Safety, Style and Affordabilty

Full Face Motorcycle Helmets

Those riders who wear anything that covers less of their heads than full face motorcycle helmets are giving up at least 1/3 of the protection they could have.

According the U.S. Department of Transportation, full face motorcycle helmets provide the best protection of any type of helmet for a rider or passenger.  The fact that a full face helmet covers the forehead, sides of the head, back of the head down to below the base of the skull and the chin area is the main reason full face motorcycle helmets provide protection above and beyond helmets that cover less area.

Statistics found by research performed by Dr. Dietmar Otte of the Hannover University Accident Research Unit show that in 35% of motorcycle crashes, the rider experiences major impact to the area covered by the bar across the chin area in a full face motorcycle helmet.

Using these statistics, logic says that a 3/4 helmet provides protection that’s only 65% of what would be provided by a full face helmet.  If you use a half helmet, according to Dr. Dietmar’s research, you are getting less than 40% of the protection you would get with a full face helmet.

So, if you don’t already use one, the case for wearing a DOT approved full face motorcycle helmet is compelling.  There are many great full face motorcycle helmets on the market.  If you go through some of the profiles on this site, you’ll find helmets by top manufacturers like Arai, HJC and Shoei.  Below are a few full face helmets from other manufacturers.  These are top rated helmets by users that bought them and they are available for under $200.

The Advanced Hawk Blue Warrior Modular Dual Visor Full Face Motorcycle Helmet has a light-weight thermoplastic shell, flip up front and dual visors.  Along with the clear outer visor, this helmet has a second inner sun visor.

“I ride most of the time with the clear visor up and the inner sun visor down,” says one rider who calls this a “great helmet.”

“I waited a long time for this helmet to become available and it was everything I was looking for,” says another rider.

Hawk also makes the Advanced Hawk Aviator Skull Dual Visor Full Face Motorcycle Helmet, the Advanced Hawk Grey Dual Visor Full Face Motorcycle Helmet and the Advanced Hawk Modular Flip up Cross Dual Visor Full Face Motorcycle Helmet, each listing for around $180 and available here for around $110.

The Vcan 210 Black Dual Shield Flip Up Modular DOT Approved Motorcycle Helmet has an injected thermoplastic shell.

This helmet also features removable and washable cheek pads and inner liner, and quick release visor. It sells for around $130.  Check out these and other DOT approved full face motorcycle helmets.

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