For most bikers, it's a good idea to have a motorcycle helmet lock when riding. Not only do locks protect your gear, they prevent anyone from taking what's in your face off. But how do you pick the best lock? There are so many options out there today that it can be quite confusing. We've done all the homework for you, here's what you need to know.
The first thing you should look at is how secure the helmet strap is. Since it's not going to go where you don't want it to, this makes the most sense. Sealing the straps will make it much less likely that someone can take off with your hard-earned cash or your helmet without you noticing. You might even want to go so far as to getting locking straps with alarms. This way you can ensure that whoever is trying to steal your money or helmet has a high-decibel warning that will catch their footsteps.
If you're looking for an easy way to buy a motorcycle helmet lock, it would be to head over to your local bike shop. Most of them have a section devoted to locks, but the one you want is most likely the one that attaches to your frame. This section typically has several different options, including bolt-on and hinged. With either type, the actual lock mechanism will attach to the frame through a hose clip. If you have a real locking mechanism, the clip will probably have a groove cut into it so that it will latch tightly.
Another popular way to lock up your helmet is to use a u-lock. The u-lock attaches to your existing handlebars by means of a braided steel cable. Once secured to the frame, the u-lock has a strip of teeth that flip upward and outward, keeping any unauthorized person out. However, this type of lock can be quite difficult to install. The cable can prove to be quite problematic, since it's easily pulled back and forth.
There are other less secure ways to lock up your helmet as well, including using simple locks known as bi-fold and full-face locks. Bi-fold locks are made of strips of metal connected together in the middle, just above the helmet's cheek pads. The bi-fold aligns the teeth of the lock in such a way that when the two halves of the lock are together, it forms a U-shape. Full-face locks are made up of two separate strips of metal with the innermost strip fastened to the helmet using a nylon thread. To break or gain entry into the motorbike, you push the outermost strip to the open position, which pushes the lock into place and holds it there.
If you ride in more dusty areas than might be safe for regular helmets, consider using reflective gear. Motorcycle helmet locks make it much more difficult for would-be thieves to pull off your disguise. Thieves tend to avoid areas with a lot of traffic, so even if you ride somewhere for a short period of time, you'll probably be able to spot someone who isn't dressed appropriately. Also, if you do choose to leave your helmet at a parking facility overnight, welded straps on the straps will keep your helmet in place while you park the vehicle. These features can also help keep dust and dirt from setting in, which can impair your vision while you're waiting for your turn to enter a building.
To further reduce the chance that a thief will be able to steal your motorcycle helmet, make it harder for them to take it from you by mounting it properly. Lock the frame, which prevents it from being pushed open easily, on one side. Most standard locks attach on both sides, but for those made specifically for motorcycle helmets, the frame can be secured in either direction, depending on where you want to situate it. The locking mechanism may also differ between different models.
On older models of helmets, you can use a cable tie to secure your helmet in place. A cable tie is typically used to secure chains on bicycles, though it can be used to secure most anything that's made of nylon, including motorcycle helmets. Cable ties are fastened to the frame with ratchets, so you can adjust it to fit your frame perfectly. If you have access to an expertly fitted helmet with a good seal, this is a great option. However, it's much more difficult to get this type of lock set up on older helmets without the assistance of professionals. In this case, the best solution may be to install a lock that attaches to the back of the chin straps.