14 Helmets With Insane Graphics (2020 Update)

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Brain bucket. The lid. The locker box. There are more slang words in the English language for helmets, it seems, than there are actual models of them. The point is, whatever you call it, it becomes your thing.

Some of us also like our helmets to be statements. Bright designs, subdued graphics you need to be close to see, bold statements about the mentality of the rider inside the helmet. It’s all about finding both the right fit of helmet, but also the right message for you.

Personally, I like the more subdued helmets, such as the flat matte style helmet, or if there have to be designs on it, I like the high-vis stripes some helmets have. I may be an oddity there, yet nonetheless, I’ve gone out on the wide world of the internet and searched far and wide to find 14 brain buckets with insane graphics that you can buy right now.

Icon Airflite BattleScar 2

Icon Airflite BattleScar 2

 

  • Price: $320.00
  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Long Oval
  • Weight: 3.8 lbs

It may not be the most insane of designs, and if you are not a fan of video games, you might not get the catch as to why this helmet makes this list. For those that know, well, you already know.

For those that do not, this helmet is extremely reminiscent of a certain game character that wears a green full face helmet with a gold visor. He also holds the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. In a fictional futuristic space navy. Fighting aliens.

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HJC RPHA 11 Pro Venom 2

HJC RPHA 11 Pro Venom 2

 

  • Price:  $539.99 to $544.49
  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Intermediate Oval
  • Weight: 3.12 lbs

On the subject of space aliens, how about a helmet with a name that is an homage to one of Marvel Comics’ greatest anti-heroes? Officially licensed by Marvel, this Venom helmet is a glorious example of what the classic “eating my face” style of custom helmets can be when two major companies cooperate on a project.

On top of that, the RPHA 11 is one seriously good helmet, with a reinforced fiberglass shell, multi-layer dual density EPS foam, and DOT and ECE certifications. It also has emergency cheek pad releases, something that both myself and the rest of the staff here at BadAss think a great safety item that should be in all helmets.

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AGV K3 SV Rossi Misano 2015

AGV K3 SV Rossi Misano 2015

 

  • Price: $299.95
  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Round Oval
  • Weight: 3.63 lbs

As one YouTuber is oft caught saying, “Our Lord and Savior Valentino Rossi” approved of this helmet. Featuring design elements from Rossi’s special Misano circuit helmet during the 2015 MotoGP Championship, this helmet allows you to shout out loud and proud who your favorite Italian rider is.

Across the back of the helmet is emblazoned Rossi’s famous yellow-green 46, and has the “Shark hunting the fish” graphics that spoke to Rossi’s tight defense of his 2014 championship title until Jorge Lorenzo, his Yamaha teammate, snuck past in the final rounds of the season to claim the title.

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Arai Corsair X Hayden Laguna Seca

Arai Corsair X Hayden Laguna Seca

 

  • Price: $979.95
  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Intermediate Oval
  • Weight: 3.55 lbs

One of only two American’s to win the MotoGP World Championship since the start of the millenium, Nicky Hayden was proud to show off his American flag inspired helmets all over the world. Drawing on elements from his helmet worn at the 2006 round of MotoGP held at Laguna Seca in California, Arai celebrates both his American pride and his championship with this helmet.

You also get Arai’s obsession with safety built into the helmet, with a reinforced fiberglass shell and multi-layer, multi-density EPS foam to disperse the maximum amount of energy in an impact. So you can show off your American pride while also being reassured that the brain inside your bucket has the best protection available.

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Icon Airmada Dia De Los Muertos

Icon Airmada Dia De Los Muertos

 

  • Price: $250.00
  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Long Oval
  • Weight: 3.71 lbs

No matter what else you say about this Icon Airmada design, it is one thing: LOUD. However, that is perfectly in line with the Day of the Dead holiday, which is all about the celebration of life and love.

Icon themselves have celebrated this, as the design on the helmet was once offered many years ago on a discontinued, or “dead,” helmet model. It was specifically revived for this helmet, and I think it embodies all the right parts about riding and celebration.

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HJC IS-5 Poe Dameron X-Wing

HJC IS-5 Poe Dameron X-Wing

 

Sometimes a helmet is made that makes you want to buy it just to own it, not wear it. For any Star Wars fan, this is that helmet. Using the IS-5 as a canvas and with full Disney/LucasFilm approval, HJC took Poe Dameron’s unique black X-Wing helmet design and translated it to the shell in a nearly 1:1 replica.

And while the helmet in and of itself is a piece of art, HJC took the integration of the Star Wars theme one step further. On this model of the IS-5, they integrated an amber tinted sunshield in the forehead, the exact same color amber as the pilots in the Star Wars sequel trilogy used.

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Nexx SX100 Big Shot

Nexx SX100 Big Shot

 

  • Price: $259.95
  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Intermediate Oval
  • Weight: 3.55 lbs

Well, if you’re looking for a helmet to make a personal statement with, this one does it pretty well. It does quite literally make a statement, “Riding like a big shot.” The perfect helmet, I think, for someone doing some sport touring or riding around on a cruiser.

