There are some really cool helmets on the market at the moment with manufacturers tailoring their designs to current tastes and styles of motorcycles. Among some of the most badass designs is this new category of Streetfighter style helmets to match the big mean, muscle bound naked street bikes that we have all come to know and love.
The original streetfighter motorcycle came straight out of the 1980’s and 90’s when sportsbike fever was at its peak and riders kept crashing them. As a result of it being ridiculously expensive to replace the fancy fairings, riders did without and the bikes ended up being naked aggressive sportbikes; a new era of bikes were born – The Streetfighters.
Today, there are helmets that follow suit with the original premise of streetfighter design – aggressive, dark, moody lids that make a statement and are ready for you and your bike to go out brawling.
So whether you have an old custom Suzuki GSX R750 Streetfighter straight out of the ‘80’s or you are rolling around on a brand new 2022 Kawasaki Z900, you can now match your helmet to your mood and take on the streets. We have gathered the best of the bunch here so let’s take a look.
MT Streetfighter SV
Mean and moody. Can be worn as a full face or 3/4
- Value for money
- Sun visor
- DOT and ECE rated versions available
- Not dual homologated and only classed as an open face helmet
The MT Streetfighter SV is a good budget helmet that is styled to be as aggressive as you can get. The streetfighter style doesn’t need to break the bank and this helmet proves that.
It is a multi-purpose helmet that can be worn in several different ways with the key point being it can be worn as an open face or full face helmet. To achieve the open face look you can remove the chin piece altogether.
The peak and sun visor is also removable if you want a true open face helmet; however, the peak, sun visor and chin bar is what gives the full streetfighter style. It is worth noting that the helmet is DOT approved in the US and ECE rated in the UK however it is classed as an open face helmet and has therefore been tested as such.
The removable chin piece will provide a level of protection but does not compare to that provided by a genuine full face helmet.
LS2 Street Fighter Helmet
Get the Bane look with this great looking Snell approved Street Fighter helmet
- DOT rated and Snell approved
- 20% lighter than previous models
- Excellent ventilation system
- Wide eye port for great visibility
- No ECE rated version
The LS2 Street Fighter is a bit more subtle than the MT, with no peak or removable chin piece. It is tough, designed to be protective to the point it has met the tough Snell standards.
The visor is wide making for excellent visibility and it comes to a point at the front of the chin bar giving that aggressive look we love. There is also a series of vents at the front which allow the air to flow through into the helmet and through the channels in the multi-density liner.
Not only is the ventilation system impressive making the lid great for Summer use, the way the air inlets are laid out at the front looks pretty awesome, somewhat like the Bane mask from Batman.
Shark Street Drak
A great choice for those who wear glasses
- ECE and DOT approved versions available
- Quick Release Goggle System
- Good for those who wear glasses
- Anti-fog and anti-scratch goggles
- Not dual-homologated for both open face and full face positions
The Street Drak has an old school fighter pilot vibe about it with huge quick-release goggles and two round discs on the side which act as the mechanism for both the goggles and chin piece but look like the headphones pilots would wear.
Again it is rated only as an open face and it should be noted the chin piece would offer some protection but it is relatively flimsy plastic. The goggles and chin piece can be removed for a less mean open face style but if you want to keep the dark look then keeping it fully locked and loaded is the way forward.
Shark helmets are great for those who wear glasses too as they implement an easy-fit system for your glasses to slide into channels or pockets in the liner.
HJC are offering the full package with the not long released i20, it has features most commonly found on full face helmets and yet it is styled for the street to make a dark statement.
- ECE and DOT approved versions available
- Grooves for eyeglass wearers
- Easily detachable face mask
- Anti-scratch, anti-fog visor
- Speaker pockets and Smart HJC ready
- Not rated as a full face
The i20 comes with a wide vision anti-fog coated visor and a removable face mask that is easy to release and put back on. There are vents in the face mask and also at the top of the lid to ensure great airflow.
Grooves for glasses are integrated into the liner for maximum comfort and there is also a chin curtain and breath deflector which goes that bit further to ensure your visor remains fog free along with your glasses if you wear them.
Speaker pockets are cut into the liner ready for the HJC Smart system that integrates seamlessly with the bluetooth 10B or 20B kit.
