With the new riding season in full swing, we turn our attention towards Helmets and Helmet education. Whether it is the pending purchase of a new Helmet or the planning of our Summer Motorcycle Trip, the focus is on Helmets. Every year when we attend the Dealer Expo’s we are shown numerous “New” examples of the proverbial wheel. At K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) we want to be your one source for everything Helmet related, that’s why we carry one of the largest selections around.
As of late it seems there is a push to offer more feature packed noggin caps. Some of the bonus features on Helmets are the use of light weight composite materials or carbon fiber, and built in communications features. In addition, there is a movement to a one time adjustable chin strap that is a simple “Click” and you are ready to go. Appearing on more and more buckets are those sweet retractable sun shields. Since I have to wear glasses, this is one of my favorite aspects. It is so nice to have the ability to deploy or recall “Sunglasses” with a finger tip, and never miss a beat. You don’t have to purchase different face shields or helmets and anticipate what the day will do, and end up with compromised vision.
Another big hit is the numerous models that are available with Bluetooth communications built into the helmet. Not only does this enable you to make and receive phone calls from your Bluetooth equipped phone, it also lets you stream music, hear GPS prompts, and can usually be paired with 3 to 5 other units. This allows rider/passenger communication or multiple riders in your group. Staying connected, while being protected, and enjoying your tunes has never been easier.
Now, because our vacations usually consist of us traveling through numerous states, it is tough to keep up on what states require you to wear a lid at all times, which ones have relaxed requirements, and which ones leave it up to you. K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) is here to provide you with some information that may make planning that trip a little less stressful. There is no need to have an unnecessary encounter with a member of the local Law Enforcement Community. Below we have provided a State by State listing of their Helmet Laws.
Motorcycle Safety State Fact Sheets & Helmet Laws
- Alabama All riders Alaska 17 and younger Arizona 17 and younger Arkansas 20 and younger California All riders
- Colorado 17 and younger and passengers 17 and younger Connecticut 17 and younger Delaware 18 and younger
- District of Columbia (no fact sheet available) All riders Florida 20 and younger Georgia All riders Hawaii 17 and younger
- Idaho 17 and younger Illinois No law Indiana 17 and younger Iowa No law Kansas 17 and younger Kentucky 20 and younger
- Louisiana All riders Maine 17 and younger Maryland All riders Massachusetts All riders Michigan 20 and younger
- Minnesota 17 and younger Mississippi All riders Missouri All riders Montana 17 and younger Nebraska All riders Nevada All riders
- New Hampshire No law New Jersey All riders New Mexico 17 and younger New York All riders North Carolina All riders
- North Dakota 17 and younger Ohio 17 and younger Oklahoma 17 and younger Oregon All riders Pennsylvania 20 and younger
- Rhode Island 20 and younger South Carolina 20 and younger South Dakota 17 and younger Tennessee All riders Texas 20 and younger
- Utah 17 and younger Vermont All riders Virginia All riders Washington All riders West Virginia All riders Wisconsin 17 and younger
- Wyoming 17 and younger