Aside from the motorcycle itself, your helmet is the most important piece of equipment you can buy. Since your helmet can quite literally be the one thing standing between life and death, the Motorcycle-Licenses.com team advises you buy the best helmet you can afford. Although all helmets must meet basic safety standards established by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), some provide greater protection and comfort than others. Here are five of our favorites.
Shoei Solid Qwest Street Bike Motorcycle Helmet
Approved by the DOT and the Snell Memorial Foundation, this helmet meets the highest safety standards in the U.S. The helmet’s lightweight and sturdy shell composition features Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+), a combination of high performance strong glass and organic fibers. Its CW-1 face shield offers protection from UVA and UVB rays as well as being scratch-resistant. Available in five sizes, it features advanced ventilation technology that prevents heat and humidity from building up inside. Its padding and dual liners provide a snug but extremely comfortable fit against the face and the matte black finish cleans easily.
Scorpion EXO-AT950 Battleflage Helmet
Sleek styling with a desert camouflage finish leads the experts at Motorcycle-Licenses.com to recommend this helmet to anyone looking for something different design wise. Its advanced LG polycarbonate shell maximizes impact displacement while remaining lightweight and strong. Scorpion’s anti-scratch, EverClear No-Fog Face Shield stays clear while offering 100 percent UVA and UVB ray protection. It also has a drop-down sun visor with the same no-fog coating. Top vents draw cool air into the helmet while exhaust vents force hot air out. A KwikWick anti-microbial helmet liner provides warmth in cool weather but also helps keep you cool when it’s hot out. It comes in seven sizes and includes eyeglass-compatible cheek pads.
Shoei Metallic Neotec Road Race Motorcycle Helmet
Available in 23 colors and eight sizes, the Motorcycle-Licenses.com team likes how this helmet offers something for every size and style preference. Its modular design provides the benefits of full-face and open-face helmets while eliminating the problems from both. Created to maximize aerodynamics, it cuts down on wind resistance and noise. It offers wide visibility and a scratch-resistant sun shield with UV protection and a Pinlock EVO fog-resistant system.
Bell Vortex Unisex Adult Full Face Street Helmet
This helmet may be value-priced, but it’s still full of features that will keep you safe and comfortable on the road. Its lightweight polycarbonate/ABS shell construction features Bell’s Velocity Flow Ventilation System with Flow Adjust to keep heat from building up inside. A padded wind collar greatly reduces wind and road noise while its UV protected shield features NutraFog II anti-fog coating to keep your vision clear. A fun feature noted by the Motorcycle-Licenses.org team is its inside pockets for stereo speakers.
HJC IS-33 Helmet
Another helmet that integrates value with quality is the HJC IS-33, which sports a DOT-approved advanced polycarbonate composite shell for lightweight fit and comfort. It comes in 10 colors including flat black, white, anthracite and dark wine. Six sizes from XSM to XXL extend to fit just about any head. The washable SilverCool liner is moisture wicking and anti-bacterial to keep odors at bay. The QuickSlide shield replacement system provides quick, tool-free removal and installation of the UV and fog-protected, smoke-tinted shield.