2013 Motorcycle Gift Guide: Street Helmets

December 2, 2013
By Motorcycle USA Staff
The 2013 holiday season is now in full swing, and for many that means it’s time to start thinking about gifts. If you’ve got a motorcyclist to shop for this year, Motorcycle USA would like to help. Check out our Street Helmet suggestions below if you’re looking to find the perfect new lid, with options ranging from the economically priced to top-tier selections.

Shoei GT-Air  

Shoei GT Air Helmet
Shoei GT-Air Helmet.

Street riders seeking a comfortable full face helmet will love Shoei’s recently released GT-Air lid. This helmet incorporates a plush and precise-fitting interior that helps alleviate discomfort on super long riders. Aside from its excellent fit, one of my favorite features is the flip-down tinted visor that is neatly incorporated into the helmet’s interior. Another big plus is that the interior pads can be easily removed for cleaning and to accommodate the fitment of a Sena SMH10 Bluetooth communication headset. However, if you plan on installing the headset it’s a good idea to wear a slightly larger size than you would normally. For instance I wear a size medium GT-Air for road use and a size small for racetrack use, where a snug fit is paramount. – Adam Waheed

MSRP: $494.99-$521.99

Bell Vortex Damage Helmet

Bell Vortex Damage Helmet
Bell Vortex Damage Helmet

The Bell Vortex Damage Helmet provides a lot of bang for the buck. It incorporates a number of features found on Bell’s premium Star helmet such as Velocity Flow Ventilation, Flow Adjust and the ClickRelease face shield but rings in under $200 dollars. Both DOT and Snell approved, the Vortex also offers a high level of protection for the price. The ClickRelease system is a breeze to use and swapping shields takes seconds. It offers a comfortable fit and has a removable and washable, antibacterial liner, integrated speaker pockets and comes with a five-year warranty.

MSRP: $179.95

Fly Racing Trekker DS Helmet

Fly Racing Kinetic Helmet
Fly Racing Trekker DS Helmet.

The Fly Racing Trekker DS Helmet features aggressive lines, multi-position ratcheting face shield that also allows for the use of goggles when in the open or closed position. The eye port is really large compared to some other full-face road helmets too, making for great visibility. It meets DOT safety standards and is constructed of an Advanced Poly Alloy outer shell. It’s also remarkably light and the visor allows enough air to pass through that it doesn’t yank your head around while cruising down the road. Air flow through the helmet is good as well thanks to its 16 vents.

MSRP: $139.95

Shoei X-Twelve  

Shoei X-Twelve.
Shoei X-Twelve Helmet.

When you’re racing around the track in upwards of 140 mph the last thing you want to worry about is if you’re wearing the right helmet. Fortunately, the X-Twelve is the right helmet. My favorite feature of this helmet is its fit. As mentioned above, I like to run the snuggest fit I can in order to keep the helmet from shifting position from wind blast at triple digit speeds. Another plus is it’s above average ventilation and giant and unencumbered eye port that lets you see more of what’s going on in front of you No doubt the X-Twelve is expensive, but from the quality of the components not to mention the fantastic paint there is no better helmet to wear at the track. – Adam Waheed

MSRP: $613.79-$623.69

Icon Airframe Artist Series Manic Helmet 

Icon Airframe Helmet
Icon Airframe Artist Series Maniac Helmet.

As Icon puts it, “There is something magical about putting on the face of a beast for a rowdy hypersport blast through town.” Put on an Icon Airframe Artist Series Manic Helmet, and the monster-sized teeth on the chin bar will make you feel like getting prehistoric.

Icon has staked a reputation for creating graphics that pop like the pages of a graphic novel, from fodder of nightmares to slapstick shtick. That’s what happens when you let artists like Tanner Goldbeck explore the depths of his imagination.

