While we’d always recommend investing as much as you can in motorcycle protection, there are a number of good reasons for picking up a more affordable lid like the new Duchinni D977 helmet.
You might be on a tight budget, or need a backup crash helmet for winter commuting on a smaller capacity bike or scooter. It’s also handy for occasional pillions, and we’ve even known people who rely solely on motorcycling for their transport to nominate a ‘haircut helmet’ so they don’t end up itching for a week after having their monthly trim. And starting at £69.99, the Duchinni D977 is certainly affordable.
If you like mixing road riding and escaping down trails and dirt tracks, then you might also enjoy the new LS2 MX701 Explorer Dual Sports helmet.
It’s fairly lightweight at 1460g, with an outer shell in LS2’s High Performance Fiberglass Composite in three sizes so you don’t just end up with masses of padding as the difference between an extra small or large version. Or end up with a 2XL lid making you look like a bobblehead.
You also geta micrometric metal buckle and reinforced chin strap, along with an emergency release system to remove the cheek pads after an accident.
The new LS2 MX701 Explorer dual sports helmet is ECE 22.05 certified for road use and comes in XS-2XL in solid white or black for £199.99. Or the Alter graphics design is available in black with high vis yellow, fluo orange, or white for £219.99. A carbon shell version of the Explorer is also available for around £100 more. Or there’s the LS2 Pioneer Evo, which has some new graphics for 2021 at a lower price point than the Explorer.