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How to design your own motorcycle helmet

Updated February 21, 2017

Few things equal the thrill of riding a motorcycle on the open road. Unfortunately, travelling by motorcycle can be dangerous, so it is important to equip yourself with a sturdy helmet. If you are unable to find a helmet that suits your safety and fashion needs, it may be time to design your own helmet. Designing your own helmet allows you to inject a bit of your personality into the look of the helmet and gives you the chance to customise it for your personal comfort.

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  1. Visit your local motorcycle accessory store to get an idea of how the motorcycle helmet must fit around your head. Unlike bike helmets, motorcycle helmets have a hard outer shell that encompasses the whole back of your head, which gives you more coverage and security than an average bicycle helmet.

  2. Create a sketch to determine the shape of the helmet's outer shell. You can have a helmet that wraps all the way around your head with a clear glass visor, or you can create a classic helmet that has an open face but an enclosed back. Both helmets styles work, but the style that encloses your face as well as the back of your head might provide more protection in case of a crash.

  3. Duplicate the sketch of the outer shell, but create it as a silhouette so you can draw the different layers of the helmet's interior. The first thin layer you will draw is the 1/2-inch thick hard outer shell and then the impact absorbing liner (the impact absorbing shell must be slightly thicker than the hard outer shell). Finally, add the thickest layer of the helmet, the comfort lining that comes in direct contact with your head.

  4. Add two straps with a connector to the layered image. Place them just under where your chin will fit into the helmet. These straps will clip under your chin to keep the helmet on your head if you crash.

  5. Choose the colours you will use on your helmet's exterior. Bright colours are the best option for your helmet because they will make you more visible to other motorists. You can use a single solid colour or create a clever design that incorporates several different colours.

  6. Compile a list of materials you need for your motorcycle helmet. For example, you need polystyrene (styrofoam) for the shock absorbent lining inside the helmet, soft cushioning for the comfort lining and sturdy straps for the part of the helmet that hooks under your chin.

  7. Draw sketches of your helmet from different perspectives (front, back and sides). Draw the helmet as a complete piece of equipment with the desired paint job. This gives you an idea of what your completed helmet will look like.

  8. Tip

    Record the helmet size if the helmet you design is for someone in particular. It is important that you record the helmet size and measurements of the person who will wear the helmet. If it does not fit correctly, it opens the person who wears the helmet up to injury.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Markers

About the Author

Shae Hazelton

Shae Hazelton is a professional writer whose articles are published on various websites. Her topics of expertise include art history, auto repair, computer science, journalism, home economics, woodworking, financial management, medical pathology and creative crafts. Hazelton is working on her own novel and comic strip while she works as a part-time writer and full time Medical Coding student.

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