Top 10 Motorcycle Racer Helmet Graphics

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8. Riyuichi Kiyonari Dragon

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If you don’t know Ryuichi Kiyonari, here’s a quick run-down: he’s an All-Japan Superbike champ, three-time British Superbike Champ, and winner of the Suzuka 8-hour. He also had a brief stint in MotoGP, with the unenviable task of replacing the late Daijiro Kato following his tragic death. Racing resume aside, Kiyo’s lid has long been a favorite of mine. Its bright orange base is distinct and easy to spot, but more to the point, the dragon design on either side just looks mean. Kiyonari has been having a rough few seasons lately, with good results not coming as easily as they used to, but at least his dome still looks like the most intimidating in the field.

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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

  • 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.