Vintage Motorcycle Helmets – Retro Helmets That Are Top Rated and Most Popular

Vintage Motorcycle Helmets – Retro Helmets That Are Top Rated and Most Popular

Old school trends keep on coming back whether it’s clothes or cars, and now, helmets. We all remember seeing the cool retro helmets in the movies from the old days.

But, getting that exact copy might not be practical due to its lack of features and safety.

However, in the modern world there are companies which produce vintage style motorcycle helmets that feature the old-school retro look. They and have been equipped with modern day safety features and look totally wicked.

 

Vintage Motorcycle

 

There are enough choices in the market place for you from full-faced, open faced, and half helmets. Whatever fits your style and riding habits.

This week we have put together our list of some of the most popular vintage-style motorcycle helmets.

*Ratings may have changed since publishing

Top Choices for Vintage Motorcycle HelmetsPrice RangeRating
Biltwell Gringo S Helmet$$$$4/5 rubber chickens
Arrow AV-84 Vintage Deluxe$$$3/5 rubber chickens
Flat Black Novelty Helmet by Biltwell$$4/5 rubber chickens

Biltwell Gringo S Retro Helmet
Biltwell Gringo S Helmet

Retro 70’s Look Full Face Helmet

The full-faced helmet from Biltwell has been constructed with an injection-molded ABS outer shell and comes with a hand painted finish. The expanded polystyrene inner shell and hand-sewn brushed Lycra liner with contrasting diamond stitched quilted open-cell foam padding offers  superior comfort.

It features a rugged plated steel D-ring neck strap that makes sure that  the helmet stays on. It has been certified with DOT standards.

It is available in five different sizes and will cost you a couple of Benjamin Franklin’s.

 

WHAT WE LIKE

  • Comes with a strong outer shell for protection.
  • Shock-absorbing EPS liner and interior padding, cheek pads and biofoamchin bar cushion for comfort.
  • Helmet will not budge, even at high speeds and will get you through most weather conditions.

 

WHAT WE DON’T

  • Riding with visor up can get slightly irritating due to the whistling wind noise.
  • Addition of modern day features  puts it in the classier section of helmet prices, so  ,it might not be affordable for some riders as it’s not a mid-range helmet.

 

This is a great helmet with modern day safety features and classy ’70s look. The full- faced helmet features comfortable padding for maximum comfort and will work just as fine as  normal modern day helmets. If you are willing to spend the sum required, it’s a great buy and you are bound to receive lot of compliments.

 

COMPARISON

Biltwell is one of the leading companies when it comes to the manufacturing of vintage style helmets. But, there are other options out there. If full helmets are not your thing, you can also consider the Arrow AV-84 Vintage Deluxe and Flat Black Novelty Helmet by Biltwell. These open-faced helmets are designed with a superb vintage finish and are available at half the price.

 

Arrow AV-84 Vintage Deluxe
Arrow AV-84 Vintage Deluxe

European Old School Motorcycle Helmets

Vintage deluxe from Arrow is constructed with a thermoplastic shell and has been certified by ECE 22.05, which is the European D.O.T. It is lightweight and the inner linen is extremely comfortable.

It features high-quality three dimensional lining for a personalized fit and is both removable and washable. The paint on the helmet is U.V resistant, ensuring it age well.

It is available in six different sizes and is priced well.

WHAT WE LIKE

  • It meets the ECE standards and the protection is optimum.
  • The three dimensional padding makes the riding comfortable and the padding can be removed and washed.
  • It is  lightweight and will not strain your head and neck despite long hours of riding.
  • The strap is easy to use, even with the gloves on.

 

WHAT WE DON’T

  • Since it is an open-faced helmet and leaves most of the face open, it is not as safe as full helmets.
  • There are no air vents, so although being an open faced helmet, long hours of riding in the heat might get uncomfortable.
  • Delivery tends to take longer than standard time.

 

If a vintage style, open faced helmet is what you want, there is no better buy. It has been approved with safety standards of ECE and features a classy look. With easy-to use straps and comfortable inner padding, it is a great buy, especially for the price.

 

Flat Black Novelty Helmet by Biltwell
Flat Black Novelty Helmet by Biltwell

Vintage-style ¾ open face helmet in matte black

This is another helmet by Biltwell which deserves  it places among the bests. The vintage-style ¾ open face helmet is light weight and comfortable. The interior lining  has been stitched with maximum detail. It features contrasting ventilated panels on the top for cool riding.

The signature chrome strip by Biltwell around the opening makes it look classy. It features  an embossed goggle strap and an easy-to-use snap.

The only flaw is that; it is not DOT approved and is meant strictly for novelty purposes.

WHAT WE LIKE

  • The design is classy, and with the chrome strip to add an extra flavor to the vintage style, it looks even classier.
  • It is comfortable to wear and the embossed goggle strap will ensure clear vision.

 

WHAT WE DON’T

  • It is not DOT certified and the safety is questionable. Do not use it as a go-to helmet.
  • With no proper face shield, it will not perform well while riding amidst dust, smoke or unfavorable weather conditions.

 

You get what you pay for with this product, but it will not disappoint you in anyway. The interior padding has been stitched properly and ensures comfortable riding.

The only problem is with the safety because it does not meet DOT standards. Other than that, you will be receiving plenty of questions about the helmet and the riding itself will give you a superior feel.

 

CONCLUSION

Each of the helmets feature different designs, different features and are available at different set of prices. It really comes down to what you want in your vintage-style helmet. Weigh the pros and cons with your requirements in order to get the best out of the product.

 

Retro Helmets

 

For instance, if you are only looking to ride around town with a classy helmet, the  Flat black novelty from Biltwell should serve you just fine. And, if you require safety to go hand in hand with style, you can opt for either of the other two.

The best choice is the Biltwell Gringo S. To say the least, it has a superior look and is a full face helmet, which makes sure you get maximum protection.

Granted, it is costlier than the other two, but fashion has a price and costs more when great features come with it. It’s not over sized and isn’t too heavy.

If you need one more reason, it is DOT certified and you can ride with ease and comfort without having to worry about any legal issues.

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2 Comments

  1. Sam Listern says:

    Hi Jason, yes in this modern world many companies produce vintage style motorcycle helmets that feature the old-school retro look. Nice blog thanks for sharing..

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