The helmet is what most people look to buy or upgrade when on the hunt for protective retro motorcycle gear. When choosing a helmet you’re going to want something that provides good protection and high visibility. While many of you are after the retro look, your helmet will be one of the things you should not compromise. This means anything but full face helmets are out. Although open face helmets with goggles portray that bad-ass look, having a working jaw to chew your food is even better.
When it comes to color, I love matte black. Give it to me on the bike, jacket, boots, and gloves. But not on my helmet. I know, this rider in the photo looks cool as hell in his all black gear. You have to keep in mind, that as a rider, you are already hard to see among a sea of cars because you take up less space. Studies have shown that the rider’s helmet is what car drivers see the best. This is because it the part on a rider’s profile that moves the most and the human eye is most sensitive to movement. Couple movement with a highly visible color like flourescent yellow or green and you improve your chances to be seen by most drivers. White helmets would be another option that provides decent contrast if you absolutely can’t do the flourescents. A DOT rated helmet is the minimum, but aim for something with safety rating certifications like a Snell M2010 or ECE 22.05.