Which motorcycle helmet?

Which helmet for which motorcycle?

FTR's guide to lids for all styles

Of course, you can wear any helmet with any bike but with motorcycling, inherently, comes style. It’s more than just looks though – adventure helmets, retro lids and sporty MotoGP-esque models all have their uses and are designed for their specific purposes. Everything from field of vision to sun peaks and ventilation are useful in different environments and for different types of riding. To help you out, FTR has picked its favourites for each style of motorcycle.

Adventure and touring

Bell MX-9 – £149.99

Bell has a great track record when it comes to helmets and is one of the oldest brands on this list. The MX-9 is a straightforward ADV helmet with great visibility and a large peak to keep out the sun. This particular model has MIPS technology; a special movable liner reduces rotational forces on impact.

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Shoei Hornet – £439.99

For many, Shoei is the top brand to opt for when it comes to safety. Its Hornet meets the expectations in terms of build quality and features all the bells and whistles. The Hornet has a large visor that can be removed should you want to use goggles.

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Icon Variant – £242.89

A little more stylish, the Icon Variant is a good-looking lid. It comes in some really cool finishes, including ‘Battlestar’, which adds a battered/scratched effect.

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Modern classics

Nexx XG100 R – from £269.99

When Nexx released the original XG100, the motorcycle world realised you could create a brand-new designed full-face that looked retro. The XG100 R takes this further by adding a hinged visor (rather than clip-on shield) and comes in lots of new colours and designs.

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AGV X3000 – £274.99

AGV is mainly associated with modern sports helmets and, to be honest, it’s a bit late to the retro game – but fashionably so. The brand hasn’t disappointed. Reviving its heritage models, AGV has produced this retro flavour X3000. Perfect for the Thruxton, it’s got cafe racer style written all over it.

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Hedon Heroine – from £499

For pure class and sophisticated style, Hedon’s Heroine is a great choice. It features a large eye-port and beautiful leather trim. Coming in mostly monochrome and muted colours, it has become very popular.

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Arai Rebel – from £349

The popular RX-7V in many ways looks like a classic round helmet. The best thing about this helmet is the adjustable interior. Different thicknesses of foam for the comfort lining mean riders can alter the fit to suit their head shape. The lining is made from a new material called Eco-Pure, which is antibacterial.

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HJC IS-17 – from £159

For a standard full-face packed with features and top safety ratings, the IS-17 is hard to beat. The HJC is reasonably priced and comes with internal sun visor and pinlock included. HJC is one of the cheaper brands, but consistently delivers great-quality lids. The company even sponsors MotoGP riders, so its products are race-tested.

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AGV K1 – £179.99

Sharp sporty looks with enough spoilers and vents to make you look like a walking Lamborghini, the AGV is out-and-out sports style. Great aerodynamics, ventilation and it comes in Valentino Rossi colours…

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Hedon Hedonist – from £309

The low-profile Hedonist is many riders go-to for summer cruising. Soft lining, beautiful colours and British craftsmanship make the Hedon a work of art as much as it is a piece of safety equipment.

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Davida Jet – from £289

Long-time retro helmet producer Davida came to the rescue before retro style became cool again. King of the three-quarter helmet, the Jet is the original modern-day open face. Simple and elegant.

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Premier Jet – from £99.99

Although a larger profile than the previous two mentioned, the Premier Jet looks cool thanks to a flip-down fighter-pilot-style visor. Super-light with modern washable interior and ratchet quick-release strap.

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