Top 10 Motorcycle Racer Helmet Graphics

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1. Kevin Schwantz COTA helmet

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As much respect as I have for Kevin Schwantz, I never really fancied his helmet much. That changed a couple weeks ago, when I happened to be at the Circuit Of The Americas during MotoGP weekend and stayed a couple days later for the Suzuki MotoGP team test. There, Schwantz was testing a Yoshimura Superbike in order to prepare for his upcoming Suzuka 8-hour race later this year. He also whipped out this gorgeous new take on his classic design. The above photo really doesn’t do it justice, but, like the Russell helmet at the start of this list, the detail work is exquisite. The combination of colors pop to my eye, and the matte finish, which is hard to see in this photo, looks stunning up close. Until two weeks ago I had Rossi coming out tops in this list, but I think, being the student of the sport that he is, he’ll gladly step aside for number 34.

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  • Michael Howard

    Regarding Marquez’ helmet, people really need to lighten up and get a sense of humor. “Imitation” can be racist and insulting but it can also be light-hearted and funny – it all depends on the intent.

  • striderx

    Jimmy Adamo… Simple, awesome. RIP Jimmy
    http://www.highsider.com/textlager/usa_textlager/Adamo_87_01.htm

    • ALM

      You fôôl >,< You're gonna be exclude in no time by the author with this double Motegi style lids selection X , X (and I rea//y mean double X , X )

  • striderx

    And I always liked the Shoei Eddie Lawson. Again, old school, but sharp.
    http://www.highsider.com/textlager/usa_textlager/Lawson_88_08.htm

  • ‘Mike Smith

    I like Jorge Lorenzo’s big red X on his helmet. It’s the only one you can see from a distance or unfocused camera. That big red X let’s you know Lorenzo is about to pass your ass. I’m thinking about doing a similar X on my helmet.

  • Michael

    I owned a Scott Russell shoei helmet years ago, and thought that was one of my favorites. I had a DuHamell as well that I really liked and would have loved a Doohan helmet – except Arai’s don’t fit me quite right. But the Doohan was a great looking helmet. It always seems to me that the paint on Arai helmets seems thicker/deeper than all the other makes.

    • http://www.motorcycle.com/ Sean Alexander

      Michael, Arai makes several different headforms that make different Arai models fit different head types. The Doohan was an old RX-7RR which would have made it their mid-round internal shape. They also make a typical full-round shape in the Quantum line and on the opposite end of their lines a long-oval headform in the Signet line. (I suffer from forehead pinch in most helmets, but an Arai Signet is perfect for my freakishly long skull and prominent frontal lobes, even more forehead room than a Shoei.)

      • Michael

        Hi Sean,
        Thanks for all the information. I’ll give some of the different Arai models a try.
        Much appreciated.

  • TonyCarlos

    The problem I see in most racers’ helmets is that they don’t play at a distance. Too much detail. It’s seldom that we get close enough to today’s racers to be able to take in all that their helmets are trying to say., even with the camera-laden race bikes we have now. So the helmets come off as a mish-mash of little somethings that we can’t quite make out. Kinda like that hot tattooed gal that we’d like to study closer, but know we’d better not.
    Give me Nixon’s design, or that of Emmerson Fittipaldi’s auto race lid. Those guys knew that they would most often be seen by fans no closer than 50 feet away.
    That said, you’ve gotta love Valentino.

    • fastfreddie

      Senna’s a prime example of that too.

  • Greg Spice

    Valentino’s “Double Face” best ever. Would like to have one to wear while riding, not putting in a glass case.

    • ALM

      I would have expected Ben’s one from you >,<

  • ALM

    This list is a bit far fucked up ^^ (only 2 !! of mines’ favorite. Divided between 2 riders for the rest ;) but nice to watch.

    It braught me 2 in consideration, 34 and Marc’s (and regarding to it, I don’t know if there was a controversy in the Japanese press specially, I saw some on bike’s magazine sites, but you really need to be a douchbag to see really something wrong. It’s like saying Rossi sun/Moon in Turkey was an offense to Islam. What a chance he didn’t won it’s 9th title there we may then say >,<).