Motorcycle Network Helmets

Helmets

By law in Australia, all motorcycle riders must wear an approved helmet.
(Australian Road Rules Reg. 270)

 

Like jelly in a glass bowl . . .

Your head is just skin stretched over bone, full of soft gooey stuff. It’s really not that strong.

The idea is to stop the gooey stuff smashing into the boney stuff and turning into mushy stuff.

 

That's what the inner lining of a helmet does - it decelerates the brain so that it comes to a gentle stop against the skull. It only does this when your helmet is fitted snugly.

The outer shell of a helmet protects your skin and bone.

A small piece of road gravel can do a lot of damage to your head when your head acts like a hammer on it. Besides, imagine a running belt sander thumped against your head in different places – the road can be like that.

 

Helmets only work if they are done up and fit firmly.

Mostly, they save your head from relatively small impacts that could cause serious injury. Like rolling along the road and repeatedly banging your head in different places.

A full-face helmet OR an open-face helmet offer the same protection to your skull.

The chin-bar on a full-face helmet can protect your chin and face, but is necessarily flexible, so it doesn’t lever your neck around.

 

 

Comfort before fashion

Try on a wide range of helmets and find the brands and models that fit you. Everyone has a different shape head. Make sure it’s a snug fit all over.

"With one model from a certain brand, I can just get my head inside the helmet opening, but once in, the helmet rattles around loosely. With a different model of the same brand, it fits well.

With another brand, it fits perfectly, but I can’t get my glasses on."

Try them all, then select from the ones that fit YOUR head.

Don't choose a helmet because of the features like air vents or quick-change visors.

DO NOT just go after a painted on design and become a victim of fashion .

 

Lift ya Standards

The Australian Standard for motorcycle helmets is AS/NZS 1698.

This requires a certification mark, which is a statement of "compliance" or "conformance" with the Standard. Normally, these appear as a sticker on the outside, but also have a sewn-in label inside.

The manufacturer must ensure that any certification mark includes the number of the Standard and be capable of verification, such as by reference to batch and test records at RTA CrashLab.

Manufacturers may buy a licence to use the "tick" Mark, or they may not.
What matters is whether it meets AS/NZS 1698 and has a certification mark.

Overseas helmet manufacturers may employ independent quality assurance companies in their own countries and use a local Australian contractor to supervise testing and process the necessary paperwork after RTA CrashLab testing has been passed. These use their own "Conformance" mark.

Look inside the helmet, AS/NZS 1698 requires permanent lettering no less than 1.5mm with manufacturers name, model, size, month and year of manufacture, the words "Vehicle User's Helmet" and Instructions to User.  

Any helmet that complies with the Standard will offer the same level of protection, with no regard to the price. A cheap helmet or an expensive one will work just as well.

 

Use of a non-AS/NZS 1698 approved helmet may be seen as "contributory negligence" in the case of a head injury.

 

Photo: Dot Approved

The Snell test and the DOT (Dept of Transport) Standard are for the American market - to be sold in Australia, a helmet must have the AS 1698 sticker as well.