Introduction: Put on a Motorcycle Helmet Without Undoing the Strap

Picture of Put on a Motorcycle Helmet Without Undoing the Strap

This is the right way to put on a helmet. You don't need to undo or adjust the strap every time.

Before a ride on my screaming motorcide-ickle I check the ballistic chute, nitrous tank, etc. Then I look up to see if my passenger is ready. Usually they are still messing with their helmet strap or trying to pound the helmet over their head.

Apparently the proper technique for putting a helmet on isn't widely known. So here it is.

Skillfully demonstrated by Numberandom

Step 1: Chin Strap Over Eyes

Picture of Chin Strap Over Eyes

Your eyes are the thin part of your head.
Put the strap over your eyes as you rock the helmet back over your head.

Step 2: Push the Strap Down Under Your Chin

Picture of Push the Strap Down Under Your Chin

It's surprisingly easy to do even if the strap is properly tight.
The ancient ones who brought helmets to this planet must have designed our skulls to match.

That's it!

You're ready to ride!


MillennialDIYer (author)2017-11-15

I still think installing a quick release is probably the easiest and most convinient way to get the helmet on and off.

PeterB242 (author)2016-04-03

Hello, this is a very dangerous way to put a helmet on. If the helmet can get on with the strap fastened, then it can easily come off in the event of a crash, as commented below. Please consider this if you are reading this page. I am trying to make this comment nice, but I really believe that this is dangerous advice and the page should be removed. Thanks.

AndrewG154 (author)PeterB2422016-05-05

OMG! I just tried it with my helmet which happens to fit perfectly. It does work!! I did loosen the strap a bit first but didn't need to 'unloop' it. In my 40+ years of riding I have never seen this method and am VERY GLAD I DID. I live in Oregon and ride in serious rain. Those nice waterproof winter gauntlet gloves that keep the cold wind out of my sleeves become funnels for rain water coursing down my waterproof riding jacket. It can take four or more minutes to get the second gauntlet INSIDE my sleeve. Sometimes I forget to put my ear plugs in before the helmet goes on (did I mention I'm over 60?). Anything that gets that helmet off and back on without having to remove those gloves is a big winner in my book! All I had to do when I tested this method was to cinch it back up. What an improvement. So simple we all go "dah!" (or whine in envy?) BTW Lots of gear comes off when the rider goes down. Even firmly attached things like well laced boots. There is no 'bullet proof' gear... sorry guys.

TariqC2 (author)PeterB2422016-04-22

My helmet is a tight fit and I tired this method; it works fine. The strap lays on the ridge of the nose, just like in the picture. I don't see how the helmet could possibly come off once the strap is securely fastened under the chin.

John D Costa (author)2015-11-30

There are lots of doubt about helmet which one is batter? Full face or Open face? But I will go for open face helmets, because I feel comfort when I wear it.

I think will help those people whose are passionate about full face helmet.

wynkin (author)2015-09-03

But why?

joombaloomba (author)2015-06-19

that's a sick helmet

RedRock (author)2013-01-14

Genius if it works - I'm going to try it right now.

FlatLinerMEDIC (author)2012-01-10

Very good! It just sucks coz I have 7 piercings in my ears and the helmets push so hard against them taking on and off is painful wish there was a solution like ear protectors lol. but very well done.

Mad Kaw (author)2011-12-04

There are a lot of hypothetical comments. Try it before criticizing it.
I wear properly sized and safe helmets. I have tried this with a Shoei, Arai, and HJC street helmet and an HJC motocross helmet.
It works.
It is also somewhat painful, but that may be a function of the shape of my head. I have to loosen the strap slightly in order to get it to work and I therefore don't see any speed increase.
So it's not for me, but it was very interesting.
Thanks, Tim.

dennisdiamond (author)2011-10-16

In effort to stay within the "be nice" Instructable comment policy. Anyone looking for information on the proper way to put on their helmet should consult the owner’s manual or other reputable sources :) If this technique works, you most likely need a smaller helmet or new padding (see Step 2 for example pictures).

My favorite question when someone asks about a specific helmets or how it fits (i.e open face vs. full face, tight vs. loose ...etc). Always in a politely tone, “Which one would you rather be wearing if I punch you in the face?” That’s should be the first one to consider buying, a Honda civic hits harder then Mike Tyson.

acerene (author)2011-10-07

And then there's the normal way - where you take 3 extra seconds and get to keep your head in the event of a crash. ..... Just sayin'. :)

halzark (author)2011-08-26

Sheesh... I used to do this all the time with my helmet, Loosened it a bit... put it on, tugged the strap, and voila, all safe and comfy. You'ns need ta lighten up with the gloom and doom! All he had to do was add a final step... tighten the strap, easy peasey!

I thought everybody did it this way!

JamesRPatrick (author)2011-07-02

I've got a bad feeling about this.

agis68 (author)JamesRPatrick2011-07-16

me tooo!....this is provocative for death calling!!!...if police see you in mye country (greece) will send you home without moto and license and wiped out of about 400-500 euros!!! plus the decisio in the court which means 3 months at least without moto/license + some 500 euro + 5 points in 16 limit points in ponitsystem

bad bad baaaaaaaaaad idea!!!!

ahmed1411 (author)2011-07-07

ohh good

I like to make helmet but i need help from you

please any body tell me how to made helmet with sample idea?


mdeep (author)2011-07-01

wow this guy has no chin!

