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motorcycle helmets 2018

Motorbike helmets 2018

AGV K1simpson helmets 2018
from £139.99
AGV K3simpson helmets 2018
from £129.99
AGV K3 SVsimpson helmets 2018
from £139.99
Nexx XWED2nexx helmets 2018
from £329.99
Simpson Venomsimpson helmets 2018
from £449.99
Nexx XWED2 X-Patrolnexx xwed2 xpatrol
Nexx XWST2nexx helmets 2018
from £249.99
Nexx XG100Rnexx xg100 racer
from £269.99
Nexx XG200nexx helmets 2018
from £269.99
Suomy SR Sport Carbonsuomy helmets 2018
from £469.99
Speedstarsuomy helmets 2018
from £249.99
Apexsuomy helmets 2018
from £219.99
Halosuomy helmets 2018
from £149.99
MX Tourersuomy helmets 2018
from £299.99
Suomy Rokksuomy helmets 2018
from £169.99

It's that exciting time of year, when the leading motorbike helmet manufacturers reveal their new motorcycle helmets for 2018. This year, it's all about Nexx helmets! Throughout the year, they've been busy developing a whole range of new helmets, for each sector of the motorcycle helmet market. They've drawn on their 15 years of experience hand crafting helmets and produced their best range yet. They have something new for the adventure helmet market, a new retro helmet, a retro enduro helmet and a new sports touring helmet. There's even a new sports helmet coming later in 2018, the XR3 Carbon, which we just can't wait for.

Motorcycle Helmets 2018

The brand new Nexx XWED2 helmet - The best just got better! The RiDE Best Buy Nexx XD1 has been upgraded to become even better and is called the Nexx XWED2. The XWED2's predecessor beat all of the other adventure helmets to RiDE's top prize, including the Arai Tour-X4, Shoei Hornet ADV, BMW GS helmet, AGV AX8, Touratech Carbon and Shark Explore R. The Nexx XWED2 range consists of three different models, a solid paint version, plus the Hill End and X-Patrol graphics.

The brand new Nexx XG100R (Racer) helmet, see it here in all its beauty. Available in three different solid colours (the Purist), plus five stunning graphic versions, including a full carbon version, there's bound to be a look that suits the style of your retro, cafe racer, custom or naked. How cool would this helmet look on the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride? Nexx have smashed it with the XG100R, taking all of the great things you find in the regular XG100 and have added a permanent visor with beautiful machined aluminium locking plates, effective venting that you can adjust, even an anti-fog visor insert. In a retro helmet! So the Nexx XG100R just became your favourite retro lid, giving you the perfect blend of retro looks and modern technology.

The Nexx XWST2 is the brand new sports touring helmet for 2018 and it's a brilliant bit of kit. Nexx have taken all of their learnings from their previous sports touring lids and designed the XWST2 to be the most comfortable, most feature rich of its type. It also looks the business, with its sculpted, aerodynamic shell. It's made from Nexx's X-Matrix blend of carbon fibre, kevlar, fibreglass and organic fibres, making it strong and light. Like all Nexx helmets, it's handmade in Portugal by a team of 160 expert craftsmen who make every component from their ISO-9001 certified factory. From the perfectly sized visor port, to the quality of the paintwork and the inner lining, we're thrilled that Nexx have made a helmet for the exciting scrambler, cafe racer, custom segment which is every part as good as their award winning helmets in other sectors.

The XG200 Purist range contains the solid paint versions of this awesome new retro enduro helmet. It looks like nothing else in the market place and Nexx have come up with a stunner. They've used their knowledge from the brilliant XG100 road helmet and applied it to this off road beauty. The XG200 Dusty Frog is one of the coolest off road helmets you can buy - just look at that paint job! Nexx have once again teamed up with Portuguese custom bike builders Maria Riding Company, to design this stunning Dusty Frog version of this awesome new retro offroad helmet. The Dusty Frog is available in two different colour schemes, red/black, featuring an '85' or the black/white, with the '82' badge. Both look absolutely amazing, with either colour scheme you're sure to stand out from the rest of the dirt track riders.

When deciding which motorcycle helmets to stock, the first question we ask is whether we'd be happy to wear the helmet ourselves. As such, ForMotorbikes have selected only motorcycle helmet brands which meet strict safety and performance criteria. We're leading stockists for Nexx, Suomy, Shark, AGV, Shoei and Momo motorbike helmets and we regularly use the helmets ourselves out on our bikes. The range of motorcycle helmets we sell cover all of the different kinds of motorbike helmet, including full face, open face, dual sport, flip front and modular helmets. Check out the full range below, or if you first want to know what to look for, scroll down the page for our comprehensive motorcycle helmets guide.

Which Motorcycle Helmet?

Welcome to our motorcycle helmets guide, which we've designed to help you choose a correctly fitting, certified helmet, which is fit for the type of riding you'll be enjoying. Buying a motorcycle helmet isn't a straight-forward decision, especially if you're new to biking. To help simplify matters, this handy guide explains how helmets are constructed, how to choose one which fits you correctly and what the different certifications mean.

Motorcycle Helmet Construction

Motorcycle helmets typically have a total of 3 layers; two for protection and one for comfort, as described below:

Motorcycle Helmet ConstructionMotorcycle Helmet Fibreglass Construction

1. The Shell

The outer layer, the shell, is built for strength and is the primary means of protecting you from impact during an accident. Modern motorcycle helmet shells are commonly constructed from fibreglass, kevlar or carbon fibre, or a tri-composite of the three. The shell is designed and tested to work in tandem with the next layer, the EPS lining, to protect your head from the impact and to spread the resulting energy away from your skull and through the EPS lining instead.

