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Protect your dome with one of these cool motorcycle helmets

The coolest motorcycle helmets combine price, safety, and technology with handsome good looks

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Motorcycles and motorcycle culture is its own animal, completely alien to most anyone who’s never owned one. From understanding motorcycle-related jargon to figuring out what type of motorcycle is right for you, there are plenty of things to learn before hitting the road on a two-wheeler.

The one thing that’s paramount, however, is knowing how to ride safely. You need the right skills, understanding of riding physics, and, of course, the right gear. That includes finding the best motorcycle helmet — one that balances price, safety, technology, and design. Here are our top picks for 2023.

Bell Custom 500 Motorcycle Helmet

Bell Custom 500 Motorcycle Helmet (in black) on a white studio background.
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Bell’s legendary Custom 500 just keeps getting better. The latest generation highlights all the good looks and build quality of the original. Improvements include a new head form for a better fit and a thin profile shell that allows it to sit lower and more comfortably on the head without the dreaded “bobblehead” effect.

Icon Variant Pro Construct Helmet

Icon Variant Pro Construct Helmet (in Black) on a plain white studio background.
After more than a decade on the market, Portland-based Icon rebooted its favorite Variant helmet. The latest Pro Construct edition bares its composite shell structure in a way that’s both functional and way cool. This one adds a long list of other technical features, too, including low-profile vents, a five-piece modular liner, and a quick-change, fog-free shield.

Ruby Full Face Silver Lake Helmet

Ruby Full Face Silver Lake Helmet on a plain white background.
Boutique European outfit Les Ateliers Ruby caters to the “money is no object crowd” with super-premium (and very cool) motorcycle helmets that deftly blend style and function unlike any other. The retro-modern Full Face Silver Lake Helmet features an open port design, a subtle central spine, and chrome-plated steel exhaust vents that add breathability and a badass aesthetic. Just add your own goggles, and you’re ready to ride.

Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon Fusion Helmet

Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon Fusion Helmet isolated on a plain white background.
Like most things German-engineered, Schuberth’s C4 Pro Carbon Fusion combines state-of-the-art tech with streamlined good looks for one of the coolest motorcycle helmets of 2023. It boasts a seamless, washable inner liner and an ultra-tough, carbon fiber outer shell. Additionally, it comes factory wired with a microphone, an internal speaker, and an antenna.

Scorpion EXO-R1 Air Helmet

Scorpion EXO-R1 Air Motorcycle Helmet
For that “track-ready” look on the street, there’s Scorpion’s EXO-R1 Air Helmet. The long list of innovative features includes an antimicrobial lining, an emergency release system, a built-in recess for speakers and sunglasses, and state-of-the-art shell technology that includes fiberglass, poly-resin, and aramid polymers for protecting your dome.

Shark S-DRAK Carbon Helmet

Shark S-Drak Carbon Fiber Motorcycle Helmet
This streamlined, storm trooper-esque moto helmet boasts a full carbon fiber construction for unparalleled protection. Inside is plush, premium suede for maximum comfort.

AGV Pista GP RR Casci de Vale Helmet

AGV Pista GP RR Casci de Vale Helmet on a plain white background.
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In the world of race helmets, AGV is basically the gold standard. It’s the go-to brand for hotshots with money to burn on the world’s most expensive motorcycles and luxe, ultra-cool helmets to match. This, among the brand’s flagship collection of track helmets, is a near-carbon-copy of the helmet worn by the world’s most elite moto racers. It promises an ultra-low drag coefficient, a hydration-system-ready design, near-perfect ventilation, and a design that’s guaranteed to stand out like no other.

Shoei Neotec II Helmet

Shoei Neotec II motorcycle helmet isolated on a plain white background.
Shoei’s Neotec II is designed to integrate with the Sena SRL Communication System for a clean, low-profile installation. Its 360 Pivot Locking System, Aerodynamic Shell Design, Sun Shield System, and all the other features combine to produce one of this year’s coolest, ultimate long-distance touring helmets.

Quin McQ Nero Helmet

Quin McQ Nero Motorcycle Helmet isolated on a plain white background.
This Steve McQueen-inspired, open-faced helmet offers a handsome, retro-moto design, including contrasting white striping and a quilted redlining. Inside, however, you’ll find the latest in modern helmet technology, including an integrated mic, Bluetooth speakers, and Quin’s patented Intelliquin System that can detect crashes and send out an SOS call in case of an emergency.

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