To most dirt bike riders, wearing a helmet while out for a ride is a no-brainer. What’s more difficult is finding the right helmet in the first place: one that both fits properly and offers optimum protection. This guide explores what riders should look for in a dirt bike helmet.
Helmets Should Be Certified
One marker of the quality of a dirt bike helmet that’s easy to recognize is certification. In the United States, there are three standards in place that should be considered. The first is DOT certification, which the Department of Transport uses to establish a baseline of helmet quality. Another standard is certification by the Snell Memorial Foundation, which has higher requirements than DOT certification. Finally, check for United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) certification, which is used by more than 50 countries around the world and has similar requirements to DOT certification.
The Importance of Construction
Dirt bike helmets are made in a variety of styles and from several different materials. Polycarbonate, carbon fiber, kevlar, and fiberglass are all commonly used, with carbon fiber and kevlar on the higher end of the quality scale. In general, better materials mean stronger, lighter helmets with more features, so keep construction in mind when shopping around.
Fit Is Everything
No matter how fancy or expensive a dirt bike helmet is, its protection capabilities will largely depend on how well it fits. Luckily, all helmet brands offer sizing charts, which should help riders determine which size is best for optimum protection. Keep in mind, too, that some helmets are designed with oval-shaped heads in mind, while others are more suited for rounder heads. The best way to find a properly fitting helmet is to visit the accessories department of a trusted dealer.
If you’re in the market for a quality off-roading helmet, stop by TC Powersports. We’re Michigan’s one-stop shop for dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, motorcycles, and accessories. Check out our entire inventory by visiting our online showroom. Contact us online or give us a call at 517.764-3600 if you have any questions.