Early motorcycles were slow and riders were relatively safe even without protection. Helmets were invented later in the game when engines became more powerful and rides became faster. First helmets were made of thick leather. After one of the leading British neurosurgeons faced the influx of injured riders with head traumas, he offered to implement a hard shell protection layer to motorcycle helmets preventing severe skull injuries.
During WWII, the British army made wearing helmets mandatory for all motorcyclists, resulting in a reduction of a number of deaths and severe injuries from crashes. Today, motorcycle helmets are being tested to receive safety certification. Some of the most common certifications are DOT, ECE, SHARP, & SNELL. Want to know the difference between them? Click the link below to read about helmet history and more.
Helmet Certifications | What are the Differences among DOT, ECE, SHARP, & SNELL?
Current versions of some of the helmets mentioned in the article:
Fly Racing® - Revolt Liberator Full Face Helmet - MOTORCYCLEiD.com
Shoei® - Hornet X2 Dual Sport Helmet – MOTORCYCLEiD.com
Zoan Helmets® - Optimus Street Raceline Graphic Modular Helmet - MOTORCYCLEiD.com
Shark Helmets® - Street-Drak Blank Matte Open Face Helmet - MOTORCYCLEiD.com
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