A cheap motorcycle helmet doesn't have to be inferior to the higher priced ones. It is just a matter of what kind of riding are you planning to do.
There are cheap motorcycle helmets that can perform just as well as the most popular brands. In order to make the best judgement for your future helmet, you should be able to know how to find those helmets and what features and qualities to look for.
One of one of the most important features you should look for when looking for a cheap motorcycle helmet is the comfort that can provide. Why? Because simply put the motorcycle helmet can literally ruin your riding experience. An uncomfortable helmet tend to make any ride an agonizing experience. Helmet comfort is tricky to determine right away. As a fist step in finding a good and cheap motorcycle helmet, try checking out cheap but recognizable brands which are generally the most comfortable.
On the helmet, check out the soft rubber padding, touching your head as well as the solid seal across ears. Check out also the neck roll which cradles the back of the head and collar. When trying out a lower priced motorcycle helmet, it comfortably fits into your head without being too constricting. But also make sure it isn't loose enough.
Another feature that you should look for in a cheap motorcycle helmet is the the level of safety that can provide. Choose a DOT (Department of Transportation) or a ECE (Economic Commission for Europe) approved helmet. These are the two most recognisable bodies that test helmets and set high safety standards.
Check the interior padding that offers you the security and comfort you want. The padding must well fitted around your head must cover most of you head except the ears, mouth and chin. It must also cover your forehead up to your eyebrows. Make sure that padding is soft enough but not too tight. Helmet paddings are usually removable and can be easily washed.
Try also taking a look at the helmets chin strap which must reach around and under your chin comfortably and securely. The strap should never lock at one click but instead it should lock at at least 6-7 clicks making it more difficult to be removed in case of an accident.
Wear the helmet by yourself. Like this you will be able to have a better feeling of how it feels, how hard it is to place it on your head and which areas are more or less comfortable.
Now that you know how to choose a good helmet it's all about riding performance and aesthetics.
It is possible to find cheap helmets that are aerodynamic up to a certain level. These helmets incorporate air vents for improved ventilation. The more aerodynamic a helmet is, the less weight you feel on a long ride and the more comfortable the helmet feels.
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