Polycarbonate Motorcycle Helmets are among one of the most popular types of helmets currently available. The reason for this is that they offer a balance of both price friendliness and safety. As a result, there is a wide variation in the different types of polycarbonate helmets ranging from full-face to open face helmets.
Polycarbonate helmets are generally more inexpensive thanks to a less intensive manufacturing process. However, because it is not as rigid a material, more polycarbonate is required to make the helmet safe. This in turn increases the helmet’s weight.
Even within the category of Polycarbonate Helmets, there are a variety of different materials used, each with their own properties. For example, polycarbonate helmets encompass lids made of thermoplastic resin, Advanced Polycarbonate, and Lexan. Each of these materials represent varying grades of polycarbonate, and, as such, will also have an effect on the helmet’s weight.
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Once you’ve settled on a motorcycle helmet made of polycarbonate, it’s also important to consider what sort of riding you plan on doing. For example, if you plan to go for longer distance touring or to ride in the city, it’s usually most convenient to consider a modular polycarbonate helmet. This would allow you to open the chin bar for pumping gas, talking, eating, or any other quick errand all without having to go through the process of removing your helmet.
Now, with the type of helmet in mind, it’s also always a good idea to check what features the helmet includes. Integrated sun visors always offer an extra level of convenience since you no longer have to be stuck with a dark smoke visor or a pair of sunglasses. From the safety side, it’s also a good idea to check if the helmet comes with emergency quick release cheek pads. So, given how widely polycarbonate helmets vary in their features, it’s a good idea to find more in-depth information on the helmet you’re considering.
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