So you’re looking to purchase a high end motorcycle helmet, but need a little help narrowing down which one is right for you? In this buying guide, we take a look at 6 premium motorcycle helmets selling for under $600.
There are certainly some fantastic choices in this price range, and rightly so, that’s no small chunk of change. So what exactly are you getting when you spend this kind of money on a motorcycle helmet? I tried on each of these back to back, have ridden in them, and compared them below to help you decide which one is right for you. Any of these helmets would be a fantastic choice if you don’t need (or want) to buy a top of the line road race helmet, but still want the fit and finish, as well as the superior protection, of a high end motorcycle helmet. The six helmets below fit right in the sport helmet category, and make a great choice for anything from full blown track days and racing, to canyon carving, commuting, and touring. Read on to learn more about each helmet. The video above highlights key features of each one, while the individual review videos below go into much greater detail to help you make the right choice for you. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them here or on our CompAcc YouTube Channel or the Competition Accessories Facebook Page – and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel!
While we are simply ordering these from lowest to highest in price, the HJC RPHA 10 also deserves to be up top if we were to rank these helmets by value. The HJC RPHA 10 is an incredible value for what you are getting. Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies are racing MotoGP in this helmet for crying out loud, and you can buy one for well under $400! That’s just crazy talk! What’s the deal? I’ve been wearing the RPS-10 (the first generation of this helmet) for a few years. Had it at the track at over 150mph, ridden long distances in it, and commuted through the rain in it. Excellent ventilation (and I do mean, excellent), a very comfortable fit (for my head), and very good stability at speed all make the HJC RPHA 10 helmet a winner. Their Premium Integrated Matrix shell is a fiberglass composite that is not only strong, but keeps the HJC RPHA 10 nice and light in weight as well. HJC Helmets come in a very wide variety of styles, so if you don’t quite need a race helmet for the street, check out their other offerings on our website.
While Joe Rocket Helmets may not be as well known for helmets as some of the other brands in this list, we felt that the Joe Rocket Speedmaster Carbon helmet deserved a mention. With its 4×4 full application carbon fiber weave shell, the Speedmaster Carbon helmet is the lightest helmet in this comparison, the size Medium came in at a mere 3.15lbs. While the baseplates for the faceshield leave a bit to be desired, the rest of this helmet really makes up for that one deficiency. A nice moisture wicking interior, aggressive ventilation, and of course that beautiful carbon fiber look all add up to a winner in our book. And all this for well under the $400.
The Bell RS-1, the little brother of the Bell Star helmet has a few really great things going for it. The RS-1 sports one of the softest interior linings we have ever felt, with a very plush feel and very high marks for comfort. It is also a very aggressively vented helmet, brow vents are not too common on the helmets in this list. Lastly, and one of our favorite features, the Bell RS-1 accepts the Bell SolFX Transitions Face Shield, a face shield that goes from clear to smoke depending on lighting conditions. Want to simply swap between shields instead of spending the big bucks for the transitions shield? The Click Release II Mechanisms makes for one of the easiest shield changes out of the helmets in this group. Bell Motorcycle Helmets are a household name in the motorcycle helmet world, after all, they have been making motorcycle helmets since the 1950’s!
AGV Helmets are another breed of animal. Italian made, track focused – these helmets are all about no compromises, and the AGV Grid helmet is no exception. The AGV Grid takes a lot of cues from the GP-Tech, an upper tier road race helmet from the brand. I found the AGV grid to have the most snug, race like fit, which means it isn’t going anywhere no matter what speeds you plan on hitting. The Kevlar/Fiberglass composite shell is strong and light, with air channels built in to the top that force air through the top of the shell – keep you cool on the hottest of days. Fit and finish is top notch, with a very nicely crafted liner and eye catching graphics, including some Rossi replicas that really look great.
Just released, Shoei RF-1200 helmets are raising the bar once again for the sport category of helmets. An all new, more compact shell, made in 4 different shell sizes to accommodate different sized heads. Improved aerodynamics and venting, and an all new shield and base plate make the Shoei RF-1200 a real contender for top spot in this category. Granted, you are crossing into the $450+ dollar range, but again, the Shoei RF-1200 answers with a host of features and comfort that rivals any other helmet on this list. Very comfortable interior padding with emergency quick release cheek pads, a very wide eyeport, a pinlock ready face shield with a pinlock insert in the box, and you can see why the price is adding up. The Shoei RF-1200 is a fantastic choice for anything from touring to aggressive sport riding, and the first round of graphics look really great as well. Shoei Motorcycle Helmets have long been regarded as some of the best on the market, and the RF-1200 once again reinforces that they have earned every bit of that reputation.
Last on this list but certainly not least is the Arai RX-Q. I’m going to go ahead and say it: for my head, this is the most comfortable helmet on this page. That’s not to say any of the others are bad, but slide your noggin into an Arai Helmet and you’ll know just what I’m talking about. Of course everyone’s head is shaped differently. While the RX-Q offers a fairly neutral intermediate oval head shape, the Arai Signet-Q offers virtually the same helmet in a long oval head form. With things like customizable cheek pads and tear away temple pads for a custom fit, there is no arguing that Arai really knows what they are doing when it comes to fitting a head in a helmet. Besides the fit, you are also getting Arai’s one piece multi-density EPS liner, a hand laid fiberglass shell that is incredibly strong, and some very, very nice graphics that pictures just do not do justice. Of course, I can sing praises of the Arai Helmets all day long, but I would be remiss if I neglected to tell you that they are also the most expensive helmet here. Solids stay under the $550 mark while graphics will set you over the $600 mark. If you can swing it, you won’t be disappointed, if not, the other helmets on this list are all really great, too.
We hope you found this premium helmet buying guide helpful. If you have any questions about any of the helmets on this list, or any other motorcycle helmets on our website for that matter, feel free to reach out to us. Give us a call, leave us a comment, or send us an e-mail – we are here to help! Also, don’t forget to click on any of the above helmets to see how much Comp-A cash you will earn with the purchase, and remember we have a very easy exchange program with no restocking fees – so buy with confidence, we will take care of you always!
Keep it On Two Wheels (or sometimes 1),
Here are the in depth reviews of the helmets above: