Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Oregon

Harley Davidson Rider with Helmet

Although motorcycle helmet laws by state will vary, riders in Oregon must wear a DOT-compliant helmet at all times. Even if you’re only riding for a minute, motorcycle crashes are unpredictable and can happen at any moment. A helmet reduces your chance of severe or fatal head injury and protects you from wind, rain, dust and debris, bugs, and other elements you may encounter on the road in Portland.

Questions about how to ride a motorcycle safely in Vancouver? Contact our knowledgeable team and read the guide below for more info about motorcycle helmet laws in Oregon.

Motorcycle Helmet Laws: Selecting a DOT-Compliant Helmet

Since 1974, motorcycle helmet laws require all helmets sold in the U.S. to meet DOT safety standards. A DOT-compliant helmet has been tested to ensure it complies with the U.S. Department of Transportation and/or Snell Memorial Foundation safety standards. When buying a helmet, always check the inside and outside for a DOT and/or Snell sticker that states the manufacturer or brand name, model, and “DOT, FMVSS No.218, CERTIFIED.” That way, you’ll know the helmet was tested for the following:

  • Impact – Shock-absorbing capacity.
  • Penetration – Ability to withstand a blow from a sharp object.
  • Retention – Chin strap’s ability to stay fastened without stretching or breaking.
  • Peripheral Vision – Minimum side vision of 105 degrees at each side.
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Motorcycle Helmet Laws: Helmet Types and Fit

There are three main motorcycle helmet types, each offering a different level of protection. As motorcycle helmet laws by state will vary, your state may require a specific helmet type. According to motorcycle helmet laws in Oregon, any of the following are acceptable:

  • Full Face Helmet — Providing the most protection, this type covers the entire head and face, and protects the eyes with a flip-up face shield.
  • Three-Quarter Helmet — Uses the same main components as a full face helmet, but doesn’t cover the chin. If you opt for a three-quarter helmet, be sure to add an approved snap-on face shield, as well as goggles for eye protection.
  • Half Helmet — Half helmets cover half the face, and offer the lowest amount of protection.

How can you be sure your helmet fits just right? A motorcycle helmet should be comfortable, yet snug all the way around. While a snug fit ensures the helmet won’t slip out of place, a too-tight helmet can cause headaches or sores. Here are few tips for finding a great fit before riding off on your new Harley-Davidson:

  • No gaps between the brow pads and your temples.
  • Cheek pads should touch your cheeks without discomfort.
  • If there’s a neck roll, it should not push the helmet away from the back of your neck.
  • For full face helmets, the attached chin piece should not touch your nose or chin.

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