Just as there are custom choppers, there are custom motorcycle helmets, too. There are as many options with these custom head wear pieces as there are with custom motorcycles, too.
If the custom motorcycle helmet should match the bike, the designer will need to see the bike. This may require taking the bike in so the designer can take photos, or you may be able to submit high-quality images of the bike. The more custom the bike and the more custom the helmet design, the more image and angles you may need to get to the designer.
Some custom designs are painted on the helmet, while others include the very design of the helmet. Some of these custom helmets are novelty only, so be sure you know the difference before using your custom helmet as a protective device while riding.
If the helmet is your own and will be painted on, you should already know if it meets safety standards or not. If the designer will be furnishing or creating the helmet, ask about safety standards. Which ones, if any are used and what guarantees are there that the helmet does in fact meet them? If you are only seeking a novelty helmet, this will not matter.
The designer may prefer to come up with his own design, or he may leave it up to you. Sometimes a mixture of input from both you and the designer is the way to go. Regardless, when selecting a designer, be sure you are comfortable with his process and the design before he starts. If you don’t like it, you may still have to pay in part or in full for it.
Any helmet that will be worn should offer a proper fit. This means it comfortably rests on the head, offers clear vision and does not shift around with head movement when properly secured under the chin. Because helmets, especially custom helmets, can be heavy, it is also important to consider neck fatigue if it will be worn. A heavier helmet may increase the risk for injury due to its weight on the head which can snap forward in accidents. Be sure the weight is comfortable and right for you or whomever will be wearing the helmet while riding.
Make sure you have a contract and that you read the fine print before you sign. Look for warranties, guarantees and the terms of payment; Additionally, who owns the design? If it was your design, will the designer be able to use it on other jobs? If you want to have a unique design, you may want to find a designer who will guarantee in writing that you will.
Is the custom helmet for a child? This adds new layers of concerns to the purchase. If it is your own helmet, you should already know that it meets safety standards and is a child-specific helmet, not a small-sized adult helmet, unless it is novelty only.
If the designer will be building or providing the helmet, be sure it is specific to your child and fits properly. Make sure it meets or exceeds all safety standards for protective head wear for children if it will be worn as a protective device.
When seeking out a designer, be sure to ask around and to check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Look at the designer’s prior work to ensure what you want will match the style and skills of the designer. Find out the turn around time and get the price quote in writing before starting. Doing a little bit of homework before selecting a designer will help ensure the results you want with your custom helmet.