A helmet curtain helps the rider by blocking wind. It is very helpful for the winter season because it keeps the cold air from entering inside the helmet. Also, it makes the inside of the helmet warm. So it feels more comfortable.
Why Do I Need a Helmet Chin Curtain?
The main reason for a chin curtain i.e. its very existence is to block air from getting inside the helmet. Depending on the weather it can be good or bad. For example, in winter getting cold air directly inside the helmet can cause illness. So here having a chin curtain is like a lifesaver.
In summer, when it is hot outside, having a chin curtain will prevent the air from getting inside. This will make the helmet extremely hot inside. That will be very uncomfortable to wear.
But if you are allergic to dust then a chin curtain can help there. If you are moving through a dusty area on your motorcycle, then the chin curtain will make sure that the dust-filled air doesn’t go inside the helmet. So it can help you that way.
One bad side of it is since it blocks airflow, ventilation becomes a problem which can cause the visor to be foggy. But as long as you are riding your bike it usually won’t happen.
Even though it blocks the ventilation some airflow does remain because of the speed. But as soon as you stop the bike this airflow also stops and the visor becomes foggy. So you’ll have to open up the visor when you stop to prevent it from happening.
Best Time to Use a Chin Curtain
The best time to use a chin curtain is in the winter. It can get very cold inside the helmet on a bike because of the constant wind. So chin curtain blocks that and keeps the air away. So the inside of the helmet remains at a higher temperature.
To get rid of wind noise chin curtain is a great solution. But some chin curtains allow a little air to go inside too because of the material. Shoei helmet’s chin curtain is known for that.
But you should avoid using the chin curtain in summer. It can get really hot inside the helmet with a chin curtain. Then again, you can use a curtain that allows some air to pass through. That way it won’t get too hot.
How to Attach or Detach Chin Curtain?
Attaching or detaching is usually similar across all helmets with some minor changes. To detach a helmet from the chin curtain, you have to rotate the curtain to one side then pull it out. The reason being, these curtains are hook to a mechanism that prevents them from going back when they are in.
For attaching, since the mechanism only prevents it from going back you can just slide the curtain in the helmet. It will make a click sound when it gets in place. Make sure that you add all sides inside the helmet. After attaching, make sure the curtain is in the middle. Rotate a bit to align it if necessary and you are good to go.
How to Make a DIY Chin Curtain?
Many helmets don’t include any chin curtain with them. If you want a chin curtain then buying a helmet with a chin curtain is the best option. But if already have a helmet without it then you can make a chin curtain for your helmet pretty easily.
Things You’ll Need
To make a chin curtain you’ll need cardboard to measure the size of the helmet, some old cloth for the curtain, a pen to mark the size, and a flat scale or a spoon to push the curtain in the helmet.
Take Measurement on the Cardboard
First, start by placing the helmet on the cardboard and marking the cardboard helmet’s size with a pen. Cut the cardboard along the pen’s line. Only take the size of the area that you want your chin curtain to cover.
You can use a measuring tape to measure and make the shape too. But using cardboard is a faster and easier way to do it. Because it will be a half oval-shaped object after measuring.
Cutting the Cloth
For this you can use any old cloth that you think will be good as a curtain for the helmet. To cut the cloth, first, place the cut cardboard on the cloth. Now this will be the area that is going to be used as the main part of the curtain.
But you need to have some extra area to push it into the helmet. So take a one-inch gap and cut the cloth in the cardboard’s shape. Now you have the curtain for your helmet.
Putting the Curtain In
Now that you have your curtain, place it on the helmet aligning it the way you want it to be. Take your flat scale and push the extra part of the curtain inside the helmet.
This is usually enough to keep the curtain from coming out. But some people like to use gum to stick the curtain inside the helmet. This is a permanent curtain option. You can do that if you want but it will be hard to take the curtain out if needed.
You Can Always Buy One
If you are not confident in your DIY curtain or you don’t want to make one, there is always the option of buying one. You can find a universal chin curtain on Amazon. They are pretty cheap for what they offer.
They are very easy to install and look good with any helmet. But some of them can fog up even if you are on your bike. So definitely check the customer reviews before buying the product.
Q: Does breathing with a chin curtain fog up the visor?
Ans: The visor does fog up when you are standing with the helmet on. If the curtain is good then it won’t fog up while riding.
Q: Do you need a chin curtain for the helmet?
Ans: You have it under the chin so that bugs, dust, or air cannot go inside the helmet through the neck area. So if you want to block that area then yes you will need it.
A chin curtain is just a useful thing to have. You can attach it with your helmet when you need in winter and take it off when you don’t need it in summer. It is not something that’s a must-have but having it never hurts.