Adding in the sun visor and having a pinlock ready shield at under $300 also makes this a bit of a bargain as well. Fully DOT and ECE compliant, it’s also a safe choice to keep your skull covered in flesh, unlike the skeletal paint job on this helmet!

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Bell Qualifier DLX MIPS Devil May Care 2020

Bell Qualifier DLX MIPS Devil May Care 2020

 

  • Price: $279.95
  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Intermediate Oval
  • Weight: 3.57 lbs

There’s something about a graphics job that makes the helmet look like the front of a P-51 Mustang that’s come back from a hell of a dogfight that just screams awesome. Having that graphics job on one of Bell’s MIPS helmets means that you’ll look good and be safe.

The Qualifier DLX builds upon the original Qualifier helmet and adds in the MIPS anti-rotational safety system, a new wind collar to reduce air and road noise, and adds much needed integrated speaker cutouts over the original qualifier for bluetooth comm systems.

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Shark Skwal 2 Nuk’Em

Shark Skwal 2 Nuk’Em

 

  • Price:  $289.99
  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Intermediate Oval
  • Weight: 3.8 lbs

Firstly, I must point out that the Shark Skwal 2 base helmet, and all graphical variants of it, have something built in that I personally think is a great addition: LED lights. As Shark themselves say, it’s “to assist in SMIDSY avoidance.” (SMIDSY = Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You). Add to that the explosive graphics, and if someone doesn’t see you, they might need to see an optometrist.

There are 4 LEDs up front (two forehead, two chin bar) and 2 LEDs out back (integrated into rear exhaust and spoiler). The battery pack is built into the liner, so it doesn’t press against the EPS foam or against you, and is recharged via a microUSB port in the rear neck area of the helmet. Shark claims it will give you 5 hours constant, or 10 hours blinking, LED time.

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Icon Airframe Pro Lucky Lid 3

Icon Airframe Pro Lucky Lid 3

 

  • Price: $420.00 
  • Type: Full face
  • Head Shape: Long Oval
  • Weight: 3.6 lbs

Icon does honestly seem to be a company that has the most varied and interesting graphics on their helmets, this Airframe Pro model included. However, I thought that this design was the most appropriate as it does embrace the insanity of gambling and pure, blind luck.

The fact that the graphics are applied on a carbon fiber shell only adds to the attractive nature of this helmet. It is also very streamlined and the vents are integrated in such a way that they do almost disappear into the graphics, giving it a nice clean shape.

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Scorpion EXO-R420 Tracker

Scorpion EXO-R420 Tracker

 

  • Price: $159.95
  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Intermediate Oval
  • Weight: 3.88 lbs

Well, it may not be the most insane graphics, but no one can deny your patriotism wearing this lid. Stars and stripes always win out against a neutral, solid shell color when you want to embrace the freedom that two wheels and the open road grant you.

What’s impressive, however, is that this helmet, at this price point, is fully Snell M2015 certified. What that means to you, the rider, is that this is a helmet that can be taken on the track without a second look. Good ventilation, emergency cheek pad releases, and a quick-change visor system just add to the safety and satisfaction taking this helmet to the track or twisties.

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Schoei X-14 Aerodyne

Schoei X-14 Aerodyne

 

  • Price: $859.99
  • Type: Full Face / Motorsports Certified
  • Head Shape: Intermediate Oval
  • Weight: 3.62 lbs

One of the few consumer available FIM MotoGP 2019/2020 approved homologation helmets on the market, the X-14 from Shoei is a powerhouse helmet, with all the latest and greatest technologies and materials integrated into it.

Add on top of that a graphics job that makes the helmet look like it just jumped out of a Transformers cartoon show, and you have a helmet that is both attractive and extremely safe. Possibly my personal favorite in this entire list because I grew up watching Generation 1 and 2 Transformers as a kid.

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Arai Quantum-X Oriental

Arai Quantum-X Oriental

 

  • Price: $829.95
  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Round Oval
  • Weight: 3.52 lbs

A beautifully decorated Arai helmet for those with a round oval head shape, the Quantum-X continues to uphold the best of the best of helmet technology and safety. A track-rated Snell M2015 certified helmet, this helmet would be at home with the rider on any model supersport from the big four from Japan.

There is also a symbolic tie to Japanese art in this helmet. The graphics are designed to be along the style of a woodcut press, with the lines filled in with a traditional style of painting. It’s an amazing and insanely detailed helmet that show just how much pride Arai has in their homeland’s heritage.

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Icon Alliance GT Bird Strike

Icon Alliance GT Bird Strike

 

  • Price: $225.00
  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Long Oval
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs

Once again, Icon provides a helmet that is covered in eye-catching insanity. While the feathers are apparent, the subtle hints of scales behind the feathers adds a layer of complexity which draws the eye. Since that’s one of the points of having insane graphics, that of being seen, I would say that this helmet has succeeded.

As with all Icon helmets, the helmet itself is DOT certified, however this helmet also carries an ECE certification. An integrated sun visor removes the need for changing out the wind visor, and the shape of the helmet has been designed to reduce wind roar and road noise as you ride.

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