What are the safest motorcycle helmets?

February 28, 2021 By Tristan

Whether you enjoy a long ride or just a quick dash here and there, there’s nothing worse than a noisy helmet that stops you hearing road noise and the sound of your bike. Noise from the helmet is mainly caused from a high drag factor as the wind makes its way around your head. If your helmet hasn’t been designed property, or is not designed as this as one of the main focuses it can create a noisy ride. Noise from your helmet is greatly amplified as its right next to your ears.  Not being able to near the road and things around you not only is a pain but can be quite dangerous as you may not be able to hear essential signals from other road users. If you have a noisy bike already, adding wind noise to your helmet certainly won’t be doing you any favours. Motorbike riding is often quite loud compared to that of driving a car, and also significantly more dangerous, having hearing that is adequate to the surroundings is essential.

Expensive option

Torc T14B Bluetooth Integrated Mako Full Face Helmet with Flag Graphic (Flat Black, Large)

This helmet is great for noise cancelling and is one of the best noises cancelling helmets on the market. This is achieved by its aerodynamics helping reduce noise allowing you to concentrate on other things. It is ideal for any trip as it is light weight and will not strain your neck. It’s got an incorporated neck brace and a locking drop down sun visor. For its price and features it’s definitely one of the best helmets in its class. Furthermore, it has Bluetooth integrated in the helmet. As it’s so quiet you can listen to your own music and take phone calls on the go. Comes in different sizes and colours and is unisex for perfect for anyone looking at getting a noise cancelling helmet. Whist this isn’t the cheapest helmet on the market. The quality that it provides is good value for money. It weighs around 5 pounds, which is around average.  

Cheap option

YEMA Helmet Unisex-Adult Motorcycle Modular DOT Approved-YM-925 Motorbike Casco Moto Street Bike Racing Helme

This YEMA helmet is the best for its price range, Its fully compliant with DOT safety standards. It has a lightweight shell with EPS impact absorption inner lining, made provide as much comfort during an impact as possible. Its thick lining doubles as insulation against noise, making is more of a pleasant ride. By having thicker material around the neck area, prevents the wind from getting in, which is often what creates the noise. Whist it’s a relatively cheap option for a helmet, it does have many qualities of a pricier helmet. Fully adjustable ventilation which depending on the weather can be used to either allow air flow and cool down the helmet or the opposite.

Stylish option

Bell Qualifier DLX Full-Face Helmet

This helmet is a more stylish option for noise cancelling. It’s a slick design which helps with aerodynamics and reduces drag and wind noise. It has a padded wind collar that drastically reduces wind and road noise. This helmet meets and exceeds DOT Safety standard. Meets the FMVSS 218 Standard.

If you are after the best noise cancelling motorcycle helmets, one of these might suit what you are looking for. Whilst its unrealistic to expect a helmet to be completely soundproof, it’s probably not something you would want anyway. Hearing the road noises allows you to react to the situation which is essential for survival when riding. Design elements of each helmet make it more likely to reduce noise than others. So, if you’re looking in stores for helmets that are noise cancelling there’s always a few things I keep an eye of for.

Support around the neck: This is important not just for safety but support around the neck stops unwanted wind from traveling into the helmet creating unnecessary noise and distraction.

Ventilation points: Good ventilation on a helmet is import. Ventilation that allows air to flow through the helmet unrestricted will reduce wind noise as the air is not being trapped.

Visor: A visor that properly seals is important and something I check straight away. To many times I have been using a helmet only to find the visor doesn’t completely seal. If you’re unsure how to check this close the visor slowly and look to make sure rubber that it sits on is being used.

Aerodynamic

This is a simple one to check and is more common sense that anything else. Looking how the helmet is shaped and deciding if I will go through the air well. As the overall shape of helmets don’t vary to significantly this shouldn’t be to much of an issue to look for.