Top 10 coolest helmet paint jobs

MCN’s recent Helmet Buying Guide showcased some of the most protective and coolest looking lids on the planet.

Here we’re concentrating on looks…

 

AGV LONGWAY £119.99-£129.99
SHARP rating:
4
Sizes: XS-XL
Colours: Four plain (silver, white, gloss and matt black), and two multis (inc the Daytona, above)
Shell: Thermoplastic
Contact: www.agv.com

We say: The Longway is AGV’s only flip-up lid, but still gets a four-star SHARP rating.

It comes in one shell size only, but it does have front air intakes and rear extractors, a removable and washable lining and an anti-scratch visor. The chin strap buckle is quick-release, too.

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AGV Ti-Tech Evolution
SHARP rating: 4
Sizes: XS-XL
Colours: Two plains (black or silver), multi-coloured 'Rose' and 'Lines' options.
Shell: Carbon-Kevlar
Price: £299.99-£319.99
Contact: www.agv.com

We say: Multi-coloured Rose design is fine if you're a Lancastrian, but there's no Ti-Tech Rossi rep this year.

'Lines' design is classy, though. The Ti-Tech comes in two shell sizes, a removeable and washable Coolmax lining, double-D strap closure, quick-release visor and titanium air vents (see where the lid gets its name now?).

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Airoh Speed Fire £59.95

SHARP rating: 4
Sizes: XS-XL
Colours: Three multi-coloured options - Graphire (pictured), Grifo and Rise.
Shell: Thermoplastic
Contact: www.airoh.com

We say: Take what you want from SHARP's findings, but you can't argue with a four-star rating on a 60 quid lid.

The cartoon design 'Graphite' is seriously cool, too. Same removeable, washable innards as the Leox.

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Arai Condor £239.99-£309.99

SHARP rating: 2
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colours: Black, white, silver plains, plus three multi-coloured options (included flag of St George) and Neevesy replica.
Shell: Composite-fibre
Contact: www.whyarai.co.uk

We say: Features the same quick-release visor system favoured by racers and road riders the world over (and also featured on the range-topping RX7 GP), eyebrow vents, multi-adjustable vents, double-D ring closure and de-mist visor lock.

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Bell M4R £269.95-£379.95

SHARP rating: 5
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colours: Plain black or multi-coloured Mugello or Indy (pictured), plus carbon.
Shell: Composite fibre (or carbon)
Contact: www.bell-motohelmets.com

We say: Another stack of cool and classy designs on this five-star helmet.

Features adjustable air vents, 3.2mm-thick anti-fog visor with UV filter, anti-allergy removeable and washable lining, customisable cheek pads and a double-D ring closure.

 

Nolan N62 £134.99-£174.99

SHARP rating: 4
Sizes: XXS-XXL
Colours: Plain black (gloss and matt) or silver, plus 12 multi-coloured designs and race reps (including Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri, pictured).
Shell: Thermoplastic
Contact: www.nolan.it

We say: There’s a staggering number of designs available, but the one shown here is by far the coolest.

Who cares about boring old Stoner? Support the underdog! Spec is what you’d expect from a high-end lid – the N62’s features include Nolan’s patented Microlock fastener, in which a serrated rubber strap feeds into a lever-operated buckle.

Sanitised lining is washable and removable, too.

 

SCORPION EXO-700 £169-£189

SHARP rating: 4
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colours: Six plain (inc black, metallic black, blue, silver) and five multis (inc Chameleon, above)
Shell: Polycarbonate
Contact: www.scorpionusa.com

We say: After a brief spell of availability on the UK market, Scorpion is back. The lid is wind-tunnel tested and has a quick-release visor.

The visor is also hard-coated to make it anti-scratch and is anti-fog, too. The liner is removable/washable and you can choose between different colour linings.

 

SHARK RSR2 £319.99-£349.99

SHARP rating: 5
Sizes: XS-XL
Colours: Seven multi-coloured options (including the Indy pictured)
Shell: Composite fibre
Contact: www.shark-helmets.com

We say: Helmet of choice for Brit WSB hopeful, Tom Sykes. Features five different sizes of interior polystyrene absorbers and comes in two shell sizes for optimum fit.

The French firm’s top-of-the-range helmet has a quick-release chin strap as well as a full ventilation system.

 

X-LITE X602 £249.99-£309.99

SHARP rating: 4
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colours: Six plain (inc silver, graphite, black and white), and 25 multis/reps (inc Lorenzo, above)
Shell: Composite fibre
Contact: www.nolan.it

We say: Three shell sizes are available.

The lining is sanitised but not washable, however the chin strap is a double D-ring, the visor is anti-scratch and there is a massive choice of colour schemes and replicas of current GP stars, Jorge Lorenzo and 2007 world champion, Casey Stoner.

 

X-LITE X801 £329.99-£419.99

SHARP rating: 4
Sizes: XS-XXL
Colours: Two plain (matt and gloss black), and 15 multis inc six Legends reps (inc Pasolini, above)
Shell: Composite fibre
Contact: www.nolan.it]

We say: Now replaced by the X802 as the top spec X-Lite helmet, X-Lite has kept the X801 on the market and added the Legends range of colour schemes which are some of the most beautiful helmet designs you can buy.

Has a double D-ring fastener, an anti-scratch visor and an ACU Gold stamp.