14 Helmets With Badass Graphics

14 Helmets With Insane Graphics (2021 Update)

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It seems that in the English language, we have more slang terms for a helmet than there are models of helmets. Some prefer brain bucket. Others like the term dumbass deflector. Still others call it the lunch box. Whatever you call it, it’s the thing that goes on your head to protect that head.

As the highest point of the body while riding, many prefer their helmets to not only be good, but also quite loud in terms of visuals. This could be to either to make a statement, or, more reasonably, to make the helmet visible so that people don’t crash into the rest of you attached underneath the helmet area.

While some of us, such as myself, prefer a more subdued helmet design, the following helmets are anything but. These are the helmets you wear when you want your brain bucket to be screaming at the top of its lungs.

Note: With the 2020 pandemic, helmet production and design has slowed down significantly. As such, many of these helmets are repeats of the 2020 list, although all efforts have been made to find as many crazy/zany/loud helmets as possible.

 

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 Joker

HJC RPHA 11 Pro Joker

  • Type: Full Face
  • Head Shape: Intermediate Oval
  • Weight: 3.12 lbs

This is a helmet that perfectly matches with how mentally unstable we all must be to ride around on two wheels with gas exploding a few inches below us to make power and noise. It also reflects on the wide grin many of us wear after carving a corner or having a really good ride. It also just looks damned cool.

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 is 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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AGV K3 SV Five Continents

AGV K3 SV Five Continents

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

This particular AGV K3 SV helmet is what one would term as “loud.” This one is literally sitting on your head, screaming and waving, jumping up and down before running around in circles. This, for all intents and purposes, is a good thing. It means visible.

Of course, the AGV K3 SV is a superb helmet in its own right. A less expensive copy (we won’t say cheaper) of the Pista GP RR Carbon that one Valentino Rossi prefers to wear, it has all the same vents, exhausts, visor releases and such. The major difference and why it’s less expensive is the use of a double-D ring fastener instead of a ratchet strap, and the fact that the shell is made of high resistance thermoplastic resin, not multiple crossed layers of carbon fiber weave.

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Shoei RF1400 Mural

Shoei RF1400 Mural

  • Type: Full face
  • Head Shape: Intermediate Oval
  • Weight: 3.62 lbs

We’ve all seen those murals driving around. Instead of just being graffiti, they’re works of art painted on the sides of buildings. Often appreciated only for a short time before they are painted over or defaced, they are often quite intricate and beautiful affairs.

So when Shoei wanted to celebrate the release of the new RF1400 as their flagship helmet, they made multiple versions with different graphics. Some of them are based on their sponsored racing riders, others are high visibility options. And then there is the Mural helmet, which is literally wearing street art on your head. And that, as the title of this article states, is pretty badass!

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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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Arai Corsair X Takumi

Arai Corsair X Takumi

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

Arai’s newer Corsair X is one of those helmets that we can safely say is worth the price, at any price. It has been designed and tested to not only be great at absorbing impacts, but to also deflect lighter impacts without crushing the EPS foam within. This is through a complex combination of carbon fiber and other fibers such as kevlar to be as robust, yet flexible, as possible without impacting safety at all. It seems to have worked, as the Corsair X carries SNELL M2020 certification.

Add on top of that a design that is based on World SBK rider Takumi Takahashi, with his distinctive lightning design over the compass star, and you have a helmet that makes you look awesome as well as keeping you as safe as possible.

 

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