How to Strap a Motorcycle Helmetby Chris Gilliland
Although a motorcycle helmet's chin strap appears to be an afterthought rather than a vital safety component, it prevents the helmet from slipping from your head in a crash. While most motorcyclists take the time to properly strap their helmet into place, a new rider may unintentionally leave the chin strap loose to avoid discomfort. Riding with a loose chin strap is a dangerous practice. With some practice, you'll be able strap the helmet into place by feel alone.
Place the helmet over your head. Pull the chin straps down to pull the helmet onto your head.
Pass the right chin strap under the metal rings on the left chin strap and pull the strap tightly against the base of your chin.
Pull the rings apart and loop the strap over the first ring.
Pass the strap under the second ring and back to the right of the helmet.
Pull the strap to tighten it against the base of your chin.
Fasten the loose end of the strap to the snap button on the base of the left chin strap.
- "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles"; Holmstrom, Darwin; Alpha Books; 2001
- Scorpion USA: EXO-400 Helmet Technical Manual
- HJC Helmets: Fastening the Retention System HJC Helmets: Fastening the Retention System
- Tighten the chin strap enough for the helmet to fit snugly. If the chin strap begins to cause discomfort, loosen it just enough to be comfortable.
An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.