One of the first signs of spring is the site of motorcycles roaring down the streets. Motorbiking enthusiasts cannot wait to get their bikes on the roads once again. For seasoned and new riders, this is a great time to start getting the bike and gear ready for what will hopefully be a long and favourable season.

There are a few things that are must have’s when cruising down the streets. Protective clothing including jackets, gloves, chaps, boots, and head wear will protect riders from weather conditions and injury. Motorcycle helmets are mandatory in many provinces and essential safety features while on your bike. For those who are new to riding, or seasoned enthusiasts looking to buy new head gear, finding the right helmet involves more than just picking something that looks good.

Motorcycle helmets come in different designs and features. Some are full shell, while others are half shell designed. Some have full visors, others have half visors or no face shields at all. There are modular, full face, open face and dual support head gear. With so many choices available, how do you select the right one for you? These tips will help you pick the right top protector for your headwear.

1. Size

First and foremost, your brain bucket must fit properly. Getting something too big or too small will not provide the right protection to the most precious part of your body. A helmet should be snug when you first try it on, fit squarely on your head and be approximately one centimeter above the eyebrow line.

2. Weight

Helmet brands vary in weight depending on the materials used to make the gear. No one wants to wear a helmet that hurts so choose something that is comfortable; not too heavy or too light. Your ride will be enjoyable from top to bottom with a proper fitting head supporter.

3. Price

Helmets range in significantly in price, so it is important to choose one that fits within your budget. Shopping early gives you plenty of time to research different products and retail outlets to find the right lid within the desired price range.

4. Safety Features and Standards

All head gear come with safety features to provide maximum protection. One stamp to look for is the safety and compliance standards rating. According to the Canadian Standards Association, helmets must have one of the following three standard regulatory ratings: DOT-FMVSS 218, SNELL, or ECE Regulation.

Other features to consider include chin straps, shell material, shock absorbency, interior insulation, air flow design, blue tooth features, visor size and materials, and padding.

5. Reason for Buying

People ride motorcycles for different reasons. Some race, others travel long distances down high-speed roadways, or ride for recreational pleasure, and some use their bike for commuting purposes. Knowing why you are using your two-wheeler and where you will be riding most will help when choosing the best style for your protective needs.

Motorcycle season will be coming soon. Once the snow melts, riders will be out in full force. One of the most important accessories you can purchase is your protective body gear. Wearing clothing and products to separate yourself from the external elements and injury will help keep you safe while cruising on your bike.

One of the most important pieces of equipment is your helmet. Head styles are designed to meet the unique needs of each rider. The helmet should protect the highest part of your body from external forces. Finding the right brain bucket will help keep your cranium free of injury when cruising on your bike this season.