How to Customize Motorcycle Helmets

Written by michael c.
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Motorcycle helmets don't have to be just a piece safety equipment. Through customisation, helmets can be an object to emblazon a personal statement on or a canvas to show off your creative skills to the public. There are multiple ways to customise your motorcycle helmet. Though choosing a type of customisation is half the battle, you can get to work right away on personalising your helmet when you find the vibe that fits you. Some customisations are fairly easy to do for yourself, other require the aid of a skilful artist or helmet professional. However you choose to customise your helmet, you'll be displaying your individual style every time you ride.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Motorcycle helmet
  • Decals (optional)
  • Airbrush and paints (optional)
  • Hair extensions (optional)
  • Rhinestones (optional)
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • Adhesive patches (optional)

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Instructions

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    Affix a decal. Placing decals on helmets can be popular for those who want to track places they've been, show allegiance to a particular brand of motorcycle or as a memorial to a deceased family member or comrade. Decals purchased are ready-to-go and usually it's as simple as peeling and sticking. Test out a few positions before placement as a decal's fixture is usually difficult to remove.

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    Airbrush a custom design. This option is one where you'll most likely want to hire a professional as airbrushing is a difficult technique to master. However, it is possible with practice to become quite skilled and plenty of resources are available online for pointers. Looking at work from artists you admire or looking at tattoo designs you like may be helpful in coming up with your chosen theme. Airbrushing is a great customisation option for those who appreciate a wide range of colours, shading and detail.

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    Add synthetic hair. Helmets with false ponytails, mohawks and other hairstyles can be purchased or you can make your own helmet-headed customisation with extensions bought at a salon or hair-accessory store. Placing the false hair under a sturdy adhesive patch and attaching it to the helmet is a cheap alternative to buying a store-customised one.

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    Attach bling. Using adhesive or hot glue to affix rhinestones to an adhesive leather patch for your helmet is another customisation option. Adhesive patches with jewels and designs are available online as well. As with most customisations, test out your idea on a similar surface first before moving forward. This will help ensure your design looks good and your method works.

Tips and warnings

  • No matter how you choose to customise your motorcycle helmet, always wear one. Helmets steeply increase the level of your personal safety while riding a motorcycle.

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