Recently Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) lifted the ban on motorcycle helmets over 1.2kg being sold in the country. This means that imported helmets can now enter the market provided they comply with the ISI standards. But among the wide variety which would be the best helmets in India.
The best helmet in India is the one that fits and stays securely on your head. Must be lightweight and comfortable to wear for long hours of riding. And should meet national safety standards (ISI).
Here I have done deep research on the best motorcycle helmet brands that are sorted according to various price brackets. These helmets are legal in India with the Bureau of Indian Standards certification.
Best helmets in India under 1000
Vega Crux Half Face Helmet
The Vega Crux has a leather touch finish to the body. A great fit with a large visor that provides great visibility and also a peripheral view. The helmet has a good ventilation system with a secured chin strap.
The aerodynamics shell of the helmet makes it quite comfortable while riding. The visor of the Vega crux is scratch-resistant which helps for a clear view. The vega crux is the cheapest and best helmet in India.
Vega Crux Flip-Up Helmet
The Crux flip-up is a uniquely designed helmet from Vega that is built with ABS material that can withstand high impacts. The visor is scratch and UV resistant which gives an aerodynamic shape to the helmet.
The body is given a leather finish touch and the materials used are all lightweights. The interior padding of the helmet gives ultimate comfort making it the ideal choice for long-distance riding.
Studds Marshall SUS
The Studds marshall is built from special high impact thermoplastic which provides better resistance than other materials. The visor is polycarbonate built and is hard coated with silicon for scratch resistance.
Studds provides an EPS (thermocol) concussion padding with anti-allergic velveteen which helps to resist allergies. Also, the padding is removable and replaceable. For better airflow, the Studds marshall features a dynamic ventilation system providing additional comfort to the rider.
Vega Cliff CLF-LK
If you’re looking for a daily use lightweight helmet, the vega cliff would probably be the ideal choice with a weight of only 800 grams. The Vega Cliff CLF is made from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene which provides ultimate safety and durability.
The inner padding is also quite comfortable while riding. What makes me feel safer is the vega cliff compact design that is built with ABS material for impact resistance. The helmet comes with a scratch-resistant visor.
The SB-50 looks aesthetically good while providing safety and durability. The outer shell is crafted from ABS material with a high-quality finish. While the inner shell is made from high-density polystyrene and cotton fabric.
Dual air vents are provided at the chin bar for increased airflow while riding. The SB50 also features the EPS concussion padding with anti-allergic velveteen. A high-quality UV resistant polyurethane paint is used for aesthetic design.
Best helmets in India under 2000
Steelbird SBA-1 R2K
If you own a sports bike the SBA-1 R2K would probably be the best helmet in India to go for. The helmet features an Italian design with beautiful graphics. Talking about safety the shell is made from high-impact ABS material.
The helmet serves extra support with a neck protector with breathable padding. The R2K has multiple vents for the air booster system and is available in 6 different colours to match your ride.
Under a lower budget than the R2K, the SBA-1 is another full-face helmet by Steelbird. The outer shell of the SBA-1 is made from crafted abs with a high-quality exterior finish.
Whereas the interior is made from high-density polystyrene inner shell and cotton fabric interior. The interior paddings are washable and replaceable too. With an Italian design, the helmet is available in 23 different colours and designs.
Studds helmets are always known for their robust quality and durability. The Studds downtown is made from high impact grade thermoplastic. While the polycarbonate visor is silicon coated to provide scratch-resistant properties.
The helmet is equipped with a secondary sun visor which is built from tinted polycarbonate and is also silicon hard coated. The helmet comes with removable and replaceable liners. Furthermore, high-quality UV resistant polyurethane paint is used for ultra shine.
Studds Shifter D1
Like every Studds helmet, the Shifter D1 is built from high impact grade thermoplastic. The polycarbonate visor is silicon coated for scratch resistance.
The outer shell is unpainted with a special texture that provides scratch resistance on the body. With the EPS concussion padding, the interior is specially treated with anti-allergic velveteen. For extra comfort and increased airflow, there is a dynamic ventilation system.
If you’re looking for a motocross helmet, the vega off-road is certainly a great helmet with robust build quality under this budget. For its size, the vega off-road is extremely lightweight and comfortable for extensive long hour rides.
