Best Motorcycle Rides in Canada

With its miles and miles of highway, through many different types of terrain, Canada is full of scenic, exciting roads that are great for a rider looking for adventure and a beautiful roadside view. Whether you like steep and twisty mountain roads or long, calm highways through flat grasslands, Canada has a vista for you, with plenty of great towns and cities to stop off in for a bite to eat. Motorcyclists are loved and welcomed in Canada, with many venues along the road build just for you and your bike. Here are ten of the best motorcycle rides in Canada!

Motorcycle in Canada

Westport Loop – Starting off in Ontario and looping back around, this road is famous for its wildlife and for its rural feel. Most of the route twists through thick woodland areas. While most of the road is well taken care of, there are some patches that are a little rough.

Frank Miller Drive – This scenic byway has some of the best roads in Canada, and takes you not only through hills and valleys, but also along Lake Muskoka and some of the country’s finest rivers. The countryside is dotted with picturesque little houses and you will feel as though you’ve been transported back in time.

Southwood Route – Southwood is best known for the road itself, not for what’s on either side. If you are looking for an exciting ride and don’t mind that there isn’t too much too look at on the roadside, Southwood is a great route.

The Old Island Highway – This route should be called “Watch for Deer Highway,” because there are herds everywhere during the entire year. The road itself meanders past farms, skirting a few small towns, and is a fairly leisurely ride.

Rosseau 632 – This highway takes you along not only some rural communities that are stocked with beautiful houses, but also along some of Canada’s most beautiful lakes. This ride is especially beautiful in fall, as the leaves start turn red and orange.

Qu’appelle Valley Run – One of the best roads in Canada, the Qu’appelle Valley Run swoops you down into the valley, and down to a few more exciting rides, once you’re through the straight portion.

The Canadian Rockies – If you are a fan of mountain rides, there is none better than the Canadian Rockies. Not only is the road just twisty enough, there is also the promise of wildlife and beautiful mountain views.

Duffy Lake Route – Starting off on Howe’s fjord, this road is famous for its roadside scenery, giving you glimpses of both lush countryside and clear blue lakes.

Great Day’s Run – Taking you along the Bay of Fundy, there are great views of the water and the Canadian countryside. This road is a little rough at times, so be careful.

The Loyalist Parkway – Following the river for most of this ride, the Loyalist Parkway has great views of classic Canada, with lush forests and fields, that are spectacularly green in the summer.

Meanings Behind Motorcycle Vest Patches

Like most things in the motorcycle riding world, there are rules and regulations when it comes to motorcycle vest patches. Each patch has its own meaning, either for the individual or to the club or association he belongs to. Aside from these patches, which can be designed however the club or association sees fit and with whatever materials are handy, there are also a number of widely used vest patches that symbolized a biker’s ethnicity, home state, etc.

 Motorcycle Vest Patches

These patches are used not only for self-expression, but also, in the small community of outlaw bikers, to distinguish different groups. While law-abiding bikers and outlaw bikers might use the same patches, those who live outside the law will normally cut their patches into three pieces before affixing them to their vest, as an indication that they do not abide by the rules of society. In addition, most outlaw biker clubs will wear a patch with the 1% on it, to represent that they are part of the one-percent of bikers who consider themselves outlaws, rather than hobbyist riders.

 

A crescent, either above or below another patch indicates a lover of rock and roll music or a biker who is also a musician. In some situations, this patch can be taken out of context, to indicate an outlaw biker, but in its essence, it simply means that the wearer loves music.

 

The other 99% of riders wear patches simply to show their affiliation with the American Motorcycle Association, among a number of other distinctions. For example, a 9 or 934 patch shows that the biker is at least part American Indian. Flags are used to show either the state or country the club originates from, also an indication of nationality or ethnicity.

