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DOT Motorcycle Helmets Vs. Novelty Motorcycle Helmets

When you are shopping for a motorcycle helmet you may come across two different categorizations of motorcycle helmets, DOT and Novelty.  You may ask yourself, "What do these mean?"  The fact is there are some major differences between the two that you should be aware of.  These differences are significant enough to where they may sway your decision in buying one or the other. DOT motorcycle helmets are helmets that have been put through the test and have proven to meet or exceed the standards of the DOT.  No, this does not mean the DOT approves the helmet, it simply means that the helmet has met the qualifications and standards that have been set forth.  They are built to protect your head in the event of a crash or fall, and that is made possible by having thicker inner liners and helmet padding.  In many cases you can expect to find over an inch of padding in these types of helmets, which in some cases makes for a bulkier helmet.  DOT motorcycle helmets are generally built stronger in order to withstand heavy impact from the ground or other objects. Novelty helmets, unlike DOT helmets, provide minimal protection and do not meet the minimum DOT standards set forth to be considered a safe helmet.  The motorcycle novelty helmet is built more for look than safety and typically are built with a much smaller outer shell, considerably thinner liner, and much less padding.  Riders that purchase novelty helmets usually have different reasons for purchasing a helmet than those that buy DOT helmets.  They are usually looking for a helmet that provides a more slim, sleek design, and doesn’t carry the bulkiness that DOT helmets carry because of the liner and padding.  Novelty helmets are usually built from a plastic material that is not as strong as the material used in building DOT helmets. When it comes to pricing of the two styles of helmets, DOT helmets are generally more expensive because there is more material involved in making a DOT helmet.  Prices typically range anywhere from $45 up to $85 or more depending on the design.  You can typically expect to pay about 20% less for novelty helmets because they are made from less material. So what is your preference?  It really boils down to what the rider is comfortable with buying, and what the rider prefers when considering all of the pros and cons of the two types of helmet.  The DOT motorcycle helmets are going to offer a lot more protection and may be more bulkier because of the inner liner and padding.  At least with these helmets you know your head is protected and chances of being injured are reduced.  The novelty helmets offer a cooler look and feel, but do not offer any protection in the event of an accident.  They are made more for show and are not intended to be used as safety equipment.  Some riders prefer to be protected when riding so they choose to by DOT motorcycle helmets, and other riders are more concerned about how the helmet looks, so they go with the novelty helmet.  It really is up to the rider to decide which helmet suits them. Matt LeClair is an experienced motorcycle rider and enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge about motorcycles, motorcycle helmets, and more.  Matt is the owner and founder of Motor Medley, a wonderful resource for bringing you information, and competitively priced, high quality motorcycle helmets .  http://www.motormedley.com

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Mini Tactical Micro Reflex Red Green Dot Scope Sight w QD Quick Riser Mount 20mm
Mini Tactical Micro Reflex Red Green Dot Scope Sight w QD Quick Riser Mount 20mm
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Rifle Scope Barra Hero MP 12 60x56 for Hunting and Tactical Shooting Mil Dot
Rifle Scope Barra Hero MP 12 60x56 for Hunting and Tactical Shooting Mil Dot
$454.30
Rifle Scope Barra Hero MP 10x56 for Hunting and Tactical Shooting Mil Dot
Rifle Scope Barra Hero MP 10x56 for Hunting and Tactical Shooting Mil Dot
$266.00
Rifle Scope Barra Hero MP 25 10x50 for Hunting and Tactical Shooting Mil Dot
Rifle Scope Barra Hero MP 25 10x50 for Hunting and Tactical Shooting Mil Dot
$266.00
Tactical Riflescope 15 6X42DL High Quality Illuminated Red Green Mil dot Sight
Tactical Riflescope 15 6X42DL High Quality Illuminated Red Green Mil dot Sight
