I have to agree with Leta. I've had limited success buying helmets. A BMW dealership in Tucson was great, but the rest of the places I've been to have been so-so. One dealership went so far as to ignore me every time I tried to ask for assistance. I left after an hour and haven't been back. Another place had a few very, very pink helmets that would fit women, and none fit me (nor did I want a pink helmet). Another dealer didn't stock anything that fit women, but I could order something. None of the dealerships that I went to ever measured my head, and none offer any kind of fitting.

Thankfully my husband is very helmet conscious and was extremely diligent when I bought my first helmet (making sure I knew how it should fit, where it should fit, etc.)

Potsdam, NY
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I see so many people walk out of the dealership where I work with an ill-fitting helmet because it’s on sale, or they think it looks cute. Get a good fit and a good helmet, because there are no do-overs in motorcycling.

Also, to Leta Wos (posting dated 1/27/09): if you don't find your size, be vocal and ask. Harley-Davidson makes almost all their items in woman's plus sizes, but most dealerships you'll have to ask them to order them. I think it's because plus size women don't think they can walk into a dealership and find a jacket that will fit them, but you can.

Simi Valley, CA
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Great article, problem is, I've never seen a "fitter" in any of the stores, let alone being able to select custom cheek pads for proper fit. You're lucky to walk into any store and find a decent selection of "women's" helmets in multiple styles and sizes to try. Forget online purchasing, what with return shipping and restocking fees.

Sure do wish some of these dealers would step up and start offering more of a selection of clothing and protective gear for women riders (including those of us with full figures), but with the current economy, I don't see that happening for awhile.

Leta Wos
United States
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
When we fit a helmet, we also do one extra sizing test -- we have the customer hold the helmet on both sides -- firmly. Then, ask them to try to turn their head as though they're looking at the interior side of the helmet. If they can move that much, regardless of the other fit tests being passed, it's a no go! The helmet needs to feel as though it's a part of your entire head, not something stuck on it.

Indio, CA
Tuesday, January 27, 2009