No one needs to tell you that the helmet is the most important piece of equipment when it comes to riding. However, with all of the information out there from the different styles and brands, to materials and new technologies it can be a lot to take in. That’s why we have compiled an unbiased list and reviews of the best motorcycle helmets. We took all of the important factors into consideration, from fit and design to technology and price, to help you filter out all of the useless information and find the best motorcycle helmet for you. Check out the list below of our top rated helmets of 2014.

Top Rated Helmets Guide

Helmet
Model / Head Shape
Approx Price
Rating
Arai Corsair V / Intermediate$700
5 Stars (5 / 5)
Shoei Solid RF-1200 / Intermediate-Oval$450
4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)

HJC RPHA 10 - Intermediate/Round-Oval
$300
4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)

Arai Signet Q - Long-Oval
$560
4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)

Arai XD4 Motocross - Intermediate/Round-Oval$550
4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)

HJC FG-17 - Intermediate-Oval$170
4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)

Bell RS1 - Intermediate-Oval$350
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Bell Revolver Evo Modular - Intermediate-Oval
$200
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Shoei Neotec Modular - Intermediate/Round-Oval
$580
4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

How to Choose a Motorcycle Helmet

The type of riding you will be doing is important when choosing a helmet. Will you be doing more hard riding and racing or more long distance and touring type riding? Things like ventilation and design are factors that you will need to consider when determining this.

How much are you willing to spend? Figuring out your budget is obviously a huge factor in your decision. If you are just a casual rider, then a slightly less expensive poly carbonate helmet should be just fine for you. If you are a more serious rider then you might want to consider a higher end helmet made of fiberglass or carbon fiber which are stronger and lighter materials. Just remember you can’t put a price on safety of your head.

Pick a style that works best for you. Flip up or full face? There are benefits and downsides to both. Full face helmets offer the best protection but flip up helmets make it easier to talk to someone or have a drink. However some lower end flip up helmets are known to rattle a bit which can get annoying. You will want to take this into consideration when making your decision.

Popular Motorcycle Helmets 2014

Arai Signet Q

4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)
Arai understands the diversity of head shapes and sizes, and when it comes to motorcycle helmets there aren’t a lot of options out there for riders with a long-oval head shape. Something needed to be done, so Arai came up with the Signet Q. They took a lot of the features from their popular RX-Q helmet and basically made it longer from front to back to better fit riders with narrower shaped heads.

Some of those great features include the simple but strong design of the outer shell. This helmet won’t wow you with looks like some other cooler helmets, but that’s not for lack of creativity. The smooth and simple design helps maintain the integrity of the shell strength and energy dispersion. Inside, the multi density EPS liner does a great job of absorbing impact while keeping the overall size and weight to a minimum. The Signet Q is set with an exceptional ventilation system, along with an extra 10mm of eyeport opening for better visibility.

So if you are someone who is struggling to find a helmet that is designed for a long-oval shape head, then the Arai Signet Q should be at the top of your list.

 AGV Horizon

4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)
The Horizon is one of AGV’s newest additions replacing the Stealth SV. It was designed for racing and long high speed rides. The sharp lines, narrow chin and sleek side edges make this helmet as aerodynamic as they come. The outer shell is a mix of fiber glass and carbon fiber, giving it strong structure while keeping it lightweight. A back spoiler is added to reduce turbulence and increase stability. The AGV Horizon also features a built in IVS ventilation system, maximizing airflow to keep you cool.

Inside, the multi-density EPS foam keeps you safe by absorbing high energy impact. A new liner was added improving comfort and fit as well as reducing noise. The AGV Horizon is set with an anti-scratch, anti-fog and full UV protection face shield. It also features an internal drop down sun shield for those sunny days. So if you are looking for an all around high quality racing helmet at a low to mid range price, look no further than the AGV Horizon.

Bell RS-1


4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)
The RS-1 is one of Bell’s newest mid-range helmets. It’s designed for the sport rider/racer that wants many of the features that the Bell Vortex has to offer but doesn’t want to pay that high price. This helmet isn’t quite as feature loaded as the Vortex but at the same time is a nice step above the Bell Star. The RS-1 is constructed with a Kevlar/fiberglass composite shell. It’s lightweight and aerodynamic shape provides better stability and reduces lifting and buffeting.

Inside, the RS-1 features a Velocity Flow Ventilation system that allows cool air to flow through the helmet and can be easily adjusted to fit the rider’s preference. The 3mode shield makes swapping shields easier and faster than ever. The RS-1 also features their patented magnetic strap that’s easy to find and allows for quick adjustments. Overall, the Bell RS-1 is a solid racing helmet with a good amount of features and is set at a reasonable price.

 

 

Hopefully these tips give you a better idea of the motorcycle helmet you’re looking for. It might be tough to find the perfect one, but we did our best to narrow it down for you with our list and reviews of the best motorcycle helmets on the market today. Remember you don’t want to cut corners when it comes to protecting your head, it could be the difference between life and death.