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How to Strap a Motorcycle Helmet?

How to Strap a Motorcycle Helmet

A motorcycle helmet is an important part of motorcyclist gear. It protects the head, neck, and upper back from injury in a crash. A well-fitting helmet should be snug but not tight around the face so that it does not move when you shake your head or nod yes or no. 

The strap should form a Y shape under the ears with one long enough to go over your chin and rest on top of your crown. The strap should be just loose enough to allow blood circulation without being too tight against the skin.

Properly strapping on your helmet before riding is important for safety. Follow these steps to strap up and go!

Risk of Not Strapping Your Helmet on Properly

Your motorcycle helmet is one of the most important pieces of gear you’ll ever buy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing a properly fitted and strapped-on helmet reduces your risk for a head injury in an accident [1]! That’s reason enough to strap on your lid every time you get on a bike. 

There are some common mistakes riders make when strapping their helmets on that could have serious consequences if they weren’t fixed before going out for a ride:

  • Tangles in hair;
  • Flips or tips the helmet forward exposing the face to debris and bugs;
  • Does not stay securely in place making it more dangerous;

Fastening a Double D-Ring Helmet Strap

If you’re wearing a double D-ring strap right now, then congratulations! You are doing it correctly. This is the most common type of fastener for modern motorcycle helmets. Although it is easy to fasten, the double D-ring helmet strap also has some tricks that can keep you safer while riding.

Converting Your D-Ring Strap Into A Quick Release Helmet Strap

Many motorcycle helmets come equipped with a quick-release strap. An awesome upgrade makes it easier to get your helmet on and off but can also make you less safe while riding. The reason is the metal snap-ball that connects the end of the strap to itself could pop open in an accident causing your helmet to fly away from your head and neck.

Echo Quick Release Buckle Helmet Strap

The solution to the safety issues is associated with a quick-release buckle. It’s an upgraded helmet strap called the ECHO Quick Release Buckle that eliminates those potentially dangerous problems. Your motorcycle helmet will have two male ends on either side of your chin section, one for each ear pad. 

Simply pull both sides away from each other and you’ll see where they connect together with small metal rings known as triglides [2]. Insert one end through this ring before reconnecting it back into its original position. This creates what looks like one long piece but is still fastened securely in place. The trick here is to pull hard when inserting or removing which takes some getting used to but ensures a safer ride! 

RydeWear Motorcycle Helmet Quick Release Buckle

Another option if you don’t want to convert your double D-ring strap is a helmet with a quick-release buckle already installed. For example, the RydeWear MTB helmet comes equipped with an easy snap-on and off chin strap that’s fast but still keeps you safe from debris or accidental opening from wind gusts. It also features the latest in air ventilation technology so you’ll always have cool fresh air blowing against your face especially during those hot summer days! 

Get the Proper Shape

When you are buying a helmet, ensure that it is snug in your head. It should not be too tight or loose. If the padding has formed creases after wearing it for some time then this means that there is no space inside so do not buy such helmets. The outer shell of motorcycle helmets usually comes with different designs and shapes to help reduce wind resistance while riding on roads at high speeds so make sure you get one that matches yours perfectly before purchasing them online or offline. 

Proper Fit

A helmet should fit snugly and be comfortable. It shouldn’t rock from side to side when you try to move your head if it doesn’t have a proper fit.  If you don’t have a mirror that allows you to see the side of your head, look for tell-tale signs that it doesn’t fit right. If there is any space between the ear and helmet along with extra material near the front or back of your forehead (where glasses would sit), this means there isn’t enough padding on either side, preventing an optimal fit.

How to Strap a Motorcycle Helmet Quickly

Method 1: Strapping with a double D-ring Buckle Motorcycle Helmet

The first step to strapping on your lid with this kind of closure is ensuring that both sides of the strap are tucked under and secure against your chin before proceeding any further. It might seem like an unnecessary step but if either side comes undone while riding, there could be very serious consequences for you or other riders behind you who may not have noticed yet that your helmet isn’t properly strapped on anymore. 

Some people choose to tuck these straps into their neck rolls or collar instead of securing them just around their chins as recommended by manufacturers because they feel more secure. Tucking the strap into your neck roll or collar is not safe and should never be done because it can cause serious problems in an accident that would otherwise have been prevented by just strapping the helmet on correctly. 

The next step to properly securing a double D-ring strap under your chin is to reach behind you with both hands, grab hold of the loose ends of each side of the webbing and pull outward towards either side of your face while simultaneously pushing down on top of your head until everything feels nice and secure against you.

