According to published motorcycle insurance statistics, most riders will be involved in at least a single riding crash or fall during their lifetime. It is also a sad but unfortunate fact that most riders also know of at least a single rider, who has been killed in a motorcycle accident or crash. Having the right helmet can make the difference in being able to walk away from an accident, or suffering life-threatening injuries.
When you are purchasing motorcycle helmets it is extremely important that you buy a properly fitting helmet. Properly fitted helmets should be snug on your head, without cutting off your circulation. You should try on at least 3-5 different style motorcycle helmets so that you can make an accurate judgment as to which helmet best fits your particular head shape. Keep in mind that you should also factor other factors such as helmet weight. On long motorcycle rides even the difference of a few ounces can make a big impact on riding fatigue. Many riders do not like wearing full faced motorcycle helmets due to the decreased peripheral vision of this helmet style. As an alternative you can also purchase open faced motorcycle helmets. Open style helmets are also known as retro or old school style motorcycle helmets.
These helmets come in plain black, and you can also purchase them with a variety of different colors and logos. One of the most well known makers of retro and vintage motorcycle helmets is Davida (UK). These helmets are extremely comfortable because of their unique shape, and hand crafted manufacturing process. It is extremely rare to find hand made helmets these days. Most helmets made by the larger companies (i.e. Shoei, Arai, Bell) are usually produced by machines in an assembly line. While factory produced helmets are more consistent, they do not offer the same look and feel compared to handcrafted motorcycle helmets.