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Motorcycle Helmets and Information

Motorcycle Maniac's... you have found the right store for motorcycle helmets! As you already know by now, there are a multitude of motorcycle helmet brands to choose from and a huge price range between different brands and styles.

So how do you even start? This is series stuff Maniac's... this is your head we're talking about! Let's discuss motorcycle helmet history for a second. The first helmets were made from leather which provided very little protection from an impact as you can well image. Modern helmets utilize an energy-absorbing foam liner to help dissipate the force of a hard-impact. In fact, motorcycle helmets have four main components: The outer shell, interior foam lining, comfort lining, and a strap.


Most motorcycle helmets utilize a lightweight plastic or fiberglass composite for the outer shell. This provides the obvious first line of protection. The interior foam lining is the most important part of a motorcycle helmet. Most helmet manufacturers use a thick layer of EPS foam, which is rigid yet lightweight and crushable. During an impact, the EPS foam absorbs much of the energy that would otherwise be transferred directly to the skull and brain.

The comfort lining ensures a comfortable yet tight fit. Most brands feature removable interior liners of various sizes to get that extra fine tuned fit. The chin strap is the final component of the helmet. It is vital that you utilize the strap to ensure that the motorcycle helmet stays in place in the event of a crash.

DOT and SNELL Ratings

In the United States, there are both the DOT and SNELL rating standards. The DOT helmet standards are mandatory for all motorcycle helmets sold in the U.S. The SNELL standards are much more difficult to obtain. Helmets must undergo more rigorous testing to meet Snell standards. Motorsport enthusiast Pete Snell died in a racing car accident in 1956. Snell's friend, Dr. George Snively, started a scientific helmet study that is still used today for this rating.

So what does these rating mean for you? First, any motorcycle helmet sold in the U.S. has DOT approval. If you want to ensure maximum safety, choose a helmet that has the stamp of approval from Snell!


So why the disparity in prices? Motorcycle helmets come in all sorts of colors, graphics, and technological goodies. If all you're after is a DOT approved full-face helmet, a $100 helmet should be easy to find. If you're after the latest Ed Hardy design or a motorcycle helmet with Blue Tooth capabilities, the cost just went up! No matter what helmet you're looking for, we can hook you up with the right product at an excellent price!