TOP 5 best modular motorcycle helmets of 2021

Comparisons and rankings 15 February, 2021

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Comparison of the best modular and quietest motorcycle helmets in the market. The best of the best. We tell you in this post!

Ranking of the best modular motorcycle helmets! That’s what we have in this interesting post. So, if you’re looking for a modular helmet – which, with the arrival of nice weather, are much appreciated as they give you that fresh breeze on your face – today you’re going to discover the kings of the segment and why they are.

These are the current 5 best modular motorcycle helmets :

  • X-Lite X-1005 Ultra Carbon
  • HJC RPHA 90 S Carbon
  • AGV Sportmodular
  • Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon
  • Shoei Neotec 2

We have the 5 helmets that, for us, are the best you can find on the market. First headline: they all have something in common: the fibre shell. Because it’s the best material, the strongest, that offers greater safety, but also achieves another benefit: lightness. And this is very appreciated in a helmet of this type as, bearing in mind its features, are usually heavier than other helmet types.

X-Lite X-1005 Ultra Carbon

And staying with carbon fibre shell helmets, X-Lite proposes the X-1005 Ultra Carbon N-Com. A helmet which, in spite of it being a modular helmet, is one the lightest motorcycle helmets on the market.

Amongst its features we find that its micrometric closure has a dual lever, that is, it is safer. And also note that this is another dual homologation helmet, so we can ride around at low speeds with the chin bar open thanks to the anchoring of the chin bar.

This is one of the best modular helmets

As for the rest, it also has an integrated sun visor, a carefully designed interior including the so-called ‘neck-roll’ neck protector which can be placed or removed via zip – which is perfect for if we’re too hot or we want extra protection against the cold.

HJC RPHA 90 S Carbon

Let’s continue with two novelties: the HJC RPHA 90 S and the RPHA 90 S Carbon. Two models recently arrived on the market and that are the new premium modulars of the brand.

HJC RPHA 90 S Carbon in Motocard

Both models have the same features, the only difference is that in the “Standard” 90 S, the shell is made of fibreglass combined with carbon fibre, whereas the 90 S Carbon is entirely made of carbon; the name does not trick us. This means that the 90 S Carbon has more sports aesthetics, but it’s also true that the standard 90 S is a touch more economical (between 70 and 100€ depending on the graphics).

HJC RPHA 90 S Carbon

Both models have P/J homologation, you know, the one that allows you to ride with the chin bar up in Jet mode – and a metallic micrometric closure. The other features are quite in line with what a good helmet demands for touring and/or daily use: integrated sun visor, interior that seeks comfort, easy to operate air inlets, even with winter gloves on, prepared for installing an intercom….

In summary, two new models that have arrived to further refine what HJC has to offer in the premium modular segment.

It has everything you could ask of a modular helmet: solar visor, Pinlock anti-fog sheet, prepared for installing an intercom (in this case the Cardo Smarth Bluetooth, which is not included), micrometric closure… in fact, a, modular helmet where you can’t go wrong and with a more restrained price than the competition.

AGV Sportmodular

Now, precisely, let’s move on to one of the modular helmets that is on the podium of this ranking: the AGV Sportmodular. This helmet shows how a modular helmet can also have sports DNA. AGV wanted to offer the safety features of a full face helmet for this Sportmodular and to do so, the basis of the shell’s design is the same as that of the Pista GP R (Rossi’s helmet!) and it’s completely made of carbon fibre.

Also, it has a very aerodynamic shape, devised to reduce noise and also the weight that the air loads onto our shoulders. What do we have? Integrated sun visor, double buckle closure, inherited from its sports DNA, reversible interior with a warm and a cool side, padding to allow for eyewear…in short, a modular helmet with this sports touch that the Italian manufacturers are so good at giving to their products.

Schuberth C4 Pro

Staying on the podium of our ranking. Second place goes to the Schuberth C4 Pro, the evolution of the C4 that was launched in 2017. The C4 Pro has further improved its noise insulation and the aerodynamics of the fibre shell to offer an even quieter experience.

It stands out for being a very comfortable helmet, with very good interiors that you can tell that they’ve been devised for long trips. Like its rivals, it has a micrometric closure and integrated sun visor.

But if it does stand out for something, that would be the preinstallation for the intercom. The space for which is found on the rear, such that it’s very, very easy to install and integrate.

Shoei Neotec II

And we’ve arrived at the number 1, the king of the sector in sales and also the standard for how a modular helmet should be: the Shoei Neotec II. This is the improved version of the original Neotec, maintaining the design of the multi-fibre shell but improving some points of the helmet that we’re already close to perfection. The main improvement is the presintallation of the intercom, in this case the Sena SRL, with a ‘plug and play’ type system like the Schuberth C4 Pro on the left hand side.

Also, it has a micrometric closure, integrated sun visor superb padding and all the quality of a Shoei. And to top it off, it has P/J homologation to ride with the chin bar open.


As you can see we’ve pulled out all the stops. To get the right modular motorcycle helmet you have to analyse some prior aspects. I’ll remind you that in our web we have a filter for these types of helmets where you can find more than 300 references, which is quite a few.

Tell us what you think in the comments section, would you place a different one in first place? Your opinion if you have owned one, etc. Until next time!




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  1. Jim M

    Since Shoei made there new Gt Air and Neotech helmets to accept a Sena and not my clip on Cardo they lost me. I have a 3 year old GT Air that will most likely be my last Shoei. Great helmets but since they got in bed with Sena they’re going to lose a number of riders who will not use a Sena.

  2. Martin Swede

    Fully agree with Jim M. Locking the prospective buyer to a com system is not clever. I will stay away from any manufacturer who does this.
    Shuberth has done something clever with the C4 helmet. It comes in two versions – The C4 Pro is equipped with Sena com system while the C4 Basic is the exact same helmet without any com system. Thereby giving us a choice. (only downside is that the Basic only comes in three colours).

  3. Rick

    I have the Shoei Neotec II with the Sena SRL and it works great. My friend installed a Cardio Packtalk bold to the outside of his Neotec II with no problems. You don’t have to use the Sena but it looks better. By the way that Shoei Neotec II is the most comfortable helmet I’ve ever owned in my 53 years of riding.