If you've got it, flaunt it!

Last Updated 21 August 2015, 18:26 IST

You’ve bought your dream bike and can’t wait to take it out for a spin. But hold your horses — you’re not completely ready to hit the roads just yet; not without a stylish helmet at least! The best accessories in the market right now are those that are high in comfort and safety, durable, extremely compact, and not to mention good looking.

Bengaluru, being one of the most chic cities in the country, has bikers vying to ensure that their headgear matches their style statement and vehicle. Santhosh Mallya, an employee at Accenture, says, “I waited so long to get my hands on my precious Yamaha R15. My next goal was to find a helmet that would match the bike and make me look good in it. It has been a little over a year since I got the ‘Vega off-road gangster motorsport helmet’ and I feel confident each time I ride with it.”

But for many, it’s not just about the way it looks, but more about the durability. Ganesh Nayak, a bike enthusiast, says, “I believe in the authenticity of a helmet. It needs to protect my head more than look good on me; I’ve learnt my lesson the hard way. I stick to the simple black ones that naturally have a classy look.”

The fundamental rule of buying a helmet is to ensure that it fits. Even if you are someone who will never put the helmet through a crash test, you’ll be happier riding if it fits right. Another element is the pressure points — ensure that there isn’t any annoyance on a short ride as it can turn into a headache and snap the fun out of riding. It’s an absolute must to ensure that the helmet you buy matches the balance, ergonomics and low sound levels.

When it comes to the design, the riders prefer either a small streak or go completely out with an elaborate pattern. However, a lot of research goes into buying a new one. Vishal Naik, says, “I did a lot of research before I purchased my ‘LS2 Silver’. I took suggestions from many riders and riding groups. My friends were also pretty helpful.”

The latest addition to the helmet industry is the ‘LS2’ helmet. Many who use it claim that the ventilation the helmet provides is “fantastic”. Praveen Rao, the owner of ‘LS2 FF352’ adds, “It’s just perfect for when you think your head is getting heated. It gives me that sense of satisfaction that I can continue riding without feeling suffocated. Also the designs are pretty cool and I’m proud to own one.”

There are others who look at various aspects before making a purchase. Suraj Sampath, another bike enthusiast, says, “I think it’s important that one goes for a bright-coloured helmet. When you are riding, it’s necessary to let the people behind you know that you are there. Thanks to the colour, they will be alert and (hopefully) act accordingly.”

The City sure seems to have its priorities straight — wear a helmet either to protect your head or to avoid paying a fine to the cops. Vineeth MV adds, “At the end of the day, you have to realise that the more educated purchase you make, the happier you
will be.”

(Published 21 August 2015, 18:08 IST)

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