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Rifle Scope Barra H50 4 20x50 for Hunting and Tactical Shooting Mil Dot
Rifle Scope Barra H50 4 20x50 for Hunting and Tactical Shooting Mil Dot
$406.00
BSA 4x30MM Tactical Weapon Scope 223 Mil Dot TW2234X30CP
BSA 4x30MM Tactical Weapon Scope 223 Mil Dot TW2234X30CP
$81.76
BSA 1 4x24mm Tactical Weapon Scope 223 Mil Dot TW22314X24CP
BSA 1 4x24mm Tactical Weapon Scope 223 Mil Dot TW22314X24CP
$81.76
UTG Accushot 4 16X44 Mil Dot Compact Tactical Rifle Scope Kit SCP3 UM416AOIEW
UTG Accushot 4 16X44 Mil Dot Compact Tactical Rifle Scope Kit SCP3 UM416AOIEW
$114.99
Mueller Tactical 8 32x44 Side Focus Mil Dot Reticle MT83244
Mueller Tactical 8 32x44 Side Focus Mil Dot Reticle MT83244
$245.31
NcSTAR 2 7x32 Mark III Tactical Gen 2 Mil Dot Scope STM2732GV2 Free Shipping
NcSTAR 2 7x32 Mark III Tactical Gen 2 Mil Dot Scope STM2732GV2 Free Shipping
$129.97
Tactical Holographic Sight Green Red Dot Sight Scope 1x40mm Cross Riflescope QH
Tactical Holographic Sight Green Red Dot Sight Scope 1x40mm Cross Riflescope QH
$17.90
AIM SPORTS TACTICAL 3 9X40MM Dual Illuminated FULL SIZE SCOPE MDOT RETICLE
AIM SPORTS TACTICAL 3 9X40MM Dual Illuminated FULL SIZE SCOPE MDOT RETICLE
$58.99
Tactical 12233 Red Green Electro Dot 4 Reticle Reflex HD Sight 20mm Rail Mount
Tactical 12233 Red Green Electro Dot 4 Reticle Reflex HD Sight 20mm Rail Mount
$35.99
Barska Tactical 4 16x50 First Focal Plane Mil Dot IR Reticle Riflescope AC10774
Barska Tactical 4 16x50 First Focal Plane Mil Dot IR Reticle Riflescope AC10774
$119.75
Professional Rifle Dot Sight Scope Tactical Red Green Reflex with Red Laser
Professional Rifle Dot Sight Scope Tactical Red Green Reflex with Red Laser
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Tactical Carry Handle w A2 Sight Aperture + 1X33 4 Reticle Dot Holographic Comb
Tactical Carry Handle w A2 Sight Aperture + 1X33 4 Reticle Dot Holographic Comb
$39.99
Tactical Compact 25 10x40 Scope Red Green dot Dual illuminated w Green Laser
Tactical Compact 25 10x40 Scope Red Green dot Dual illuminated w Green Laser
$68.99
NcStar Tactical Red Grn Dot w Cent Weaver Mount DMRG130
NcStar Tactical Red Grn Dot w Cent Weaver Mount DMRG130
$43.13
Visionking 6x42 Mil dot IR Rifle Scope 223 308 3006 Military Tactical Hunting
Visionking 6x42 Mil dot IR Rifle Scope 223 308 3006 Military Tactical Hunting
$78.99
Black Tactical Air Rifle 4x20 Optic Scope W Red Dot Sight for Rail Mount 1PC
Black Tactical Air Rifle 4x20 Optic Scope W Red Dot Sight for Rail Mount 1PC
$12.20
15 5X20mm Tactical Scope VX III Duplex Mil dot Riflescope Mounts Shockproof
15 5X20mm Tactical Scope VX III Duplex Mil dot Riflescope Mounts Shockproof
$92.59
Tactical Optic Kit w 3 9x42 Scope + Red Dot Sight + Bipod Fits Weaver Rails
Tactical Optic Kit w 3 9x42 Scope + Red Dot Sight + Bipod Fits Weaver Rails
$146.95
Tactical Rifle Kit w 3 9x42 Scope + Red Dot Sight + Bipod Fits Picatinny Rails
Tactical Rifle Kit w 3 9x42 Scope + Red Dot Sight + Bipod Fits Picatinny Rails
$145.95
Tactical 3 9x42 illuminated Rifle Scope + Bipod + Red Dot Fits Remington 597
Tactical 3 9x42 illuminated Rifle Scope + Bipod + Red Dot Fits Remington 597
$146.88
Weaver Tactical 3 15X50 30Mm Sf Matte Mil Dot 800382
Weaver Tactical 3 15X50 30Mm Sf Matte Mil Dot 800382
$970.06
ZEISS Conquest 3 9X40 Tactical Rifle Scope Illuminated Mil Dot Reticle HD Glass
ZEISS Conquest 3 9X40 Tactical Rifle Scope Illuminated Mil Dot Reticle HD Glass
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Tactical 25 10x40 Red Green Dot Sight Rifle Scope w Holographic Red Dot Sight
Tactical 25 10x40 Red Green Dot Sight Rifle Scope w Holographic Red Dot Sight
$67.31
New 25 10x40EG Tactical Rifle Scope Mil dot Dual illuminated Red Laser w Mount
New 25 10x40EG Tactical Rifle Scope Mil dot Dual illuminated Red Laser w Mount
$45.95
Tactical Bushnell 3 9x40 Rifle Scope Mil dot Optics Scope w Mount
Tactical Bushnell 3 9x40 Rifle Scope Mil dot Optics Scope w Mount
$9.50
Tactical 1x30 M3 Aim Red Green Dot Scope Mounting on 20mm Picanny Weaver Rails
Tactical 1x30 M3 Aim Red Green Dot Scope Mounting on 20mm Picanny Weaver Rails
$38.95
Tactical 6 24x50 AOEG Rifle Scope Holographic Optical dot sight Mil dot Reticle
Tactical 6 24x50 AOEG Rifle Scope Holographic Optical dot sight Mil dot Reticle
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