Best kids’ motorcycle helmets

If your kids are into bikes and want to ride along with you, you need to get them a quality helmet

Rider and child on a motorbike

by Jim Blackstock |

Most parents would put their kids’ safety and protection before that of even their own. And when it comes to youngsters getting involved in bikes – either as a pillion or passenger on-road or as a rider off-road, top of any parent’s shopping list should be a quality protective bike helmet.

With helmets, fit and security is vital – which is why getting a purpose-designed children’s, youth or junior helmet, rather than palming them off with an oversize adult version, is important – and there’s a bigger choice available than you might expect.

Typically, proper children’s motorcycle helmets will use smaller shells than comparable adult versions so that the correct amount of impact-absorbing material is used inside and the overall size is not too large or heavy and hence, put undue strain on young neck muscles.

We’ve looked at kids' off-road helmets recently but here, we’re looking more at traditional road-style helmets for when they want to go out with mum or dad on the back, as a pillion. In this case, there is a number of ‘junior’ full-face types available, to make sure your little ones are fully protected.

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With all, ensure you get the correct size, ideally buy a reputable brand and make sure you get the safety features to the correct standard you (and junior) require. Also make sure that you look for ECE22.05 approval, indicating they are legal to use on British roads and are made to proper quality.

Here are some of our favourites.

Frank Thomas FF03

Frank Thomas FF03
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The FF03 Junior is a road-orientated, full-face motorcycle helmet specifically designed for use by kids and made by reputable, long-established British motorcycle clothing brand Frank Thomas.

It features an ultra-lightweight polycarbonate construction, which is good for kids, has a streamlined, aerodynamic design, a fully removable and washable inner ‘comfort’ liner, a chin and forehead ventilation system, a clear, anti-scratch, quick-release visor, seatbelt-style ratchet chinstrap fastener, road-legal ECE22.05 approval and comes in a choice of colours.

Pros:

Great kids’ road helmet

Impressive value

Range of colours

Con:

Not for off-road use

LS2 Rapid Mini

LS2 Rapid Mini

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LS2 are another reputable helmet brand and their new Rapid Mini is a full-face helmet specifically for younger riders that is fully ECE 22.05 certified. It is moulded in u2018HPTTu2019 which is a mix of ABS intended to give a strong structure but with very low weight u2013particularly good for kids.

It comes in three shell sizes and features a breath deflector, a visor that is scratch and UV-resistant, has a quick-release strap system, lots of ventilation and is perfect both for daily rides in the city and mid-distance journeys.

Pros:

Full-face design

Decent value

Lots of features

Con:

Fairly plain design

Abdominal Wheel Open-Face

Abdominal Wheel Open-Face
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A strange name for a fairly cool-looking helmet, aimed at riders or passengers of scooters or urban bikes. The open-face design suggests a cool cityscape and the drop-down visor will help keep debris and bugs out of the passengeru2019s face.

The helmet is ECE22.05 approved so it’s safe and legal to use on the roads and the shell is made from ABS plastic with the lining is removable for washing. Available in three colours – red, silver and black – we prefer this example.

Pros:

Cool for the urban jungle

Open-face design

Flip-down visor

Cons:

Open face not as protective as full-face

HJC CLY

HJC CLY

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The CLY from HJC is designed specifically for children and ladies, with a purpose-built smaller shell formed in polycarbonate and composite. The visor aperture has been deliberately made as large as possible for exceptional vision and the Nylex interior is removeable for washing.

It uses a quick-release buckle and the lining has grooves to ease pressure on glasses while the ventilation system allows cool air to enter. It comes with a clear visor but a tinted replacement is available as an option. It comes in plain white and has a range of graphics and colours for £10 more.

Pros:

Proper full-face helmet

Optional tinted visor

HJC know-how

Cons:

Bit plain in white

Airoh MR Strada

Airoh MR Strada
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The MR Strada from Airoh is a good-looking full-face helmet designed for children. It has a thermoplastic shell for strength and low weight u2013 just 1150g quoted - and a good-sized visor aperture so they have a decent view out while the visor itself is an anti-scratch design.

The lining is fully removable so it can be washed and there is a brace of airflow vents, including one at the chin, one on top of the head and adjustable ones at the rear to extract the hot air. It uses a micrometric buckle fastening on the strap and is ECE22.05 approved.

Pros:

Great value

Looks good

Low weight

Cons:

May look too aggressive for some

MT Thunder Kids

MT Thunder Kids

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MT are Spainu2019s biggest helmet brand and this design, specifically for children, uses a dedicated shell so that the correct amount of lining material ensures a correct fit. It is ECE22.05 approved for road use and gained four SHARP stars for safety, so is a good investment.

The lining is removable for washing and it comes with a breath guard to help prevent misting of the anti-scratch visor. There are other colour schemes available but we like this ‘Sniper’ version.

Pros:

Four SHARP safety stars

Child-specific shell

Plenty of ventilation

Cons:

This design may not suit all tastes

Nitro N2400

Nitro N2400
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This helmet from respected brand Nitro is designed specifically for children and the shell is formed in polycarbonate and it comes with an injection-moulded visor that has an anti-scratch coating and is ready for a Pinlock anti-fog insert.

The visor is adjustable and there are air vents in the chin, brow and exhaust ones at the rear with a breath guard as well. The interior is removable for washing and it uses a double D-ring fastening to ensure the right fit every time, though this may be fiddly for smaller hands.

Pros:

Great value

Looks like a grown-up’s

Pinlock ready

Cons:

Double D-rings may be tricky for small hands

MT Rapide Kids Pro Carbon

MT Rapide Kids Pro Carbon

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Another helmet from MT, this one is a lot more serious, as is its price. This is up there with mum or dadu2019s helmet for kids riding pillion and will be great for those who will spend a lot of time on the back u2013 either regularly or on long trips, or both.

It uses a shell made in carbon fibre for low weight – just 1300g - and high strength and has a multi-density EPS liner. The large visor is anti-scratch and comes with a Pinlock insert while the interior is removable for washing to keep it fresh. There are vents at the chin and top of the head and the rear spoiler helps keep it stable.

Pros:

Light and strong

Looks great

Serious piece of kit

Cons:

Need lots of use at that price

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