Advantages of Full Face Helmets for most riders

Full Face helmets offer many advantages for most riders.

The built-in face shield offers protection from bugs, rocks, rain, and wind. Additionally, many newer models come with an optional flip down/up tinted visor inside, like seen on fighter pilot helmets.

Many full-face helmets are now equipped with built in speakers for blue tooth music and communication systems.
The venting on full face helmets typically allow for that “wind through the hair” feeling, without the risk associated with riding helmetless.

Studies have shown that there is over a 40 percent chance of hitting your chin if you fall with your helmet on. A Full-Face Helmet offers the most injury prevention should that occur.
With modern composite materials, such as carbon fiber, the weight of modern full-face helmets is typically less than older ¾ helmets.

The old myth that a full-face helmet will block one’s peripheral vision is just that, a myth. The helmets are required to have an opening which allows at least 5 degrees more peripheral vision than the typical human possesses.

Despite all the benefits outlined above, there are people who get claustrophobic in a full-face helmet. For those riders there are many exceptional ¾ helmets available that have many of the features found in a full face, although chin and nose protection is minimal.

The key to any helmet is to get one that fits right and is comfortable for your head shape, which means that trying them on prior to purchase is essential.

Coach Dale


Quality Motorcycle Tires can give us trouble-free miles

There is an old saying among riders, “keep the rubber side down”. Although there are many factors that help us do that, tires are a critical component of a motorcycle.

Manufacturers spend a lot of time and science figuring out which tires to put on each of their models. Although we can sometimes “upgrade” the quality of tire, the size has effects on handling and so it is best to adhere to the manufacturers recommended size.

Once we ensure that our tires have good tread, it is very important to ensure that you are running the correct tire pressure. Pressure being off as little as 5psi, low or high, can affect the handling of a motorcycle. Riding on tires with incorrect pressures can also cause the tires to wear out more quickly.

As with cars, there is writing on the side of the tire which typically reads “Max pressure 42psi”. However, the recommended pressure may vary so checking the owner’s manual specifications is best. There is usually also a sticker on the swingarm or chain guard that gives the correct pressures to run. Often the stickers, or owner’s manual, will indicate a different pressure to use when carrying a passenger or cargo.

Much like new sunglasses and windshields, new tires give us a short lived warm and fuzzy feeling. But if well maintained, motorcycle tires can give us many thousands of trouble-free miles on the road.

 

Coach Dale


Positives & Negatives Of Modular Helmets

I love my modular helmet! After I purchased my first one in 2013 I will never go back to a regular full face. Granted, there are some positives and negatives to this type of helmet:

Positives:

1: Provides the same protection from elements as a full-face while giving the convenience of a ¾ face. You can talk to fellow riders easier, drink a bottle of water, scratch your face, open it when sneezing, and go into gas stations or other places that normally require you to remove your helmet.

2: Easier to clean the screen!

3: If you are claustrophobic but still want the face protection these might be the ticket. Mainly because you have to open the helmet to put it on or take it off.

Negatives:

1: They are not as “safe” as full-face helmets. The chin and jawbone are high impact areas, there is no guarantee that a modular will not “flip up” during a crash exposing those areas.

2: Snell refuses to test modular helmets due to the non-solid chin bar, therefore we do not have Snell ratings on different brands.

3: They tend to be a little heavier, but I do not notice this so much.

There are many other reasons to love or hate a modular helmet, but I LOVE mine!! Next time you are shopping give one a try ;)

Coach Sarah