A motorcycle helmet is the only piece of safety equipment we legally have to wear. Protecting your noggin’ is not only the law but it should be a priority for all riders whether you’re commuting, touring or racing. Money spent on a good helmet is rarely money wasted.
The trouble with modern motorcycle helmets is that manufacturers are under pressure to produce cheaper and cheaper lids. Modern cheaper helmets use a thermoplastic resin (plastic, basically) which is predominantly heavier than a fibre-shell. If you opt for a full-face design rather than open face, it only adds to the weight. Neck pain is common so how can you combat this strain? By opting for a lightweight motorcycle helmet.
Originally designed for use on the track, in the quest for better performance, racers opted for lighter, stronger helmets, often made from carbon fibre. It’s all about shaving off those vital few grams. Carbon fibre or lightweight fibre-resin helmets are not only light, but they’re also strong.
If you’re after a cutting-edge helmet, packed full of features and also low in weight, check out our list of some of the lightest helmets you can buy in the UK.
Claimed weight: 1400g
D-ring, removable, washable liner, Pinlock ready and Pinlock included
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.
Claimed weight: 1315g
D-ring, removable, washable liner and Pinlock visor. Comes with free race visor.
Shark consistently delivers on style with their helmets and this white and gold design is no exception. Made from ultra-lightweight carbon fibre and fibreglass, this helmet comes complete with an internal drop-down sun visor. With a Double D retention system, Pinlock MaxVision anti-scratch visor for quick release and a removable and washable interior, it takes the work out of cleaning. Aerodynamically designed with a double spoiler and incorporated air extractors for optimum stability and cooling.
Claimed weight: 1310g
D-ring, removable washable lining, Pinlock visor
The X-lite is the carbon edition of the X-803. 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.
Claimed weight: 1300g
D-ring, removable washable liner
This full-face racing sports helmet by Viper is ECE22.05 and ACU Gold approved so you know you’re safe and riding within the law. Featuring a Double D retention system and a removable washable lining for outstanding comfort. The V-1010 visor has an anti-scratch coating and is removable for added convenience. Designed with a multi-point venting system, you’ll remain cool whatever the temperature.
Claimed weight: 1290g
D-ring, removable washable liner, fog-free visor
This minimal design, white gloss helmet oozes class and has a professional look. Made from carbon aramid fibres for a weightless feel, the Race R Pro by Shark is aerodynamic for optimum performance. Complete with a Double D retention system and magnetic strap end, it’s safe and secure whatever the speed. Featuring 4 extraction points and a fog-free visor, you’ll have visibility when things start to heat up. The interior is completely removable and fully washable which makes it much more hygienic than other helmets out there.
With a focus on quality, the best motorcycle helmets are rarely the cheapest ones out there but that doesn't mean you can't get a bargain.
If you're looking for the best helmet, these are the features that we think you should be looking out for.
If you’re after the lightest motorcycle helmet then an open-face is the way to go. There’s less material in a half helmet, meaning they’re lighter than the equivalent full-face.
We’ve found this Dexter Plucker Kadwell Carbon Fibre price at just £109.99. Of course, if you’re a superbike rider, it’s not going to be the lid for you but it’s great for riders of Cafe Racers, Retro riders, urban commuters or those who just like flies in their teeth. It weighs just 1000g.