2024 deadline brings huge savings on ECE 22.05 helmet stocks | Grab one while you can

Sportsbike Shop helmet stock warehouse
Sportsbike Shop helmet stock warehouse

Now is the perfect time to bag a huge saving on your next motorcycle helmet, with retailers selling off the last of their ECE 22.05 stock, following a change of regulations.

Back in 2020, a new ECE safety testing standard for helmets was announced to replace the 20-year-old ECE 22.05 regulation. The new test (ECE 22.06) not only assesses helmets for impact resistance but adds a rotational test to gauge potential damage to the brain from shear forces, estimated as the cause of 60% of brain injuries.

Best clearance deals at a glance

Production under 22.05 certification ceased in July 2023 and manufacturers were given until January 4, 2024 to clear remaining stock. Retailers, however, are free to sell 22.05 helmets until their own stock is exhausted, and with that in mind there are bargains to be had.

Some sizes are starting to disappear from the shelves now, while other models (like the Shoei Neotec 2) have sold out altogether.

Best clearance deals on ECE 22.05 helmets

Price: £199.99 (was £449.99)
AGV has traditionally exceeded homologation requirements through their own in-house testing, such as with this K6 sports helmet which is a claimed 48% improvement over the ECE 22.05 baseline. The shell is Carbon-Aramid fibre with a five density EPS liner and boasts an inner lining which uses special fabrics for comfort, stability and moisture management.   
Price: £109.99 (was £249.99)
Nolan’s range topping N80 has a unique ‘air booster’ ventilation system, which works with a mesh headliner for superior air flow. It’s fully prepped for the N-Com Bluetooth intercom and ships with a Pinlock anti fog visor insert.
Price: £169.99 (was £299.99)
This street styled helmet is actually a modular with dual homologation for use open or closed. The shell is fibreglass, with recessed speaker pockets in the EPS and a drop-down integral sun shield. It’s specs friendly with side grooves too.
Price: £174.98 (was £349.95)
Featuring a tricomposite fibre construction, multi density EPS and customisable interior, the Devil is not short on features. The removable liner is moisture wicking and washable, it has a tinted drop-down visor and comes with a Pinlock.

Save £200

Price: £347.99 (was £599.99)
Arai’s outgoing adventure helmet is still one of the most versatile helmets on the market and a favourite with dual sport riders. It can be worn with or without the peak, or with goggles rather than risking the main visor off road. Ventilation is superb, and that cavernous eye port offers an excellent field of vision.

Read our full Tour-X 4 review

Save £200

Price: £199.99 (was £399.99)
The F70 is a feature packed sports touring helmet based around a lightweight full carbon fibre shell. HJC’s ‘Advanced Channelling Ventilation’ provides targeted airflow through the EPS from front to year, plus there’s an anti-bacterial quick wicking liner, integral sunshade and emergency quick release cheek pads.

Save £130

Price: £369.99 (was £499.99)
With a full carbon aerodynamic shell and interchangeable, adjustable rear wing, the X-803 is a sportsbike helmet ready for the racetrack. From the breath deflector to air flow ventilation system and specialist inner comfort liner, it’s brimming with competition inspired innovations, and even includes an additional race visor for tear-offs.

Save £50

Price: £99.99 (was £149.99)
At just a penny under the ton, the Ridill 1.2 is a budget helmet offers fantastic bang for your buck. Shell construction is thermoplastic, with a quick release visor system and removable and washable lining. It has an integrated drop down sunshade, Pinlock prepped external visor and  an Easyfit system for spectacle wearers. Available in XL only.

Read our full Ridill 1.2 review

Save £100

Price: £365.24 (was £464.99)
An all-round improvement on the original Shoei open face helmet, this lid promises to surpass its predecessor with better ventilation, a more modern design, and more features as standard. You now get a built in sun visor, and a PINLOCK anti-fog lens included, in a more compact design.

Save £55

Price: £164.99 (was £219.99)
A sports touring lid with lots of ergonomic features, and enough colour schemes to keep even the fussiest kit-matcher happy, while remaining quiet and stable in testing. Available in XS only.

Read our full Shark Skwal 2.2 review

Save £60

Price: £143.99 (was £204.99)
An older flip-front helmet that still boasts a 5 star SHARP rating, Its visor is anti-fog, anti-scratch, and quick release, and it includes a drop-down sun visor. Plus it's intercom ready, and the lining and cheek pads are removable. Available in XS and S only.

What the retailers say about ECE 22.05 stocks

Helmet testing for an angled impact

“There’s still quite a lot of 22.05 stock in the market, but there’s not an abundance of it,” Chris Winters, Managing Director of riding kit giants Sportsbikeshop told MCN. “Most manufacturers have already moved their core models to 22.06.

“The Arai Tour-X 4 is a great example. We did have some clearance, as did a lot of our competitors, because we knew it was going to be discontinued. But you look at what’s in the warehouse now, bearing in mind that we’re the biggest retailer of helmets and all our stock has come in, and there’s not a lot left – we don’t have more than three or four in any particular size or colour.”

He continued: “So, although there is some stock in the market, consumers shouldn’t hang around if they want to grab a bargain. No-one’s going to be picking up a cheap medium Tour-X 4 in September this year, as everything will be gone by March/April.

Helmets on sale

“I can’t speak for any of the other big retailers, but I can guess that they won’t have the stock either. We expect almost all 22.05 helmets to be cleared out by summer.”

The rest of the updates to ECE 22.06 are specific to the style of helmet and items fitted to them. Flip-up lids, for example, are now tested with the chin bars in different positions as well as accessories such sun visors deployed. If there’s an intercom system available for the helmet which could add extra weight, that will be tested, too.

The new regulations don’t mean that older helmets have become unsafe overnight though, and the angled abrasion drop test has actually been part of both the Department for Transport SHARP helmet rating test since 2008 and FIM approval testing since 2017.

Helmet drop testing

Manufacturers have been working hard to replace their ranges with ECE 22.06 compliant helmets since the new regulation was announced, with Arai’s Quantic the first meeting the new standard to hit UK shelves.

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