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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > Issue 333 > HEAD CASES


It’s the number one piece of protective kit for any rider. But what goes into a bike helmet? And what’s the current state of the art? We check out lid science…



It’s worth looking after the old bonce and its contents, especially if you’re going to do something dangerous. Not that riding bikes is dangerous – ohhh nooooo. Riding bikes is perfectly safe (despite how it looks when Bruce is putting in one of his ‘special’ fast laps). It is, of course, the falling off and hitting things at high speed which is the bugger. So – we need to protect our brains above all else, when we have a bit of a bike crash.

It’s fairly obvious stuff this: you can bash your arms and legs about a bit and survive. You can even give your torso and major organs a proper pummelling and make it out the other side: burst ribs, punctured lungs, torn spleens – all serious stuff, but fixable by modern medicine. But any level of damage to your brain, and you’re in big trouble. At the risk of making all you lovely readers depressed, I’ll just say that banging your head is a bad thing. So it’s in your interest, and for the sake of all those folk you hold dear in your life, to invest in the best hard hats available.


We all want a proper helmet of course – who wants to die from a head injury because they were watching an episode of Corrie on their drop-down? Not I, for one. But what exactly constitutes a proper helmet? It seems logical to assume that the best helmets on the market are the very best ones, but shelling out £700 for a top-spec helmet just isn’t an option for most of us.

Besides, you can get top protection for far less. Much of the price is determined by fashion as well as safety. Want a Rossi AGV, a Vinales Arai or a Marquez Shoei? In 2017 colours? Well you’ll be paying top dollar for that, sir. Happy to settle for an older paint scheme? Then that’ll save you a nice chunk of cash. Need to go cheaper still? Plain white or black versions are normally the cheapest you can get in a premium shell.

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