If you're an adrenaline junkie, you've probably tried motocross sports before. Motocross is one of the most challenging sports on the planet, hence why you need a pretty good helmet to protect your head in the event of an accident. It involves riding round a mud track at high speeds It's a sport which requires a huge amount of skill due to the high risk of injury and if you're not wearing protective gear, the result could be disastrous if you were to be involved in a crash. No matter what sort of motorbike you ride, whether you ride for fun, or for competitions, the helmet is the most important piece of equipment you need to buy.
Motocross helmets tend to all follow the same sort of shape and design, for example, most have peaks to protect the visor from dirt and also to shield the riders eyes from the sun. They also feature a long chin which helps to protect the rider from any debris that may hit them as other riders make their way around the course. Motocross is done on muddy and grassy land, so as you can imagine, it can get pretty messy! Motocross helmets come in bold, bright colours and graphical designs. This allows the rider to be seen as they make their way around the track, even if the helmet is muddy, the spectators should still be able to see the bright colours.
The best motocross helmets have thick layers of padding which helps to absorb energy from a crash, rather than the energy impacting the riders head! If you have ever had a crash whilst wearing a motocross helmet (or any helmet for that matter), you need to get a new one. This is because the lining will have compressed; therefore it's no longer effective. Helmets are only effective for one crash so it's vital you replace it if you ever were to have an accident. Motocross helmets tend to be the most durable, due to the purpose they're designed for, however, if you drop your motocross helmet or notice the padding is wearing a little thin, you should probably think about buying a new one, after all, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Some motocross helmets come with some fantastic safety features. Bell Moto 9 Flex is an example of a helmet with some of these features on, such as the three-layer impact system to reduce rotational energy transfer to the head and brain. If you were to be involved in a serious crash, safety technology like this could really be the difference between life and death, so do thorough research before buying a motocross helmet.
A motorbike helmet is ultimately going to be the most important piece of equipment you're going to buy. When it comes to the price of Motocross helmets, they can be pretty expensive, especially if you're buying a decent one. You could buy a cheap, flimsy helmet costing £80, but you'll feel much more confident riding with a £500 helmet on your head.
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