Motorcycle Helmets

When it comes to motorcycle helmets, you have a variety of styles to choose from. ShopBigSkyHarley wants you to know the choices you have when picking a helmet.

The Four Most Popular Types of Helmets

Without a doubt, your helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment you can use when you're riding. When choosing the right helmet for you, there are plenty of variables you have to take into consideration, but the most important factors you need to keep in mind are the protection that your helmet provides, and it's comfort while you're riding.

A less protective helmet might leave your face or chin exposed if you wind up in a wreck, however a helmet that doesn't fit comfortably can be a distracting on the road and wind up being a major distraction in its own right. It's important to try on plenty of different helmets to find the one that's right for you.

The different types of helmets have different protective features, but also have pros and cons in terms of comfort and utility.

Half Helmet

A half helmet covers only your cranium. While they come in a variety of styles, all half helmets provide the very minimum of head protection, leaving your chin and face exposed. Many experienced riders prefer half helmets because they're lightweight, inexpensive and can be very comfortable. However, because half helmets don't typically incorporate eye protection, you should also invest in a pair of goggles, or at the very least, scratch-resistant sunglasses.

Open Face (¾ helmet)

Open face helmets are the next step after Half helmets. This type of headgear comes down over the ears and back of the head but doesn't incorporate a chin bar for full face protection. It's more common to find an open face helmet with a windscreen visor, so goggles aren't always required when you're riding with a ¾.

Full Face

Full face helmets protect a rider's entire face (surprise!). The inclusion of a chin bar gives full face helmets the greatest protective quality of all helmets on the market. This class of helmet also gives you the greatest protection from wind buffeting and effectively reduces outside noise. The flip side of this is that full face helmets typically heavier, so the strain on your neck can become noticeable after extended rides. Full face helmets can also limit your visibility and hearing significantly compared to other types of helmets, based simply on the fact that they encompass your head much more thoroughly.


These helmets combine aspects of full-face and open face helmets into one handy package. Though they are typically a little more expensive, these rigs allow you to flip up the chin bar to allow you to talk, eat, and hear more effectively without having to fully remove your helmet.