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With April set as Motorcycle Helmet Safety Month I thought I would write a few different posts on the subject.  I am going to try and cover several different areas around helmet safety just for us to think about.

FITMENT

I am not going to try the case of wearing or not wearing the helmet.  But if you do wear a helmet you should make sure it fits properly.

The first thing, in my opinion, you should do is look at the sizing guides for the helmets you are most interested in. Every motorcycle helmet manufacturer has a slightly different way of sizing your head both in measurements and shape.

Sizing your skull

When you measure your head, wrap the tape measure starting about ½ inch above your eyebrow, loop around your head (at the largest point) keeping it above your ears.  I recommend that you have a friend help you with this to get the correct measure.  I also suggest doing it three times and then averaging the three to get the size of your noog’n.

If your melon falls between the two sizes, go with the smaller size.

 

 

Shape of your skull

This one is a lot tougher to deal with.  Most motorcycle helmet makers really, truly do not take into to account that our brain-cases are the same shape.

While all heads, for the most part, are oval some are rounder then others while some are more elongated.  The shape of your skull will impact how the helmet fits.  You will have to try on the helmets you are interested in to see how they fit your dome.

Trying the Helmet On

Does your new candidate helmet fill a little tight?  That is good!  Feeling a little tight or slightly uncomfortable is ok but if it should not be inducing any pain to the back of your gourd, your temples or your forehead. Any hotspots or uncomfortable pressure points will be a guarantee of a miserable ride.

Now try turning the helmet left and right and tilting forward and back.  If the helmet moves over your skin freely it is to big, try a size smaller.

If it seems to fit well, try to keep it on for at least 10-15 minutes.  Does it still feel ok?  When you take it off are there any hotspots or rub marks, if not maybe you have a winner.  If you are having comfort issues the helmet just might be the wrong shape for your head.

Try to Pull the Helmet Off

Last step, if everything else seems to be a-ok.  Reach over your head and grasp the bottom/back of the helmet.  Try and pull it over and off your head.  If it comes off, try a different size.

While these are my recommendation please do your own research on the fitment of motorcycle helmets.  There are many other suggestions out there, these are just the ones that I use. Just use these suggestions as a way to get started on assuring a good fit.  Look for other suggestions/recommendations on fitment of helmets.  Never trust just one website, look at as many as you can to make sure you fully understand. 

Also, you can use these fitment techniques as a starting point to determine if your current motorcycle helmet is still good to go.  Can you pull it over and off your head?  Might be a good time to replace your primary safety device.

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Example of bad fitment!

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Here in North America and in many other parts of the world, our motorcycles are coming out of their winter hibernation.  Along with the all of our riding accessories including helmets.

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It means that you need to perform the safety checks for your motorcycle (tires, brakes, etc.).  You also need to check the condition of your helmets.  Some ideas on checking your motorcycle helmet:

  • Is the shell all in one piece? No cracks or splits?
  • Are the straps and connectors in good shape, no adverse wear or tear?
  • The internal padding is connected and stays in place?
  • Does the rest of the internals look in good operating condition?
  • Make sure that insects/creatures are not living in your helmet, see the photos below!

While your helmet might look clean and shiny it does not mean that it not ready for replacement. Worse yet, a single drop to the ground might be enough to cause you to consider replacement, according to the manufactures.

Here are some industry guidelines regarding your helmet:

  • Helmet manufacturers recommend replacing your helmet every 3 to 5 years, h6depending on use, to ensure optimal protection.
  • Over time, UV rays, internal adhesive and component aging can deteriorate a helmet’s protective qualities by degrading the interior protection layer.
  • Exposure to gasoline, insect repellent, cleaning fluids, exhaust fumes and excessive heat can degrade helmet materials.
  • If a helmet has been dropped or suffered an impact, it should be replaced immediately.
  • A helmet is designed for only one impact, even a small one. An impact may fracture its outer shell as well as compress the inner liner, neither of which may be visible.

Now it is your head so you need to make the decision, but you should at least check out your lid to make sure there are no major issues.

When you get your lid out for the 1st time this year, or if you have let it set for while you might want to make sure nothing has crawled in there.  In the 1st photo that is a poisonous Black Widow spider.  How bad would it feel to get bitten at 50MPH?  Oh and in the second pic that is a miniature Mountain Lion, I am sure you can all see the danger in that!!!!

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Check your lid! That is a Black Widow Spider!

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Look! A cat!

 

 

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Kevlar Motorcycle Riding Pants

I currently have 3 pair of Kevlar reinforced motorcycle pants. I reviewed the pants in earlier posts, click here for the BILT Iron Workers, and here for the NEWFACELOOK Motorcycle Cargo Pants.

