In chopper land, everything old is new again, from dirt bikes to bomber jackets to old-school moto-style helmets. Buying used works great for a leather jacket, but helmets have a limited lifespan. Fortunately, manufacturers have come out with new helmets that rock the retro vibe, but with better equipment under the hood.
The legacy name in motorcycle helmets, Bell was vintage before vintage was cool. Its Bell Moto-3, released in 1971, was the gold standard in dirt-bike style, one of the most recognizable helmets made (and copied).
This modern-day re-release is available in retro-licious colors like primary red, canary yellow, and a variety of patterns, including flames and vintage stripes. Made from fiberglass, it weighs in at a feather-light 3 pounds.
Biltwell Gringo Vintage Desert
Biltwell’s Gringo line goes back to the basics with a no-frills simplicity, just get the job done, but with style and comfort in mind. It has a removable liner made from hand-sewn brushed Lycra, with a diamond-stitched quilted open-cell foam padding to protect your cranium. The Vintage Desert screams the ’70s, with a cream-colored background and three parallel racing stripes in mustard, rust, and brown.
Portugal-based Nexx has an entire “garage” line designed for vintage junkies, including the X.G100, a compact, sexy little helmet that reeks retro cool. The shell has two openings — a clean-looking eyeport and a vertical strip by your mouth for ventilation. It’s also lighter than most at 2.6 pounds.