 

One of the most common symbols on a biker’s vest will be the ace of spades. This patch represents the biker’s willingness to fight for their club or their country. Because many legitimate biker clubs are involved in community issues, it could also stand for a willingness to fight to the death to protect those affected by domestic violence or abuse.

 

A wing patch is also common, and can have many different meanings. Among biker groups that abide by the law, a wing patch will usually denote some sort of special achievement, though what that achievement could be varies from person to person and club to club. In some of the more extreme associations, wings denote a criminal or sexual achievement, with different colors indicating different kinds of acts.

 

The skull and crossbones can also have varying meanings, depending on the club itself. In that 99% of legitimate clubs, it shows that the wearer has escaped a near-death situation.

Top Three Motorcycle Rides in the US

There’s some special about traversing the country by motorcycle. Unlike a car, plane, or train, riding a motorcycle across the United States evokes a feeling of being completely free. Whether you are looking for a great weekend ride or planning you cross-country adventure, there are some rides you just don’t want to miss.

There are plenty of great places to ride in the US, but if you are looking for the very best that North America has to offer to you and your motorcycle, look no further. These are the top three motorcycle rides in the US, ranked by the scenery and the road itself.

Best Motorcycle Roads in the USA

3.      Needles Highway in Black Hills, South Dakota – This highway has, by far, the best scenery in the United States. Names for the needle-like mountains that surround the road like an ancient stone wall, the highway has plenty of great vistas. The forests that are sprinkled among the needles is green and lush, and plays home to hundreds of animals, many of whom can be seen from the road. Right from your bike, you can see bison, deer, antelope, and even the occasional wolf. No need to worry—they know the dangers of the road and will give you your space. Besides the wildlife and the majestic granite needles, the road itself has two granite tunnels, created by dynamite, to take your right through the belly of the mountains.

 

2.      Tail of the Dragon in Deal’s Gap, North Carolina – This road is the self-proclaimed best motorcycle road, and for good reason. It touts eleven miles of curves, ridges, and valleys that make for one of the most exciting rides in the States. Plus, it’s got a cool name. The Tail of the Dragon takes you along a national park, and the deep, North Carolina woods creep up close to the road, making it a refreshing, as well as exhilarating ride. If you are looking for a little more intrigue, you can always check out the “Tree of Shame;” a collection of bike parts from those who were not equipped to handle the twists of the road, hung on a tree.


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The Twisted Sisters in Texas – It is difficult to pick just one ride in the US to hold the title of best motorcycle ride, but if you have ever ridden all 131 miles of this wicked highway, you know why it’s the best of the best. Though most of Texas is comprised straight roads across flat plains, the Twisted Sisters twist along rivers, through mountains, and give riders a great view of authentic cowboy-esque cattle ranches. The rivers are stocked with plenty of delicious fish if you want to skip the roadhouse. You might even spot an alligator while you’re picking up your dinner! The real draw of this road, however, is the meandering, twisty nature of the asphalt and the all-American views.

What to Choose for an Entry-Level Motorcycle

If you are interested in finding a bike that will suit your standards as a beginner rider it’s very important to look at a number of different factors when picking your first entry-level motorcycle. Most people are very excited to ride when they are picking up their very first motorcycle and they don’t consider some of the safety features and necessities that might be required for beginner riders to have a bike that’s easy to control and comfortable to ride.

entry level motorcycle

A motorcycle can give us access to a certain lifestyle and most beginner riders may be instantly thinking about the amount of power that they can get out of a bike, or buying a bike that they can hold onto for a long time. Usually when you’re buying your first motorcycle it’s a good idea to look at something a little more inexpensive and something that’s easily controlled with a bit less power.

There are many motorcycle riders who would scoff that someone purchasing a motorcycle with around 600 CC’s for an engine. Stating that it won’t be able to keep up with more experienced riders and their thousand cc bikes. However this type of thinking really won’t get you anywhere as a beginner rider. When you start to look at sport bikes it’s important to consider that these are designed for more experienced riders and generally although they may be able to accelerate a bit faster than you will, a 600 CC bike is more than capable of keeping legal speeds with some of these faster bikes. It may not be quite as big to handle long trips but without this extra girth it also makes it much easier to learn how to ride on and handle.

