The Highest-rated Novelty Motorcycle Helmets Reviewed for You

The Highest-rated Novelty Motorcycle Helmets Reviewed for You

Novelty motorcycle helmets are usually designed more for a particular statement of style than anything else.

While most of them do provide enough rudimentary protection to keep your noggin from getting bruised by a flying pebble from the road, they are usually incapable of delivering stronger protection than that.

It’s not that their designers should be faulted for it, necessarily; you just have to remember they never designed the helmets for ultimate durability. In most cases, they were designed—quite obviously—for sheer visual enjoyment. Of course, novelty takes many forms.

Some unique helmets seem to thrust you into the styles of the future, while some salute the past.

Here is a list of the top-rated novelty helmets currently on the market, in case you feel up to a bit of risk and stylish fun.

 

Top Novelty Motorcycle Helmets ReviewedPrice RangeOur Score
Hanmi Goggles Vintage German Style Half Helmet$$3.5/5 rubber chickens
TORC Route 66 T-50 Rebel Star Open Face$$$4.5/5 rubber chickens
IV2 3D Skull Half Motorcycle Helmet$$4/5 rubber chickens
1STorm Dual Visor Open Face Helmet$$$4.4/5 rubber chickens
BikerAccess Novelty Eagle Flat Black Helmet$$3/5 rubber chickens

 

Hanmi Goggles Vintage German Style Half Helmet
Hanmi Goggles Vintage German Style Half Helmet

Overview

The Hanmi Vintage German Style Half Helmet is a novelty helmet made of ABS plastic.

Equipped with old-school goggles, it comes in a number of finishes, such as a white stripes-and-star design on a black background and a faux leather-and-copper look.

Pros

  • Cool look, especially because of the goggles
  • Chin strap is easy to adjust
  • Cool finish options

Cons

  • Feels a little on the flimsy side
  • Only comes in one size

Conclusion

Like most novelty helmets, the Hanmi German Style Half Helmet does not boast DOT certification (although it does claim to have KPS certification).

As such, a bit of flimsiness is probably to be expected from it as well as from the other items on this list.

As far as looks go, though, it’s a winner, offering innovation by—ironically enough—calling up the past.

Paired with a vintage ride, it will guarantee heads turning to watch you wherever you go.

 

TORC Route 66 T-50 Rebel Star Open Face
Hanmi Goggles Vintage German Style Half Helmet

Overview

As a novelty helmet that also happens to be DOT-certified, the Route 66 T-50 is a handsome ABS-construction product with a distressed retro paint design featuring red and white stripes with a white star on a blue background. The inner lining is removable for cleaning and the visor can be removed as well.

It comes in sizes XS-2XL

Pros

  • DOT certification
  • Attractive and convincingly retro design with some American pride for good measure
  • Very comfortable on the head

Cons

  • Sizing can run a little small
  • Will sit a little high on the head for some users

Conclusion

The TORC helmet is one of those helmets that straddle the divide between novelty helmets and functional ones. This is good news for its admirers, of course, as it means they can get DOT-certified safety equipment while still having a unique look.

While it is well made, there are some nitpicks worth mentioning, though.

Besides the ones in the Cons section above, there is also the fact that the design is a decal. This should not be a deal-breaker, though, as a genuine distressed paint job would bring up its price significantly from what it is now (under one hundred).

 

IV2 3D Skull Half Motorcycle Helmet
IV2 3D Skull Half Motorcycle Biker Helmet

Overview

IV2’s 3D-molded skull helmet is arguably a functional helmet because it has DOT approval, but most would still classify it as a novelty helmet due to the sheer boldness of its stylized skeletal design.

Like goggle-type helmets, it has two separate lenses for the eyes, but these cannot be swung away, being part of the cap. It is made of molded plastic and has a shock-absorbent liner.

Pros

  • DOT approval
  • Bold, memorable design

Cons

  • Not very comfortable
  • Poor lens quality

Conclusion

Function-wise, there are a lot of bones to pick here (pun intended). This helmet offers you poor protection from the wind and its noise, for example, and the lenses tend to scratch easily besides being a pain to switch out.

Despite being DOT-approved, too, the odd design can make you seriously question whether or not this helmet can make a difference to your health in an accident.

Still, this novelty piece makes a strong statement, and just might be the perfect helmet to whip out on a short Halloween ride.

 

1STorm Dual Visor Open Face Helmet
1STorm Dual Visor Open Face Helmet

Overview

The 1Storm Motorcycle Dual Visor Open Face Helmet is obviously another of the skull-inspired (even sporting a Bad Ass Mohawk design) novelty helmets available today.

Like the preceding item on this list, it happens to have DOT approval too, giving it extra functionality.

It sports a thermoplastic shell, a UV-resistant finish, removable inner padding, and seven different finishes, including one that looks like digital camouflage.

It comes in sizes S-2XL.

Pros

  • DOT approval
  • Wide range of finish options
  • Comfortable fit
  • More detail than the IV2 model

Cons

  • Skull visor can be uncomfortable
  • Visor may restrict peripheral vision

Conclusion

Like all novelty helmets, this suffers some hiccups: the lenses are not very scratch-resistant, for example, and the skull-face visor can be restrictive of vision when kept down. Still, the bold 3D touches of the thermoplastic skull give it a great look that will not be easily dismissed.

 

BikerAccess Novelty Eagle Flat Black Helmet
BikerAccess Novelty Eagle Flat Black Helmet

Overview

The BikerAccess Novelty Eagle Helmet is made of a fiberglass shell and fitted with a D-ring-equipped chinstrap. It has a padded interior for comfort and is not DOT approved.

It comes in sizes S-2XL and is reasonable priced.

Pros

  • Cool vintage looks and traditional styling
  • Very light and comfortable on the head
  • Doesn’t sit too high on the head
  • Looks like a DOT-approved helmet (although it is not)

Cons

  • A little narrow in shape, so those with wider heads will have trouble with it
  • Offers virtually no protection in case of a crash

Conclusion

This product from BikerAccess probably best exemplifies the novelty helmet out of all the items on this list. It makes no bones about the fact that it is not a real protective helmet—the manufacturer even warns you that it does not have DOT approval.

What it does do is offer a stylish “faux solution” for those who hate to wear helmets but have an appreciation of vintage style.

You cannot possibly expect it to save you from serious head injury if you have an accident, but if you’re going for looks alone this is retro and affordable.

Summary

All in all, the best buys among these novelty helmets are the TORC Rebel Star (with its attractive design and durability), followed by the 1STorm (a cooler skull than the IV2), and the IV2 3D Skull (which ranks lower due to its decreased visibility).

All of these let you experience novelty helmet use without forcing you to give up too much in terms of safety, and they also all happen to have reasonable costs. Their DOT certification is what brings them to the top.

The remaining two are straight-up novelty helmets, so you will be taking a chance with your own health if you use them. Of the two, though, the BikerAccess product is likely the least protective, if also the least encumbering.

Again, keep in mind the trade you make here: the “free-er” the helmet feels, the less protection it will give you in a pinch. Only you can decide if the novelty value of the item is sufficient to offset that risk.

 

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