A Dual Sport is essentially a cross helmet with a fixed vizor. The looks of adventure and potential off-road, without the helmet goggles. The best of both worlds, for those who actually dare to look for that adventure, or for those who want to give the impression that it could be done.
Both cases are all right. The typical cross vizor protects against the sun and any flying objects. The chin guard is wider and comes forward a bit, giving more breathing room during heavy physical exertions. The whole thing is a well-ventilated motorcycle helmet, ideal for more intense romping.
Motorbike helmet choices
Price and looks, these are two things that will help determine the choice. Both are very personal, but we would like to go through some other important considerations before buying a dual sport helmet.
Type of shell: carbon and fibreglass are light and absorb better, polycarbonate is cheaper but weighs more. Manufacturers continue to innovate and the overall trend is for motorcycle helmets to become smaller and lighter.
Anti-fog:Fog in your head is one thing, fog in your helmet is another, but just as confusing. In humid weather conditions the inside of your visor can sometimes get damp. You can't stop breathing. Pinlock lenses are the best solution. Anti-fog coatings require a more regular treatment with this product.
Internal sun vizors:Something extra in your helmet means of course a bit more weight to carry, but an internal vizor has the advantage that you can switch effortlessly on the go, without stopping. If you suffer from the sun more often, you might also want to take a look here: there are plenty of good, specifically designed sunglasses.
The fastener:Traditionally, many (sporty) helmets are equipped with a Double-D buckle. The safest option, although we admit it: putting on your gloves and closing your helmet afterwards is not easy. Micrometric fastenings are a lot easier to handle, but in theory are lower on the safety ladder (at high speeds). Double-D buckle is mandatory on the racetrack.
Intercom: if this is one of the considerations, or if you're planning to install it in the future, you can already take it into account when buying a motorcycle helmet.
To enjoy your motorbike helmet for a long time it needs some maintenance. Here you can read how to go about this.