Motorcycle helmets can get expensive, especially when they have special designs or features. Motorcycle owners should have a helmet, but if money is tight, it can be tempting to buy a cheap motorcycle helmet. This raises the question as to whether cheap motorcycle helmets are safe or not.
The short answer is that they can be. That answer comes with some qualifiers, though. For any helmet to be safe, it must meet some type of stringent safety standards and not just be a novelty or appearance-only helmet. In the United States, there are safety standards for motorcycle helmets and any helmet that meets such standards should be labeled as such.
If no such label or designation is present it may be better to keep looking for motorcycle helmets. Additionally, check out the safety designation it is given. It is a recognized institution with high standards? Not all safety standards are the same.
Another consideration when it comes to safety and cheap motorcycle helmets is whether they are used or new. Buying a second-hand helmet can be a great bargain but it can also come with a risk. If the helmet has been in any type of accident, it may appear to only have wear and tear damage. Being in an accident can cause any helmet to then have a weak spot which reduces its effectiveness in protecting the wearer. This does not mean a second-hand helmet should never be purchased, but buyer should beware. These helmets may come with a risk and may be better used for other purposes than protection on a motorcycle.
Regardless of price, any motorcycle helmet must also have the proper fit for the wearer in order to truly be safe and offer protection. To ensure a proper fit, the person who will be wearing the helmet should try it on before purchase.
A proper fit will mean that the helmet rests comfortably on the top of the head and vision is clear. The wearer should not experience neck fatigue due to the heavy weight of the helmet. When the chin strap is properly adjusted, the wearer should be able to vigorously shake and nod his head without the helmet shifting around. Additionally, the wearer should be able to comfortably turn his head from side to side and have full vision when doing so. The helmet should move with the wearer’s head.
If more than one person will share the helmet, it should properly fit each rider, or else more than one helmet should be purchased. In this case, riders can seek out specials and sales from companies that sell the safe helmet styles desired and when the timing is right, buy the number of helmets needed at a great price.
The bold can try to negotiate a deal with a store manager or owner to “pay cash now” for the number of helmets needed, but at a discounted rate. Some managers and owners will be willing to make such a deal, while others will not.
Some online deal sites and groups may offer deals from time-to-time from retailers that sell motorcycle helmets. These deals may apply specifically to helmets or just merchandise in general. These deals better enable riders the opportunity to buy a helmet that is both cheap and safe.
There is another consideration when it comes to motorcycle helmets that are cheap. If they are for children, additional factors come into play. A small adult helmet cannot be used for a child. They are designed specifically for an adult head and neck strength, which means they do not offer adequate protection or fit for a child. Helmets for children can be purchased for a great price, but to ensure optimal safety, they must be specifically made for children and tested for safety with children in mind.