Next-gen safety: Best kids’ motorbike helmets

Best kid's motorbike helmets
Best kid's motorbike helmets

A kids’ motorbike helmet should be the very first thing on your mind before you let your little one loose on a motorbike for the first time.

Most parents would put their children’s safety and protection before that of even their own. And when it comes to youngsters getting involved in bikes – either as a pillion or passenger on-road or as a rider off-road, top of any parent’s shopping list should be one of the range of protective kids’ motorbike helmets on offer.

With helmets, fit and security is vital – which is why getting a purpose-designed children’s, youth or junior helmet, rather than palming them off with an oversize adult version, is important – and there’s a bigger choice available than you might expect.

Typically, proper children’s motorcycle helmets will use smaller shells than comparable adult versions so that the correct amount of impact-absorbing material is used inside and the overall size is not too large or heavy and hence, put undue strain on young neck muscles.

We’ve looked at kids’ off-road helmets recently but here, we’re looking more at traditional road-style helmets for when they want to go out with mum or dad on the back, as a pillion. In this case, there is a number of ‘junior’ full-face types available, to make sure your little ones are fully protected.

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With all, ensure you get the correct size, ideally buy a reputable brand and make sure you get the safety features to the correct standard you (and junior) require. Also make sure that you look for ECE22.05 approval, indicating they are legal to use on British roads and are made to proper quality.

Here are some of our favourites.

This helmet meets the latest safety standard, ECE 22.06. It comes with all the features you'd expect of a full size lid, such as a fully removable comfort lining, adjustable air intakes for ventilation and a visor fully prepared for a Pinlock anti-fog insert.

The lightweight ABS shell tips the scales at just 1300g and has a multi-density EPS liner. It uses an easy to operate ratchet fastener to secure the chin strap.


  • Light and strong
  • Looks great
  • Meets latest safety standards


  • No dark visor option
Price: £49.99

The FF03 Junior is a road-orientated, full-face motorcycle helmet specifically designed for use by kids and made by reputable, long-established British motorcycle clothing brand Frank Thomas.

It features an ultra-lightweight polycarbonate construction, which is good for kids, has a streamlined, aerodynamic design, a fully removable and washable inner ‘comfort’ liner, a chin and forehead ventilation system, a clear, anti-scratch, quick-release visor, seatbelt-style ratchet chinstrap fastener, road-legal ECE22.05 approval and comes in a choice of colours.


  • Great kids’ road helmet
  • Impressive value
  • Range of colours


  • Not for off-road use

LS2 are another reputable helmet brand and their new Rapid Mini is a full-face helmet specifically for younger riders that is fully ECE 22.05 certified. It is moulded in 'HPTT' which is a mix of ABS intended to give a strong structure but with very low weight - particularly good for kids.

It comes in three shell sizes and features a breath deflector, a visor that is scratch and UV-resistant, has a quick-release strap system, lots of ventilation and is perfect both for daily rides in the city and mid-distance journeys.


  • Full-face design
  • Decent value
  • Lots of features


  • Fairly plain design
Price: £59.99 (was £89.99)

The CLY from HJC is designed specifically for children and ladies, with a purpose-built smaller shell formed in polycarbonate and composite. The visor aperture has been deliberately made as large as possible for exceptional vision and the Nylex interior is removeable for washing.

It uses a quick-release buckle and the lining has grooves to ease pressure on glasses while the ventilation system allows cool air to enter. It comes with a clear visor but a tinted replacement is available as an option. It comes in plain white and has a range of graphics and colours for £10 more.


  • Proper full-face helmet
  • Optional tinted visor
  • HJC know-how


  • Bit plain in white

About the author: After qualifying as a mechanical engineer, Jim Blackstock began working on magazines in the early 1990s. He remains passionate about product testing to ensure readers know what products offer good value and why. He relishes torrential rain to see if riding kit keeps water out and an hour or two to tinker on a project bike in his workshop.

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