18 COOL HELMETS FOR RETRO INSPIRED STYLE

Top 18 Cool Retro Inspired Motorcycle Helmets 2019

A safe and comfortable helmet is one of the most important pieces of equipment when driving a motorbike. However, if you’re riding a cool motorcycle, say a mean caferacer, a custom Harley, a retro scrambler, a vintage bobber, it would be a style-travesty to be seen wearing an out of place ultra-modern looking helmet.

The most important reason to wear a helmet is of cause that it protects your sweet little head from an unexpected encounter with the tarmac, the grille of a truck, a tree or actually just about anything more rigid than the human skull.

The second most important thing is that your helmet should look really damned cool. Find the right helmet to match you and your bike and it will just add coolness. In fact, with the right helmet NOT wearing it actually looks stupid (and it really is stupid you know!).

Below is a list of some of our favourite motorcycle helmets available in the US inspired by that cool retro vintage style. (Based in Europe – no worries – check our favourite motorcycle helmets available in Europe here)


1. GULF DRIVER HELMET

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

Stylistic helmet with a short visor in the traditional Gulf colors! Safe and stable, this European helmet corresponds to ECE 2205 safety standards. Available in the sizes M, L and XL. Great cognac colored interior made with various materials like mesh, leather and nylon. Limited Edition and thus a true collectors items.

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2. Bell Custom 500 Carbon Open-Face

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

Bell Helmets was born in the 1950s California hot rod and racing scene and their products are just super cool and built to be used. The Custom 500 is the epitome of a classic 3/4 helmet. With 5 shell sizes the Custom 500 is sure to give the rider a personalized fit regardless of where you are on the size chart. The quilted, contrast-stitched, plush interior is wrapped in a fiberglass composite shell. Fit and finish are impeccable, and with dozens of shield and visor accessories available, the ability to personalize yours are endless. Meets or exceeds DOT and ECE certifications.

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3. TORC T50 Route 66 Dreamer

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

You are a core rider. You want as little between you and the experience as you can get. The TORC Route 66 T50 is your helmet. Classic, super-slim, open-face design with retro paint and custom graphics. The Route 66 liner comes with technical fabric material called ultra suede. It looks and feels like real leather, but wicks moisture and wears like the modern material it is This helmet comes in many cool designs.

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4. Vega Helmets X380 Vintage – Bombs Away

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

The X380 Vintage Motorcycle Helmet for Men & Women by Vega Helmets is a cool open face helmet for those looking for a more comfortable classic look with its retro design, lightweight 2.3 lbs. shell, and moisture wicking liner with removable head liner. It has a retro design with modern features, including a plush anti-microbial moisture wicking liner, 5 snaps with included 3-snap shorty visor, padded d-ring strap, and ABS thermoplastic alloy shell.
Meets or exceeds US DOT FMVSS 218 safety regulations. Choose from four exciting graphics or pick a more classic look with gloss or matte black.

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5. YEMA Helmet YM-628 3/4 Open Face

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

Cool 3/4 open face helmet with a classic vintage look. It has a carbon fiber shell and is only 2 pounds. Meets or exceeds DOT FMVSS 218 standard. The helmet has a built-in Sun Visor System with Easy-use switch for quick change of sun visor. Fully removeable and washable liner and pads to keep helmet clean, fresh. Extra space for Glasses and Bluetooth Speakers.

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6. Bell Custom 500 Carbon Osprey

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

The Custom 500 is the epitome of a classic 3/4 helmet. With 5 shell sizes the Custom 500 is sure to give the rider a personalized fit regardless of where you are on the size chart. The quilted, contrast-stitched, plush interior is wrapped in a fiberglass composite shell. Fit and finish are impeccable, and with dozens of shield and visor accessories available, the ability to personalize yours are endless. Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper
Rear Leather Goggle Strap Holder. Meets or exceeds DOT and ECE certifications.

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7. TORC 3/4 Open Face Helmet ‘Rebel Star’

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

This TORC 3/4 open face helmet is constructed with two outer shells, inner comfort padding, removable and washable cheek pads and with anti-microbial technical fabric. The helmet is DOT approved and meet or succeed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. This helmet is available in many cool retro designs.

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8. Bell Custom 500 RSD Checkmate

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

Bell Helmets was born in the 1950s California hot rod and racing scene and their products are just super cool and built to be used. The Custom 500 RSD has a low profile look and an exceptional fit thanks to a thinner headform. The helmet has an integrated 5 snap pattern for aftermarket shields and visors and a padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper. The helmet Meets or exceeds DOT and ECE certifications.

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9. TORC T-50 3/4 Retro Iso Bars

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

The TORC 3/4 open face helmet is constructed with two outer shells, inner comfort padding, removable and washable cheek pads and with anti-microbial technical fabric. The helmet is DOT approved and meet or succeed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. The TORC 3/4 open face helmet is available in many other cool retro designs.

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10. Daytona Cruiser

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

These Daytona Cruiser 3/4 Shell Helmets in the soft touch Dull Black, Hi-Gloss finish, Captain America graphic are light and small. The Daytona Cruiser items are fully lined with a custom formed interior for extreme comfort. Available only with removable, snap on gloss black bubble visor. Slim Line Design offering a sleek, contoured shell that hugs your head eliminating the mushroom look. The helmet meets and exceeds D.O.T. FMVSS 218 Standards.

