The 10 Best Modular Motorcycle Helmets
This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in January of 2019. If you're a motorcycle rider, you know there's nothing quite as freeing as feeling the wind on your face as you cruise down the street. At the same time, you also want to make sure you're fully protected. That's where these modular helmets come in. With flip-up designs and other features, they offer all the protection of a full-face model, plus the convenience and comfort of an open one. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
September 29, 2020:
There are many things that factor into the decision making process when identifying the best modular motorcycle helmets. In addition to safety, we also considered a helmet's potential to comfortably fit the widest variety of users, overall weight, ventilation, noise level, and various other features and specifications. With these thoughts in mind, we thought it best to eliminate the 1Storm Dual Visor, ILM Bluetooth, and Typhoon G339, since all of these models well exceeded 4 pounds in weight, which is going to be heavy enough to become uncomfortable for most users on extended rides.
One thing that anyone considering a modular helmet should be aware of is that many are not actually approved for riding with the chin bar in the open position. This is due both to how it affects the aerodynamics of the helmet and the potential to increase rotational forces on the neck and head in the event of a crash. So, if this is what you planned, you need to stick to Shark Evo One 2, Nolan N100-5 Plus, Roof Boxer V8, and LS2 Valiant II, as these are the only ones approved for such applications. It should also be noted that the Roof Boxer V8 has ECE certifications, but is not DOT approved, so it is illegal to use in states that have helmet laws.
To anyone even mildly familiar with motorcycle helmets, it should come as no surprise that the Shoei Solid Neotec 2, AGV Sport Modular Carbon, and Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon M all ranked very highly, as these come from some of the best names in the industry. While the Shoei Solid Neotec 2 may have been released in 2017, it is still almost universally considered one of the best modular helmets out there and what all others should aspire to beat. That being said, the AGV Sport Modular Carbon might just be the lightest model available thanks to a chin bar that is made from the same 3K carbon as the rest of the shell. Its design also allows it to be quite versatile and suit a variety of rider positions from upright to a full tuck. If you previously owned or tried the Schuberth C3, you'll be quite happy to know that the Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon M is considerably improved over the previous iteration in regards to airflow, which was one of the biggest downfalls of the C3.
February 07, 2019:
When putting this list of best modular motorcycle helmets together, we judged each model based on price, quality, and functionality. The latter element was an especially important consideration, since modularity, while ideally an enhancing feature in a helmet, can bring with it its own mechanical problems. Overall, we thought the HJC IS-MAX II best for most people, given its sturdy construction, high comfort value, and reasonable price tag.