Pared to grisly black and white essentials, the Icon Airframe Artist Series Manic Helmet returns for another run. This sinewy version dons the recognizable reptilian angst of the original, sans the Day-glo greens and yellows. Icon’s Airframes have shells made from layers of fiberglass, Dyneema and carbon fiber and a multilayer EPS liner that meet World Standards. Big dual vents on the top funnel plenty of air in the well-ventilated lid. Its Hydra-Dry liner comes out easily when it’s time for cleaning. A Dark Smoke shield seals the sinister deal. – Bryan Harley

MSRP: $350

Scorpion EXO-R2000 Circuit Helmet

Scorpion EXO-R2000 Helmet.
Scorpion EXO-R2000 Circuit Helmet.

The Scorpion EXO-R2000 Circuit Helmet is the product of development work with MotoGP’s Alvaro Bautista, Moto2 rider Mika Kallio and others. It looks deceptively simple but has a number of features that make it a unique lid. The outer shell is constructed of TCT (Thermodynamic Composite Technology), a five-layer blend of interlaced and specially formulated fiberglass, Aramid and organic poly-resin fibers. The EXO-R2000 features an AirFit Liner Inflation System that allows the wearer to inflate the cheek pads for a more precise fit. The Ellip-Tec Ratchet System permits tool-less shield changes and also pulls the shield back tight against the eye-port gasket for a surer seal. Six intake ports out front flow air through to 10 exhaust ports.

MSRP: $389.95

Troy Lee Designs McQueen Open Face Helmet

Troy Lee Designs McQueen Helmet
Troy Lee Designs McQueen Open Face Helmet.

This vintage-inspired homage to Steve McQueen is sure to turn some heads. The Troy Lee Designs McQueen Open Face Helmet may look like a blast from the past, but it features an advanced composite shell with carbon fiber reinforcement, lambskin leather interior and dual density EPS liner with air-flow channeling. The machined metal accents and snap-on visor add to the nostalgic look of the lid, and the design is drawn from the helmet McQueen wore in the film “Le Mans.” It’s DOT approved and also comes with a helmet bag.

MSRP: $425.00

Bell Rogue Helmet  

Bell Rogue Helmet
Bell Rogue Helmet.

Bell Helmets rocked the boat when it released its non-traditional Rogue Helmet this year. With the su of a subtleness of a police tactical helmet, the Rogue combines the look of a half-shell with the comfort of a three-quarters lid teamed with an adjustable, removable muzzle to protect your mug.

Riders can rock it as a half-shell, albeit one that doesn’t ride up and try to choke you out at speed thanks to an extended section running down the back of the helmet. A hard composite shell provides the crux of protection while thick padding makes for a comfy fit. It it’s sunny out, you can quickly detach the muzzle for the full ‘wind in the face’ effect. If it’s windy out or if big rigs on the freeway are kicking up a bunch of face-stinging debris, snap the muzzle back into place for protection. When the polyurethane muzzle kept my face from getting the microderm-abrasion treatment from sand and wind whipping over San Diego’s Point Loma, the benefits of the helmet’s muzzle began to grow on me.

Styling on the Rogue is stormtrooper-cool, it fits better and is more comfortable than a half-shell, is DOT-certified and comes with a five-year warranty.

The Bell Rogue Helmet is available X-Small to 2XL in black, matte black, matte green or matte gunmetal. – Bryan Harley

MSRP: $249.95
Transitions Photochromatic Shield 

Transition Shield Photochromatic.
Transitions Photochromatic Shield.

Every now and again you come across a product so convenient and practical, you wonder how you lived without it. That’s how I felt after testing a Transitions Photochromatic Shield. The visor automatically adjusts to light conditions, darkening in full sun while going clear at night. It eliminates the need to carry an extra shield for day and night riding. The shield works as prescribed, constantly changing to outside light to maintain just about the perfect clarity. Riders don’t notice the transition so they can concentrate on the road. I love not having to pack an extra shield or second pair of clear glasses. It’s the type of product that makes you wonder why every motorcycle helmet doesn’t come with one. – Bryan Harley

MSRP $119.95