-face helmets and designed with convenience in mind. It weighs slightly heavier than full-face due to extra hinge features to flip-up.
Open face (3/4) helmet covers the top back of your head but exposes your face. It is convenient and popular among scooters, cafe racers, tourers, and cruisers (for those who enjoy feeling the wind on their skin). The lack of a chin bar significantly reduces the protection of the rider.
Half helmets cover only the top of your head and do not come with a visor. It provides minimal protection and goggles will have to be purchased separately.
Off-road helmets are not ideal for city and highway use. They are designed for slower speeds and do not come with eye protection, so riders have to purchase additional goggles.
Dual sport helmet lid combines the full-face features from the street and dirt bike. They offer a large eye protection visor that is aerodynamic that can be snapped into an up position.