Ver­sus

Emer­gence of the retro-re­vival wave

Motorcyclist - - Contents - —Brody Cox

An old Hel­met has loads of nos­tal­gic charm but of­fers lit­tle in the way of pro­tec­tion. Over time, the EPS liner de­grades and loses its abil­ity to safe­guard your cra­nium. When that hap­pens, you want to con­sign that ob­so­lete bucket to a shelf. Should you still yearn for a throw­back hel­met with a cool fac­tor equal to that of your mod­ern-retro mo­tor­cy­cle, th­ese lids com­bine clas­sic looks with con­tem­po­rary safety.

Bell’s re­cently reis­sued Moto-3 faith­fully mir­rors the orig­i­nal 1979 de­sign. Of­fer­ing the same ba­sic sil­hou­ette, the mod­ern ver­sion adds a re­mov­able and wash­able com­fort liner and an ECE rat­ing. With a wide-view eye­port that wel­comes a pair of gog­gles, the Moto-3 is equally at home at a vin­tage MX race as it is on your new Street Scram­bler.

Look­ing for some­thing that flows a lit­tle bet­ter with the old-school street crowd? The Out­law Ban­dit from Simp­son also draws stylis­tic cues from its pre­de­ces­sors while in­clud­ing a mod­ern liner, up­dated safety stan­dards, and slight al­ter­ations to the shell for a more stream­lined, aero­dy­namic ap­pear­ance.

While old-timey de­signs re­tain a cer­tain aes­thetic that’s not lost on a new gen­er­a­tion of rid­ers, hel­mets from by­gone eras are best suited as con­ver­sa­tion starters and shelf art. The up-to-date pro­tec­tion and looks of the Moto-3 and Out­law Ban­dit are proof pos­i­tive that vin­tage-style gear can turn heads and pro­tect them.

BELL moto-3 $349 XS–XXL Safety Rat­ing: DOT, ECE Col­ors: Clas­sic Black, Clas­sic Flo Orange, Clas­sic Red, In­de­pen­dent Matte Ti­ta­nium, Clas­sic White, Clas­sic Yel­low, Chem­i­cal Candy Black/gold SIMP­SON out­law Ban­dit $399 XS–XXL Safety Rat­ing: DOT, Snell M Col­ors: Black, Matte Black, White

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