Scorpion Exo Covert X
The Covert X looks like something from the military, ready for battle
- ECE and DOT approved versions available
- Tinted visor
- Awesome styling
- Good Ventilation
The US version can be worn in 3 configurations: half shell, ¾ shell and a full face with the chin piece; whereas the ECE version can only be worn as the full face or ¾ shell.
Scorpion have made the Covert X lighter than ever by using a multi-composite shell with the idea being weight is minimized but it is super strong and great for impact dispersal. The face mask is easily removable as are the ¾ shell pieces to turn it into a half shell, Scorpion have utilized magnets to fix the pieces in place.
An anti-fog tinted visor comes as standard but it also comes with a clear visor for riding at night. There are ear protectors for cold weather that actually have bluetooth speaker pockets built in for extra comfort if you plan on fitting a comms kit.
Not available in the US but SBS offer free shipping for American customers
- ECE rated
- Removable face shield and goggles
- Pinlock visor ready
- Not imported to the US and not DOT approved
The Caberg Ghost is another helmet that has a fighter-pilot/military vibe about it with a removable face shield and goggles for a more traditional open face style.
Caberg have actually added a Carbon Fiber option to the Ghost line up, making the Ghost Carbon the lightest of the collection so far.
The Caberg Ghost is lightweight, comfortable and there are a host of designs to choose from including: a rust effect, military green, matt black and a Maori design.
Unfortunately Caberg helmets are not imported to the US and are therefore only ECE approved, not DOT.
The Bell Broozer is my favorite of all these Street Fighter helmets. It is a no frills, no playing around, mean looking lid backed by Bell’s long heritage of quality helmets.
- Dual-homologated for use as both open and full-face
- Detachable chin bar
- Dark and clear visors included
- 5 year warranty
- Dual-density EPS liner for the best protection
The chin bar easily removes so you can wear as an open face if you wish. The visor drops down and you have a choice of clear or tinted visor in the box.
It is another that has grooves for glasses and has a dual-density EPS for the best energy dissipation and impact protection.
Similar to the LS2 the chin is pointed, the visor wide and vents in the front give the dark aggressive look we want from streetfighter style helmets.
Simpson Outlaw Bandit
The Simpson Outlaw Bandit or the Venom in the UK is a really good looking lid at home on your streetfighter or blacked out cruiser, it can do both.
- Two versions available the Venom in the UK that is ECE approved and the Ghost Bandit in the US that is DOT approved
- Awesome styling
- Wide eyeport
- Great Ventilation
- The helmet runs small, so best to order one size up
Simpson have created a lightweight shell that has integrated speaker and microphone pockets as well as a drop down sun visor. It is the one stop, do-it-all lid.
The vents are adjustable and let the airflow as much as you could possibly need and the wide visor allows for the best visibility.
If you are looking for a streetfighter helmet that will look the part riding in the city streets but is also capable of long tours then this is the one for you.
The Icon Airflite is a unique helmet largely thanks to its oversized huge face shield that comes down over the chin bar.
There are big vents in the front chin piece and at the top of the helmet for maximum air flow. Along with a quick-change face shield (tinted options available) you have an internal drop down sun visor.
It isn’t all style over substance either as the Airflite is comfortable with a moisture-wicking washable pads. It is lightweight and has a sculpted neckline which raises it above your jacket collar.
Streetfighter Helmet Shopping Tips
First and foremost your lid should provide optimum safety so make sure it has the appropriate ECE or DOT approval.
Your lid should also be comfortable. If it isn’t you will find it distracting and on a motorcycle a distraction is dangerous.
Choose one with effective ventilation. As well as air inlets you will find good quality helmets have vents at the rear for air extraction, important if you are lucky enough to ride in a warm climate.
Make sure the air control is easy to operate with or without gloves on. Quick and easy vent activation increases safety, same goes for internal sun visor operation.
Talking of heat, ensure it has removable and washable pads so you can keep it smelling nice. Most recognised brands do nowadays but its always best to check. Many of the above helmets will also use flame retardant fibers.
Caring For Your New Lid
Gently wipe with warm water and a neutral soap to keep your new lid in tip top shape.
Make a note of the date you got your new lid. Motorcycle helmets don’t last forever and you should replace it 5 years after you purchased it.
Check out our motorcycle helmets guide if you are new to biking.