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How to choose the right motorcycle helmet:


A.       To determine the proper fit.

1.       Measure your head size.  Pass a tape measure horizontally around your head at a height of about one inch (2.5cm) above your eyebrows that results in the largest measurement. 

2.       Select the helmet that is closes to your head size with the above measurement.  As the helmetmay not always exactly meet your head size and if your head measurement falls between two helmet sizes, first try on the smaller size.    



B.      Try the helmet on.

1.       Expand the helmet opening with your hands (see Diagram A) and slide your head into the helmet.  Pull the chinstraps only, not the chinstrap covers.  Pulling the on the covers may rip them.  Even if you feel it is difficult to put it on, you should choose the smallest helmet possible that gives you a snug fit. 



C.      Check for a proper fit.  With the helmet on, go through the following checklist to determine whether the helmet is the correct size.

1.       Check whether the helmet inner lining fits snugly all around your head. 

2.       Check whether the top pad presses closely on the top of your head.

3.       Check whether the cheekpads are in contact with your cheeks.

4.       Check to make sure there is no space around your brow under the inner lining, where you can insert your fingers.

5.       Now, take hold of the helmet with a hand on each side.  Without moving your head, try to move the helmet up and down, and side to side (see Diagram B).  You should feel the skin of your head and face being pulled as you try to move the helmet.  If you can move the helmet around easily, it is too big.  Try a smaller size.



D.      Check the retention system and go through the following steps:

1.       Fasten the chinstrap as tight as possible without causing you pain.  There must be no slack in the strap and it must be tight up against your chin.

2.       With the chinstrap secured, put your hands flat on the back of the helmet and try to push the helmet off by rotating it forward (See diagram C).

3.       Next, put your hands on the front of the helmet above your forehead (or on the chin guard) and try to push the helmet off by rotating it toward the rear.

4.       If the helmet starts to come off in either direction, do not use the helmet.  Either the helmet is too large for you or the chinstrap is not tightened enough.


Source:  Shoei Co., Ltd.