We’ve done a fair bit of coverage when it comes to cool cars, bikes and boats but one thing we’ll admit to falling short on is the very cool device that grabs the most attention on a rider – the humble helmet.
Over the past few years there’s been a renaissance in vintage style helmets making a comeback, driven by the explosion of the cafe racer scene. And as all trends go, with vintage bikes made for the modern times comes vintage helmets boasting modern safety technology.
Whether it’s full face, open-face or double-visored, these are the old school lids that have our hearts racing and your feature wall at home frothing.
Hedon Hedonist Ash
Made for the everyday rider who wants to exude pure elegance and true racing form of the 60s, the Hedonist sports a wide array of beautifully appointed metallic shades with contrast leather trim. Wearers can choose either a fibreglass or carbon fibre shell with an array of add-on parts such as full face tinted visors.
Price: £299 – Buy
AGV Diesel Hi-Jack Helmet
AGV’s Diesel Hi-Jack Helmet is instantly recognisable as those seen on military helicopter pilots. The sweet military spec design marries seamlessly with functionality via a retractable face shield, a ratchet-style closure strap, and eye-catching exterior graphics which range from various striped patterns typeface motifs. The helmet itself is constructed of a fibreglass ACF shell with a removable and washable interior lining.
Price: $219 – Buy
Bell Custom 500
Throw back to one of the most recognisable retro lids thanks to American company Bell. The Custom 500 is the brand’s original, having first made its debut in 1954 when founder founder Roy Richter formed his first helmet out of fibreglass and named it the 500. That model has manifested itself in today’s world adding modern protective technology to a timeless classic.
Price: $TBC – Buy
Veldt Copper Foil
Most might not be familiar with the name Veldt but they would know a a vintage helmet manufacturer named Les Ateliers Ruby which has since been defunct. From sad endings come new beginnings and with one of the Ruby founders going out on his own to offer custom helmets, Veldt is the result. Their first collection is their most versatile offering to date featuring a full carbon fibre shell, hand applied copper foil, matte finishing and gun metal accents. The nature of Veldt helmets allows for an array of attachments and styles to the existing base making every piece unique to the owner.
Price: £430 – Buy
Blauer Pilot 1.1
Get your fighter pilot style sorted with this stunning piece of kit with racing inspired graphics emblazoned across the white/blue contrast shell. An absolute stunner both on the street and hanging pretty indoors.
Price: €269 – Buy
Bitwell Inc. Gringo S
Rocking a cool 80s motorkhana vibe is the Gringo S which features hand-stitched interior padding and aluminium hinge coverings and a classic visor. ABS outer shell makes this one of the most affordable on the list.
Price: $200- Buy
This one is more for the modern rider who enjoys a stylish pairing for their equally charming Vespa. The double visor is a modern touch and is uniquely Italian in design allowing riders to go about their business in direct sun rays. The vast array of designs and colours will again suit the Vespa crew.
Price: $TBC – Buy
Luc 165 Black Orange White
For a brighter option go for Brazilian brand Lucca Customs who have one of the sexiest open-faced helmets in their product line. Their cafe racer helmet in a black and orange hue is made with a thermoplastic ABS shell which pairs perfectly with the old school visor bubble and beautifully quilted head lining with diamond stitching. The liner which surrounds the classic lines of the lid is made from leather for that extra touch of luxury.
Price: $499 – Buy
Tachibana Custom GT-750 Grand Prix
Tried and tested on the tarmac of road racing, the Japanese made Tachibana Custom GT-750 is one of the most faithful produced helmets to mimic the racing ways of bygone era. They’re rare too with pretty much no listings online except via their site which is in Japanese. Besides that, the helmet features a stretched velour interior for extra comfort as well as staying true to the materials used in the original 60s and 70s piece. If you can track one down, definitely invest in it.
Price: $320 – Buy