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The Best Retro Motorcycle Helmets

Updated on November 22, 2010

Retro Helmets Rock!

There has been a major revival in retro motorcycle helmets lately, and what a good thing it is! Retro helmets have a great look to them- they're streamlined, simple, and sexy. Here's a quick overview of the major retro style helmets for scooters and motorcycles that are on the market today.

Why the Interest?

What caused the recent revved up interest in retro helmet styles? It could be the lingering impact from the 2008 release of Speed Racer mixed with growing popularity of vintage clothing styles and lifestyle, or it could just be a growing interest in alternative helmet styles. At any rate, it's a good thing.

The Dominant Brand

Without a doubt, Z1R dominates today's retro-style helmet market.  Their helmets are gorgeous, and though they're not the cheapest on the market, helmet-wise, they're well constructed and beautifully designed.  I'll walk you through three of their greatest looks.

Retro Stripes

As indicated in the model's name, the Z1R Jimmy Retro helmet certainly has the retro ideal down. As the helmet is open-faced and includes a racing stripe, this helmet encapsulates the most classic characteristics of a vintage style helmet.

Available in many colors, this helmet is the best choice for someone hoping to get the most classic retro helmet available - with all the amenities afforded by modern helmet design.

Bold Circles

The Z1R Royaly Air Ace Transit Helmet has a great, bold look to it, with an added element of sophistication with the subtle houndstooth pattern mixed in with solid bands.  

This helmet offers a bold statement without being too busy, and also strikes me as the most sophisticated modern take on vintage aesthetics.  

The Most Subtle Alternative

If you like the lines and general shape of vintage-style open face helmets, your best bet is to go with the Z1R Ace Transit Helmet.  This helmet has the same shape as its siblings but goes with a solid color, thus making it a bit more versatile in terms of aesthetically matching with your bike or scooter.

This helmet is also available in less flamboyant colors, so if you're more of an understated helmet-wearer, this is the one to go with.


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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      That makes two of us, jafruminc! Thanks for the comment :D

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      jafruminc 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

      I love retro helmets! Thank you for posting this!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Good point! I'm a fan of both - carbon fiber is pleasantly lighter, but there's something comfortable about the heftiness of an older helmet.

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      greengypsywolf1 6 years ago from The darkest corner of my own insanity.

      Gotta go with metal flake for that truly old school look, seem a little off to have a retro helmet made of modern materials (ie carbon fiber).

      But maybe Im just a bit of a purist lol

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, ok, that is RIDICULOUSLY awesome.

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      california.steve 6 years ago from California

      I think the coolest retro/modern helmet is the MOMO "Komposit" Carbon Fiber Motorcycle Helmet. The most popular urban helmet in Paris with the style set (based on my visual polling). Check it out: