You just started getting into dirt biking. There are so many things you need to know when you start off that it can be overwhelming. Many things are bigger and more complex, while other things are much smaller and simple.
One small thing you’ll need to brush up on is how to put goggles on your dirt bike helmet. It is a small task to learn when riding dirt bikes, but it is necessary. Here is everything you need to know about your goggles and how to put them on.
First, before you put on your goggles, you need to know where you put them on your helmet. Goggles should be placed at the opening of the helmet, so they settle on your face. This should be the only spot you can do unless you have something similar to a face shield.
There won’t be any discussion about face shields as goggles are the most commonly used form of protection for dirt bike riders. Face shields are often used by those who ride motorcycles.
Here’s a helpful goggles tips video, with more info below:
So how do you put on goggles on your dirt bike helmet? It is a simple process that will only take a few minutes of your time. You don’t need to wear your helmet for this, but you can if that’s your style.
Here are the steps to putting on your goggles:
- First, grab your helmet and goggles.
- Remove any packaging or other protective coverings needed for delivery.
- Grab your goggles and adjust the strap to be at its largest circumference. (It is easier to adjust down than up when it comes to circumference size).
- Put the strap over the helmet so that it wraps around the outside of the helmet. (The strap should stay snuggly on the middle of your helmet).
- Settle the goggles into the opening where your face would be.
- Tighten the strap around the helmet, but not too tight.
- Adjust accordingly until you find the tightness you would like.
- Now you’re ready to use your goggles on your helmet.
- Try the helmet and goggles on to ensure it is comfortable.
You will want enough pull or slack in the goggles to allow you to pull the goggles over the bottom mouth covering of the helmet. This is because many riders will pull the goggles down over this piece while they are on standby or conversing with someone.
Wearing goggles can sometimes be hot or just a little suffocating when just sitting around, taking a break. You don’t have to have this slack to do this, and you don’t have to do this at all. But many riders do have this habit when they stop to get a better view of everything.
Technically, it is not illegal, nor is it a requirement when you are riding your dirt bike. You can ride without goggles, but it is suggested to do so. This is because dirt and dust fly up everywhere, making it difficult to see.
You will want goggles to protect your eyes from particles and dust that fly up. The last thing you need is to have a random rock fly into your eye or get a branch smacking you in the face. You could have severe damage happen that could even lead to blindness.
If you plan on racing dirt bikes, most likely, you will be required to wear goggles. Unless you are first, you will not be able to see what is going on if you don’t have goggles because the dust and wind make it difficult even to open your eyes. Even at first, you can find yourself unable to see because of dust.
Not all dirt bike goggles fit all helmets. A kid’s pair of goggles will not fit an adult and vice versa. But most adult goggles will fit most, if not all, adult helmets. It is almost a one-size-fits-all because you can adjust the strap to the size of your helmet.
When you purchase your goggles, the listing should tell you the circumference of the smallest and largest fit. You can compare this to the measurement of your helmet to see that it fits. You don’t want to purchase a pair of goggles too small or large for your helmet.
You can choose from a few different types of goggles when looking for the best fit for you. Here are those different types:
- Clear lenses
- Tinted lenses
- Blue lenses
- Lightly colored lenses
Most beginners will choose the clear lenses as they are the basic type of goggles you can purchase. If you just need protection from them, then these are the best type to get. You can even get ones that you can replace the clear lens once the other one becomes scratched.
For light-colored lenses and blue lenses, they are for more advanced riders. It allows you to see more clearly and have a better depth perception. This is perfect when you like to drive fast or participate in dirt bike racing.
- Tinted lenses are great for reducing the glare of the sun.
- If you are riding at a place that is open and doesn’t have much shade, these are perfect for this terrain.
- Terrain like sand dunes and driving in other open areas best fits these goggles.
You can try out different lenses to see which one best fits what you need. Goggles are pretty inexpensive, costing anywhere from $15 to upwards of $40. There is no harm in trying out the different lenses to see which one is your favorite.
Putting your goggles on is pretty simple. Once you have it at the fit you want on your helmet, you pretty much don’t have to touch it again. You can start riding and enjoy the freedom of no dust or wind in your eyes. You can ride around with ease!