Different Types Of Motorcycle Helmets

The helmet is the most essential gear while riding a motorcycle. Different styles of helmets were developed by helmet manufacturers to meet the needs of different people.

Within a very short time, many different types of helmets were developed to meet different styles, needs, and preferences.

Motorbike experts will know which type of SMK helmets are best for each situation. They will help you choose the right helmet for you.

This article will explain the major types of motorbike helmets and help you choose which one is best for your riding style.

Full-Face Helmets

The entire head is covered by a full-face helmet, from the base of your skull to the rear.

A section of fabric protects the face and chin, which usually also holds the visor.

These helmets are the most popular on the street and borrow their design (though it is somewhat muted) from Moto GP helmets.

These helmets are top-rated for safety when you’re on the road.

Modular/Flip-Up Helmets

These include a hinge that allows the chin bar to be adjusted according to the wearer’s requirements (or even removed in certain cases).

These are the second most popular type of helmet commuters wear after full-face helmets.

Remember that safety ratings may be given for both the closed and open position of a modular helmet when checking its safety rating.

The manufacturer may not intend that the helmet be worn openly if safety ratings are only for closed positions.

As a quality-of-life addition, the ‘open feature’ has been added in such instances.

Flip-ups are quieter than flip downs, despite the convenience of opening your helmet’s front to chat or order coffee.

Modular helmets are worn in an open position. This means that the opening at the bottom of a modular helmet can be smaller than a full-face helmet. This allows for less air to enter the bottom opening, which results in a more comfortable experience.


Motocross is physically demanding.

This sport requires riders to heat up faster than commuters.

Therefore, the chin bar and the visor are extended away from the face. This allows for better air circulation and protective goggles.

The visor not only protects against the sun but also shields the eyes from any debris.

A quality off-road helmet, when worn with good goggles can provide comparable protection to a full-face helmet.

Open Face

A full-face helmet can cause discomfort in tropical climates, regardless of how well the vents are.

Many open-face helmets include a snap-on veil to keep insects out of the eyes.

The protection of the head and base can be as good as a full-face helmet. However, the face is not completely protected.

Half Helmet/Pudding Basin

They look exactly like they sound.

This helmet style was popular with bikers, rockers, and street racers.

They may offer some protection against brain injury but not enough to protect the face.


Major manufacturers now offer helmets in this category due to the boom in adventure riding over the past decade.

Common features include a larger face opening to improve peripheral vision, sufficient space to wear goggles, and a visor to block out the sun/debris.

These helmets can be worn on the trail or the road.

A few models with high-end features have a goggle/visor combination that works great.

Many models are available in multiple configurations and can be used for any weather conditions.

Smart Helmets

We feel a little like Ironman with the idea of customizable dual heads-up displays, touch panels, rearview cameras, and smartphone connectivity.

It seems like that is the way things will be.

You don’t have to mess around with headphones and speakers anymore – your phone and helmet can be connected directly.