I have always desired to own a motorcycle, and enjoy the thrill of super speed rides on a highway. When I finally got to own one, a Kawasaki Z1000, the first thing I learned was the importance of motorcycle helmet. With studies showing that riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than a driving car, the helmet has become a lifesaver.
My first shocker about helmets is that they are not designed to last the entire lifetime of the bike. Even if you do not use it often, a polycarbonate helmet will only last up to four to five years. Even a fibreglass helmet has only a seven-year lifespan.
Therefore, as expected, I had to replace my Kawasaki-branded helmet, though it still looked great after six years. Then I learnt of Furtamoto, an online store for motorcycle accessories. Here I found all types of motorcycle helmets. Though it stocks several brands, I have found it to be one of the few stores that have my favourite flip-up Shoei helmets.
Flip-ups protect my face against dirt, insects, and wind. They also offer better aeration than the full-face helmets. I can ride on open-face mode when I need fresh air and then shut myself in when shifting to high speed. I prefer leaving cross helmets to sports riders, but I hear they are on a league of their own.
A Must Have Accessory: Anti-Fogging Visor System
The final must-have, from my experience, is a visor with an anti-fogging capability. I have found it invaluable in cold morning rides and during winter. While there are helmets with pre-installed pinlock visors, I prefer installing my own.