How-To: Size Your Motorcycle Helmet

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How-To: Size Your Motorcycle Helmet

Author: Tay Jones, CEO of Twisty Rider LLC

Riding motorcycles is one of the most freeing, relaxing experiences in life… unless you’re uncomfortable while doing it, that is.  Many things can make your ride uncomfortable, but nothing compares to gear that doesn’t fit properly.  And when it comes to gear, the number one thing you need above all else is a helmet – and a helmet that doesn’t fit right not only can be unsafe, but uncomfortable as well (headaches, anyone?).

In this article we’re going to talk about getting the right fit for your motorcycle helmet.  This is an easy task, but one that is often overlooked based on past purchasing decisions.  Let’s face it, every helmet company has their own manufacturing processes and styles; that’s what makes them unique.  However, this also can play havoc on your head when it comes to fit.  Remember: just because you were a size large in one helmet, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a large in a helmet from another manufacturer.  Or, in another model of helmet from the same company, for that matter.

In order to remedy this, you need an incredibly special, task-specific tool: a tape measure!  I’m being facetious, obviously, as most everyone has one of these common tools in their home.  A less common tool would be a fabric tape measure (which is the best tool for the job), but if you don’t have one of these, a regular tape measure will do the trick.  Just make sure you turn the tape backwards, with the measurement marks facing you, while measuring.

When it comes to measuring, you’ll be measuring your head, of course.  And guess what… not all heads are the same.  They come in many shapes and sizes.  Welcome to being human!

The measurement you’re looking for is your head’s circumference – in other words, how long it is around your noggin.  You want to measure your head approximately one inch above the eyebrows in front and at a point in the back of your head that gives you the largest measurement possible.  You’ll want to measure several times in many different places to ensure you have the largest measurement.

Once you’ve got your head’s measurement, use that number against the sizing chart provided for the helmet you’re looking to buy.  Don’t skip this step.  Don’t rely solely on what size you think you should wear.  If you do, you’ll be uncomfortably sorry.

At, we exclusively sell Daytona Helmets products.  One of the things that is great about Daytona Helmets, is their sizing.  Their helmets, depending on the size you order, come in three different shell sizes.  As the size decreases, so does the size of the overall helmet.  It’s not just filler in there to make it fit.  This not only helps you get a better, safer, more proportionate fit, but helps you get a better look as well.  (Goodbye mushroom head!)  And let’s face it… that’s important.

We carry multiple models of Daytona Helmets products.  We’ve got everything from skull caps (1/2 shell helmets) to full-face helmets, including modular helmets.  Every one of our product pages has the correct sizing chart posted in the description, in the photos section, or both.  Use the techniques above to get the right measurements, then compare them to the proper sizing chart to make sure your new helmet keeps you safe and comfortable for many rides to come.

You can shop all our helmet options HERE.  If you have any questions or need assistance finding the right helmet for you, just let us know!


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