So you finally decided to get that sportbike or cruiser that you have always wanted to own but you forgot that you are going to need at least a helmet to enjoy riding it around. You have come to the right place to know what to look for in buying your first brain bucket protector. There are 3 main things you need to know when purchasing a helmet: Getting the right fit, choosing a helmet configuration and considering safety ratings.
Getting the Right Size
This is just a important as getting the right size pants and shoes. Your helmet is good for nothing if it looks good but wobbles a lot on your head. Even a cheap helmet that fits is better than one that doesn’t. If you go to a motorcycle shop to purchase a helmet they might end up asking you what type of head you have. Look below for a good diagram to determine your type of head.
Having the right size helmet will help you be more comfortable when it comes to longer rides and you’ll be more satisfied with the helmet purchased.
Getting the Right Configuration
There are many types of helmets to purchase and many of them are for different types of riding styles. For example, if you have a motorcycle that you plan to take off road and get muddy and dirty then a helmet with goggles would be more your style and fitting while a cruiser motorcycle would have sometimes an open faced helmet with good insulation to keep out wind noise. It all depends on the type of riding that you will be doing. Talk to a motorcycle shop and explain the types of riding you’ll be doing. We always recommend a full face helmet over an open face as they are safer when it comes to highway riding and bugs are not going to be hitting you.
Just because every helmet looks similar to other helmets does not mean that it has a good safety rating. Helmets with a DOT approved sticker on the helmet does not mean that it is a good or great helmet, it just means that it has passed the standard for motorcycle helmets in the United States. SNELL and SHARP are also safety rated stickers for helmets but they don’t just pass the standards for helmets, they are put to the test and exceed them. They are on a pass/ fail tests to make sure the helmets are safe and adequate for the type of riding anyone will do.
The Reinecke Law Firm endorses all motorcyclists to wear a helmet with standard DOT protection. We have seen a fair share of motorcycle accidents and it’s sad to say not everyone wears one and many problems could be avoided had they have been wearing a helmet. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident that you think is not your fault please contact us today at (800) 275-8326.
It was reported in an article by the “Gasoline Society” on the Iron Demons website on April 18th, 2016 that Paul Sr. of the famous motorcycle show Orange County Choppers was involved in a motorcycle accident that costed him his life. The report was made in Louisiana:
Louisiana State Police say 68-year-old Paul Teutul was killed, April 18, 2016, when his motorcycle was struck by an SUV in Greta. The crash involved five vehicles. A second motorcyclist, Mark Duffy, was also injured and was in critical condition Monday.
A 68-year-old Paul Teutul was killed today (April 18) when a driver ignored a red light and caused a five-vehicle crash in Gretna, Louisiana State Police said. A second motorcyclist involved in the crash was in critical condition.
The second motorcyclist, Mark Duffy, 56, of Gretna, was also ejected when his 2006 Harley Davidson struck Liccardi’s QX80 on the driver’s side rear door during the crash. Duffy was being treated at University Medical Center, police said. Harmon was also taken there but pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital.
The accident is real but the name of the rider who was killed was replaced with Paul Sr. of Orange County Choppers. Iron Demons has since removed the article from their site but others still believed that Paul Sr. really had died even days after the hoax article was removed.
Orange County Choppers responded to the hoax by stating on Facebook the following:
The hoax article set was startling for many and Paul Sr. even personally responded to many people’s Facebook status’s saying that he is still alive and well.
We are glad that Paul Sr. is still alive and well. We enjoy watching his Orange County Chopper show even when we are located in Orange County California. His show is inspiring and fun to watch. We look forward to watching more specials on his chopper builds and to seeing him at motorcycle shows across the nation.
Even though this was a Hoax we still encourage all motorcyclists to ride safe and smart. We also want you to remember that if you are ever in a motorcycle accident call The Reinecke Law Firm now to get a free case evaluation. We Ride, We Fight, and We Win. Call now at (800) 275-8326.
Lately there has been a lot of hype about these new mini street legal motorcycles starting out with the Honda Grom. When it first appeared the Grom made big highlights being the smallest legal motorcycle to drive on the highways enabling beginner riders to experience life on a motorcycle.
Soon there will be Kawasaki’s version of the Honda Grom roaming around the streets here in the United States. Kawasaki’s version of the bike will be called the Z125 and will also come with a 125cc motor like the Honda Grom itself. All though these are new in the United States they have been appearing in other countries such as Thailand and Japan which have had great success.
These little tike bikes are easy to handle, have enough power to get you going and they are even considered to have two seats. They are quite affordable at around a $3000 price tag and are great fun to getting around town. There are so many benefits to the two motorcycles because of their size, you can virtually park anywhere, get around efficiently running on pennies for gas, and are sporty enough to put a smile on anyone’s face that rides or sees them.
The question of how will the two brands of motorcycles compare and which one will consumers like more? If you are wondering about the specifications of the motorcycles you may take a look here. Honda Grom. Kawasaki Z125.
Another question can be asked about whether Suzuki, Yamaha, or KTM or any other motorcycle company will create a mini legal motorcycle. Be sure to check your local motorcycle shop for more information.