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Open face and full-face helmets

Which of the two is better is an old question. And it will never really be answered.

What are the advantages of the classic jet helmet?

  • The lower weight puts less strain on the neck for less muscular fatigue, especially on longer rides.
  • The jet helmet hardly restricts the field of vision. Even if drivers may overlook you, you are more likely to see them - even out of the corner of your eye.
  • It feels less "helmet-like", you don't feel so constricted. You feel "free".
  • There is absolutely no lack of fresh air or ventilation. This is unbeatable, especially on hot days.
  • Cool retro look. It simply goes much better with Knuckles, Flatheads or Panheads.

What are the advantages of a full-face helmet?

  • Kamikaze wasps and other creatures simply bounce off. Anyone who has ever been hit in the face by a bumblebee at 120 km/h knows what is meant.
  • In the event of a crash, protection for the lower jaw and face too, not just for the so-called cranium.
  • Full-face helmets are quieter than jet helmets due to their design (aerodynamics!), and they can get "noise-optimized".
  • Higher safety standards. The helmet will not only enclose more of your valuable head, but the larger shell sections also support each other better.
  • It's a myth that full-face helmets can break your neck. In any case, studies have shown that this does not happen if the chin strap is adjusted and closed correctly and the helmet fits properly.

How do you choose the right helmet?

The helmet - whether jet or full-face - must fit snugly. When the chin strap is closed and correctly adjusted, it must not shift when the head moves quickly and it must not be possible to pull it backwards or forwards. If the helmet pinches, don´t touch it. Unlike leather gloves, a modern helmet pad cannot be pressed into shape. If the helmet pinches your forehead or cheeks, it simply doesn't fit. If a size larger is already too wide, then you better choose a different helmet model. There is no such thing like a one-size-fits-all helmet.

Do I need a helmet with ECE?

In most EU countries, you need a helmet that has been certified in accordance with ECE R22. The current standard is R22.06. In some countries, such as Italy, you will not only pay a fine, but your Harley will also be confiscated. Continue riding only with an approved helmet. In some states - e.g. Germany - helmets are compulsory, but helmets with ECE R22 are still not compulsory.

In the USA, each state has its own regulations. It is therefore essential to check with the local authorities. There are states where helmets are compulsory for riders and passengers, e.g. California, Georgia or Texas, and states where helmets are not compulsory at all, such as Illinois, Iowa or New Hampshire. And there are states in which the helmet requirement only applies to certain groups of riders. These include Florida and Pennsylvania, where only riders under 18 are required to wear a helmet. Life ain't easy ...

Helmets at W&W Cycles

Whether it's a compact metalflake jet helmet or a full-face helmet for long-distance riders, if you're looking for stylish head protection, you'll find it here. For a little more protection against the elements and annoying draughts, there are also flat and curved visors ("bubble visors") for clip-on type jet helmets.

Have any questions?

Our service team will be glad to help out: Mondays - Thursdays 08:00-17:00 CET, Fridays 08:00-16:00 CET, Phone: +49 / 931 250 61 16, eMail: service@wwag.com