Helmet manufacturers want to achieve maximum strength at minimum weight, a combination which is currently best provided by a shell constructed from 100% carbon fibre. Carbon is woven, then heated in a mould to achieve the desired shape, then allowed to cool, a process which turns the weave into an extremely strong material, able to resist a hard impact. Carbon helmets tend to be the most expensive, due to their strength and weight, then as you move down the price scale, other materials are woven into the carbon, such as fibreglass or kevlar, to provide a less expensive, yet still highly effective shell. The less carbon present in the weave, the heavier the resulting helmet will be. Very recent developments include the introduction of helmets with anti-noise and thermal insulation technology, such as the Nexx XR2 Diablo, which has an extra four layers surrounding the helmet shell, reducing noise levels by 10% and keeps you cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

The first picture above shows a piece of woven carbon fibre which is used in the construction of carbon fibre shells. The second photo is of a tri-composite shell, made from a carbon, kevlar, fibreglass blend. Helmets made by Shoei, Shark and non-carbon versions of Nexx helmets use this blend.

Motorcycle Helmet EPS LiningMotorcycle Helmet Safety

2. EPS Lining

Directly beneath the helmet shell is the next protective layer, the EPS lining. The role of the EPS lining is to absorb energy in the event of a crash. It achieves this in two ways, firstly by redistributing the impact over a larger area than would otherwise have been, thereby reducing the impact on the skull.

Secondly, the EPS lining is especially designed to limit the maximum force on the skull. It is known how much force the skull can absorb before sustaining irreversible injury and the EPS lining is designed to crush upon heavy impact, so to prevent this maximum force upon the skull being exceeded. The pictures shows an EPS lining, with this particular helmet being a Nexx X40. This helmet features a two part EPS lining, to both provide energy absorption and ventilation to the head.

Motorcycle Helmet Lining

3. Inner Lining

The role of the motorcycle helmet inner lining is to provide comfort. It is usually made of of three parts, a lining for the upper head area, plus two cheek pads. More advanced helmets feature removable and washable inner linings. Some also use fabrics such as Coolmax, designed to keep you cooler and others possess anti-allergenic properties. Remember that the inner lining will 'give' over time, so you may want to ensure that your next helmet has a removable inner lining, which can be replaced by a new one, ensuring a correct fit over the life of the helmet.

Motorcycle Helmet Safety & Certification

Motorcycle Certification ECE 22/05

Motorcycle helmets are required to pass specific safety tests before being approved for road or track use. Different continents have different standards by which helmet safety is measured, resulting in the following motorcycle helmet certifications. Motorcycle helmet certification can be identified through the appropriate sticker affixed to the outer shell, usually on the rear of the helmet.

    Certification for road use:
  • Europe - ECE 22/05
  • North America - DOT (FMVSS 218)
  • Australia/New Zealand - AS/NZ 1698
  • Brazil - NBR 7471:2001

There is no agreed view regarding which of these standards is best, although ECE 22/05 requires more tests (6) than DOT. Helmets with ECE 22/05 certification also have to be regularly tested and approved via a sampling methodology. Helmets with ECE 22/05 certication for sale in the UK are VAT exempt (zero rated).

Motorcycle Certification ACU Gold Sticker

In the UK, there is an additional certification for track use, which must be passed before you can race or take part in a track day. Marshalls will check your helmet for this certification before allowing you on track. Motorcycle racing in the UK is governed by the ACU and for a helmet to be permitted on track, it must possess an ACU Gold sticker.

Motorcycle Helmet Sizing

Motorcycle Helmet SizingMotorcycle Helmet Sizing

Firstly, you need to know your head measurement. Follow this guide to find out how to measure your head:

1. As indicated in the diagram, using a tape measure, measure the circumference of your head, just above the eyebrows and above the ears. Use a piece of string if you don't have a tape measure, then use a long ruler to measure the string.

2. Use the helmet sizing chart below to select your helmet size according to your head measurement.

3. If you have very long or thick hair, consider whether this will impact upon your required helmet size.

Motorcycle Helmet Fitting

If you're new to motorcycling, or you've had your existing helmet for a number of years, a brand new helmet will feel very snug. It's meant to. The most common sizing mistake is for people to buy a helmet which is too large for them. Your safety relies on the helmet staying on your head in the event of a crash and if you choose too large a size, your safety is at risk. Remember that the padding of any new helmet will give over time and you don't want to find that after a few weeks, your new helmet is too large for you.

A correctly fitting new motorcycle helmet, should feel as follows:

1. Very snug, yet comfortable, all of the way around your head.

2. The feel should be the same all the way around your head, so you should reject a helmet which gives you discomfort or pain in any area of your head.

3. Leave the helmet on for 10 minutes, to see whether it is still comfortable after this time. If you develop a headache during this time, the helmet is too small for you.

4. Whilst wearing the helmet, stand face to face with somebody and ask them to hold the helmet still, whilst you try to move your head. If you can move your head without the helmet moving, it's too large for you. Get the other person to watch if it's just your skin moving or whether the helmet is sliding over the surface of your skin. You want your skin to move with the helmet, rather than the helmet to slide over it.

5. Whilst wearing the helmet, move around, practice some life-savers and see how it feels. You'll notice whether a helmet is uncomfortably heavy after a few manoeuvres!

6. If your helmet lining gives over time, to the extent where your helmet is now too big for you, you can buy a replacement inner lining, rather than having to buy a completely new helmet.

Don't just use the size of your existing helmet to select the size of a new one, since helmets from different helmet manufacturers differ in shape and sizing. Always go back to your head measurement and select the appropriately sized helmet for that measurement. We have helmet sizing charts on all of our helmet pages, so when you're selecting a new one, use that sizing chart to get your size right first time.

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