The best 2021 motorcycle helmets. Which one is for you?

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If this year you are going to change your helmet (finally!) or you have just taken out your motorcycle license (congratulations!) this post interests you too much! Because we bring you the best helmets of 2021. Let's go!

In this post we’re going to make a selection of what, for us, are the best motorcycle helmets of 2021. Some of them with a superb quality-price ratio. There are several types: full face, modular, custom or adventure motorcycle helmets. Let’s start with the medium range.

These are the best motorcycle helmets of 2021.

Which are the best motorcycle helmets of 2021?

Before we start, just to make clear that all the motorcycle helmets that we’ve selected have a fibre outer shell, albeit carbon or glass or composite. So there’s no room for helmets with a thermoplastic shell.

But there are helmets for all types of users.

AGV K6 Full face motorcycle helmet

Let’s kick off this ranking with the AGV K6 full face helmet, one of the novelties of this Italian brand, with a marked racing spirit and that lies in the medium-upper range.

It’s made of carbon fibre and Aramid, a very lightweight material and with a great impact resistance.

Other features: an elaborated ventilation system, great aerodynamics (very worked on), a superb screen and a double buckle closure.

It’s a very versatile, very lightweight helmet (weighing just 1350 grams), and it’s ideal for wearing on your naked, sport-touring or sport motorcycle.

Shark Spartan 1.2 Helmet, superb quality-price ratio

Another of the best full face helmets that you can currently acquire is the Shark Spartan 1.2, a sport-touring helmet with a superb quality-price ratio.

Here we’re dealing with a helmet with a shell made of fibreglass and carbon fibre, an elaborated ventilation system, a double buckle closure, extremely comfortable inner padding and integrated sun visor.

What makes it stand out from the competition are the “Shark Skin” side retentions that afford a reduction in noise and whistling that occur when riding at high speeds.

It also weighs very little: 1290 grams.

Shoei GT-Air 2, the sport-touring helmet par excellence

We’re not leaving the sport-touring section as in this ranking we couldn’t leave out the Shoei GT-Air 2, one of the helmets that best represents what a sport-touring helmet is: good materials and finishes, comfort and a sun visor.

Like all Shoei helmets, it’s made in a combination of fibres that the Japanese brand calls AIM (Advanced Integrated Matrix).

The inner padding is the best on the market, with an integrated sun visor, a good ventilation system, but which doesn’t compromise the insulation and almost perfect aerodynamics for a helmet of this type.

In order to not compromise the aerodynamics, AGV, along with Senna, has developed a compatible intercom which integrates superbly into the outer shell. This is one of the novelties of AGV.

Here the closure is micrometric made in stainless steel. But, if you want you can change it, Shoei allows you to do so, paying an extra.

Shoei Neotec 2, a best-selling modular helmet

Staying with Shoei as we’re going to talk about one of the best modular motorcycle helmets that we’ve included in this list: the Shoei Neotec 2.

Just like the previous helmet, the outer shell is made of AIM and it has everything you’d expect from a helmet of this type: good materials, the chin bar opening system is perfect, it’s very comfortable and it has a sun visor and a micrometric closure, a closure that the user it’s aimed at will much appreciate due to its ease of use.

Also, two further, and very important, details: it has dual homologation for riding with the chin bar open and the integration of the intercom in the lower part of the helmet is one of the best on the market.

All together this makes it one of the best selling helmets and a reference in its segment.

AGV Sportmodular, a very lightweight sport-touring helmet

From one of the best modular helmets we’ll go to another essential: the AGV Sportmodular.

This is an ultra-light modular helmet, with an approximate weight of 1300 grams. This is explained by the material of the shell: carbon fibre which gives it this surprising lightness.

The finishes are first class: the opening of the chin bar, as well as the sun visor, is easily operated and the closure is double buckle.

If you’re looking for a modular helmet with a sports design, there’s no doubt that the AGV Sportmodular is your helmet.



Arai Tour-X, the adventure helmet par excellence

We couldn’t have this list without an Arai helmet. The Japanese brand is a reference and we could have virtually included their whole catalogue in this list.

In this case we’ve focused on the Arai Tour-X 4 adventure helmet, a helmet that is a reference in its segment thanks to its versatility. Let me explain: it allows us to have an adventure, touring and Off-Road use. We can remove the screen and incorporate some motocross or enduro goggles.

Like all Arai helmets, it has a shell made of a very well studied fibre composite with the characteristic R75 design of the Japanese brand. This design is characterised by being very rounded and devised for superb dissipation of the energy generated by an impact. This shell design is almost a religion for Arai.

For everything else, all the details are up to the Japanese manufacturer’s standard: a great ventilation system, adaptable and very comfortable interior and a double buckle system.

If you’re a polyvalent rider and you move between a touring and adventure use, this is your helmet. By the way, at Motocard, a while back, we did a ranking of the best adventure motorcycle helmets for if you want to check it out.

Shoei X-Spirit 3, the premium sports helmet

If you have a sports motorcycle, one of the best racing motorcycle helmets that you can buy is the Shoei X-Spirit 3, the helmet worn by, for example, Marc Márquez.

This helmet represents all the experience that Shoei has accumulated in the competition world over the years.

The outer shell is also made of AIM (Advanced Integrated Matrix), the characteristic Shoei composite.

The interior of this helmet is devised for optimum hold, with a ventilation system devised for riding at high speeds on the track and for wicking the sweat generated when giving our all on the motorcycle

The aerodynamics are also very well elaborated and have been developed in the wind tunnel. This can be seen in the rear spoiler for avoiding turbulences.

Finally, as it’s a high range sports motorcycle helmet, it has a double buckle closure and is available in a load of graphics like those of Marc Márquez.

Arai Concept-X, the vintage helmet of the Japanese

To close off this list we couldn’t leave out one of the novelties for this 2020: the Arai Concept-X retro helmet. This is a helmet that, despite its vintage appearance, has all the current safety guarantees and typical of Arai.

For example, the outer shell is made of the characteristic composite of Arai, it has a double buckle closure and the interior ventilation system is one of its strong points: the air inlets situated on the front make the air flow inside the shell through to the back.

What do you think about this list of the best motorcycle helmets? Which would you buy?




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  1. Robert M

    How come riding style is not the most important factor besides safety? I don’t need versatility if all I get is buffeting. But as a naked sport bike rider, it’s all buy and try with no decent opinions. Usually combing through the user blogs of years past, someone might indicate wind noise. Ergo, the shoei rf1200 gets rave reviews in other articles, spent $700, and it buffets over 100km/hr. Can’t use unless on a crotch rocket. My Aprilia shiver 750 is an upright design. Much different than others. Local shops don’t know the difference. Ugh, help?

  2. Guardiangears

    I like helmet design especially men’s helmet it has eyes protection………..

  3. David R

    Pretty useless article if you don’t tell us how the helmets fit. Is it round, neutral, oval, long oval, narrow??? A helmet that doesn’t fit is beyond useless, it’s dangerous. If you’re going to review helmets fit is the most important criteria.

    • Motocard

      Hi David. This is just a ranking of the best helmets; you’ll find linked the detailed video review of each helmet linked in this article. Hope you enjoy!

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