RetroTechno (author)2011-07-01

Why wear a helmet if you compromise part of its safety systems?
If it's a joke post, it's not very funny. Someone might take it seriously.

mg0930mg (author)RetroTechno2011-07-01

What part are they compromising?

mofu (author)2011-07-01

Seriously, fastening a helmet's strap isn't that hard. Maybe you just tell your passenger how to do it, then everyone is able to do it in seconds.

LancasterPA (author)2011-06-25

Come on guys, this is just a joke.

Meep_Esq (author)2011-06-25

From a safety point of view, if you're not really eyeballing the strap because you're just slipping the helmet on/off then you;re not going to catch wear and tear because when things become "easy" people tend to become complacent, especially about safety.

Plus to reiterate other comments, a loosely fitted helmet is either incorrectly sized, or worn and needs to be replaced. I think it would be fair to say that anyone who is really putting on their helmet this way might as well not bother wearing one!

beecroft (author)2011-01-15

You should also do an instructable for how to slip shoes on your feet by only loosening the laces.

xerxesx20 (author)2009-10-06

For those that it isn't obvious to: Once the strap is under the chin it must be properly tightened, just wiggle the latch, while pulling the end of the strap. This applies to a double D type helmet fastening, other types may not be quite so compatible with this method. Read most of the sensible comments below this one, I ride and most of them are sound advice.

nocent7 (author)2009-06-19

Riding with a loose fitting helmet with a loose / undone strap is about the same as using an elastic band with a hole in it. It may look the part but once you stretch it, it's useless

jediking14 (author)2009-06-06

how did youcome up with this were you just sitting a round with a helmet

DamionLee (author)2009-01-28

I was wondering whether to say anything and only decided to since I came across this for a second time. The point I'd like to make is that in order to do this you have to be able to remove your helmet without undoing the strap. If you are able to do this, then it can happen in the event of an accident. A helmet that can fly off in an accident is completely useless. At no point should you ever be able to move your strap over your chin when you are wearing your helmet. On the up side, the photos are pretty good, and the content is nice and light hearted.

roswell7594 (author)2008-12-10

Why don't you just buy a Helmet Quick Releae?

shaysab (author)2008-10-20

your helmet is to big for you!! you can't ride with it fast

rivetgeek (author)2008-09-27

This is a great way to end up brain dead.

hackerlife (author)2008-09-19

geez, people are really harsh! whats it to them how u wanna wear ur helmet?! anyway, you can always just give the strap a quick pull to tighten once its on ur head, maybe this intructable is just a quck way to get ur helmet on ur head without undoing the strap??

Phiber_Optik (author)2008-07-23

A loose or ill-fitting helmet can come off in a crash or twist and cause neck injury. This instructable is not good advice. In addition, that Shoei helmet looks pretty old. Over time, the protective inner foam and padding deteriorates and becomes less effective in a crash. (Think: 15 year old styrofoam cooler) Although it'll cost ya, it's good practice to replace your helmet every 5 years or so, whether it's been damaged or not. You can find the date of manufacture sticker inside the lining.

Turbo Ghost (author)2008-03-27

Not trying to be rude but, if you can put on your helmet like that, you have the wrong size helmet. A properly sized helmet should fit tight. The cheekpads should push your cheeks in and you should be able to rapidly rotate your head side to side and the helmet SHOULD NOT move at all! The proper way to put on a helmet is to hold the straps in each hand and pull outward to stretch the width of the helmet and rock the helmet on. Again, not trying to be rude but, I hate to see someone get hurt due to the wrong helmet.

Just to clarify, the helmet SHOULD NOT move at all compared to your head.

agreed. check this link for how a helmet SHOULD fit: simpson racing
These guys do mostly auto racing helmets, but i'd think proper helmet fit is even more important on a bike.

DJ Nathan V (author)2008-05-27

If your helmet fits on like that the strap isn't tight enough or the helmet is too big for you.

Rainbowlaces (author)2008-01-12

Get lockjaw! I'd have to agree that you should tighten the strap every time you put your helmet on. But, yeah, it is your head, so do what you want.

Jezza Bear (author)2007-01-06

As a motorcyclist for over 25 years, I can only say that it is best to set the chin strap every time you put the helmet on to ensure a secure fit to your head. Although a clever trick, it will stretch the webbing and loosen the snug fit of the helmet eventually. If you fall off at even low speed your head is going to rattle around that helmet like a pea. Just my 2's your head.

rachel (author)2006-10-20

that so-sexy broken nose look!

kawouter (author)2006-08-31

lol, just make an easier closing system at your helmet.
ik have a kind of seatbelt 'click-system' and i can open and close it in a fraction of a second =P

(sorry for the worse english, i'm dutch)

trebuchet03 (author)2006-08-30

+ because it made me laugh and looks a little painful for those of us with an average size or better nose :P

intoon (author)2006-08-30

Very good to know.

Neodudeman (author)2006-08-30

lol. Interesting

About This Instructable




Bio: Tim Anderson is the author of the "Heirloom Technology" column in Make Magazine. He is co-founder of, manufacturers of "3D Printer" output ... More »
More by TimAnderson:磨刀的技巧Tricks zum Messerschärfenナイフの研ぎ方のこつ
Add instructable to: