What Is a Modular Motorcycle Helmet?

March 16, 2023 3 min read

What Is a Modular Motorcycle Helmet?

When it comes to buying a motorcycle helmet, safety first is always the best route. However, there are many other factors to consider too and with so many motorcycle helmets to choose from, it can be even more challenging. If you are thinking of buying a helmet for the first time or replacing what you currently have, perhaps you might have considered getting a modular helmet. There might be some questions and doubts about this type of motorcycle helmet. But, don’t worry, we’re here to give you everything you need to know about modular motorcycle helmets.

What is a modular motorcycle helmet?

A modular motorcycle helmet also known as a “convertible” or “flip-up” is designed specifically for added comfort as it combines a hinge to open into an open-faced helmet. Modular helmets are a hybrid of full-faced helmets and open-faced helmets and can be easily flipped up. When the chin bar is closed, it gives the appearance and functionality of a full-face helmet. 

Essentially, the rider has two options when using a modular helmet. Close the chin bar, and you can ride protected and with no worries like a full-face helmet. When you’re stuck in traffic or waiting at a stoplight, you can just flip the helmet up to get some air without having to remove your helmet. A modular motorcycle helmet can be easily lifted from the chin bar and visor upwards, thus leaving the rider’s face uncovered and having better ventilation. Many modular helmets also come with a retractable sun visor. 

What is the difference between a full-face road helmet and a modular motorcycle helmet?

Motorcycle riders looking for a lot of protection and maybe some extra convenience often find themselves torn between a modular and a full-face helmet. These two types of motorcycle helmets are similar in many ways and it’s logical to be confused as to which one best suits you. However, it’s important to understand that full-face and modular helmets offer unique advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of using modular helmets


The main reason why many riders opt for modular helmets is that they’re friendlier for day-to-day use. Modular helmets provide increased comfort and convenience and make it easier for riders to communicate at traffic lights or during quick stops without removing their helmets. Whilst modern Bluetooth communication systems are now available to bridge the communication gap, modular helmets provide better ventilation and versatility.


Modular helmet models come with an integrated sun visor and some of them have a preinstallation for an intercom without it becoming an ordeal.


Good ventilation in a helmet’s important as it’ll help keep you cool when it’s hot and keep your visor fog-free when it’s not. If you tend to spend long hours riding, a modular helmet is a good choice for you as you can open the front of your face by flipping up the visor and chin bar to let fresh air in.

Disadvantages of using modular helmets

As with any other aspect of riding a motorcycle, you have to weigh-up the pros and cons before making a decision. Here’s what you might not like about modular helmets:

Less protection on lower face - the chin bar of a modular helmet is not as well reinforced as that of a full-face helmet so you won’t receive quite the same level of protection as a full-face helmet.

Heavier in weight -Modular helmets are often slightly larger and heavier than average full-face helmets because they need more internal mechanisms to flip the visor up. 

Offers less soundproofing- the slits for the opening of the chin bar in a modular helmet come with lower aerodynamic efficiency, with the resulting noise in the interior.

If you’re still not sure what helmet is perfect for you, feel free to come in-store and talk to our staff who will be more than happy to help you out or contact us on info@amawarehouse.com.au or 07 3386 1600 or 07 5432 3999 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have!

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