Great motorcycle helmets for less than £100

Great motorcycle helmets for less than £100

SBS Choice
 ADAM PIGOTT

Spending less than £100 on a helmet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or safety.

Our guide to the best helmets costing under a ton has been compiled from Sportsbikeshop customer reviews, and can help you find the perfect bargain to get you out on the road and get biking.

BOX BX-1

£44.99-£49.99
Proving safety doesn’t need to be sacrificed, Box’s BX-1 achieved an impressive four-star rating in the SHARP impact tests, putting it alongside some of the biggest brands in motorcycling while costing just under £50. The BX-1 is hailed as a great budget helmet by many Sportsbikeshop customers, who gave an average 4.76-star score from the first 167 reviews. They say the lining is comfortable and well-fitting, and that a wide field of vision is offered through the visor. While some say the BX-1 would benefit from a Pinlock visor, others say the ventilation is good enough to keep fog at bay. At the time of writing the BX-1 is available in eight colourschemes, showing you don’t just have to keep it plain if you’re on a budget.      

LS2 Strobe

£71.99
LS2’s budget flip-front helmet scored a healthy 4.63-star average from the first 48 Sportsbikeshop customer reviews. Ideal for commuting, the Strobe offers an easy-to-flip mechanism, internal sunvisor and Pinlock visor for a fog-less ride, though the insert is an extra £28.99. There are also pockets for intercom speakers, so riders can easily listen to music or talk to friends on the move. Customers say the helmet is relatively light and that the grooves in the lining make it easy to wear specs. The only concern was that some reviewers found it tricky to flip the helmet open while wearing chunkier gloves.

HJC CS-15

£59.99-£89.99
HJC’s entry-level full-face is popular with Sportsbikeshop customers, who left it with a 4.86-star average from the first 122 reviews. At the time of writing, there are 14 graphics available, and the choice available impresses reviewers. Only the Spiderman and Stormtrooper designs have an RRP of over £100, though at the time of writing both are discounted to under that threshold. Reviewers say the CS-15 is comfy, light and they like the convenience of a removable and washable interior. The four-star SHARP rating gives reassurance in its safety record, but many reviewers bemoan the lack of internal sunvisor and say earplugs are essential to block out wind noise at higher speeds.

MT Thunder 3 SV

£59.99-£99.99
“A good quality helmet that sets the standard in a budget price range,” said one customer reviewer of MT’s leading commuter full-face. It continues to gather praise from Sportsbikeshop customers, who gave it an average of 4.67 stars from the first 58 reviews. The Pinlock MaxVision visor is usually seen on more expensive helmets (the insert itself, however, is an additional £24.99), and there’s an internal sunvisor and loads of designs, one of which glows in the dark for better visibility at night. Customers say the large chin and forehead vents let in plenty of air and that the helmet is comfy and accurately sized.    

Spada Intrepid

£64.99-£99.99
If you’re after adventure styling, Spada’s Intrepid scores highly with Sportsbikeshop customers, who rated it 4.68 stars from the first 47 reviews. The lid has a Pinlock-ready visor (the insert is an additional £25.99), an internal sunvisor and there’s space in the visor aperture for goggles if you want to ride off-road. While most reviewers agree the helmet is comfortable and that the visor offers a great field of vision, opinions are split on the lack of visor locking tab. A helmet with a peak can be a worry for some riders who spend time riding at motorway speeds as it can have a tendency to catch in the wind, but customers report no such issue with the Intrepid.

Duchinni D501

£40.00-£60.00
Open-face helmets are popular with urban riders, scooter riders and everyday commuters as they’re easy to take off and store, and allow face-to-face contact. Duchinni’s budget-friendly offering, the D501, received a 4.61-star average from its first 103 reviews. Customers say this comfortable, well-finished lid works well with intercoms and spectacles, which can be left on when taking the helmet off. Some customers note the seatbelt-style fastener can be a little fiddly at first.  The peak is included in the price, and there’s an easy-to-access pull-down sunvisor to eliminate the need for wearing sunglasses.