A motorcycle helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment any rider will ever buy. Your brain needs the best protection you can afford, so it’s worthwhile getting the best motorcycle helmet possible. The moment you spot that car pulling out of a junction in front of you, you’ll be glad of every penny you spent on your helmet.
The manufacturers are constantly improving their designs, making their helmets safer, more comfortable and with better features, so here we present some of the best new models for 2017.
Bell Pro Star Race Carbon
Bell has recently updated its popular Star range of helmets, and this is the top end model in the new line-up, designed specifically for racers and fast road riders. Obviously it has a big price-tag, but you’re paying for the very best in track-focused head protection. The helmet is incredibly light at just 1500 grams and has a highly aerodynamic outer shell design.
The helmet is compliant with all three of the most current motorcycle helmet safety standards so, in terms of keeping your head intact during a crash, this is as good as it gets.
AGV Pista GP Gran Premio Italia
This carbon-fiber beauty is one of the coolest looking motorcycle helmets for sports riders currently on the market. It’s also one of the top models from trusted brand, AGV, As well as meeting all the leading safety standards and providing race-focused design, the helmet has exceptional ventilation, ensuring good airflow even when the visor is down.
On a practical note, the lining can easily be removed for cleaning, which is good news for those of us who get a little sweaty in the warmer weather.
Updating Schuberth’s respected SR1 helmet, this new model updates the design for 2017. The new helmet has greatly improved aerodynamics, and reduced wind noise (unusual for sports helmets).
Reviewers have praised the quality of the SR2’s visor, providing excellent clarity as well as low fogging with the excellent ventilation system. As well as an all round excellent design and light weight of just 1300 grams, this is a very competitively priced helmet compared to others in the same class.
Nexx XR2 Trion
This latest model from Nexx is one of the lightest motorcycle helmets on the market, weighing in at just 1270 grams, lighter than many far more expensive options. There are two versions available – this one is made from a composite shell, and there’s also a more expensive carbon version which costs twice as much.
Even the cheaper version meets all of the necessary safety standards, although it doesn’t score quite as highly as some of its more costly competitors. Nevertheless, for under $300 this is a great value helmet that offers enough protection for most road riders.