These pants are starting to show their age and I am in the market for new motorcycle pants.

I have a high preference for cargo pants over denim jeans.  Actually, make that a complete preference for cargo pants over jeans while riding my motorcycle.  The problem is there are not a lot of cargo style motorcycle pants out there.

As I was weighing my options when I ran across the Bohn Body Armor site.  They offer a different solution, what looks like armored underwear!

bohnThe concept is intriguing enough to me that I sent them a couple Twitter messages asking questions about their products.

They provided some quick responses and they are now in the top 3 of my selection process.

ALSO…. They provided a coupon code for this blog!  From now to the 30th of April 2018 take 10% off on orders over $150.

If Bohn Body Armor is for you use CODE: WANT2RIDE to save some dollars.

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This is NOT one of those typical helmet cam “adventure” video’s.  These guys had an actual camera man as part of the team.  Due to this fact the Globeriders Iceland Adventure a Motorcycle Tour of Iceland video is a lot better than most.   

I enjoyed the show.  It was quite well constructed and organized.  The editing and sound was good.  The star of the show were not the riders or the bikes it was Iceland itself. It was a lot of fun to watch them interact with the terrain and some of the Icelandic population.

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While I am not fully invested into doing the adventure biking “thing”, I prefer paved road trips, I am quite enamored with the concept.  The thought of getting a bike of this style and heading out to the off roads is quite appealing.

But for now, I have added Iceland’s Ring Road to my bucket list of rides. 

The Globeriders have documented many other exotic rides beyond the Iceland adventure.  They also host tours to these interesting locals. Check out their website here if so inclined.  

I watched this show via Amazon Prime and give it 4 Stars.

4 out 5 stars

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Looks like Motorcycle GPS & Gear thinks that IJustWant2Ride is one of the 22 Best Motorcycle blogs.  Looking at the list of other blogs they recommend I am very pleased to be placed in that company.

If you have a few minutes check out their list of Best Motorcycle Blogs as well as the rest of their site.  The list of recommended motorcycle GPS devices is worth the stop alone.

Some other mentions on Best Motorcycle Blogs:

Top 200 Motorcycle Blogs by Feedspot

Top 15 Motorcycle Blogs by Test Facts

Top 100 Motorcycle Blogs to Follow by 10 Selects 

 

 

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Not sure what was going on in 2017 but there was some badass motorcycle tank art going around.   These might be older then 2017 but that is when I first saw them. 

I started with over 20 cool motorcycle tanks that I cut down to the 9 best.  I wish I could attribute the artist that created these crazy works of art.  If you know who created these rolling motorcycle art pieces, formally called a tank, please let me know so I can properly label them.

 

The weather here in the mid-Atlantic region of the US of A has been very cold so far this year.  Record breaking cold on several days and cold enough to keep the local HOG group from holding its New Years Day Frosty Balls ride (click here for more).

Yesterday was quite the unique day it was 74F degrees (not a record but very close) and sunny.  SOOOOOO after work I jumped on the bike for the 1st time this year.  Yea, I know, sad sad sad for a guy that states “I just want to ride” !  LOL

Less then 15 miles out the clouds appear and BAM, I am in the rain.   Not a downpour,  but enough to make me laugh and smile at the crazy luck I seem to have at times.  Oh and enough to create a lot of road spray and make a clean bike very dirty.  😦

ssr 1I knew this film existed but I did not know it was part of my Amazon Prime subscription.  What is Sit Stay Ride? “The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs is a delightful and inspiring documentary film about motorcyclists and their beloved canine co-pilots.”  To see it on Amazon Prime (if you have that) click here. (It appears to be on HULU as well but we do not subscribe to HULU so I cannot confirm.)

My wife and I were very pleasantly surprised with Sit Stay Ride.  Not only was it well shot it was well told.  It was also quite inspiring, to the point that Debbie stated “almost makes me want to go buy a sidecar!”ssr 3

Enough people must have watched the film to inspire a sequel.  Sit Stay Ride 2 appears to be in production and has a kickstarter campaign underway.

We enjoyed this film and can highly recommend that you do a search on your Amazon Prime account and watch it yourself.  Unless you hate dogs, you will not be disappointed.

4 out of 5 stars.

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Just like the 9 Weird Motorcycles of 2017, I also ran across some pretty wild helmets.  Now I am sure some of these have been around for a while, it’s just 2017 was the first that I saw them.

If you have some of your own examples of wild helmets post them in the comments below.  They might make the next list of wild helmets.