Its your life – Put safety FIRST
Motorcycle crash helmets are designed to protect your head in the event of a motorcycling accident. The concept is simple, an armor type enclosing which covers part or all of your head depending on the style of helmet. This ‘armor’ for your head is generally designed to do two things, firstly it is designed to offer impact resistance by being stronger than your skull, and secondly it is designed to absorb energy upon impact – reducing the energy which is transferred to your skull. It is this second quality where helmet technology has made significant advancements in terms of safety.
In the 1940′s during the Second World War the Germans had army issue motorcycle crash helmets which are still well known today, and the style remains popular among certain Harley Davidson, cruiser, and chopper riders. These half helmet styled ‘German’ helmets were however not nearly as safe as modern helmets can be because the design simply concentrated on the first helmet quality mentioned above – being stronger than your skull. They were essentially a piece of metal armor that covered the top of your head with a bit of padding. Metal is stronger than your skull, it will not save your life if you plow into a concrete wall at 35 miles per hour. Modern motorcycle crash helmets are continuously looking for new ways in which to protect your head during an accident. Modern motorcycle crash helmets utilize padding, strong outer shells and impact absorbing inner materials to try and ensure your motorcycle ride is as safe as possible. The modern impact absorbing materials are focussed on decelerating your head upon impact in a controlled manner so that the movement and shock exerted on your brain within your skull is minimalized.
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