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Head out protected in a full-face design covering the brain, face and jaw. Light colours increase your chances of being seen.

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HELMETS OVERVIEW

What to look out for when buying a motorcycle helmet.

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IMPACT ZONES

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02

VISIBILITY

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03

VENTILATION

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BE SEEN

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01 - IMPACT ZONES

FRONT AND SIDES

Opt for a full-face style designed to protect the brain, face and jaw. Open-face helmets will only protect the brain. A helmet fits when your cheeks are snug against the interior.

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02 - VISIBILITY

LINE OF SIGHT

A well designed flip or visor won’t reduce your ability to see what’s happening around you. Visors must comply with the appropriate standards for motorbike riding. Clear lenses are more versatile than tinted because they suit both day and night riding.

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03 - VENTILATION

AIRFLOW IS KEY

Keep cool with a combination of vents that open and close to suit you. They’ll reduce the temperature inside a helmet, but may increase noise. Earplugs can help if it’s an issue.

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04 - BE SEEN

LIGHTEN UP

While a dark coloured helmet blends into the background, light colours increase the chances of being seen. Hi Viz works hard at keeping you visible. Two tone helmets, particularly white and fluro colours, are a good option.

BUYING GUIDE

A full-face or closed helmet gives you protection where it’s needed. If you come off your bike, it’s likely your helmet will absorb impact to the side and front of your head. All helmets featured are CE-certified and marked with the Australian Standard 1698 or ECE 22.05. To compare helmet safety ratings and results, head to the CRASH ratings website.

01 - Set budget

Allow for a new helmet in your budget. Always avoid buying one second hand. Ensure it carries a sticker proving it meets the AS 1698 or ECE 22.05 standard.

02 - Prioritise Fit

Ask someone to pull the helmet up and over your head by lifting it from the back. If it comes off or slips over your eyes, adjust the straps and try again. If it still moves, try a different brand.

03 - Check choice

Research the model’s performance in a crash. More independent advice on the best helmet protection in Australia is available. If the helmet rates poorly, try on different designs.

04 - Mix colours

The less black on your helmet, the more likely other road users will see you coming. Mixing white, Hi Viz and bright colours with darker colours helps you stay seen.

05 - Maximise vision

Invest in a flip visor or motorcycle-designed goggles. With your visor down, hold the handlebars and turn your head to make sure you can comfortably see behind you. If you wear glasses, check you can slide them on and off without removing your helmet.

06 - Noise control

Search reviews and gather opinions from owners about a helmet’s noise level. Earplugs offer some protection against distracting wind noise and permanent hearing damage.

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FIND A STOCKIST

We’ve compiled a list of Victorian motorcycle retailers where you can buy the latest and safest gear. If you decide to buy gear online, it’s a good idea to shop around and find gear that fits you best first. Most online retailers have physical stores and the larger retailers offer all popular motorcycle gear brands.

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