7. Daijiro Kato


Speaking of Daijiro Kato, the 2001 250cc World Champion also makes this list as having one of my favorite lids. I really became immersed in motorcycle racing around this time and Kato was one of the guys I’d always cheer for. This was based mainly on his riding talent, but also because I thought those eyes on the back of his “head” were so cool. It was as if Kato was staring at all the riders behind him (of which there were many), and daring them to pass if they possibly could. Fittingly, on this, the 11th anniversary of his passing, Shoei has re-released this graphic on its latest racing helmet, the X-Twelve.