Top of the shopping list for any new moped owner is a safety helmet. These are not only a legal requirement but could also one day help save your life. Modern helmets are not only designed to be much more durable than those of the past but are also a lot more stylish.
Today most riders opt for open-faced helmets however riders of more sporty mopeds may prefer full faced helmets. The open-faced design offers excellent peripheral vision with many European city dwellers stating that they are more stylish than full face helmets. An open-faced design will also give you greater ventilation and allows you to breath more freely than some other types of helmets. Having said this there are several drawbacks of these types of helmets. For example the reduced level of protection for your lower jawline. In many cases riders also need to wear glasses to protect against powerful winds, rain, dirt flicking up from the road and of course dust. This can be an added cost and you may decide it is easier to simply buy a full faced helmet.
A full faced helmet as the name suggests protects the entire head and facial area. These offer good protection and built in visors which help to protect your eyes while riding. There is little to say about this type of helmet but some riders find them more comfortable. They can also be slightly more expensive and go well with a the more sport style of mopeds. This is because these are essentially motorbike helmets.
When buying a moped helmet there are couple of things you will want to consider. The first and foremost is the size of your helmet. It is essential that you chose a well fitted helmet. If a helmet is too small it will become uncomfortable and if its too big it will be to lose and cause irritation. A helmet that is too big is also not going to protect you in the right way and in the extreme come off your head.
You will also want to look for helmets with the adequate safety protection. You should look for labels on the back of the box and chin strap for the European standard ECE22-05. Be careful as some will sellers import helmets from the far east and in turn these manufacturers don’t have to adhere to our safety regulations. Finally you should look to replace your safety helmet every four to five years. Happy hunting.