I joke that I am bad at selling motorcycle helmets, but it is true, I can't lie. I believe a good quality helmet (and proper fitting one) will save your life and that is not a fun conversation people new to motorcycling want to have. At Town Moto we get around this awkward reality by trying really hard to only offer options we believe in. My guideline is that it has to be safe enough for me to let a friend buy it. There is no shortage of options at every price point, but each year it gets harder and harder to understand exactly what you are paying for in a helmet. This is where I come in. I take it seriously, I spend too much time looking behind the exterior, and auditing the details to bring in options that actually perform.
Whether buying a helmet for the first time, looking for a passenger, or just needing an affordable upgrade, I have done the legwork in narrowing down the best choice for you and your wallet! Here are my top hits in full-face models for 2020, or the ones my friends on a budget will be wearing this summer:
There is no denying that Bell has a stronghold on cool and credibility among the helmet manufacturers. From the beginning of road racing across all types of machines, their logo has graced the foreheads of the best and most innovative. What we like about the Qualifier is the way it includes all the features of a modern helmet, without pushing the look away from something classic. The bells and whistles of this helmet are understated, but will be appreciated in daily use. With 3 shell sizes you can access a superior fit in safety that is rare to find at this price point. Included is great ventilation, a removable, washable liner, integrated speaker pockets and an anti-fog, quick release shield. This helmet is the best basic full face model with a DOT approval rating.
A bit more modern in it's overall design, this helmet is our go-to recommendation for our friends on a budget. With a DOT and Snell approval rating, this helmet puts a lot into its ability to take an impact. Scorpion was one of the first to make this level of safety accessible at a lower price point and in our opinion still dominates in terms of getting the most for the price. A narrower neck opening than it's competition, this helmet is quiet! Standard you will find great ventilation, a removable, washable liner, integrated speaker pockets and an anti-fog, quick release shield. This helmet will last you long into it's 5 year lifespan.
HJC is the most popular selling helmet brand worldwide, and we were excited to see them put what they know about meeting higher safety ratings into a base model. The new HJC i10 is a perfect example of a high-value helmet at an affordable price. This helmet has a Pinlock ready face shield and grooves in the cheek padding to better accommodate most eyeglasses. HJC tends to fit a wide variety of head shapes really well and this helmet incorporates all the necessary elements such as good ventilation, a removable, washable liner, integrated speaker pockets and an anti-fog, quick release shield. This is a helmet that will perform well regardless of your riding style.
- Marika Thoms