If we wanted to, we could list and classify a gazillion types of motorcycles, if even infinitesimal amount of changes are to be considered. But for simplicity’s sake, and for the purpose of recommending a matching helmet for you, here is our list of simplified types of motorcycles:
Standard – Well as the name says, it’s basically the basic, the standard banner, the bare simple and what other redundant names you can come up with. It’s designed to be ridden no fuzz no frills, no awkward sitting position, just twist the throttle and go. Quarter shells aren’t bad but a full face helmet would better suit the rider.
Cruiser – Think Marlon Brando, and you’ll have a very good idea what a cruiser motorcycle is. Most cruisers, despite the way the rider position himself, isn’t really ergonomic, feet forward, body laid back, hands sometimes high up in the air. Regardless, this kind of bike just oozes with badassity, if that’s even a word. Best paired with leathers, much leathers, for the riding attire and of course, as for the helmets, we recommend half face or quarter shells.
Sport bike – They are designed for speed, and speed alone. Nope, you’re not getting any comfortable riding position with this bike. The bike wants you as much as possible hugging it to reduce wind drag. The fully faired bike is designed to cut through the wind and get as much speed in the quickest possible time. For this, we recommend similarly designed aerodynamic full faced helmets.
Touring – For long distance travels, the touring bike is the perfect bike. Big displacements, saddle bags/cases, windscreen and all the creature comfort one could imagine, can be found in a touring bike. Think cars, but with only two wheels, yes some touring motorcycles even comes with back compartment, radio and even glove compartment. And the bike is also designed to accommodate a passenger also comfortably, some even having a backrest. As for touring a perfect helmet would be a flip up as it allows you to chow, gulp and even smoke without removing your helmet.
Sport Touring – This is the result of combining a sport bike and a touring bike. It is still somewhat looks like a sport bike, but with more forgiving riding position, option for luggage and of course, provision for 2-up riding. Full-faced helmets are recommended.
Dual Sport – As the name suggests, it’s the best of both worlds. A bike that could run the pavement, as well as, go off the road. Many adventure bikes are dual-sport bikes capable of handling a little dirt, a knee-deep water, fire roads, etc. Since it goes off the road, you might want to have a sunvisor in your helmet which also acts as a dirt shield which might go to your face and hamper your vision. A motard helmet is recommended for this activity.
Offroad – Offroad bikes are mainly used for motocross racing. These bikes are light weight and have full knobby tires designed to tackle pure dirt or mud. Technically, they can run on tarmac, but it’ll be an awful waste of tires. For this type of bikes, a motard or a motocross helmet is best worn by the rider.
Scooters and Underbones – With the exception of maxi-scooters, most scooters and underbones are low-displacement bikes. They are design to be small, light, agile and don’t go very fast. Many use these kinds of bikes because of their affordability and ease of use. A quarter shell or a full face would suit the scooter or underbone user.