Looking into a bike with anywhere from 600CC- 750CC for a first motorcycle is usually good entry-level range. It is important to consider that it is your first bike and not one that you need to hold onto for a lifetime. Buying used is never a bad idea as there is always a good chance that you could potentially lay down your bike within the first few years of riding it. Inexperience can unfortunately lead to accidents and that’s why it’s so important to take safety training seriously and always wear all of your gear when you go for a ride.

Remember that feel is important so don’t be afraid to try a few different bikes until you find one that feels right for you. Look for power that’s manageable and a decent weight. As always be careful and practice often so that you can learn how to ride with confidence and safety. 

More than just Transportation, Motorcycles are a Lifestyle

As many motorcycle enthusiasts will suggest, living a biker lifestyle and traveling on a motorcycle can be one of the most exhilarating and exciting experiences that you can have in your entire life. Motorcycles are beautiful machines and they can carry a number of great benefits especially if you are willing to travel over extended periods on one. Just as it’s portrayed in films like easy Rider, the biker lifestyle can be fun, full of freedom and extremely carefree especially if you know how to do simple repairs and prepare for a long-distance journey. Here are some of the top benefits that you can experience as a new motorcycle enthusiast living the biker lifestyle and riding your bike long-distance.

Biker Lifestyle

1. The ultimate fuel savings: over long-distance journeys you can see some real gas savings when you use a motorcycle. This means more freedom and a much further reach on any road trip you decide to take. You can get up to 30 miles per gallon with some of the top performance bikes and bikes that have smaller engines which were billed for fuel economy can sometimes even experience  triple digit fuel economy. This can make your road trip whole lot cheaper.

2. You don’t have to worry about parking anywhere: with just a small garage you can easily fit three or four bikes or take up just one parking space for event parking or any store you happen to stop that along the way. Because you don’t have to spend as much time looking around for parking spaces, and because you can simply park with other bikers a bike is a great space saver.

3. Very low entry fee: you can pickup a used bike far cheaper than you can I used car and in many cases even a low-end motorcycle can outperform nearly any used car that you would purchase. This means that you get a fast ride for the price of a very plain used-car.

4. Maintenance is fairly straightforward: cars are taking on a whole new digital frontier and they’re becoming much more difficult to work on and service. With motorcycles body and paint work is a breeze and most of the engine components are out in the open for easy repairs and maintenance.

The History of Military Motorcycles in the US Armed Forces

When most of us think about military vehicles, the first thing that comes to mind is not the motorcycle. Motorcycles are more commonly associated with counter-culture, while tanks and all-terrain vehicles are the images that crop up when we consider military transportation. And, let’s be honest, a motorcycle doesn’t exactly look like the most tactically sound vehicle. It provides no armor, no shielding against enemy fire.

Military Motorcycles

Despite this, motorcycles have played an important role in the U.S. military for one reason and one reason alone: they are fast. When the need for speed and agility overcame the need for protection, motorcycles were called into play. You already have to be pretty tough to ride a motorcycle, but to ride one in a war zone? You have to be tough as nails. The history of the motorcycle in the U.S. Military begins in the Mexican revolution. Soldiers sent by the U.S. were equipped with high-speed Harley-Davidsons to get them in and out of sticky situations. It wasn’t until the first world war, however, that motorcycles really became a standard in the American military.

World War I

 Though entrenched in Europe, the U.S. military deployed more than 150,000 motorcycles along enemy lines, used for conveying supplies back and forth from the rear to the front lines. Often, military motorcycles were used to transport extra rations and ammo from distant supply lines to those soldiers who were struggling in the trenches. The most important task given to the motorcycle, however, was reconnaissance and delivering messages. As the fastest and most agile vehicle on the front, the motorcycle was the most practical way to get a message from point A to point B, enabling the rider to get around all of the dangers of the battlefield with enough speed to avoid being shot.

