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You'll definitely need a helmet, and I'd recommend getting a full-face helmet. They provide the best all-around protection for your head. Besides, when half your face is ripped off because you thought the half-helmet looked better on you, you'll wish you had gotten the full-face helmet anyway.

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A Beginner's Guide to Motorcycles: The Helmet and the Gear

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You got your license, picked up a Harley T-Shirt and some sunglasses and think you're ready to hit the road? Think again. When it comes to hurtling down the highway at 80mph on a steel horse, you're going to want to have some good gear that offers great protection. Unless you hate being so pretty, that is.

By Doug Wagner

This is part 2 in our Beginner's Guide to Motorcycles. Be sure to check out Part 1: Training and Getting the License .

Sure, riding a motorcycle is cool, but sporting a leather jacket, while adding to the "cool" factor, is there to keep the rider safe. Proper-fitting, good quality gear is VERY important.

Keep in mind when you're driving a car, you essentially have a steel cage protecting you. You're not directly exposed to your environment. Some cars even have warning sensors and multiple airbags among other safety features. On a motorcycle, it's just you and the bike. If a rock flies up and you're in a car, it would probably hit your windshield. On a motorcycle, that same rock could hit your helmet or your body. Anything you can do to protect yourself is encouraged and helpful.

The Helmet


You'll definitely need a helmet, and I'd recommend getting a full-face helmet. They provide the best all-around protection for your head. Besides, when half your face is ripped off because you thought the half-helmet looked better on you, you'll wish you had gotten the full-face helmet anyway.

There's definitely a difference in terms of quality and comfort between no-name brand helmets you can get on eBay for 20 bucks versus respected brand name helmets for $200. When you start passing $350-$400, the discrepancies aren't as clear, but then again, think about what it's protecting. Are you saying your head/face/brain isn't worth a couple hundred bucks more? Don't know about you, but I'd say my head is worth at least $600...

Also, you're going to be wearing it a lot or at least whenever you're riding. So, it has to fit correctly and comfortably. Try not to buy your helmet online. It's best to go into a store and try it on first-hand. It should fit snugly and not shift if you quickly move your head side to side or up and down. A store clerk can probably help out with this. If you fall in love with a particular helmet that fits perfectly and the store's price is a bit out of your range, you can then try to find it cheaper online - just make sure you make a note of the size before you leave the store. Although, sometimes it's nice to support your local motorcycle shops, so I cannot fully condone this method.

Try not to buy used, either. Yes, you can find some good deals, but you cannot be entirely sure about the helmet's history. It could have been involved in a crash, dropped, thrown around, become warped, been mistreated, or it could have molded to someone else's head over the years. You also don't want your helmet to be too old. It's just not worth the risk.

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