What Are Motorcycle Helmets Made Of?

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Motorcycle helmets are generally made in three different styles, including thermal plastic materials, fiberglass and carbon Kevlar. Discover how motorcycle helmets breathe and vent with information from the manager of a Harley Davidson dealership in this free video series on motorcycles.

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Hey, this is Steve Greenstein from Jim's Harley Davidson here in St. Pete and today we're going to talk about helmets. And this one's a little small for me so that's one thing we can talk about. This is Connie Munda, my motor clothes manager and helmet expert and she's going to tell you how helmets are made today. this one here happens to be one of the best. This is a carbon Kevlar style, but let's start at the beginning. There are three different styles of helmet. There's the bad... the good, the better and the best. The good is made out of a thermal plastic material. It's actually injected into the helmet and so it's a lot thinner of a core on the outside but the inside then they'll have to do a thicker eps lining to give you more protection. That's your good helmet. It's got the detachable neck piece and everything like that, that, you know, when it's cooler, you can wear it, and then you can zip it up when you have the warmer days. Going from good to better is the fiber glass helmet. The fiber glass helmet, you've got layers of fiber glass and resin that go on top of each other, so it gives you a little bit stronger of a helmet core on the outside, but it's still not the best. Your best goes into your carbon Kevlar. And in the carbon Kevlar, what they use is layers of carbon and layers of lots of resin and so it's a little bit lighter, 'cause as you go from the thermal plastic, cause you've got a heavier inside, to your fiber glass to this, this is your lightest helmet. This only weighs one pound, twelve ounces, so it's real light. You've got the breathing mechanisms through and it vents through the front to the back and this seems to be the choice of the riders today because it's not so hot and heavy. Thank you Steve. And thank you so much. So here we go, these are how helmets are made. Again this is Steve Greenstein at Jim's Harley Davidson in St. Pete. Be safe.

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