Premier Tro­phy BTR 8 BM Hel­met

RRP: £311 // www.premier.it

Motorcycle Monthly - - Tried & Tested -

If you’re in pur­suit of the true retro look, Premier Hel­mets has cre­ated (pos­si­bly) one of the most au­then­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tions of a true 70s full face crash hel­met I’ve seen. The shell is as close to the shape and feel of a clas­sic lid that I have come across – and de­spite how it looks, it has ac­tu­ally been man­u­fac­tured from thor­oughly mod­ern ma­te­ri­als.

Sadly, its retro styling does re­sult in a few small nig­gles, par­tic­u­larly for some­one who’s used to wear­ing a mod­ern, race ready hel­met. First off, there’s no ven­ti­la­tion. Well, aside from the air that man­ages to squeeze its way past the vi­sor – which doesn’t fit flush to the shell of the hel­met when us­ing the pop fas­ten­ers. But does this hel­met have any ma­jor is­sues? Well no. I’d say its only down­side (if you could call it that) is that it’s re­ally quite noisy when on the move. But if you’re out on two wheels you should be in the habit of wear­ing earplugs – in which case, the noise won’t be much of an is­sue.

De­spite all that, it is sur­pris­ingly com­fort­able. It weighs in at 1290g, and feels light and spa­cious when on my nog­gin. By spa­cious, I don’t mean it’s a bad fit – rather you don’t feel con­fined and closed in thanks to its nice and wide aper­ture, which helps to im­prove vi­sion.

In my mind, it looks as if Premier Hel­mets are tar­get­ing that part of the mar­ket in­hab­ited by rid­ers who are fo­cused on style. Sure, spend­ing in ex­cess of £300 might seem a lit­tle over the top for what is es­sen­tially a back-to-ba­sics replica of a retro style lid – and a lot of mo­tor­cy­clists would likely balk at the lack of so­phis­ti­ca­tion from Premier’s new lid. But it’s not aimed at every­one. In re­al­ity, it’s aimed at the style con­scious who are look­ing for a cool new hel­met to com­ple­ment their clas­sic ma­chine. And if that’s you – then look no fur­ther. This could be the hel­met for you.

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