Method 2: Fastening the Helmet without Undoing the Strap

There are helmets that can be fastened without undoing the strap. There is a quick-release mechanism on it and once you pull it, the helmet will snap out of place to allow for easy access. This type of design also allows for one-hand application or removal if necessary. 

Here is what you should do:

  • Put on the helmet. When placing the helmet down, make sure that the strap is inside of it rather than hanging outside. Then pull the strap over your eyes as you rock your helmet back and forth;
  • Push the strap down under your chin with one hand;
  • Adjust the strap to keep the helmet in place;

Additional Tips and Warnings:

  • When you’re not wearing the helmet, make sure to strap it down securely. This will protect your head in case of an accident or crash;
  • Do NOT store your helmet on a motorcycle seat. It can damage the padding and cause it to lose its protective abilities. If you don’t have anywhere else to put it, strap it down securely to the motorcycle;
  • Helmets are not designed for use with fairings or windshields, so make sure that these accessories aren’t blocking where the straps attach at each side of the head before trying this out yourself;
  • If you have a full-face helmet, make sure to strap the chin part down. This is one of the most common places for them to detach from your head in case of an accident or crash;
  • You don’t want it so loose that when you open your mouth, the helmet could slip off though. So once again, finding a perfect fit comes down to trial and error – keep adjusting until you are satisfied;
  • Don’t forget also about side straps if possible; they should go between your cheekbones at an angle towards each earlobe for maximum comfortability. The front strap shouldn’t be so short as to feel uncomfortable in any way but also not so long that it’s in the way and gets caught on things;

FAQ

How tight should the strap be?

The strap should be tight enough so that when you open your mouth, the helmet will not fall off. However, it cannot be too tight either because then instead of supporting your head and neck properly, it can cause discomfort or even pain. Therefore, this is where trial and error comes into play. You just have to keep adjusting until you find a perfect fit for yourself!

It’s best if you get someone else to help with strapping up while they check behind your ears – make sure there are no creases on the skin (this would indicate an incorrect tension) 

Make sure also that there aren’t any wrinkles in between your eyebrows; if there are, loosen the straps slightly by twisting one finger under each side of the buckle.

The final step is to make sure the strap under your chin isn’t too tight either. If it’s pinching, you’ll just have to experiment with different positions of the hook until you find one that doesn’t pinch or catch on the skin! 

How do you tighten a helmet strap?

The straps are adjustable at the back of your head, so you can loosen or tighten them by sliding a tab. The strap should be comfortable but not too loose. The chinstrap should be snug and even, with no slack or tightness in between your ears and eyebrows.

How to get the perfect helmet size?

Measure the circumference of your head with a soft measuring tape. Wrap it around your head about one inch above the eyebrows and ears, across the mid-forehead completely circling the head. It should feel snug but not tight. If you don’t have a measuring tape, use string instead and measure against a ruler or yardstick/meter stick to get an accurate measurement for proper helmet fitment.

Can motorcycle helmets be wrapped?

Yes, motorcycle helmets can be wrapped. Wrapping a helmet is recommended in order to protect the liner from damage or excessive wear and tear when not being worn. If you are storing your helmet for an extended period of time, wrapping it will provide some protection against dust settling on the headliner which could affect its performance once unwrapped. 

The technique used to wrap a motorcycle helmet is essentially just replacing the chinstrap with another strap that has been cut down so that it fits around all sides of your chin area securely enough that movement is prevented but without discomforting pressure applied over any part of your face including nose bridge/cheekbones, jawline, etc. 

When using this method make sure there’s no way for air to get trapped in between your chin and the strap, otherwise it could cause discomfort when worn. 

How much does it cost to get a motorcycle wrapped?

The cost to wrap a motorbike may range from $1,500 to $4,000 [3]. The fee is ultimately determined by the number of distinct components that you wrap, how labor-intensive the task is, and the sort and quality of materials used.

How do you wear a chinstrap helmet?

To wear a chinstrap helmet, strap the chin piece under your jaw. You should be able to slide two fingers between your skin and the chinstrap without resistance. If you can’t get them in there at all or if they feel very uncomfortable when wedged inside, it’s too tight.  If you can get them in there but it’s difficult, the helmet is too loose.

Useful Video: How to Strap on Your Motorcycle Helmet

References:

  1. https://www.nhtsa.gov/motorcycle-safety/choose-right-motorcycle-helmet
  2. https://millennialdiyer.com/diys/helmet-quick-release-buckle-how-to/
  3. https://costhack.com/cost-to-wrap-a-motorcycle/