Motorcycle Helmets Cincinnati OH

Local resource for motorcycle helmets in Cincinnati. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to riding safety gear and riding apparel, as well as advice and content on motorcycle safety.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(513) 347-7570
Glen Crossing
Cincinnati, OH
Dick's Sporting Goods
(513) 741-0800
10220 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, OH
Dick's Sporting Goods
(859) 283-2702
Turfway Crossings
Florence, KY
Dick's Sporting Goods
(513) 892-4302
Bridgewater Falls
Hamilton, OH
The Running Spot, Inc
(513) 321-3006
1993 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH
Dick's Sporting Goods
(513) 793-1033
Sycamore Plaza
Cincinnati, OH
Dick's Sporting Goods
(513) 752-5525
Eastgate Pavilion
Cincinnati, OH
Dick's Sporting Goods
(513) 770-4070
Deerfield Towne Center
Mason, OH
Urban Outfitters
2510 Ohio Avenue
Cincinnati, OH
Castle House Inc
(513) 871-2458
3435 Edwards Rd
Cincinnati, OH

Is My Helmet Safe?

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Key Points On Helmet ReplacementUltimately, the useful service life of a safety helmet is dependent on the intensity and frequency of its use. Helmet replacement is recommended even if only one of the under-mentioned points applies:    1. The helmet was subjected to an impact.    2. The comfort padding or the retention system has become loose due to heavy use or display signs of deterioration.    3. The synthetic foam padding displays signs of heavy use and the helmet feels too loose. Test: with the retention system fastened, the helmet turns to the side when you gently shake your head.    4. There are indentations in the EPS liner and/or white scratches can be seen on surfaces with black paint.    5. Even if none of these is applied, we, SHOEI, recommend replacement in 5 years after it's first purchased at retail.


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Troy Lee Air Helmet

MXA PRODUCT TEST: Troy Lee Air Helmet; The Reimagining Of An Iconic Helmet Design


WHAT IS IT? An all-new Troy Lee Designs helmet that is designed for a different price point than their top-of-the-line SE2.

WHAT’S IT COST? $330.00.

WHAT’S IT DO? Troy Lee Designs entered the highly competitive helmet market in late 2002 with its Speed Equipment (SE) helmet. The SE made a big splash with its edgy design, colorful graphics and light weight. However, there were some fitment issues with the first-generation foam liners. And while those problem areas were eventually resolved, Troy moved forward with a totally new helmet design, the SE2, in 2007. The Troy Lee Designs SE2 helmets were the first to ever come with titanium intake vents, mouthpieces, visor screws and strap bolts. To pay for all of the exotica, the SE2 had a $495 price tag.

   For his 2009 line, Troy has developed a new helmet that is designed to hit a lower price point and improve on the original SE design. Using the SE as a starting point, Troy improved ventilation, decreased overall weight, lowered the price, redesigned the aesthetic and maintained quality. The new helmet was christened the Troy Lee Designs Air helmet.

WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Troy Lee Designs Air helmet.

   (1) Weight. Thanks to a composite fiberglass shell with carbon fiber and Kevlar reinforcements, the Air helmet tips the scales at three pounds—which is four ounces lighter than our previously tested SE2 helmet. The MXA wrecking crew applauds any helmet that can nail the three-pound mark.

   (2) Comfort. The original SE helmet was uncomfortable. As MXA pointed out in our original test back in 2003, the SE had several irritating pressure points (most notably on the rider’s forehead and top of his skull). Troy Lee learned from these mistakes and made the appropriate changes to the new Air helmet. The Air is very comfortable. Riders with round faces will find greater fitment with the Air compared to riders with narrow faces. The liner is super plush, thanks to a soft felt material.

   (3) Ventilation. Compared to the old SE helmet, the Air has a larger mouthpiece, as well as larger chin bar vents and rear vents. The Air helmet has increased airflow, which can be felt most noticeably late in a moto.

    (4) Eyeport. The Air works best with narrow goggles. Wider goggles (read Oakley and Fox) need to be pushed in on each side to properly seat the goggle to your face. Still, the Air’s eyeport can handle any type of goggle.

   (5) Options. You can choose from four different graphic designs with a total of seven colors. MXA tested the red/black Air Hot News model. The Air...

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Ohio Motorcycle Insurance Regulations

Motorcycle License Requirements:
To get an Ohio Motorcycle license you must be at least 15 ½ years old. You will then have to take a written exam to test your knowledge of motorcycle riding and Ohio Motor Laws. You will also have to take an eye test and provide age and identity proof. Once you pass the test, you will receive a temporary permit that is valid for 12 months and allows you to ride with some limitations. Those under 18 are required to bring a parent or guardian with them when applying for the temporary permit. Once you have the temporary permit, you have two choices for getting a full license. You can go in for the skills test and get your license after passing it. Or you can pass an Ohio DoT approved Motorcycle Driving Course and get you license without going in for the skills test.

Minimum Insurance Coverage:
All motorcycle riders in Ohio must have at least the minimum insurance mandated by state law. This insurance covers only third party liability and will not cover any medical expenses arising out of injuries you may suffer in an accident or damage to your motorcycle. The minimum liability coverage is $12,500 for bodily injury to another individual, $25,000 to cover injuries to more than one other person and $7,500 to cover damage to property. Since these minimum requirements are quite low, it may be wise to consider higher coverage to protect you from claims larger than these amounts, as well as coverage for injuries you may suffer and damage to your motorcycle

Helmet Laws:
In Ohio it is mandatory for all motorcycle riders aged 17 or younger to wear a helmet while riding. However, it is also mandatory for all riders, irrespective of age, to wear a helmet for one year after receiving their license. This applies to passengers also. Head injuries are very common in motorcycle accidents and wearing a helmet, even if not mandated, is a worthwhile additional safety measure.