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Carbon Fiber Helmets
If you are looking for some of the best and most expensive motorcycle helmets on the market today you will likely come across a number that are made of carbon fiber. Carbon fiber has become one of the most popular materials used in motorcycle construction because it comes with a number of advantages. The problem with carbon fiber unfortunately is that it can be quite expensive when compared to some of the plastic materials which are commonly used in motorcycle helmets. With so many of the world's top manufacturers now using carbon fiber in their Premier helmet constructions a lot of riders are interested in firstly what makes carbon fiber so expensive as well as some of the main advantages that carbon fiber helmets can bring to them as riders:
Price of carbon fiber:
Carbon fiber is making its way into a number of different products around the world. Many of the top motorcycle manufacturers are even producing components for their motorcycles out of carbon fiber materials because it is so light, easy to work with and so strong. Most carbon fiber for automotive needs works out to a price of around $10-$12 a pound. This can be considerably more expensive than steel components on a motorcycle and much more expensive than the traditional plastic style helmet materials which are used by many of the world's top manufacturers. While the price of carbon fiber certainly isn't going to be reduced any time soon, the customization available from many of the world stopped, manufacturers is going to improve not only the strength and quality of helmets but the style of helmets which are available in carbon fiber materials. Carbon fiber still represents Queen expensive material to work with for helmet manufacturers and this is often why the price of many premier lines of helmets made out of carbon fiber as well as custom carbon fiber almonds is justified from some of the world's leading motorcycle helmet manufacturing companies.
Fiberglass weave and plastic materials used in motorcycle helmets currently still meet all safety standards required by major insurance companies as well as the DMV. Fiberglas materials however have been shown to be stronger and much more absorbent during a traumatic event like a motorcycle crash. A good rule of thumb as far as affordability goes on the price of carbon fiber helmets is that if you can afford an expensive bike like a Harley-Davidson, you should easily be able to afford splurging a bit of extra money on a helmet that has a greater chance to protect you a crash.
Strength of carbon fiber:
What makes carbon fiber such a special material for helmets is its incredible strength. Investing in a carbon fiber helmet ensures that you get a helmet shell that can last you considerably longer than any other Fiberglas helmet that you have bought in the past. The durability of Fiberglas is around 10 times the strength of steel but the fact that it is a weave also ensures that any type of Fiberglas helmet or component does have a greater level of durability and flex for some type of car crash.
Carbon fiber gets its incredible strength through its construction. In carbon fiber weaves the atoms of carbon are actually weave together with a resident to create a strong fiber that can be woven into multiple layers and eventually matched up against the strength of aluminum, steel and more. Carbon fiber is currently one of the strongest and lightest materials that can be used in any type of motorcycle construction or helmet construction and it is this advanced nature that makes it very in demand within the industry.
Lifesaving capabilities of carbon fiber:
The resident carbon fiber doesn't necessarily bind together all of the carbon weve. Because the carbon is built on a weave, when carbon fiber is then used in a helmet, the ability to transfer a major force between the fibers will actually distribute the force of an accident far better than any other material. The way that force can be distributed throughout carbon fiber is much safer than fiberglass and other materials commonly used in motorcycle helmets. The amount of force that can be diluted could actually give you a much greater chance at surviving a major accident or an impact on your skull.
In tests completed on fiberglass helmets force was far more centralized to a single impact area in the helmet. Energy transfer within carbon fiber spread the energy out over the almost the entire helmet insuring a far lesser chance for major head injuries and other potential problems.
The lifesaving capabilities of carbon fiber can be further demonstrated in a number of amateur tests in which riders have tested a difference between newer carbon fiber helmets and their older helmets by running them over with heavy vehicles and equipment. Carbon fiber stood up to the punishment time and time again in the helmet design.
Customizing of carbon fiber:
Carbon fiber can create some amazing customization. You can get many different shapes available in a carbon fiber helmet as well as preserve the natural weave or a custom weave of carbon fiber. You can get interesting inlays, paint carbon fiber as well as apply a number of different paint treatments. Unique carbon fiber helmets have become in demand simply for their extreme customization and the cool look that many of the top helmet makers can create by using carbon fiber in their helmet designs.
Comfort of carbon fiber:
Carbon fiber helmets are hands-down the most comfortable helmets that you're going to wear. They are on average 8 to 12 ounces lighter than a certified DOT helmet and this can make a huge impact especially over a long trip. The materials will work well in any type of climate and they are extremely cracked and scratch resistant unlike many older style helmets. With the increased comfort available on carbon fiber helmets, it is often well worth the investment for the improved relaxation and enjoyment of your motorcycle.
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