World War II

 World War II saw even more motorcycles, being used primarily, again, by messengers and to convey supplies from bases to units in the field. More than 90,000 Harley-Davidsons were built just for the war, with even better specs that the civilian vehicle. For a while, the German motorcycles were outperforming the home-grown versions, but the BMW models were soon captured and their technology used to rev up the U.S.’s motorcycle. By the end of the war, Harley-Davidson had a bike that was nearly impervious dust, could ford deep water, and was still fast enough and smooth enough to get any soldier out of the worst situation.

Post-War

 After the Second World War, motorcycles largely fell out of vogue in the military, as other, more protective vehicles became faster and more maneuverable (though, most still cannot compare with the agility of a motorcycle). The motorcycle saw little action during the rest of the century. It has, however, found some notoriety again, on Iraqi and Afghani soil, where their speed makes them perfect for patrol. Though a motorcycle goes against all of the traditional military dogma, as it lacks armor and stealth, it is still well-loved among those who know how to utilize this vehicle for its tactical strengths.

How to Properly Wash Your Motorcycle with Some Easy Steps

Winter will be over soon, so all motorcycle drivers need to take their bikes out of the garage and get them ready for the road. Before you can even start checking the fluids and tires, you need to learn how to properly wash your motorcycle in some easy steps. Having the right tools is the key to any project, so here is a quick overview of what you are going to need to wash your motorcycle properly. First of all, you will need to buckets. One bucket should contain the soapy water that will be applied to the bike, while the other bucket is for clean water that you will use to clean the dirty tools.

How to wash your motorcycle

The cleaning products should contain soaps, wheel cleaners, all-purpose cleaner, various assortments of different brushes for the engine and the wheels, and air box cover and exhaust plug to make sure that water does not get into any places you do not want it. After placing the motorcycle on the stand, the next step that you need to take would be to check the condition of the bike for sensitive areas and to decide what level of cleaning is necessary.

On many bikes, the seat can be removed very easily, so try to do this in order to clean it separately from the bike. Next, remove the air filter cover and the filter itself to avoid getting it wet during the wash. Afterwards, install the air box safety cover and secure it in place. Much the same as an engine detail, uncovering the sensitive electrical areas with extra towels and plastic baggies to minimize any heavy water saturation is very important, since the seat has been removed. The next step will be to grab your pressure washer and eliminate all the dirt from your bike so as to make it ready for the soapy water. Always work from top to bottom, and lean the bike over to get completely underneath.

Remember, the more you remove now, the easier it will be to avoid any scratches later. In order to make sure that you eliminate all the dirt and obtain a wonderful shining bike, you will have to use a stronger version of car soap in your foam gun. Do your best to utilize water pressure, foam guns and cleaning solutions to minimize the scrubbing necessary and to avoid the typical scratches that commonly occur on motorcycles.

Now take a soft towel and the two buckets and begin washing the bike from top to bottom, rinsing the towel frequently. As you get into smaller or tighter areas on the bike, use a toothbrush and wheel cleaning tools to remove the mud properly. For areas that need extra help, you will have to use an all-purpose cleaner to help release the grease. Now you will have to continue with the wheels and clean each spoke properly by gently spinning the rim by hand. After you have finished washing the bike, place the seat and air filter back on the motorcycle and let it dry out completely. 

Tips to Get Your Motorcycle Ready for Spring

With the winter season almost finished, numerous motorcycle riders are searching for some useful tips to prepare their favorite bikes for spring. It will be a huge mistake to jump on your motorcycle and try to take it out for a ride without performing an overall inspection at first. The cold winter months may have affected the functionality of your motorcycle in numerous ways, so a proper inspection is mandatory before you can even consider starting the riding season. From your tires and wheels, to all the liquids and lights of your motorcycle, you will need to analyze every component in the smallest detail.

