From understanding motorcycle-related jargon to figuring out what type of motorcycle is right for you, there’s plenty of things to learn before hitting the road on a two-wheeler. That includes finding the best motorcycle helmet — one that balances price, safety, technology, and design. Here are our top picks for 2021.
Bell Custom 500 Carbon RSD Checkmate Helmet
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This modern twist on Bell’s iconic Custom 500 helmet highlights all the good looks and build quality of the original. Improvements include a new head form for a better fit and a thin carbon fiber shell that allows it to sit lower and more comfortably on the head.
Icon Variant Pro Ghost Carbon Helmet
After more than a decade on the market, Portland-based Icon rebooted its favorite Variant helmet. The new flagship Ghost Carbon edition features a blended, reinforced Dyneema and fiberglass shell, along with a slew of other technical features.
Ruby Castel Silverlake Helmet
Boutique European outfit Les Ateliers Ruby caters to the “money is no object crowd” with super-premium helmets that deftly blend style and function unlike any other. The retro-modern Castel St. German Helmet features an open port design, a subtle central spine, and chrome-plated steel exhaust vents that add breathability and a badass aesthetic.
Schuberth C4 Pro Helmet
Like most things German-engineered, Schuberth’s C4 Pro Helmet combines state-of-the-art tech with streamlined good looks. It boasts a seamless, washable inner liner and an ultra-tough, proprietary outer shell. Additionally, it comes factory wired with a microphone, an internal speaker, and an antenna.
Scorpion EXO-R1 Air 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
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 Carbon Speciale Helmet
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 helmets to match. This, the brand’s flagship track helmet, promises an ultra-low drag coefficient, a hydration-system-ready design, near-perfect ventilation, and a beautiful matte carbon fiber shell.
Shoei Neotec II Helmet
Shoei’s Neotec II is designed to integrate with the Sena SRL Communication System for a clean and low profile installation. Its 360 Pivot Locking System, Aerodynamic Shell Design, Sun Shield System, and all the other features are combined to produce one of the ultimate long-distance touring helmets.
Quin McQ Nero Helmet
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.
Arai Rapide Helmet
Arai’s full-face Rapide Helmet shows off all the retro good looks of last century’s motorcycling era. It’s at once vintage and modern. High-tech safety features include a durable, Superfiber shell, grilled ventilation slits, and an antimicrobial liner.
For more, we rounded up the best motorcycle helmet deals available today for various types of riders.
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