New motorcycle riders have a lot of information to soak in before they can set off on the road. Motorcycle helmets, and their chin straps, are just one of the many things that can appear more complicated than it is. Even with a perfectly fitted helmet, a loose chin strap -- often caused by the puzzling D-shaped rings on one side of the strap -- can make the helmet feel like it wants to fall off at any given moment. Learning how to use the metal D-rings to adjust and secure the chin strap will help the helmet fit properly.
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Set the helmet upside down on your lap with the chin straps facing toward you.
Bring the chin straps together, running the longer strap through the pair of metal D-rings on the opposite strap. Pull the strap as tight as possible.
Flip the long strap over the first D-ring.
Pass the strap under and through the second D-ring.
Pull the strap to tighten it against the D-rings.
Lift the second D-ring -- the ring that the strap passes under -- to loosen the chin strap. Pull the strap off of the first D-ring, then out from the bottom of both rings, to open the chin straps completely.
Practice strapping the chin straps with the helmet on your lap until you feel comfortable with the process. Put the helmet on and practice securing the chin strap in front of a mirror until you can secure the chin strap without looking at it.
Tips and warnings
- Tighten the chin strap against your jaw until it is snug. Over-tightening the strap will cause pain and discomfort over a short period of time.
- If possible, secure the loose long strap onto the snap button on the opposite strap.
- Never ride your motorcycle with a loose or unsecured chin strap. In the event of an accident, the helmet can be ejected from your head unless it is properly secured.
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