The only disadvantage of this helmet is that it is not suitable for high speeds. Since it is not a sports helmet for racing, the helmet wobbles at high speed. There is also a secondary UV tinted visor to protect your eyes from sun rays.
Steelbird Air SBA-2
The Air SBA-2 is one of the sexy looking helmets in this price bracket. Built with high impact ABS material while the interior is built with multi-layer EPS material. The Steelbird Air is quite comfortable with micrometric buckles, which is quite secure at high speeds and impacts.
With multiple vents available at the chin guard, on the top and back the helmet uses an air booster system. The helmet features a breathable padding and neck protector for additional comfort. The polycarbonate visor is coated with anti scratch resistant properties.
With a weight of 1280 grams, the SBA-2 is designed in Italy. The built quality is of high impact ABS material. The Steelbird SBA-2 holds the title of the longest visor in the helmet industry.
It also has a locking system when the visor is completely down. The visor is iridium coated and is available in 4 different colours. The interior padding is washable and replaceable. To provide advanced ventilation the helmet uses an air booster system.
Royal Enfield Marble
Without a doubt, if you own a Royal Enfield, this helmet is a must-Bullet accessory. The helmet is both ISI and DOT (Department of Transportation) certified. Built from a single unit ABS shell the Royal Enfield marble is impact resistant. With an aviator style design, the visor is made from a polycarbonate material which is further coated with UV treatment for increased scratch resistance.
Studds Shifter Helmet D1/N1
What makes the Studds shifter special is the availability of dual visors. The primary visor is made from a polycarbonate material and is hard coated for scratch resistance.
The secondary sun visor is made from tinted polycarbonate to protect your eyes and give you clear vision. The shell is built from a high impact grade of engineering thermoplastic. The interior consists of EPS concussions padding with anti-allergic velveteen.
Steelbird Exclusive SBA-2
The special feature of the Steelbird exclusive SBA-2 is its night vision visor for both day and night which means you don’t have to change the visor at night. Like every other steel bird helmet, the exclusive SBA-2 is also built with a high impact ABS material shell.
The interior is designed with multi-layer EPS for more safety with air channels. The visor is polycarbonate built and is coated for scratch resistance. The SBA-2 comes with a breathable padding neck protector.
Best helmets in India under 5000
The SA-1 is an Italian designed helmet that has reflective graphics. The helmet is very comfortable with its breathable neck protector. The outer shell is built from high impact ABS material and the polycarbonate visor is coated with anti-scratch properties.
The Steelbird SA-1 is well vented for optimum airflow. Padded liners are removable and can be washed. The only drawback of the helmet is it lacks a chin guard.
The shell of the LS2 FF352 is built from high-pressure thermoplastic technology which can sustain high impacts. The visor is built with 3D optically correct polycarbonate material with high resistance providing maximum clarity and avoiding distortion. It is also UV resistant, scratch-resistant, and fog-resistant.
The use of hypoallergenic technical fabrics that absorbs moisture helping to keep you cool while riding. The interior padding is cut using LS2’s 3D laser technology to fit your face comfortably.
SMK helmets are designed in Europe before being produced in India. The SMK MA241 is aerodynamically built with energy impact resistant thermoplastic material. The interior liners are breathable and hypoallergenic which are removable and can be washed. The MA241 is built and designed for high-speed riding.
Cheap and best are two different things when buying a helmet. The cost of the helmet is nothing when compared to the medical bills. Buying the best helmet is more of an investment.
Now with the entry of premium helmets that are globally certified from:
- DOT (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.) I)
- SNELL and ECE certified. The helmet market in India has better options with foreign brands such as Arai, Shoei, AGV, Shark, etc.
Before you buy any helmet make sure that it is of perfect size that fits your head. Go for a tight-fitting and the right size otherwise the helmet may wobble at high speeds. Get a measurement of your head and find the right helmet size. I would suggest getting a slightly smaller size as the cushion inside the helmet starts to loosen up with time.
Many helmets are provided with an extra visor for night riding. If you buy a helmet with a tinted visor do get an extra visor for night riding. Make sure that the helmet is comfortable and is lightweight enough to wear for long duration rides without any neck ache.
It is always a good option to buy a helmet with dual certification. Along with an ISI certification, a DOT, SNELL, or ECE certified helmet would provide added safety for your skull.
No one wants to compromise when dealing with a major head injury. Likewise don’t compromise while choosing the best helmets in India.