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11. Bell Custom 500 Open-Face Helmet

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

Bell Helmets was born in the 1950s California hot rod and racing scene and the style is cool like it was back then. The Custom 500 is the epitome of a classic 3/4 helmet. With 5 shell sizes the Custom 500 is sure to give the rider a personalized fit regardless of where you are on the size chart. The quilted, contrast-stitched, plush interior is wrapped in a fiberglass composite shell. Fit and finish are impeccable, and with dozens of shield and visor accessories available, the ability to personalize yours are endless. Meets or exceeds DOT and ECE certifications.

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12. Vespa UK Nations Helmet

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

Don’t choose this helmet if you drive a Harley, BMW or Ducati!. But for a Triumph-rider or Vespa-rider it’s a must. Jet helmet with 5 snaps. Thermoplastic shell. Micrometric redemption system. High resistant lining. Vespa unique chromed finishing on the edge of the shell. Removable washable cheek pads. UV proof painting. ECE 22.05 homologated.

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13. Biltwell Bonanza Helmet

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

Injection-molded ABS outer shell with hand-painted finish, expanded polystyrene inner shell. The Bonanza’s interior features a custom-shaped EPS safety shell and a hand-stitched removable liner with moisture wicking brushed Lycra panels and open-cell foam padding for breathability and comfort. The Biltwell Bonanza Helmet meets DOT safety standards. Rugged plated steel D-ring neck strap with adjustment strap end retainer. XS through XXL sizes

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14. GULF HELMET

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

Italian Made Helmet in matt black colour, with removable visor and interieur and other parts made from italian leather. Gulf logo on both sides. Safe and stable, this European helmet corresponds to ECE 2205 safety standards. Great helmet for a small budget. Available in size M, L and XL (see size-chart in product-tab below). Great cognac colored interior made with various materials like mesh, leather and nylon. Limited Edition and therefore a true collectors items.

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15. TORC T1 Retro Fiberglass Full-Face Helmet

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

The TORC new T-1 is all new modern day in safety retro in style with its ultra-plush interior liner for an exceptional fit & comfort in retro style. Meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218.
Fiberglass Tri-Composite Shell, Front Chin Vents with Metal Mesh Intake and Exhaust Vent
Removable Shield, Faux Suede Liner, Padded Chin Strap with D-Ring Closure, Multi-Density EPS
Anti-Fog & Anti-Scratch Shield, Certified DOT & ECE 22.5

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16. Bell Bullitt Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

Inspired by the very first Bell Star helmet, the Bullitt is a modern take on the original. Featuring an exceptional fit and ultra-high quality details, the Bullitt is the perfect helmet for riders looking for a vintage look with full-face protection. Low-Profile Composite Shell. 3 shell and EPS sizes for a personalized fit. Front chin vents with metal mesh intake and exhaust vents. Genuine leather, removable/washable, anti-bacterial interior. Contoured cheek pads. Padded chin strap with leather D-ring closure. Integrated speaker pockets. Exclusive Magnefusion magnetic strap keeper. Accessory shields available for a personalized look. Certification: DOT,ECE, AS.

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17. Biltwell Gringo S Full Face Helmet

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

The Gringo S is built around Biltwell’s injection-molded ABS outer shell and features a shock-absorbing EPS liner with hand-stitched interior padding, cheek pads and BioFoam chin bar cushion for comfort. The anti-fog Gringo S shield boasts awesome optics and simple hinge mechanics for high style and easy removal for replacement or cleaning. A snap and tab configuration on the rider’s left side offers speedy opening and secure closing to protect its wearer from road debris and wind irritation with little fanfare or complication. The Biltwell Gringo S meets FMVSS 218.

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18. Bell Custom 500 Special Edition

18 Cool Helmets For Retro Inspired Style

We’ll end this helmet guide with a personal favourite of ours. We love all the Bell Custom 500 helmets, but this special edition is in its own league. CUSTOM 500 ORIGINAL STYLE Throwbacks and retro lids are nice, but nothing beats an original. Back in 1954 Bell founder Roy Richter formed his first helmet out of fiberglass and named it the “500.” Bell’s Custom 500 pays homage to Richter’s original design while adding modern protective technology to bring the design up-to-date. Low-Profile Carbon Composite Shell. 5 shell and EPS liner sizes ensure a low-profile look. Genuine leather, anti-bacterial interior. Multi Density EPS liner. Integrated 5 snap pattern for aftermarket shields and visors. Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and strap keeper. Leather D-ring pull. Deluxe helmet bag included. The helmet meets DOT, ECE, AS.

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The helmets above are all available in USA and inspired by that cool retro vintage style we love. If you are located in Europe – no worries – check our favourite motorcycle helmets available in Europe here)

Reasons to wear a motorcycle helmet:
Without a cool helmet you just look stupid
Reduces the risk of injuries and risk of death with respectively 69% and 42%
A helmet protects you and keeps out wind and rain
A helmet keeps you warm in the winter, reduces the risk of sunburn in the summer
Makes you easier to see for other people – especially with a helmet of bright color or reflective material
Protects you from road debris and keeps insects away from your eyes
It’s the law in many countries and states in the US and you should of course always prioritize to protect yourself

Safety standards for motorcycle helmets:
DOT: Department Of Transportation – the standard is FMVSS 218: the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard #218 – applicable for helmets sold in the U.S. for on-road use. Each manufacturer must test and self-certify models and attach DOT emblem.

ECE 22.05: Economic Commission for Europe – the standard 22.05 is a specific regulation that specifies the standards for testing. Similar to DOT in testing and labelling and accepted in 47 countries.

Snell: Snell Memorial Foundation M2010) Helmet Standard – a private non-profit organization from 1957 formed to improve helmet safety. Snell is beyond governmental standards and can help manufacturers with helmet development and prototype testing.



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