Expense keeps many potential riders from throwing a leg over a motorcycle and discovering what so many have enjoyed for years.

You have the bike, required training (depending on the state you live), and all the riding gear. We don't promote the spode lifestyle thus we encourage everyone who rides to wear the appropriate safety gear - first and foremost - a helmet.

You won't have trouble finding helmets for motorcycle riding but choosing one might prove difficult. So many cool looks and styles to choose from but we always suggest the best helmet fits correctly, feels comfortable and doesn't hinder or impair your visibility or ability to ride. Anything less ruins the joy of riding and obstructs personal safety.

But not everyone can afford an AGV, Arai or Shoei. These helmet brands and others offer selections that reach $1,000 or more and for the beginner or budget conscious motorcycle rider this often ends the dream of the open road before ever getting started.

Of all the riding gear available a helmet ranks #1 - never compromise head safety. If you have the means these higher priced helmets offer unparalleled safety, comfort and many other features that add to the total riding experience. But that hardly suggests less expensive helmet suffer in quality and adequate head protection. In fact, some lower prices helmets offer the same advanced safety measures just without some of the patented and proprietary additions the high priced lids often come with like venting, aerodynamics and liners.

When deciding on a helmet always choose one that received Department of Transportation (DOT) approval - a safety standard set by the United States. Additional certifications include Snell an independent non-profit testing standard which offers more stringent testing standards and since motorcycle riding embraces a worldwide community helmet manufacturers pass (and sometimes list) safety compliance laws for Europe (ECE) and Australia (AS) among other countries. Read Picking the Best Motorcycle Helmet - A Buying Guide to Helmets for additional information on helmet features and how to choose the best one for you.

That said, every helmet sold on MotoSport.com comes with at least a DOT rating including the more affordable versions that offer the safety and security you come to expect as a rider. So, don't let cost dampen your desire to ride. The following helmets all sell for less than $250 and we've included some additional details to help with the decision process. Click on the headline link or photo to see additional details.

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Icon Airflite Helmet

Cost: $250

The Specs:

  • Injection-molded polycarbonate shell
  • Multiple oversized intake and exhaust ports
  • Fog-free Dropshield with exterior switch.
  • Removable HydraDry moisture-wicking liner.
  • Meets or exceeds the following safety and testing standards: DOT (US), ECE 22-05 (Europe), SAI AS1698 (Australia) and SG (Japan).

HJC

HJC IS-MAX 2

Cost: $188.99 - $202.49

The Specs:

  • Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell
  • Optically-Superior Pinlock-Prepared Face Shield
  • SunShield Visor System
  • SuperCool Removable / Washable Interior Lining
  • Meets or exceeds the following safety and testing standards: DOT (US)

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Bell Qualifier DLX

Cost: $149.95

The Specs:

  • Lightweight polycarbonate / ABS shell
  • Aerodynamic profile resists buffeting and lift
  • Removable and washable anti-bacterial / antimicrobial interior
  • Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust
  • Meets or exceeds the following safety and testing standards DOT (US) ECE (Europe)

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Icon Airmada

Cost: $180

The Specs:

  • Injection-molded polycarbonate shell for strength and durability
  • Recessed twin channel Supervent with industry-leading intake and exhaust ports for increased cooling
  • Fog-free Icon Optics shield with Prolock shield locking system
  • Removable molded breath deflector helps prevent fogging
  • Meets or exceeds the following safety and testing standards: DOT (US), ECE (Europe), SAI (Australia) and SG (Japan)

Speed & Strength

Speed & Strength SS700

Cost: $99.95

The Specs:

  • Advanced Thermo-Poly Alloy Shell
  • Cool-Core Liner
  • Air Strike Direct Course ventilation system
  • All Clear! sight system
  • Meets or exceeds the following safety and testing standards: DOT (US)

Check out all of our motorcycle helmets and use the filter to organize by price after choosing your preferred category. Motorcycle helmets come in five styles each offering certain advantages and preferences. See them all below:

Written By: AndrewT