Your little one wants to ride a dirt bike! It's a fantastic sport and the younger they start the better.
We are parents too. Maybe the thought of your son or daughter riding a motorcycle sends a shiver down your spine or perhaps pushes your excitement off the charts. In reality most children learn about dirt bikes from a family member or trusted friend so you the parent probably have some knowledge of the sport. But, whether or not the world of dirt bikes is new, your child will need some solid gear to help prevent injury.
First and foremost - get a dirt bike helmet for kids. These helmets are smaller, to fit snuggly around your child's head, but offer all the same protection as an adult's helmet but at a fraction of the cost. Keep in mind, when deciding on a helmet, your child will fall and crash quite a bit until he or she gets their bearings. Secondly, many children decide after an accident or even just a few rides that dirt bike riding is simply not for them.
Whatever your child's skill level is in dirt bike riding - a beginner or veteran for their age - MotoSport's Dirt Bike Helmet for Kids Buying Guide is designed to take some of the heavy lifting out of finding the right helmet to protect your child.
What Will The Helmet Be Used For?
What Features Do You Want?
Consider Safety Ratings
Is your child a beginner?
Is this an upgrade or replacement?
- Everyone who rides falls or crashes eventually. New riders, especially children fall more often. Thankfully, children are resilient - they tend to get right back up. But they also know when they don't like something. Keep in mind safety but also comfort and also understand this helmet may be used once.
What's your budget?
- If you're looking to replace an existing helmet then you and your child are dirt bike riders through and through. It's time to take it up a notch and look for additional features often found on adult helmets. Your child will be better prepared to wear adult helmets after a couple of years in a high-end kids dirt bike helmet.
Son or daughter?
- This is the age-old question especially for parents of children interested in a sport that can get expensive. We'd suggest to not sacrifice safety, quality and comfort for money but also don't break your budget if you're going to scale back on other important protective gear.
Dirt bike helmets for kids are the same for boys and girls. However, we have provided a girls and boys section based on gender appeal.
- Wearing a dirt bike helmet is uncomfortable and claustrophobic at first. A heavy helmet only adds to this.
What the helmet is made of influences a number of factors including weight, comfort and safety rating. Polycarbonate, poly alloy and polycarbonite blends compose most dirt bike helmets for kids offering solid strength and safety but without the price tag that fiberglass and carbon fiber brings to high-end adult racing helmets.
Does your child want to look like their hero on the track or simply want a helmet that looks cool? We have many dirt bike helmets for kids with awesome looking graphics but remember graphics and extras tend to add to the cost.
- A helmet with adequate air vents and exhaust ports helps keep your child cool and "opens up" the helmet reducing any feeling of tightness or claustrophobia.
- Removable liners are washable; others contain antimicrobial and antibacterial material.
- The United States Department of Transportation sets a minimum standard level of protection for helmets.
- The U.N. Economic Commission for Europe sets a standard level of protection for helmets in Europe.
- A non-profit in the United States founded after the death of Pete Snell, a sports car racer who died from head injuries.
Every dirt bike helmet for kids MotoSport sells meets or exceeds the standards set by DOT. We also carry helmets certified by ECE as well as helmets manufactured to meet Snell Standards.
Be assured any dirt bike helmet for kids you buy from MotoSport comes with a solid safety rating designed to protect your child.
Sizing Dirt Bike Helmets for Kids
A properly fitted dirt bike helmet can play a major role in the outcome of an accident. The first step in finding a helmet is determining your child's head size. Follow these steps just much like sizing an adult dirt bike helmet:
Keep in mind - a helmet wrapped around your child's head is a new feeling and may be uncomfortable both physically and mentally. Children typically are not in tune with the fit of a helmet unless it's really tight. It may be up to you to determine if the helmet is too tight or loose. We suggest letting your child wear the helmet for a while to get used to it before riding their dirt bike.
- Wrap a soft measuring tape around your child's head about a half inch above their eyebrows and ears, and around the back of their head at the largest point.
- Compare child's head size with the specific helmet manufacture's size to find a match. Each dirt bike helmet manufacture provides different sizing charts for their helmets so you will need to compare your child's helmet size to each brand's sizing.
- Try the helmet on before using it. The helmet should sit squarely on your child's head snug enough that your child can speak without biting their cheeks.
- The helmet should not be so loose it fits on sloppy.
A final note: Do NOT buy a bigger helmet with the idea your child will grow into it. A loose fitting helmet can actually cause a worse injury and the chance of a loose fitting helmet coming off in a crash is significantly higher.
*MotoSport's return policy is easy and hassle free. Click here for instructions on all returns and exchanges.
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Written By: AndrewT