Top 10 Motorcycle Racer Helmet Graphics

Share this Article

4. Marc Marquez Motegi Helmet

Japan MotoGP Motorcycle Racing

Winning has a way of smoothing over tensions. And in the case of Marc Marquez, the boy can practically do no wrong these days. This is good, because the special-edition Shoei he wore at the Motegi round of MotoGP last year, Honda’s home race, raised a lot of eyebrows – and not for the right reasons. You see the picture above. You know what I’m talking about. Marquez thought he was paying his respects to his Japanese fans, and his manufacturer’s home country, when in fact the caricature carries with it racist overtones. Maybe that gesture doesn’t carry the same impact in other parts of the world, but I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.

Not one to take things too seriously in life, I give Marc the benefit of the doubt, as he clearly didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. It was a naive and innocent mistake, clearly without any malicious intent. In the end it gave me a chuckle simply because I couldn’t believe he had done it. Shoei reproduced the helmet graphic in limited runs, though wisely decided not to include this specific piece of artwork on the back.

Get Motorcycle.com in your Inbox

10 Comments

  1. Michael Howard
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    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.

  2. striderx
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

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

  3. striderx
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

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

  4. 'Mike Smith
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    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.

  5. Michael
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • Posted May 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      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
        Posted May 3, 2014 at 1:03 am | Permalink

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

  6. TonyCarlos
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    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
      Posted May 4, 2014 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Senna’s a prime example of that too.

  7. Greg Spice
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 3:19 am | Permalink

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

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>