When there’s nothing else to lose, and nothing left but the wind… Get yourself a motorcycle; Nuff said.
From movie stars to mechanics, hippies to hard-asses — everyone loves the feeling of being on a bike. For some it’s a phase, for others a lifelong obsession. Whatever the case may be, the experience will definitely leave you changed, and somewhat less tamed. Knowing that you can handle a bike, exposed to all that the elements can throw at you – gives you a confidence that’s unspoken. Others will sense something’s different, but might not quite get it. You feel more equipped behind the wheel of any ol’ thing.
So while you’re dreaming up the perfect set of wheels to throw your leg o’er, take a look at some of the best head gear around.
This is the all-new Bullitt helmet by Bell, (below) it’s based on the design of the same name shown by Chad Hodge last year and it’s designed to slot neatly into the burgeoning new genre of motorcycle helmets that are built with modern materials and methods using vintage design queues. THIS is my absolute favourite in terms of colour-ways, styling, coding and total slickness. I had to find an oxygen mask to get me back on my feet after seeing this beauty!
At the moment this is just a prototype concept. If you’d like to help Chad (and the rest of us looking for a good looking full face) you can get his contact info by e-mailing Lennard from BubbleVisor here: firstname.lastname@example.org
The new Castel Helmet by Ruby is of the most beautiful 3 dimensional objects ever noted in headgear. Each helmet is made from carbon fibre and is lined with top-grain Nappa lamb leather, they’re certified DOT in the USA and ECE 22.05 for the EU and come with optional, snap-on visors.
The Castel was designed by Jerôme Coste specifically to be worn with sunglasses or goggles, hence the lack of a built in visor. The helmets weigh in at between 910G to 1450G depending on the size you choose and the cost is €900 apiece.
The Gringo is a retro full-face helmet that costs just $149.95 USD – this is far more affordable and I have a sneaking suspicion that they’re going to sell out rather quickly. They’re currently available in 5 colours including Hazard Orange (pictured), Flat Black, Flat Titanium, Gloss Black and Gloss Vintage White.
The helmet designs from French company Roof are nothing if not unique, the Boxer V8 is a full-face helmet with a flip-up front that swivels around to the rear, allowing you to choose between 3/4 face or full depending on weather and riding conditions.
Icon Motosports and Old School Helmets agreed to work together to take an Icon Alliance Helmet and turn it into a lid that Kenny Roberts, Evel Knievel or Mad Max would happily choose to wear.
This new helmet would need to look perfectly at home in the saddle of a Vincent Black Lightning, it would also have to offer top notch protection, comfort, optics and aerodynamics. Using the Icon Alliance helmet as a starting point meant that the project started with a state-of-the-art helmet that has passed or exceeded every major safety standard in the world including: DOT FMVSS 218 (USA), ECE 22-05 (Europe), SAI AS1698 (Australia) and SG (Japan). The joint venture is hard at work on new looks so keep your eyes peeled!