Motorcycle Helmets UK
Full Face, Modular, Open Face, Adventure & Motocross
Discover a massive range of motorcycle helmets from the UK's largest motorcycle helmet retailer - Sportsbikeshop. All of the best known helmet brands including Arai, Shoei, Shark, Caberg, AGV and many more - with prices matched across the entire range.
Motorcycle helmets to suit all riding styles, bikes and budgets
Full Face, Open Face, Modular, Adventure style and Motocross motorcycle helmets
Your motorcycle crash helmet is possibly the most important piece of motorcycling kit that you will ever invest in. There are a huge range of helmets on the UK market today, from a multitude of manufacturers, in a baffling range of styles, colours and designs. Two of the most popular helmet brands for UK bikers continue to be Shoei and Arai - and for good reason, but there are also some excellent motorcycle helmets from the likes of Shark, HJC, AGV, Caberg - and newer helmet brands like Scorpion or Nexx.
Full face motorcycle helmets
Full face helmets are the most popular choice for UK bikers by quite some margin. These helmets provide the highest levels of safety, and also the greatest degree of weather protection. Many UK bikers wouldn't look twice at any other helmet style. Certainly if you're a dyed in the wool sports bike nut, or spend much time on a track, these helmets will be the default choice.
Full face motorcycle helmets are where you'll usually find the most interesting graphics, the latest range of race-rep designs, and also the cutting edge of helmet innovation - full facers will usually be the first models to have cool new features or materials from the R&D department implemented. Because of this, it's the style of helmet where you'll find most manufacturers most expensive flagship helmets - like Arai's Carbon RX-7V RC, or the AGV Pista GP-RR.
Modular motorcycle helmets
Also known as flip-front (or flip-up helmets), modular helmet popularity in the UK has really taken off over recent years. Perhaps displaying a correlation with the steady decline in sportsbike sales and a move to more dual/multi purpose/all round bikes, these multi purpose helmets offer all the safety and weather protection of a full face helmet, but with the convenience of being able to raise the chin/front portion of the helmet without removing it - making these helmets the social choice. Popular for touring, professional riders (police, paramedic, courier), or for anyone who does a lot of stop/start motorcycling.
Not so long ago, modular helmets were only really available from a select few niche players such as Caberg (who rose to fame in the UK on the back of their popular flip up helmets with integral sun visors). Nowadays, modular helmets are available from a large number of manufacturers (with the notable exception of Arai, who do not yet make a modular helmet).
Open face motorcycle helmets
The open face helmet has been around since time immemorial. Great for cruising down a sun-soaked boulevard, checking your uber-cool reflection in Californian tatoo parlor windows, not so great for getting to work on a rain-soaked dual carriageway.
From a safety point of view, open face helmets are right at the bottom. They are also not brilliant for weather protection (although some have eye shields or pull down bubble visors). However, not everyone cares about maximum protection, or wants to be completely separated from the elements. There's probably something very freeing about wearing an open face helmet with the wind in your cheeks and flies in your teeth that appeals to the libertarian biker. Open face helmets are the bare minimum you can legally get away with to stay on the right side of UK law.
If you do all your (sedate) riding on warm summer days, have a cruiser type bike, like to pose around town, or own a scooter - an open front helmet might just be the right choice for you.
Dual sport helmets
AKA helmets with a peak and a pointy-ish chinpiece, the adventure style helmet has really taken off alongside the inexorable rise of adventure style go-anywhere bikes (notably, BMW GS's)
Dual sport helmets share most of the benefits of full face helmets but with the added benefit of an external, sun-shading peak and the ability to exchange the visor for a pair of goggles. The extended chinpieces also mean increased ventilation - something you'll appreciate on a dusty un-paved track
Due to their shape and sticky-our bits, dual sport helmets won't ever match the aerodynamic ability of a full face helmet (or their level of safety in a high speed crash), but if you intend to dabble in some light off roading on your motorcycle tours abroad (or just want the helmet to match the bike), the dual sport adventure style helmet could be just what you're looking for.
Dirt bike / motocross helmets
If you're doing any proper off road riding, you'll need a proper motocross helmet. Dirt bike riding is an ultra physical activity that demands a lightweight helmet specifically designed for use with goggles. Dirt bike helmets also have excellent peripheral visibility and ventilation.