2011’s Top DOT Open-Faced Lids

13 unique open-faced helmet styles for 2011.

The cruiser culture is all about individuality, and today’s crop of top DOT-approved “brain buckets” offers up a serious dose of style topped off with the ultimate in protection.

SparX Pearl Helmet

The new SparX Pearl Helmet is for rider who seek their own unique style. Offered in many colorways such as gloss, sparkle and the peppermint colorway seen here, this helmet is sure to turn heads. Made from a lightweight Thermo Composite, the Pearl offers a premium fit with optimal comfort. 

Retail Price: $84.95 – $94.95


Z1R Nomad Hellfire

This classic helmet continues to offer both supreme fit and paramount safety while offering a new, dynamic style. The Nomad offers the freedom of the open road with the necessary protection. The Nomad is DOT approved and is designed to sit down on a rider’s head, not on top like so many other “mushroom top” half helmets. The Nomad’s removable neck curtain provides extra coverage and includes pockets for the rider’s communication system. 

Retail Price: $79.95



AFX says its FX-50 helmet is designed to be the ideal helmet for both street, touring and cruiser use. Its high-performance, DOT composite poly-alloy shell is lightweight and super-strong, while the hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial nylon liner and cheek pads are removable, washable and super-comfy. The multi-position shield may be easily removed, and the helmet may be used with just the visor, allowing for open-face riding or room for goggle use. The visor may also  be removed, and just the shield can be used with the included side cover kit. Roomy ear cavity allows space for communication speakers, and the four-point ventilation system on forehead and top does wonders to regulate airflow.

Retail Price: $94.95         


Zoan Route 66 Half Helmet

The Route 66 half helmet comes in two sizes that are injected with thermal plastic and contain an EPS channel intake. The inner liner is made of a breathable, anti-allergen, removable and washable material to ensure comfortable and clean wear. Also included inside the helmet is a zip-out rear neck curtain and ear pads with speaker pockets. The Route 66 also offers quick-change sun and clear shields for vision protection against the sun and wind.

Retail Price: $89.95


Scorpion EXO-200

The EXO-200 boasts an all-new open face helmet design with easily interchangeable faceshield and sun visor. Its advanced composite engineered shell has a quiet, aero-tuned design for wind-tunnel tested comfort. The aero-tuned faceshield is optically correct with a downdraft leading edge for quieter performance. It also has adjustable, indexed front and rear vents for max airflow in summer and maximum warmth in winter.

Retail Price: $139.95 – $149.95


Arai XC Open-Face Helmet

The brand new Arai XC series “redefines how open-face helmets are supposed to look — and protect,” according to the company. It boasts extended coverage of the lower jaw-cheekpad area that offers more facial coverage without sacrificing the traditional open feel of the helmets. There are two models in the new XC series: standard XC and XC-RAM. The standard, seen here, utilizes Arai’s TDF-3 and DDL-4 intake and exhaust vents.

Retail Price: $499.95


Cyber U-378 Helmet

The Cyber U-378 boasts ABS/PC shell construction and comes with an internal retractable sunshield, removable washable liner and reflector for night safety. Seen here in silver, it’s also available in black and white

Retail Price: $99.99


Nolan Supercruise

The Supercruise is Nolan’s latest iteration of their popular Cruise half-helmet. The Supercruise is technically advanced and classically styled to be lightweight and comfortable. Features include:

•  A painted, lightweight GE Lexan shell with Hi-brite protective coating
• Black snap-on visor
• Removable washable Clima Comfort liner and padded, removable neck curtain with contrasting stitching
• Forehead vents
• Microlock (adjustable quick release) retention system with removable cover


GMAX GM67s Open-Face Helmet

The GM67s comes standard with a short peak visor and a clear single lens shield that swap out easily thanks to a tool-less design. The helmet also boasts an inner-flip tint sunshield with anti-fog coating, a deluxe venting system, Coolmax removable comfort liner and cheek pads, and deluxe quiet ear pockets with built-in speaker pockets.

Retail Price: $89.95


AC-3 Carbon Helmet by HJC

The most obvious appeal of the AC-3 Carbon is its ultra-light, ultra-resistant, carbon-fiber-weave shell. It also sports excellent ventilation thanks to the “ACS” Advanced Channeling System, which provides optimal flow-through ventilation, flushing heat and humidity up and out. The integrated aerodynamic sun visor can be interchanged with an included 3D anti-scratch shield without any tools! The final touch is a removable and washable moisture-wicking SilverCool liner and cheek pads.

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