Safety Features to Look for in Motorcycle Helmets: Beyond the Basics

Beyond Basics: Advanced Helmet Safety Technology

Ah, the thrill of motorcycling. The rumble of the S&S Cycle parts, the wind singing against your leathers, and the rhythmic hum of the engine: an orchestrated symphony under the conductor’s baton of safety – your motorcycle helmet. Most riders are familiar with the basics of helmet safety – the right fit, good ventilation, and crucial safety certifications. However, there’s more to the helmet than meets the eye, with advanced safety features often overlooked but critical.

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MIPS: The Game-Changer in Helmet Safety

The Multi-directional Impact Protection System, or MIPS, is a revolutionary helmet technology designed to mitigate the effects of rotational forces on the brain during impact at an angle. Traditional helmets absorb the direct effects but often fall short regarding oblique or angled impacts. This situation is where MIPS steps in.

MIPS is a brain protection system — engineered to add protection against rotational motion (or kinematics) transferred to the brain from angled impacts to the head. Rotational motion is a combination of rotational energy (angular velocity) and rotational forces from angular acceleration that affect the brain and increase the likelihood of minor and severe brain injuries.

When a MIPS helmet is subjected to an angled impact, a low friction layer incorporated into the helmet allows a small amount of rotational movement, reducing the force transmitted to the brain. In essence, MIPS creates a sliding layer inside the helmet, miming the brain’s protective structure by allowing a small movement between the helmet and the head. This can significantly reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries and has thus become a game-changer in helmet safety.

ERS: An Essential for Emergency Situations

Emergency Release Systems (ERS) have emerged as a critical feature in modern motorcycle helmets. In the unfortunate event of an accident, a helmet equipped with an ERS allows medical professionals to remove the helmet from a rider’s head with minimal risk of exacerbating a potential neck injury.

The ERS allows quick and easy removal of the helmet’s cheek pads. In a standard helmet, these pads are tightly fitted to ensure the helmet stays securely on the rider’s head. But in an emergency, this tight fit can make it difficult to remove the helmet without causing additional harm.

Helmets with an ERS often have a pull tab near the helmet’s base. When this tab is pulled, the cheek pads slide out, effectively loosening the helmet and allowing it to be safely lifted off. It’s a feature that might seem minor until it’s needed, at which point it can become a literal lifesaver.

Enhanced Visibility: Keeping You in Sight

Enhanced visibility in motorcycle helmets is another feature pushing the boundaries of rider safety. While traditionally, visibility features were add-ons or afterthoughts, modern helmet manufacturers are integrating visibility enhancements directly into their designs.

One of these enhancements is the integration of LED lights into the helmet. These lights can significantly increase a rider’s visibility, making them more noticeable to motorists, particularly in low-light conditions or at night. Some helmets feature LED lights in the rear, functioning much like a car’s tail light, while others include LED accents around the helmet for 360-degree visibility.

In addition to LED lights, some manufacturers incorporate reflective materials into their helmet designs. These materials can reflect light from streetlamps and headlights, making the rider more visible in low-light conditions. Like the LED lights, these reflective elements are often placed on various parts of the helmet to maximize visibility from all angles.

Conclusion: Your Helmet, Your Safety

While we traverse the safety realm, take a detour toward performance – an essential domain for a biker. The performance of your machine hinges on the synergy of its components. Enter S&S Cycle parts, renowned for precision engineering, enhancing the harmony of your ride.

To recap, we’ve taken a journey beyond the basics of helmet safety, exploring advanced features from MIPS to ERS and enhanced visibility elements. With S&S Cycle parts ensuring a seamless ride, you’re now ready to master the symphony of motorcycling.

So, when you hit the road next time, remember: your ride’s thrill is at its peak when the conductor of safety, your helmet, leads the way. Seek these advanced safety features and revel in the knowledge you’ve left no safety measure overlooked. Here’s to safe and thrilling rides!