Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How to Choose a Dirt Bike Helmet

A helmet is one of the most important protective items you can wear while riding your dirt bike, but not all helmets are created equally. Choosing the right helmet can make a difference in the protection you receive during an accident and comfort during your ride. Before shopping for your next helmet be sure to keep the following factors in mind:

Certifications: Make sure the helmet meets safety standards by looking for DOT or Snell safety ratings. Snell ratings are considered more stringent than DOT ratings so helmets baring a Snell sticker often provide better protection and have been through more thorough testing.

Helmet Type: There are three types of off road helmet: full face, open face, and motocross. A full face helmet will cover your whole face and head; while the open face helmet covers just the top portion of your head, leaving your face and chin exposed. The preferred choice of most riders is the motocross helmet. This type of helmet covers most of your face and has a strong piece to protect your jaw. When paired with goggles to protect the eyes, motocross helmets offer strong protection as well as ventilation not offered by full face helmets.

Fit: Making sure your helmet fits right is another important aspect of buying a helmet. Helmets that don’t fit correctly hinder comfort, visibility and protection. Be sure to measure your head and pay close attention to the manufacturers sizing information. Check out Dennis Kirk’s helmet sizing tips for more tips on helmet fit to ensure you pick the right helmet for your head.

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Are You Heading To Sturgis?

The motorcycle rally season in America is about to kick off with Daytona Bike Week in March.  Daytona tends to kick off the season and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August winds it down.  

Are you one of the lucky ones and going to attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally? If so you'll be in for a wild weekend of rocking concerts, amazing food, and incredible custom bikes. One of the main reasons myself and most motorcyclists choose to attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally isn't the food or the concerts but to ride through some of America's most beautiful landscape. Day rides from Sturgis, South Dakota can take you anywhere—through the Badlands, Devil's Tower, Spearfish Canyon, and Mount Rushmore. All you need is your helmet (or not), your bike and maybe a GPS!

The topography of South Dakota offers motorcyclists vastly different riding opportunities. To the east of the Missouri River, motorcyclists can experience low rolling hills, winding roads, and pristine lakes formed by glaciers a long time ago. To the west of the Missouri River, motorcyclists can ride through deep canyons, stone pyramids, eroded landscape, and rolling plains. Here is a small sampling of some of the many exciting day rides from Sturgis.

Badlands Loop Road

The Badlands National Park is in the southwestern corner of South Dakota and home to some incredible views of eroded landscape and wildlife. Interstate 90 bikers will find the 40 mile east west loop road a great way to take in the scenery and enjoy the majesty of South Dakota. If you do choose to ride through the Badlands, use extra caution. Animals are almost always near the roads and always on the move in the morning and late afternoon, which can be dangerous for oncoming motorcyclists.

Spearfish Canyon

Located just 46 miles from Rapid City, there isn't a more beautiful area in the United States. The canyon runs through the Black Hills about 10 miles from Deadwood, an old mining town. Now it is a pristine pine forest and meadow with some incredible views, amazing waterfalls, camping grounds, and unique wildlife.

Devil's Tower

You'll need to cross the Wyoming border for this one, but believe me it is worth the trip! This massive tower rises 5,112 feet above sea level and is the first National Monument designated by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. Once you are there, you can hike around the base of the 1267 foot tower of volcanic rock or just park your bike and enjoy the view. From Sturgis you can ride the Lasso, a 110 mile loop that takes you into a most unique area of Wyoming, through the Devil's Tower, and back again.

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore is one of the most popular national monuments. Completed in 1941, this amazing granite sculpture depicts the faces of 4 of our most famous presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Bikers attending Sturgis can visit this unique monument firsthand when they ride in the Mayor's Ride which takes place Monday August 6th. The Mayor of Sturgis leads riders on an amazing ride from downtown Sturgis to Mount Rushmore National Memorial to Custer State Park and back!

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is not just the rides but the events too.  There are numerous organized fund-raising events with rides, concerts, vendors and there is even some great wine tasting in the area.  My personal favorite is Prairie Berry Winery, not far from Mount Rushmore.  Check out the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally website for more info.

Wherever you choose to ride, whether you are riding in from California, Florida or North and South Dakota if you are injured on your way or while at Sturgis, you need an experienced motorcycle accident attorney on your side. Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys are aggressive legal advocates for all bikers who are injured. We understand motorcyclists because we ARE motorcyclists. As such, we fight to ensure that you are treated fairly, that your rights are always protected, and that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Call us today at 1-800-4-BIKERS.