How Can I Make My Motorcycle Helmet Fit Better?

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It’s a real let down to buy a new motorcycle helmet only to realise that it isn’t comfortable or doesn’t fit as well as you hoped. I’ve been there and I’ve tried everything possible to make it better. That’s what I want to share with you today, everything that did and didn’t work for me when I was in your shoes.

So, how can you make your motorcycle helmet fit better? There are few easy things you can do. If your helmet is too snug, causing pressure points, try changing the inserts inside the helmet.  If your helmet is too loose, then adding some thicker inserts should do the trick. If none of these work, then you are probably going to have to get a new helmet.

I know this seems like a simple answer, but there is more to it. Read on to learn more and how I came to this conclusion.

How I fixed my motorcycle helmet that doesn’t fit properly?

I’ve been there. A few winters ago I decided to buy a new helmet online. Normally this is something I would only do with a local brick and mortar, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and fully embrace online shopping.

I spent hours and hours researching which helmet was best for me. Shape, size, weight, features, the whole nine yards. Every little detail was scrutinized.

Finally I managed to figure out which helmet I thought would be best for me. So I bought it. A little while later it arrived. I tried it on and it seemed fine. So I threw it in the closet where it waited for the upcoming season.

So Spring finally came around and with that, the first ride of the year. I geared up, new helmet shining in the sun and off I went. All was well but then a few hours later, things changed.

I started to get a horrible pressure headache from the helmet. It sucked, first I optimistically thought maybe the helmet just needed to break in a little bit. So I tried to wear it around the house.

Doing dishes, yup in my helmet. Working on my computer, yup you better believe it. Using the bathroom, sure did. Cooking dinner, check. I pretty much lived in it. Did it fix it? Nope, no dice. Out of pure stubbornness I even tried to just ignore it while riding. Nope, again no dice.

At that point I was starting to think I would just have to accept that my new helmet was the wrong size or shape for my head.

Not wanting to throw in the towel, I decided to try a few more things. Hooray for stubbornness. Eventually I manage to figure solve my problem by swapping out some of the padding in my helmet. Let’s go over what else can be done and hopefully fix your problem too.

TLDR; I spent weeks wearing a helmet around my house like an idiot hoping it would “break in”. It didn’t.

Why does my motorcycle helmet need to fit properly?

It’s key that your helmet fits properly for 1 main reason. Protection. A helmet that doesn’t fit correctly will not protect you properly in a crash. That’s why it is important to try and see how you can make your motorcycle helmet fit better if possible.

A loose helmet will move and rattle during impact, this can transfer some of the force to your head. In extreme cases if a helmet is way too large, the helmet can come off partially, leaving you open to a whole world of hurt.

To see what I mean, next time you are at a motorcycle shop, try on a full face helmet that is too big for you.

Do up the chin strap, get it all nice and setup. Then give the chin area a good hard smack or push on it. You will notice that the helmet will actually start to slide and move up the back of your head.

Tell me, is that something you want to happen to you while you are sliding down the road during a crash?

On the other hand too tight of a helmet is going to lead to headaches. While these are not dangerous by themselves, you add the distraction they can cause and this might increase the chances of being involved in an accident. Not the best way to end a day out on your motorcycle.

There are other factors other than protection to consider. Especially when it comes to full face helmets. Due to their design, full face helmets have a field of vision. This is how far you can see from your left to your right with moving your eyes.

Of course you want this to be as wide as possible. In order for you to get the maximum field possible, your helmet needs to be positioned correctly on your head. If your helmet is too tight, then there can be a small space between the top of your head and the helmet.

This space can alter the position that your eyes are relevant to the cut out provided by the helmet. To see an example, if you have a full face helmet, take your helmet and put something soft inside the top of the helmet like a folded bandana or sock.

Now put the helmet on. Notice how you now have less peripheral vision and smaller field of vision.

This loss of peripheral vision decreases the chances you will see that person or small furry creature about to dart out in front of you. Possibly causing you to have a wreck. Again not the coolest way to end your day out on your motorcycle. Your peripheral vision is crucial to your safety on the road.

How to make your motorcycle helmet fit better

If your helmet is just a little off, luckily there are a few things you can try to do. As I mentioned in my intro, the first thing I tried was to wear my helmet for a while to break it in.

For me this didn’t work, but it can work for some. If your helmet is too tight and hurting in one or maybe two points, this is called a pressure point. You can get rid of them.

Sometimes after wearing the helmet for 10-15 hours these points will simply go away and be nothing more than a bad memory. It’s important to note, lots of times these points won’t hurt until you have been wearing the helmet for a while.

If this doesn’t work, you can try to swap out some of the padding if your helmet permits this. For most people this will solve the issue. Another thing some people do is, simply compressing the foam a little where the pressure points are.

Personally, I don’t like to mess with the foam inside my helmet like that. The foam is there to compress from impact during an accident to keep you head safe. But if you are hard up and need to make this helmet fit. Then that can help.

If you put your helmet on and the whole head hurts right away. Then most likely your helmet is just too small for you or the shell is the wrong shape for your head type. You can try to swap out padding, but it probably won’t work. Best bet is to try to return the helmet or sell it on to someone else.

If your helmet is too big. Honestly, there is not much you can do about it. You can try to wear a bandana underneath, but this doesn’t seem like the safest thing to me. The helmet will still be prone to moving during a crash. Easiest and safest thing to do is just sell it to someone else or if possible return it to the shop you bought from.

Final thoughts

So there it is, today we learned how you can make your motorcycle helmet fit better. So next time you or someone you know complains about their helmet hurting or not fitting correctly.

You’ll be the one able to help them out and hopefully make sure their motorcycle helmet fits better.

All the best and see you next time!

Jordan Baker

Hi, I’m Jordan. I’ve been riding motorcycles for a few years now(9+ years). Along the way I’ve learned a bunch, made mistakes and picked up a thing or two. I’ve also spent countless hours practicing and working on improving my skills, something I try to do a few times a week. That’s why I made this website. So I can share my love for riding and everything I’ve learned over the years. Hopefully you’ll stick around and check out a few articles.

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