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A safe and comfortable helmet is one of the most important pieces of equipment when driving a motorbike as it protects you and makes it easier for other people to see you. At Old News Club we have put together a list of our top 10 retro motorcycle helmets that are both safe and good-looking!
Biltwell is well-known for motorcycle parts and classic helmets. The Bonanza helmet features a custom-shaped EPS shell, hand-stitched liner with moisture wicking brushed Lycra panels and open-cell foam padding for breathability and comfort. The helmet is DOT approved and comes in a variety of colors and styles.
2: TORC T50 3/4 helmet:
Cool Route 66 graphic
TORC is the 2nd largest helmet manufacturer in the world. This 3/4 helmet is constructed with two outer shells, inner comfort padding, removable cheek pads and with anti-microbial technical fabric. The helmet is DOT approved and the model is available in many cool retro designs!
3: Hanmi Global Leather helmet:
Vintage style with goggles
The half-helmet by Hamni Global comes with a pair of goggles and ear muffle. It has a convenient one touch chin strap and is made from ABS material strong from impact. No info on DOT certification.
4: Open face fiberglass helmet by HCI:
retro style with italian flag
The open face helmet by HCI has a fiberglass shell and comes with adjustable top vents and a face shield. The helmet meets/exceed DOT standard and the model is available in cool retro designs.
5: Woljay Core Vintage motorcycle helmet:
The open-face helmet by Woljay has the look of a traditional 3/4 helmet. It is finished with artificial leather and has a convenient chin strap with one touch buckle. The helmet is DOT approved and the model is available in several colors.
6: Bell Custom 500 RSD:
Black silver open face helmet
Bell Helmets was born in the 1950s California hot rod and racing scene and their products are build to use. The 500 RSD has a low profile look and an exceptional fit thanks to a thinner headform. The helmet has an integrated 5 snap pattern for aftermarket shields and visors and a padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper. The helmet is DOT approved.
7: Woljay vintage motorcycle helmet:
half-helmet with leather look
The half-helmet by Woljay is covered in artificial leather and has a convenient chin strap with one touch buckle. The helmet is DOT certified and available in brown, black or pink.
8: Vega Warrior half-helmet:
sunshield helmet for cruising
The Warrior helmet by Vega Helmets has a built-in drop-down sun shield that allows for easy transition from dark to bright riding conditions and eliminates the need for sunglasses. It has a padded size adjuster for a comfortable fit and a quick release chin strap. The Warrior helmet meets/exceeds DOT FMVSS 218 safety regulations and is available in different colors and designs.
9: AGV RP60 Bonneville Gladiator helmet:
advanced composite fiber
AGV is an Italian motorcycle helmet manufacturer that was founded back in 1947 and invented the fiber jet helmet in 1954. The helmet is made from ACF (Advanced Composite Fiber) and has removable and washable inner padding. It also comes with Dry-Comfort fabric and a Double-D retention System. The helmet is DOT certified.
10: Bell Rogue:
black guard against the elements
Bell Helmets was born in the 1950s California hot rod and racing scene and their products are build to use. The Rouge helmet has the look of a half helmet but the comfort of a 3/4. It features an adjustable and removable muzzle, lightweight composite shell and ultra-comfortable interior. The helmet is purpose-built to guard against the elements while being super comfortable. The helmet is DOT approved.
Reasons to wear a motorcycle helmet:
- Reduces the risk of injuries and risk of death with respectively 69% and 42%
- Protects you from the elements. It keeps you warm in the winter, reduces the risk of sunburn in the summer and keeps out wind and rain all year round
- Makes you easier to see for other people – especially with a helmet of bright color or reflective material
- Protects you from road debris and keeps insects away from your eyes
- It’s the law in many countries and states in the US and you should of course always prioritize to protect yourself
Safety standards for motorcycle helmets:
DOT: Department Of Transportation – the standard is FMVSS 218: the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard #218 – applicable for helmets sold in the U.S. for on-road use. Each manufacturer must test and self-certify models and attach DOT emblem.
ECE 22.05: Economic Commission for Europe – the standard 22.05 is a specific regulation that specifies the standards for testing. Similar to DOT in testing and labelling and accepted in 47 countries.
Snell: Snell Memorial Foundation M2010) Helmet Standard – a private non-profit organization from 1957 formed to improve helmet safety. Snell is beyond governmental standards and can help manufacturers with helmet development and prototype testing.
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