So you’re looking for a motorcycle helmet that oozes cool? We’ve got a great selection for you.
This guide focuses on full-face helmets that you can actually buy in the UK.
We’ve trawled through a vast majority of all of the motorbike helmets for sale over here and we’ve picked out ten lids that have the ‘cool factor’.
For a helmet to earn its place on our list, it has to have one thing about it that makes it stand out from the rest. For each lid, we list why it makes it into this review.
Obviously ‘cool’ is subjective. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section below.
Scorpion Exo-1400 Air Carbon - Black
It’s cool because: It’s a quality carbon fibre lid for under £300
If you struggle to get a comfortable fit with your helmet, upgrading to the Scorpion Exo-1400 Air is for you. With built-in Airfit, the cheek pads are air adjustable and have additional noise reduction for a more convenient fit. Ease your eye strain with the internal retractable sun visor without the need to change visors and stay cool with the KwikWick3 lining.
AGV K6 Secret
It’s cool because: It echoes the Razzle Dazzle patterns used on WW1 shipping
Made to stand out, this truly versatile helmet has been designed for any type for riding and any riding surface. The AFV K9 Secret is both lightweight and aerodynamic. Using the same technology that has been developed for MotoGP riders, the AFV K9 Secret makes use of a carbon-aramid fibre shell and 5-density EPS. Multiple air vents help with airflow, whilst the chin and forehead vents are adjustable even with gloves. The helmet is also fully compatible with the AGV ARK communications system. Interiors are designed to stay dry and are also removable and washable.
Shark Spartan GT Carbon
It’s cool because: It’s a touring helmet that’s cooler than most ‘race replica’ lids
Oozing cool, the Shark Spartan GT Carbon is the company’s newest addition. Available in a multitude of colours and designs, this helmet meets the expectations of most racers. Safety being paramount, it is made of layers of fibre and carbon as well as multi-density EPS. It also features a Double-D loop and the “Shark Emergency Remove System” that allows for quick disassembly of the interior in case of emergencies. The interior is also removable and machine-washable.
If you want a cheaper option check out the non-carbon version or indeed the non-GT version. Not quite as cool but kinder to your wallet.
HJC CS-15 Star Wars Storm Trooper
It’s cool because: Secretly everyone wants to be a Storm Trooper
The HJC CS-15 is an entry-level helmet available in a large selection of colours and designs. The shell is made of an advanced polycarbonate composite. Airflow is controlled via the advanced channelling system, keeping you cool. The HJC CS-15 also features a Nylax interior lining, which is removable and machine-washable. Like all other HJC helmets, this one promises superior comfort. A quick-release anti-fog visor and a micro-buckle retention strap also feature.
Arai Rapide HA - Green
It’s cool because: Because it screams ’80s muscle bike’
As part of the new Concept-X range, the Arai Rapide HA is meant to stand out. Retro-cool meets modern advanced technology, creating a helmet with a focus on performance and comfort. Safety is provided by the smooth light-weight PB e-cLc shell that features VAS (Variable Axis System) technology.
This creates a larger and smoother shell area, which, in turn, increases the glancing off energy. Various ventilation vents and hidden systems unique to the Arai Concept-X ensure you remain cool. Comfort is further created with “Peel Away” pads, which let you determine the perfect fit, and Arai’s Facial Contour System. The interior of the Arai Rapide HA is removable and washable, and, if need be, also replaceable. A VAS Max Vision Visor with a De-Mist option completes the look. The Concept-X range features a large selection of colours and designs.
X-Lite X803 Ultra Carbon Puro - Gloss Black Carbon
It’s cool because: It’s the exact lid you’ll see on the WSB grid
The X-lite is the carbon edition of the X-803, as worn by World Superbike rider Chaz Davies. This full-face racing helmet is compact, lightweight and stable in the most demanding of conditions. Featuring a double-action visor lock to prevent it from opening at high speeds, it is also ultra-wide for the best possible view of your surroundings. Complete with a race-inspired breath deflector and airflow system with upper and front air intakes, there are no worries about your visor fogging up.
AGV Pista GP-R - Iannone
It’s cool because: It’s the helmet Valentino wears
The latest helmet in the Pista-GP range, this is their most protective helmet to date. With an increased vision field thanks to the introduction of class 1 optical visor, Race 3 Max Pinlock. The AGV has an updated visor locking system that can deal with any extreme conditions thrown at it. Designed with aerodynamics in mind, the Biplano rear spoiler has been tried and tested in wind-tunnel conditions to create this ultra-stable helmet. Pista GP did not stop there, this helmet is the first to feature a removable hydration system with internal channels and a drinking valve within the chin area – keeping you hydrated.
AGV K1 - Rossi
It’s cool because: It looks like the helmet Valentino wears, for a fraction of the price
The AGV K1 Rossi Mugello 2015 is a great entry-level helmet with a sporty feel. The AFV K1 provides stability at higher speeds with its aerodynamic shape, wind-tunnel-tested aero spoiler and racing-developed front air vents. A high resistant thermoplastic shell and multiple density EPS lining provide protection. Keeping you comfortable, the AGV K1 has a Dri-Lex interior lining, which is fully removable and washable. A wide anti-scratch and Pinlock ready visor allow for a 190-degree horizontal view.
Arai Chaser Schwantz
It’s cool because: It harks back to the ’90s
Flashing back to Kevin Schwantz in 1995, this Chaser-X helmet is part of Arai’s new 2020 range. The Arai Chaser-X makes use of VAS (Variable Axis System) technology, which ensures a smoother and larger shell area, improving glancing off performance. It also features the unique ventilation system as found in the Arai RX-7V racing helmet.
The large top vent allows for up to 11% more airflow and is fully adjustable. A further selection of intake vents, and the rear and side exhausts, help keep you cool. The Facial Contour System and “Peel Away” pads promise the comfort Arai is known for. The interior is removable and washable and, in part, replaceable. The Arai Chaser-X range is available in a selection of colours and designs.
It’s cool because: It has features that ‘normal’ helmets will have a decade from now.
If the latest-tech is your thing, then it doesn’t get cooler than this. The CrossHelmet X1 lets you step into the future by adding state-of-the-art technology to your riding experience. Rider safety is improved with 360-degree vision, noise reduction, and full Bluetooth connectivity.
Positioned like a rear-view mirror, the Head-Up Display shows you what is happening behind you via the rear-view camera fitted at the back of the helmet. Using the Bluetooth connection to the HUD app on your smartphone, the Head-Up Display also shows you essential information like directions, weather conditions, and time.
Bluetooth connectivity lets you access Ok Google or Siri, make and receive calls, control music, and adjust navigation settings. Talk to fellow riders via the HUD app. A special touch panel over the left ear also allows you to swipe and tap to answer calls, control music, and activate OK Google or Siri. CrossSound Control lets you adjust the environmental sounds around you. Engine, road and wind noise can be reduced to protect hearing and avoid rider fatigue. LED lights on either side of the CrossHelmet X1 help increase visibility at night.