Getting Your Motorcycle Ready For Spring

The first components that you will have to inspect are the tires and wheels. Make sure that the tires are properly inflated and include the necessary pressure for a safe ride. Moreover, see if you can find any cracks, bulges or treads within the structure of the tires and fix these problems immediately. After the long, cold winter months, the levers and pedals of your motorcycle may have lost the lubricating liquid, so you will need to complete the liquid and adjust the pedals and levers properly. Moreover, make sure that neither of them is broken, bent or cracked.

The next components that you will need to inspect are the cables. If you find a frayed, kinked or folded cable, make sure you take the necessary steps to correct it. When you begin riding your motorcycle, the cables should not affect your riding by any means. Analyze the instructional manual before you begin the installation of the batter, in case you have removed it during the winter period. The battery should be charged and the terminals should be free any kind of impurities or dirt. The lights are also very important and should be carefully analyzed before begin the riding session.

Check the headlamp, reflectors and taillights of your motorcycle and see if they include any cracks or if they are properly installed. Press the brake pedal to see if the brake lights are functioning properly and do not forget to test the tail lamp as well. If they are covered with mud, dust or any other type of impurities, clean them properly until they are entirely visible. Move the motorcycle a few meters away from its storage place and see if you find any leaks on the ground.

Like automobiles, motorcycles require various liquids and fluids in order to function properly, so you will need to check out the hypoid gear oil, engine oil, hydraulic fluid and the fuel. Start by replacing any damaged oil, and then complete all the liquids with the necessary additions. Check the chassis for traces of rust. If you discover some areas that are affected by rust, you will need to clean them up with the necessary solutions. Once you get on the road, try not to push your motorcycle to the extremes. Always drive defensively and listen for any strange noises that might indicate a particular problem in the engine or chassis.  

Benefits of Using Carbon Fiber For Motorcycle Helmets

When it comes to choosing the perfect gear for your riding apparel, you need to know that material used in the manufacturing process are as important as the design of your motorcycle helmet, jacket or boots. You have probably already heard of this great material that has appeared on the automobile and motorcycle markets in the past few years, namely carbon fiber. The benefits for using carbon fiber for motorcycle helmets are numerous, but in this article we will highlight the most important. This material consists of extremely thing fibers with a diameter of about 0005-0010 mm, and it is composed mostly of carbon atoms.

Carbon Fiber Helmets

The carbon atoms gather together to for microscopic crystals which are more or less parallel to the long axis of the fiber. Several thousand of carbon fibers are twisted together to form a yarn, which can be used as such or in the form of fabric. Components constructed from carbon fiber are very lightweight and durable. They can be successfully used for cars and trucks, as well as airplanes, boats, motorcycle helmets because they provide safety and help in obtain a good aerodynamics coefficient. As you probably knew, a lighter car will require a less powerful engine, thus having a lower fuel consumption.

Even though the carbon fiber motorcycle helmets are lighter compared to the helmets constructed from other materials, they include a great safety level. But the carbon fiber has its own downsides as well. First of all, this material is really difficult to recycle and the manufacturing process is far more expensive compared to other materials, such as steel or aliminum. Some particular motorcycle helmets can contain up to 11 layers of carbon fibers. Even though the high number of layers, the helmets are extremely light and offer a really modern look.

In comparison with steel and aluminum, the manufacturing process needed to obtain the carbon fiber is more expensive and will also take more time. Moreover, in case of an accident, objects that are created from carbon fiber will not be able to take their initial form, such as the objects that are created from aluminum or steel. However, despite the fact that we cannot recycle or repair the objects created out of carbon fiber, this particular material will be used increasingly more in the design of various objects related to the automobile and motorcycling word, including the motorcycle helmets.

