How the motorcycle helmet evolved [infographic]

The first motorcycle helmet was not a helmet at all – just a leather cap that would prevent nothing more serious than a few cranial grazes.

But concussion injuries in bike racing led to the first hard helmets introduced at the Isle of Man TT in 1914, dramatically reducing injuries and paving the way for a gradual evolution to the hi-tech helmets we see today.

Here, Bikesure takes a brief gallop through the development of the helmet from Victorian days to the HUD video-game tech of the future.

Evolution of motorcycle helmet

Which of these helmets have you worn – or still wear today? Would you wear a hi-tech HUD helmet or do you prefer the retro look?

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August 8, 2023