A motorcycle helmet is one of the most vital instruments in keeping your protected on a motorcycle. It protects the most vulnerable part of the human body – the brain – which can be easily damaged by a small fall and potentially more so when falling off a bike without a helmet. Yet, helmets are not only the most important safety gear, they can be the coolest and most fashionable protective gear, besides the leathers that is! Motorcycle helmets were not always the fashionable protective gear of today, they began long after the invention of the motorcycle as leather helmets with a soft furry lining, which airplane pilots wore. You can imagine that this wasn't very safe, nor that fashionable. Eventually, with the help of a scientist, helmets became much tougher, but still unshapely, badly fitted – and still looking like an airplane's pilot helmet. It wasn't till much later that the more durable lightweight helmets that helped spread the force of impact were used. They were far more stylish, better fitting and versatile due to the number of useful accessories that could be attached. Today, we have well adapted helmets, which are more able to save your brain from injury or even life, and are good looking as well as more visible. The design and styles of motorcycle helmets are numerous, from sleek black to the more adventurous brightly coloured racer stripes that enable visibility as well as the cool race boy or girl look. Patterns and symbols have become fashionable on helmets, often bestowing the helmet with a more aggressive, refined and stylish look. For instance, the Jackal Pandora, a sunshield helmet has incorporated a sketchy design with skulls, crosses, wings and gold lettering into its design, making it look and feel more belligerent – perhaps suggesting that this helmet is more likely to be aggressive towards the road, rather than the other way round! Fashion has also seen helmets from rich and famous motorcyclists buy the most extravagant and fashionable helmets. It has just been revealed that the famous motorcyclist Jorgen Lorenzo is to sell his championship winning Swarovski helmet, which is lavishly crystal encrusted. With nearly 2000 crystals with a metallic paint coating, which gives the helmet a shiny rainbow appearance; and the symbolic sign of Lorenzo, the cross and crescent (means outside over taker), this beauty of a helmet must be on most motorcyclist's wish list this Christmas. Sadly, at over £10,000 it is out of most of our price ranges! When buying a motorcycle helmet always put safety before looks, yet, with a vast market of helmet suppliers, you can easily find motorcycle helmets that look cool too. If you are interested in finding motorcycle helmets visit www.visorshop.com

Marie Coles is a professional writer. She writes informative, yet, dynamic articles on motorcycles and protective gear.

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