Best unusual motorcycle helmets

If you want something a little out of the ordinary but still want to be protected, these helmets could be for you

Motorcycle helmet with skull design

by Jim Blackstock |

It goes without saying that you should always wear a helmet on any ride – it’s the only legal requirement in the UK at least for motorcycle safety gear and while the idea of riding a motorbike with no helmet may suggest a carefree attitude, you only need to see what happens to helmets in accidents to realise why it’s so important to wear one.

Most motorcycle helmets are pretty similar within each style, whether you are looking at sports, touring, flip-front off off-road designs.

However, it is possible to have something a little out of the ordinary yet still keep your head and brain protected.

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So whether you are a superhero fan, a sci-fi fan or just want to stand out from the crowd a little, there is something for you.

Here is a selection of unusual helmets but remember, if you are looking at something a little off the wall, make sure it is certified to the ECE22.05 standard, which is the minimum safety standard for helmets and is necessary for all road motorcycle helmets sold in the UK.

Caberg Droid

Caberg Droid
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Droid by name, droid by nature. This helmet from Caberg lives up to its name, particularly in this u2018Ironu2019 finish. Itu2019s a relatively straightforward flip-front helmet though it is dual-homologated so it can be worn with the flip closed or fixed open and weighs in at a quoted 1550g.

It is Pinlock-insert ready and comes with a drop-down sun visor but what makes it unique is the pair of individually adjustable circular air vents in the chin, giving it that cyborg look and feel.

SHARP rating: 4/5

Scorpion Exo Combat

Scorpion Exo Combat

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This helmet from Scorpion is perfect for any street-fighter or bandit-style motorcycle, for riders who want to create a bit of a bad-boy image while staying protected. It uses a shell formed in polycarbonate composite and adjustable air vents in the front and rear to allow through-flow of air.

It comes in six sizes to fit a huge range of riders and the chin-bar can be removed completely for an open-face, jet-style helmet. The sun visor can be raised or lowered as shown here and the lining is wicking and easily washable.

SHARP Rating: N/A

Simpson Venom
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This helmet is a proper, approved and legal version of the Bandit, used initially in NASCAR in the USA and adopted by riders across the world when still designed for motorsport use, not road use.

However, following success of the design, nicknamed the ‘Stormtrooper’ around the world, helped in no small part as the lid of choice of Top Gear’s Stig, the Venom is a full-face version of the iconic Simpson helmet, with a drop-down sun visor, proper venting and designed for use on a motorcycle.

SHARP Rating: 4/5

SHARK Street Drak

SHARK Street Drak

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Another streetfighter/bandit-style helmet, this one from SHARK features a shell in thermoplastic resin and is built with glasses wearers in mind. The interior is removable and washable and it comes with a five-year warranty.

It also has an easily removable face mask and goggles which turn it from a street/urban-style lid to a more traditional open-face example.

SHARP Rating: N/A

Roof Boxer

Roof Boxer
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The Boxer from Roof is said to be the first helmet with a rotating chin-bar, with the concept introduced in 1995 and continuing to the modern versions. The shell is formed in glass fibre and the chin-bar rotates to sit at the back of the helmet.

The visor can be worn with the chin-bar in either position and the lining is removable and washable for freshness for the most hardcore streetfighters.

SHARP Rating: 4/5

MT Streetfighter

MT Streetfighter

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Thereu2019s no question over this helmetu2019s intended use and style of rider. The MT Streetfighter is an aggressive peaked-style helmet that, particularly in this Ghost Rider-style finish, establishes huge presence.

Both the peak and the face mask are removable to turn it into a more traditional – though still urban – open-face helmet and the pull-down sun visor can be left up as necessary. It has air vents at the front and the top as well as exhaust ones at the rear and it weighs just 1250g.

SHARP rating: N/A

Bell Broozer

Bell Broozer

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The Broozer from Bell is a dual-homologated helmet, with a full removable chin-bar that, when in place, gives it an aggressive street look and feel. However, with the chin-bar removed, it is more of a traditional open-face helmet with an integrated visor; it is supplied with both a clear and a smoked visor. The interior is removable and washable and it comes with a five-year warranty.

SHARP Rating: N/A

Ruroc Atlas 3.0 Slipstream

Ruroc Atlas 3.0 Slipstream

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Ruroc helmets are used by numerous motorsport teams for their pit crews and now, the brand is available to road riders. Its design is similar to the Simpson, with an aggressive front but the Ruroc uses a deep lip and the bottom of the chin sections.

The shell is available in three sizes to ensure a perfect fit every time and the helmet features emergency release cheek pads in case of an accident.

SHARP Rating: N/A

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