Harley-Davidson - Motorclothes Merchandise

 

Core Helmets

3/4 helmets
HALF HELMET
View All > Cover your ears and the sides of your face to reduce wind noise. Some can be fitted with a face shield or a visor for extra protection.
Full face helmets
3/4 HELMET
Completely cover the head and face, for optimal protection. Equipped with a flip-up face shield. Warm in the winter and with a flow-through ventilation system, comfortable in warm weather, too.
Modular helmets
FULL FACE
A combination of the benefits of full-face and ¾ helmets. Flip up the face/chin module for easy on and off, and for full-face exposure. Remember to always ride with the module in the closed position.
Five Eighths helmets
5/8 HELMET
THERMOPLASTIC
A single-layer, injection-molded material, offering a good balance between strength and weight. Requires a larger inner impact liner, which increases shell size and weight.
POLYCARBONATE
A thermoplastic polymer, often injection molded or thermoformed, highly durable with high impact resistance.
FIBERGLASS
Multiple layers of fiber cloth combined with layers of resin. The strength of the fiberglass weave allows for a smaller inner liner, which is why fiberglass shells are typically lighter and more compact than thermoplastic shells. Ideal for long or hot rides.
RIGID OUTER SHELL
Distributes the force of an impact while resisting penetration. If your helmet is ever damaged or dropped, replace it. While you might not be able to see anything serious on the shell, damage can change how your helmet functions.
EPS IMPACT-ABSORBING LINER
Expanded Polystyrene Foam crushes to absorb the energy of an impact and disperse the shock. The more impact energy absorbed by the liner, the less impact energy is transferred to the head.
COMFORT PADDING
Makes the helmet more comfortable to wear. Along with the retention system, it also helps keep the helmet in place, thereby improving the fit.
RETENTION SYSTEM
In an accident, the chinstraps keep the helmet secured to your head. This is why the helmet must be fastened properly. Make sure the chinstraps are snug, yet comfortable.
MAKE SURE YOUR HELMET MEASURES UP.
FIND THE PROPER FIT.

FASTEN UP

As you put the helmet on, there should be some resistance. Next, fasten the chin strap comfortably snug. The cheek pads should touch your cheeks (but not so that it's uncomfortable).


It's a bad fit if: You can easily slide a finger between your chin and the strap. There's space between your brow-line and the inner lining. You're able to roll the helmet forward and off your head. In any of these cases, try a smaller helmet.

GET MOVING

Move the helmet from side-to-side and front-to-back. You should feel your skin and scalp move as the helmet moves. You want to feel a slight, even pressure all over your head. Keep in mind that a helmet loosens up a bit as the comfort liner compresses with use, so you want it to fit as tightly as you can comfortably wear it.

15 MINUTE TEST

Before you buy anything, wear the helmet for at least 15 minutes. Do you feel any uncomfortable pressure points? It might not seem so bad in store, but during a long ride, you'll really feel it. If you experience any discomfort, try a helmet in a larger size or another style. If you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses when you ride, make sure you're wearing them during the 15-minute test. They should fit inside your helmet without irritating your ears or the bridge of your nose.

CLEAR VISION

You've found a helmet that fits properly. Now check your range of vision to the left, right, and up and down. Absolutely no part of the helmet should obstruct your field of vision. If it does, try another helmet.

WHEN TO REPLACE

Depending on use, you should replace your helmet every 3 to 5 years according to helmet safety schemes. Keep in mind that glues, resins and other materials break down over time, while hair oils, sweat, cosmetics and the sun's UV rays add to the helmet's deterioration.


Note, a helmet is designed for only ONE impact. If it's dropped or suffers any blow, replace it immediately. Any impact can fracture the outer shell or compress the impact absorbing liner.

FOR A LONGER LIFE

DO:
  • Before riding, be sure chin straps are tightened properly and not frayed.
  • Check that visor screws and the face shield are firmly secure.
  • Use mild soap and water to wash the outer shell.
  • Clean the shield with warm water and a wet, soft, lint-free cloth immediately after dirt accumulates.
  • Hand wash the internal liners with mild soap and allow to air dry.
  • Use compressed air to clear helmet air vents and channels.
DON'T:
  • Expose a helmet to chemicals or excessive heat, as this may degrade the protective properties, even if damage is not visible.
  • Hang a helmet on a motorcycle's mirror, turn signal or sissy bar, which may damage the impact absorbing liner.
  • Use solvents or chemicals to clean any part of the helmet or shield, as they can destroy protective coatings and compromise the structural integrity of the helmet.
  • Use a dry cloth to clean debris from a face shield as you might scratch the shield.

WARRANTY

Refer to warranty information included with each Harley-Davidson® helmet for warranty details and limitations.