Weight for a Motorcycle Helmet varies depending on the style and the materials it is made from. A typical full face helmet weighs between 1400 to 1800 grams or 3 to 4 pounds. The AGV Pista GP-RR full face helmet with its carbon fiber shell weighs only 1450 grams or 3.2 pounds. The AGV AX9 Adventure touring helmet in Carbon fibers comes in at only 1290 grams or 2.85 pounds. A helmet with a thermoplastic shell generally weighs more than a similar model with a fiber composite type shell.
Flip-up or modular helmets are generally the heaviest of all the styles of motorcycle helmets due to the mechanism involved in making the chin bar flip up. However, there is an exception to the rule as the AGV Sport Modular Carbon Fiber helmet weighs a mere 1295 grams or 2.85 pounds. Open face or ¾ style helmets range between 900 grams to 1350 or 2 to 3 pounds. Half helmets can weigh as little as 740 grams or 1.6 pounds.
Is 3 Pounds Heavy for a Helmet? Is 1.6 kg Heavy for a Helmet?
It all depends on the style. Three pounds is very light for a full-face helmet, typical weight for an open face or ¾ helmet and would be quite heavy for a half helmet. 1.6 kilos are about 3 ½ pounds and this is normal weight for a modern motorcycle helmet.
Should Helmets Be Heavy? Weight for a Motorcycle Helmet
A motorcycle helmet does not have to be heavy. A heavy helmet can be uncomfortable to wear and cause pain to the neck and head. Even full-face helmets made with composite shells off fiberglass, Carbon fiber or Kevlar can weigh as little 3.2 pounds or 1450 grams.
How Much Does Each Type of Motorcycle Helmet Weigh?
Half helmets are the lightest. They cover only the top of the head and can weigh less than 2 pounds or 900 grams. They provide the least protection of all styles of helmets and may not be legal in some countries.
Open face helmets also known as ¾, or Jet style helmets are the second lightest style. Open face helmets can weigh as little as 3 pounds. Open face offers greater protection by providing coverage for the whole head except for the facial area.
Full face helmets, also known as full coverage or integral helmets, provide the highest level of protection and safety. They provide extensive coverage of the entire head including the facial area with their fixed chin bar. They typically weigh between 3 and 4 pounds 1400 to 1800 grams.
Modular or flip up style helmets are the heaviest. They can provide the protection of a full-coverage helmet with option of open face exposure by flipping up the frontal piece. This design requires a complex internal hinge mechanism which adds a significant amount of weight. Modular helmets can weigh over 4 pounds or 1800 grams.
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About the Author:
Michael Parrotte started his career in the motorcycle industry by importing AGV Helmets into the North American market. He was then appointed the Vice President of AGV Helmets America, total he worked with AGV Helmets for 25 years. In addition, he functioned as a consultant for KBC Helmets, Vemar Helmets, Suomy Helmets, Marushin Helmets, KYT Helmets, and Sparx Helmets.
In 1985, He is the Founder of AGV Sports Group, Inc. cooperation with AGV Helmets in Valenza Italy
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