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Helmets

Feb 14, 2018
Helmets
  • Helmets

    Whilst most helmets sold new from any motorcycle apparel store or dealership will be road legal in Australia there are some areas that need to be looked at in order to be 100% legal and above board. Helmet comfort is also a very important factor as an ill-fitting helmet or a helmet that is the wrong size can cause pain, headaches and can lead to loss of concentration.


    The standards or legal ratings are often mentioned but can be hard to understand, these markings or ratings are just different certifications that the manufacturers have submitted the helmets to.

    An approved motorcycle helmet is a protective helmet for motorcycle riders of a type that complies with:

    • Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1698:2006 Protective Helmets For Vehicle Users, as amended by Amendment No. 1 of 28 September 2007 and Amendment No. 2 of 27 May 2009; or

    • An earlier version of Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1698 or Australian Standard 1698-1988 that was in force at the time of manufacture or importation; or

    • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation No 22 (UNECE22.05) as amended;

    • And has a mark certifying compliance with an above standard.

      Motorcycle helmets manufactured after 31 March 2011 to meet AS/NZS 1698 must have an identifying mark from a body accredited or approved by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) certifying compliance with an above standard.
    1. BSI: Certified Product. Australian & NZ Standard. AS/NZS 1698. Issued BSI Benchmark. DO NOT REMOVE.

    2. Global-Mark: Certified Product. AS/NZS 1698. Global.Mark.com.au

    3. SAI Global: Certified Product. Australian Standard AS/NZS 1698. Issued by SAI Global. DO NOT REMOVE.

    4. TUV RA: AUS Certified Product. Compliance of this product with AS/NZS 1698-2006 is monitored by TUV Rheinland.
    ID. :00287 - www.tuv.com



    A motorcycle helmet that complies with UNECE22.05 must carry the UNECE ‘E’ approval mark, with a number which represents the country in which the testing and certification was approved. It must also have information confirming the actual standard with which it complies, the type of helmet and its production serial number.

    Helmet fit

    Finding the right helmet for you will almost always involve trying on helmets, while Canberra motorcycle dealerships and gear retailers will not have an issue with you trying on helmets they will not let you take a test ride with it on. With this in mind here are some general rules to follow.

    Size

    Hat size can be a good indicator of what size helmet to try though different makes of helmets will most likely be different in their sizing’s. Try on a bunch of helmets until you find a size that works for you then you can try changing the make of helmet and if need be change size. A good rule to follow is the helmet should be snug on the face but not overly tight as the padding will stretch over time, try wearing the helmet for 10 min and see how it feels, this will be a good indicator of if it will be comfortable or not. Remember most return policies won’t cover you if you buy a helmet and use it for a week and then realize it’s too small or too big.


    Price

    Helmet prices are not always easy to understand but can help identify what kind of helmet your purchasing. Helmets can cost as little as $60-$100 these are not to say they are bad helmets as to be legally sold as a road helmet they must pass certification. Other helmets can cost upwards of $1500 and while these helmets are generally the newest race inspired helmets they may not be best suited for a learner or new rider to get?


    Features

    Helmets in the last few years have started to have increased features ranging from more air vents, internal sun visors, inbuilt Bluetooth and speakers. There are always pros and cons with everything but when starting out its best to look for a helmet that is more function than form. More air vents can have better cooling or air flow through the helmet but these often cause increased wind noise as the air rushes over them. Bluetooth units and speakers make long trips more enjoyable and allows for communication either rider to rider or even via phone. The down side to this especially when starting out is that it is an added cost and an added distraction while riding. It is good practice not to listen to have headphones in while riding on your L’s or even P’s as during this time you’re more likely to be involved in an accident so should be focusing on your surrounds. There is no law against riding with headphones specifically but there have been cases where crashes involving motorcycles have been attributed to lack of attention. Inbuilt sun visors are a truly handy option, especially for people who wear glasses. This allow the rider to simply pop down an internal visor in sunny conditions instead of changing glasses. The other thing to keep in mind is most helmets can have a replacement tinted visor fitted, there are two main areas of concern here. The first is that most of these are not passed by certification for use on public roads in Australia and the second is that it is illegal and just plain dangerous to ride with them at night.
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