People that love motorcycles in general will surely recognize the benefits of using carbon fiber for motorcycle helmets. The helmets that are manufactured from this material are lighter and offer increased comfort for the wearer. They also come in different sizes and models in order to satisfy the needs of each customer. However, even though they are lighter and smaller compared to other helmets made out of different materials, they still respect the DOT Certification standards. Another great advantage of the motorcycle helmets consists on the fact that they are able to absorb forces of an impact far greater compare to other materials. 

Biker Singles Take Advantage of Biker Dating Websites

Like all other groups and communities, bikers have their own characteristics and personalities. Since many individuals recognize the fact that their love for motorcycles is unique and it can be really hard to find a partner that shares this particular hobby, numerous biker personals websites have been created to help bikers get connected much easier. Biker dating is becoming increasingly more popular and many websites are being developed for this particular matter. Biker singles can now take advantage of the various biker dating websites to get in touch virtually with other bikers and start all kind of different conversations.

Biker Dating and Personals Website

Some particular websites allow bikers to start and develop some particular discussions in which the communication between the two parties runs naturally and without any awkward moments. Regardless if your are a Harley-Davidson lover, or you may be more attracted to Kawasaki motorcycles, you will be able to find a website that will offer you the opportunity to communicate with all those that share your passion. Many biker singles live with the wrong impression that riding solo on the open roads is the most beautiful feeling that they can experience in this life. However, this is not true at all.

Some particular biker personals have already proven to be successful and have helped the individuals in case to discover parts of their inner life that they did not know they possessed. You do not have to talk about some complicated subjects that might make you feel uncomfortable when you are entering a biker dating websites, since everybody with a love for motorcycles will understand your thoughts and ideas clearly. It can be really easy to find your love partner on such websites as well, since many people from both genders share the same love and ideas about motorcycles.

Considering that 1 out of 10 people that are surfing the internet in the present days is looking for a romantic date, it is no surprise that online dating has exploded in the beginning of the XXI century. Different kind of hobbies and interests have united people from all corners of the world, and numerous relationships have developed from here. The number of biker personals is still relatively small compared to other passions that include online websites, but more and more biker singles are being attracted by the online world in the hope that they can find a romantic partner.

However, you need to know that there are some negative sides included in the biker dating websites as well. For example, not all individuals that register on these particular websites are bikers or motorcycle lovers, so you need to spend some time before you find the right person. Even though it is completely free to join such a website, you still have to perform various tasks once you have reached a particular forum in order to obtain access to all available features. Once you join a biker dating website, you will be able to create your own profile, share pictures and information and express your character freely. 

Indian Motorcycles – An American Motorcycle Icon

Indian Motorcycles was founded in 1901 by George Hendee, a racing legend in his own time, and Oscar Hedstrom, a self-taught engineer dedicated to innovation. From the beginning, the bikes were built for speed and performance and for decades, Indian dominated the racing circuits and was the premier American motorcycle manufacturer. However, how did Indian really come to be? It is said that George Hendee took a bicycle racing at the age of sixteen. He won his first national championship in 1881 at Hampton Park in Springfield, Massachusetts. He continued his undefeated rain until 1886, when he retired unbeaten.

Indian Motorcycles

The name Indian was chosen because the founders thought that there was nothing more Amarican than the Native American Indian. By 1930, Indian Motorcycles was the market leader, producing over 30.000 units per year, and the largest motorcycle fabricator in the world. Its popularity was driven by its reputation for reliability, innovation and technology. The automobile was Indian motorcycle`s ultimate competitor. In 1930, Henry Ford implemented the moving assembley line to speed up the manufacturing process and reduce costs on mass production. The motorcycle industry had to change and adapt after the introduction of the automobile.

