Is your helmet starting to smell like the contents of a kitchen bin? Are flies stuck to your visor and the only way to remove them is with a blow torch?
If you answered yes to any of those questions it could be time for a change – especially if your helmet is older than four years old.
But where do you start? Lets face it all you want to do is get back out on the road as quickly as possible so you need information quick. This motorcycle helmet review will hopefully go someway to making your decision a breeze.
How To Choose The Best Motorcycle Helmet Under £200
Below we have selected some of the best motorcycle helmets under £200. To help you make a more informed decision we have compared various aspects of helmets such as functionality, usability and design.
We have reviewed features such as visor design, usability of vents and wearability to help you to choose your next motorcycle helmet.
Low cost and low weight helmet with great design
|The great thing about this helmet is you finally get to own a Caberg thanks in part to its low price. The normal selection of colours is available and sizing ranging from XS – XL.|
The vents on top have been well thought through and can be opened and closed very easily, even if you are wearing thick gloves. The front vents also creates excellent circulation of air which is perfect for reducing misting and especially helpful in the summer.
You won’t have any problems with misting of the visor and will find it a breeze to open when you stop at the lights.
unfortunately the design of this lid does look a little plasticky, however this is to be expected given the price.
|+ Weight 1547g|
+ Low Price
|– Plastic looking design|
– Small amount of rain can get into top of the visor
Great visibility and ventilation
|Great consideration has been given to the design of this helmet. The outer shell can accommodate an intercom system, with additional recesses for wires which is a great feature for those that like to communicate while on the road.|
The price of this helmet puts it closer to the £200 budget you may have set yourself. This is not a bad thing as you get great design on the outside of the helmet if that is your thing.
Ventilation ports have been designed well and will provide a constant flow of air throughout the helmet, a real positive as some vents can be more of a token gesture and not really serve any purpose.
The visor mechanism is smooth and has a five-position ratchet movement so there is no danger of you having to wrestle to open the visor in the optimum position.
A real must with any helmet is being about the remove the inner lining to clean. This can be done very easily however replacing it requires a bit of patience.
|+ Smooth Visor Mechanism|
+ Intercom capable
|– Inner lining difficult to put back in once removed|
Dexter Nucleon Motorcycle Helmet
Carbon Fibre Design, With Great Style
| If your looking for a light weight helmet this is it. The carbon fibre design means you are paying a premium, but the quality and the finish is exceptional.|
The ventilation is on par with a number of the other helmets in this list and doesn’t go beyond what you would normally get with most helmets.
The drop down sun visor is operated by a lever on the left of the helmet, and moves freely. The downside is you may find it does not go all the way down to your nose, which can leave a gap at the bottom which is a little distracting.
A ratchet-type strap is very accessible and easy to use thanks to the fabric tag. This especially makes it easy to use with you have gloves on.
|+ Carbon Fibre Design|
+ Light weight 1358g
|– Sun visor may distract when down|
A Comfortable helmet with great ventilation
|The Shark D-Skwal is a welcome addition to this list of helmets, and boy does it impress. The detailing is finished well with a graphic upgrade available. With this type of quality finish you would expect a hefty price tag, but that is not the case and it is still an affordable helmet for those on a budget.|
With a low price and low weight of 1551g this helmet will certainly not put a strain on you wallet nor your body from being all day on the road.
If good air flow is important to you, the ventilation on this helmet may be whats sways your decision on choice. There is fully closable vents on the top and chin, and an alway open exhaust on the rear. In particular the top vent is very effective in keeping your head cool.
A visor which simply clips in and out makes cleaning it and absolute breeze, so there is no need to worry about having to find a screw driver. The smooth ratchet allows free staggered movement of the visor which doesn’t feel clunky.
|+ Helmet Design and Finish|
+ Effective top vent keeps you cool
+ Low noise during riding
|– May pinch around ears until worn in|
A Great Looking Helmet For Touring And Everyday Use
|I could look at this helmet all day and not be bored. Yes you may have to pay a little more for the graphics in comparison to cheaper plain colours, but I think you will agree it is definitely worth it, especially with the high gloss finish.|
The smooth one hand opening of the flip mechanism is a great feature of this helmet and makes a real difference. It will also stay open even when riding at speed without using the locking mechanism.
As you would expect this helmet has all the usual vents on top, around the chin and closable exhuast vents on the rear giving great air flow when you need it for cooling, and reducing fog build up on the visor.
The Visor is easy to remove for cleaning and snaps easily back into position where it operates in a four position ratchet. Similarly the sun visor which is fantastic for when the sun is low is smooth to operate and has good visability.
|+ Lining can be removed and cleaned|
+ Great looking graphics and colour options
+ Vents keep misting to a minimum
|– Noise when riding a high speed with flip front shut|
A Helmet For Your Daily Commute
|If you wear glasses this helmet may be the one for you. Shark have designed the inner padding to accommodate people who wear glasses thanks to the patented Easy Fit System, a feature which demonstrates real consideration for what works for riders. Also as you would expect the padding can easily be removed and cleaned.|
As with most of the helmets on this list the visor can easily be operated, pivoting smoothly on the ratchet system. The visor can also be removed for cleaning. The drop down sun shield is operated by a slider on top of the helmet and can be set at various different positions depending on your preference.
The helmet has ventilation points on the top which are adjustable and another on the chin. There is no rear exhaust ventilation vents which does restrict complete air flow around the helmet.
|+ Inner padding supports people that wear glasses.|
+ Inner padding can be removed for cleaning.
|– No exhaust vent on the rear of the helmet.|