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Does your motorcycle helmet fit?

While your motorcycle helmet is an accessory that makes a statement about who you are as you ride the roads of California, the wrong one could cost you your life. According to HelmetCheck.org, the safest helmet is still the wrong one if it does not fit you perfectly. 

Even if you know your hat size or head measurements, the helmet you want may simply be marked as a small, medium or large. A large from one manufacturer may not be the same as a large from another company. They may be different from one model to another, too. The only way to truly know if it fits is to try it on. 

The liner will eventually compress from wear, so when you first put on the helmet, keep in mind that it should fit as snugly as possible without being uncomfortable. Naturally, though, it should not leave red marks on your face or create pressure points on your head. When you push on the chin piece, no part of the face shield should touch your chin or your nose. 

When evaluating the fit of your helmet, make sure it cannot tilt backward or forward. Pads should touch your cheeks, temples and brow without any gaps. To test for looseness, fasten the chin straps securely and then move the helmet up and down and side to side. The pressure from the pads should move your skin along with the helmet. Any extra room could allow wind in as you ride, and you could lose the helmet when you need it most: in a crash. 

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