Motorcycle gear can be spendy…particularly helmets. But there are some solid options out there with palatable price points, and that’s what we’ve gathered here today. Five full-face motorcycle helmets at or under $200 dollars that go beyond the basics.
If you’re looking to save a buck and still keep your dome well protected on the road, take a closer look at these…our choices for Best Motorcycle Helmets under $200.
What to Expect at this Price Point
To keep prices low, materials used for the outer shell are going to be polycarbonate or fiberglass. Graphics options are going to be limited and additional bonus features are as well. Intake vents will largely have either open or closed settings, without the ability to fine-tune airflow like on many higher-end helmets.
Since the most advanced construction materials aren’t utilized in this range, the weight of the helmet is likely heavier than more expensive models.
Fit may be more a once size fits all approach in each size. Pricier helmets will often have different shell sizes and EPS liners for a more precise fit.
Safety ratings are typically DOT only, though some do go further and achieve the optional Snell rating too.
Considerations Before You Buy
Whatever your price range, being clear about your riding habits and plans is key to getting a suitable helmet. If you’re a casual, weekend rider or commuter your needs will be different than a long-range tourer or racer.
Measure the circumference of your head with a measuring tape above the brow and refer to the manufacturer’s sizing chart. Getting a proper fit allows the helmet to effectively do its job in the event of a crash.
Make a list of features you can’t live without. Whether it’s safety rating, sun protection, communication compatibility, accessory upgrades or something else entirely. We’ve brought together five helmets that offer a breadth of different creature comforts and conveniences, and knowing what you absolutely need can help make the decision clearer.
HJC CL-17 (Three Year Warranty)
The CL-17 is the most modestly priced helmet in our selection, with solid color options starting at $139.99. It’s DOT and Snell 2015 safety rated. However, sizes 3X, 4X and 5X are only DOT approved.
It’s shell is an advanced polycarbonate and an XL tips our scales at 3.8-pounds.
There are a wide variety of graphics to choose from that still fall under the $200 cap. These can range as high as $179.99 in some cases, but it’s nice to have choices in the look of your helmet.
The CL-17 comes with a shield lock and the RapidFire replacement system makes swapping simple. There lots of replacement shields available for between 25 and 40 bucks, too. That means you can get the helmet, and a mirrored, or tear-off-ready or standard smoke shield and still be under our $200 price point. Many are also Pinlock ready, including the shield installed at purchase.
However, the Pinlock insert must be bought separately and retails for around $30 bucks.
There are also grooves in the comfort lining to accommodate eyeglasses.
Bell Qualifier DLX Blackout (Five Year Warranty)
The Bell Qualifier DLX Blackout is a bit more cost, at $149.99, and is only available in the black colorway.
Safety certifications include DOT and ECE and the helmet is available in sizes XS through 2XL. The polycarbonate shell-constructed Qualifier in XL weighs in at 3.5-pounds. Bell has three different shell and EPS sizes available for a more secure fit throughout the size range.
The NutraFog II anti-fog, anti-scratch shield can be removed via Bell’s ClickRelease system. Bell also includes a dark smoke shield with the Qualifier DLX at no extra cost.
There are integrated speaker pockets to hold communication devices, and the exterior features a space for Sena SMH10 or Cardo Scala Rider Q1/Q3 bluetooth communicators, both sold separately.
LS2 Citation (Two Year Warranty)
At $199.98, the LS2 Citation just makes the cut. There are three solid color options available at this price point.
This one carries DOT and ECE 22.05 certifications, and is available in sizes XS through 3XL. The LS2 Citation is made from LS2’s proprietary High Performance Fiberglass Composite, and weighs 3.4 pounds in XL.
It has a quick-release, scratch resistant face shield that comes with LS2’s Fog Fighter inner lens system. The Citation also features a drop-down sun shield, operated by a slider on the left base of the helmet.
The exhaust vent out back is closable, unlike some of the other helmets we’ve chosen.
The removable, washable interior is one of most plush of this collection of helmets, and there are cutouts to allow eyeglasses to sit comfortably. LS2 includes speaker pockets for communications systems also. Another unique feature is the ratchet retention system.
Scorpion EXO-R710 (Five Year Warranty)
The EXO-R710 comes in just under our $200 mark at $199.95. There are four solid color options available in this range.
This is DOT and Snell 2015 certified and comes in sizes XS through 3XL. Its fiberglass/Tri-Matrix shell comes in three different sizes, and an XL weighs 3.6 pounds.
It features Scorpion’s Ellip-Tec ratchet system, along with an EverClear no-fog face shield. There’s also a shield lock lever located on the left-hand side.
The chin vent has three options, fully open, closed or half-open. There are also communication system speaker pockets built-in to the helmet, too.
Icon Alliance GT Rubatone (One Year Warranty)
At the top of our price point is the ICON Alliance GT Rubatone helmet, costing an even $200 in black.
It meets DOT and ECE 22.05 safety standards, and comes in sizes XS through 3XL. The outer shell is made from injection molded polycarbonate, and the XL size weighs 3.7 pounds.
You also get a quick-change, fog-free Proshield with Icon’s ProLock system along with a DropShield internal sun visor. Both shields can be upgraded.
Follow the links in the text to learn more about each helmet we’ve touched on here and please be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions about getting your hands on a new helmet.