The problem with having more helmets and features to choose from than ever before is that the choice is that much more complicated. With retail prices ranging from under $100 to over $800, there’s a quality helmet for just about any budget. This is our helmet buyers guide and it’s intended to help you make an educated decision on which helmet is right for you.
Helmet Buyers Guide
Don't know where to start with motorcycle helmets? Check out this helmet tutorial to see the different styles and some of the important characteristics of each. Whether it's a street bike helmet, cruiser skully, off-road brain bucket or touring lid, there's a huge selection of safety equipment designed to protect the most important part of a rider's body.
Motorcycle Superstore is committed to giving you, the rider, the best selection of motorcycle helmets available. Here you’ll find a wide variety of helmets from brands you know and trust like Aria, Shoei, Bell, Scorpion, HJC, Icon, Fox Racing and more. On a budget? No worries! Many manufacturers make motorcycle helmets that offer the same great features and protection as high end models without the hefty price tag. Whether you’re a sport bike racer, highway cruiser, or off road weekend warrior, we have the perfect helmet for you. No matter if you ride on or off road, the importance of having a well-fitting and protective helmet is well known. However, what is not always common knowledge is how to find the right helmet for your type of riding. Below is a quick rundown on which helmets are designed for what.
Full Face Helmets - For riders who want the best all-around protection, full face motorcycle helmets are the way to go. A wrap around shell with full face protection keeps all areas on your head covered and safe. Most of these helmets have a flip down shield that can protect against the wind, debris and even the sun’s harmful rays. If you ride a street bike, sport bike or want you simply more protection, full-face helmets are the go-to helmets for you.
Modular Helmets - If you’re looking for versatility, a flip up helmet is the perfect lid for you. Geared towards the Dual Sport/Adventure rider, these helmets are a great for the touring rider who wants the best of both worlds. How much helmet and coverage you have is all up to you; simply flip up the chin bar and visor with ease to create the best experience for your ride.
Half Helmets/Open Face Helmets - If you crave the feeling of wind in your face as you cruise down the highway, then half and open faced helmets are perfect for you. Whether you rider a Harley, metric cruiser, scooter or somewhere in between, you can't go wrong with one of these bad boys. Half helmets are designed to give you the most protection without obstructing your ride. From the classic biker helmet, to the modern and sleek scooter helmet, we’ve got you covered.
Off Road/Motocross Helmets - For those who like to get dirty out on the track or up in the mountains, dirt bike and ATV helmets are just for you. Designed to take a beating, these helmets can protect you against all the unknown elements you may encounter on the trail. So if you’re gearing up for an epic ride in the sand or woods, gear up with a motocross helmet.
One of the most forgotten aspects of choosing a helmet is finding the right fit. Not all heads are the same, and helmet manufactures take that into account. As a rule of thumb, the higher you go up in price, the narrower and more oval shape the shell is going be. Having a tight and correct fit can make all the difference and is extremely important when choosing a motorcycle helmet. So before you even think about setting out for your next ride, make sure you have a safe, protective and properly fitting motorcycle helmet on.
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Karl (West Chester )
I purchased two helmets- one for my wife and one for myself. They are both good fits and I am glad that we ordered them a little larger than was suggested by head size. Very comfortable. We are most pleased with customer service and would recommend others to your website.
Penny (Cypress )
Best helmet ever for cold weather. It is perfect and it kept me warm and is sound proof. Love the built in sun visor as well.
Joe (Orlando )
This is my 4th Shoei helmet, the Qwest is just as good as my previous RF-1000 and RF-1100 helmets. I average 10-20K miles per year and have ridden in all kinds of weather from 100F to sleeting roads; in each of those conditions the Qwest has always been a comfortable, secure, reliable helmet. Buy a couple of aftermarket tinted visors, and it's a great all around helmet. Be sure to wash the removable foam now and then to keep it relatively fresh. At least two of my fellow rider friends have bought their own Qwest helmets on my recommendation. I'd buy one again when my helmet needs to be replaced. For anyone on the fence, trust me. A comfortable helmet makes a big difference in enjoying your confidence and seat time. I'd rather have good comfortable gear on a so-so bike than have uncomfortable gear on a fast bike.
bajvail (Avon )
needed a new helmet to replace my well worn HJC so ordered this to try it out. The features on the scorpion are very handy, especially the retractable sun shield. Ventilation is good too.
Randy (Kansas city )
The helmet is great looking and very comfortable. I noticed it does run just a touch big. The air flow is pretty poor through the helmet, but it's open face, so nothing to worry about there. Not a big fan of the chin strap, but it's very functional, not the most comfortable though. I wouldn't spend $100 on it, but if you find it on sale, I would pick one up.
Jeff (Erie )
Nice looking and fits very well.