Motorcycles were now viewed as transportation as well as recreational vehicles. Racing became even more important as motorcycling became an enthusiastic activity. The race track became a play ground for everybody that owned a motorcycle. During World War II, Indian Motorcycle probably meet almost 60% of Amercia`s military motorcycle requirements. In this period, Indian dedicated all of its production to the military effort. When the U.S. War Department asked Amercian Motorcycle manufacturers to develop military machines for World War II, Indian created the model 841. The motor featured a 750cc V-twin, with the cylinders turned sideways and set at 90 degrees.

The 841 also featured several other new features, including shaft drive, a food shift, hand clutch and so on. These models were handed out to post-war cheefs. World War II proved hard on Indian since contracts from both the U.S. and allied governments were fruitful at first, but the Jeep quickly substituted the positions that the motorcycle once occupied. Indian made it to the end of the war, producing non-motorcycle items like aircraft engines. At war`s end, Indian Motorcycle had to reduce its workforce, finding itself with a weaker dealer network and a still declining market share. The company could not survive the period after the war.

2014 Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle has stopped the production in 1953. The production was stopped from 1953 until 1998. In 1998, the production has started once again in Gilroy, California. Their first products were powered by an S&S engine, and the first Indian engine in 50 years was introduced in 2002, as the PowerPlus 100. In September of 2003, Indian Motorcycle in Gilroy, California ceased the operations. In 2004, entrepreneurs acquired the trademarks, headed by Chairman Stephen Julius. After extensive market research, the company re-designed the Indian motorcycle. Only after some exhausting testing the production begin in 2008, with every bike being hand-built.

Considerations when Purchasing a Motorcycle Helmet

When deciding to buy a motorcycle helmet, many motorcycle owners contemplate how to choose the best helmet. If the budget is established and the needs are clear, it is likely that you will be able to find the model that you like. But what about the size? A helmet can be considered the best only when it is chosen in the correct size. If the helmet is too tight, the wearer will feel really uncomfortable, but if it is too wide, the protection is not adequate and the noise level increases considerably. A new helmet should be fixed, even loosely, without creating a major discomfort. The market is full of motorcycle helmets that are waiting for their right owners.

Motorcycle Helmets

People who are buying their second or third motorcycle helmet already know how a helmet should fit properly. If you are buying the helmet for the first time, here are some tips that can help you to find the correct size. The dimensions for motorcycle helmets are: extra small (XS), small (S), medium (M), large (L) and extra large (XL). These are determined by measuring the head circumference at the forehead area, right above the eyebrows. For exmaple, size S may correspond to a circumference of 55-56 cm, while XL might be fit for a 61-62 cm. However, this rule is not universally valid.

If the main purpose of a motorcycle helmet is to protect the head in case of an accident, many people overlook a second purpose that is just as important as the first one: to offer maximum comfort. Protection in case of accident is undoubtebly vital, since a good helmet could make the difference between life and death. However, you don`t want to feel uncomfortable during your journeys on two wheels as it will ruin the whole experience.

Open Face Motorcycle Helmets

In order to comply with legal requirements, all motorcycle helmets must be certified by a certain standard according to your location: AS 1698 for Australia, DOT FMVSS 218 for U.S.A., ECE 22.05 for Europe and so on. In case of a proper foundation, the standard will be Snell M 2005. It seems that the European standard ECE is more severe than the U.S.A. standard, while the toughest tests are imposed by Snell. However, a motorcycle helmet that corresponds with the DOT or ECE standards offer sufficient protection in case of serious accidents that might occur in the real world. Many people consider the Snell standard a little bit to rough.Also, there are other criteria that should be taken into account, such as the type of fabric used in the manufacturing process (plastic or fiber), the inner form of the helmet, ventilation, weight, noise and even the color. Many bikers do not realize that, besides the size, the inner form of the helmet is also very important. It is true that great motorcycle helmets are expensive, but if you can afford one, you have to search for quality and the perfect fit. The fabric used inside the helmet should be really pleasant at touch and the interior should act as a comfortable pillow placed between the head and helmet.