Difference Between BMX and Motocross Helmet

What is the Difference Between a BMX and a Motocross Helmet?

A motocross helmet is usually heavier than a BMX one – it also has more padding, as motocross riding needs stronger protection for the head, and MX helmets are also bigger, and have less ventillation than a BMX helmet. Features also depend on the helmet brand. Carbon fiber and kevlar helmets are lighter, while fiberglass are heavier.


Can You Use a BMX Helmet for Motocross?

BMX helmets have huge air vents, however, they are not as strong as motocross helmets, and don’t offer as much protection as MX helmets. In some states or countries it may also not be legal to use a BMX helmet for motocross riding, so it’s best to check with the authorities first. It is the rider’s decision and responsibility of course what helmet to use.

Is There a Difference Between ATV and BMX Helmets?

An approved ATV helmet worn by (ATV: All-Terrain Vehicle) any operator or a passenger must be accepted by the related federal laws, requiring the helmet to show the abbreviation DOT (Department of Transportation). It is a certification that the helmet complies with the applicable motor vehicle safety standards. Most bicycle or hockey helmets are not suitable for legal street transportation.


Can You Wear Motocross Helmets on the Road?

Are motocross helmets road legal? U.S. street legal helmets must have a DOT certification. Most of the time, quality motocross helmets are street legal. At the back of the helmet, there will be an area, a sticker that says “DOT”. The format is manufacturer name, model number, DOT, “FMVSS No. 218” or similar, and the word “Certified”.

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