Where to Buy Motorcycle Helmets | Timber Town Harley-Davidson

Where to Buy Motorcycle Helmets

Oregon requires all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet—so if you’ve just obtained your motorcycle license, you’ll also need to invest in a high-quality helmet. If you’re unsure about how to measure a motorcycle helmet, read on! In the detailed guide to follow, we cover how a should motorcycle helmet fit, what other states require motorcycle helmets, and where to find quality helmets in the Salem area.

What States Require Motorcycle Helmets?

Do you have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle in Oregon? Yes, Oregon requires all riders to wear a helmet at all times. Some states, like Wisconsin, only require helmets for riders aged 17 or younger. There are three states that have no motorcycle helmet requirements at all: Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire. Given the inherent risks of riding a motorcycle, plenty of riders elect to wear a helmet even when it’s not required.

What states require motorcycle helmets? Oregon certainly isn’t alone on this one! Residents of these states must also wear a helmet at all times:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

Where To Buy Motorcycle Helmets Near Portland

Shopping at a certified Harley-Davidson dealership like our own can make your helmet search much easier! We only carry DOT-approved helmets and our team is happy to assist you with finding the right size and style.

What is a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet? These helmets have passed stringent tests set by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • 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 on each side

How to Measure For a Motorcycle Helmet

The first step to finding the right helmet is to find your size. You can do this in a few minutes by wrapping a soft tape measure around your head. Place the tape measure about a half-inch above your ears and eyebrows and around the back of your head at the widest point.

How Should a Motorcycle Helmet Fit?

When it comes to staying safe on Albany’s fastest highways, suiting up in the proper gear is just as important as maintaining your bike. You may be able to find cheaper helmets online, but the only way you can tell if a helmet really fits is to try it on. In general, you’re looking for something that feels fairly tight, yet isn’t a struggle to put on (it’ll loosen up over time). The correct position for the eye port is just above your eyebrows.

Do Motorcycle Helmets Expire?

Yes, helmets do wear out—you might say “expire” —even when you don’t use them. The expanded polystyrene liner, as well as other components, can degrade over time. However, exactly how long are motorcycle helmets good for does depend on how often they’re used.

How long are motorcycle helmets good if you ride a lot? If you hit the road in Lebanon every day, you’re looking at a life span of about five years. A helmet degrades over time as it’s exposed to hair and body oil, and by being pulled on and off your head. A cheaper helmet made with lower-quality materials will also degrade more quickly than a high-quality helmet.

Shop Genuine Harley Gear & Accessories at Timber Town Harley-Davidson

Questions about how long motorcycle helmets are good for, helmet laws, or how a motorcycle helmet should fit? Our team is here to help! Shop for your genuine H-D gear online or stop by our Salem dealership and learn how to measure for a motorcycle helmet with our experts.

Race Into Summer Open House

Harley-Davidson Open House

Get Revved Up

Racing has been part of the Harley-Davidson experience since the very beginning. From the Hillclimbers to the flat trackers to today’s King of the Baggers™ led by our H-D® Factory Racing team. Join us to honor our roots with the Race Into Summer Open House on Saturday, June 22. Summer has arrived. It’s time to roll.

  • Be among the first 55 to RSVP below and claim your exclusive H-D® Racing Pin*
  • Earn additional Prizes & Giveaways*
  • Celebrate the power and performance that only Harley-Davidson® motorcycles can deliver – from the 2024 motorcycle lineup to custom P&A packages and all-new riding gear


H-D® Membership event Special***

  • Paid H-D® Members, earn up to 2,000 Bonus Points with a $100+ in-store purchase ($20 Value)
  • Free H-D® Members, earn up to 500 Bonus Points with a $100+ in-store purchase ($5 Value)


Harley-Davidson® 2024 CVO™ Road Glide® ST

Register For Your Chance To Win An All-New 2024 CVO™ Road Glide® ST**

Stop in to register for your chance to win** a 2024 CVO™ Road Glide® ST, a 2025 King of the Baggers VIP Race Experience and a Trip to Daytona for 2 OR 2 VIP Tickets to a King of the Baggers Race, plus other great prizes. Ask us how to earn additional entries.

Harley-Davidson® Event Pin

RSVP to get a special gift**

Be one of the first 55 to RSVP AND attend our event for an exclusive racing pin. Just fill out the form below and show us your confirmation email when you arrive at our Race Into Summer Open House.

* While supplies last. Offer limited to the first 55 attendees.


* While supplies last.

** Sweepstakes entry period June 21, 2024, 9am EST through June 23, 2024, 11:59pm EST. No purchase necessary. Purchase does not increase odds of winning. Open only to legal residents of the continental United States, including D.C. and Alaska and excluding Hawaii who are 21 years or older, and legal residents of Canada, who have reached the age of majority in their state, province, or territory of residence at time of entry. Void where prohibited. Need not be present to win. See participating H-D® dealerships for details or visit official rules at HD-SummerOpenHouse.com.

*** H-D® Members earn up to 2,000 bonus points ($20 value) on a purchase of $100+ between 6/21/24 9:00 am EST through 6/23/2024 11:59 pm EST participating Dealers only; H-D® Membership must be activated at the time of sale. Points apply to a single transaction for eligible purchases of $100+ before tax and after any sales discounts are applied. Promotion good for genuine H-D® and H-D® licensed products only. Usual point restrictions apply. Please allow up to 72 hours for points to appear in your account. Visit bit.ly/HD_points for details.