Best Adventure Motorcycle Helmets

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By Motorcycle.com Staff

Adventure motorcycle helmets meld the features of on-road and off-road lids to provide adventure riders with a level of versatility that mirrors that of their machines. Manufacturers of all sorts have jumped into the ADV helmet market to give us riders a smorgasbord of options to choose from. We’ve put together the list below to give adv-curious riders a one-stop article to check out the full range. From budget-minded to expensive feature-packed lids, there’s something here for everyone.


AGV AX-9 $499.95

The AGV AX-9 recently replaced the AX-8 which had been a great adventure helmet for AGV since 2011. With this new model, AGV has redesigned the ventilation system on the chinbar giving users venting which can be closed from the front or back as well as being able to completely remove the front closure system to allow for a more dirtbike-esque open chin vent. As before, there is still an open-cell foam type filter in the chin bar vent. The AX-9 is made from a tri-composite blend of carbon, Kevlar, and fiberglass as before and can also be had in full carbon for $150 dollars extra. One visibly noticeable difference between the newcomer and the outgoing model is the peak. The peak on the AX-9 is, to put it lightly, large. Larger than the AX-8 by a decent margin. AGV says this allows the peak to better do its job of keeping the sun out of your eyes and the shape and design of the new piece is more aerodynamic. The AX-9 also comes with a pinlock-ready shield and, unlike the previous model, had dedicated cutouts for a communication system to be installed.

The interior liner material has also received an upgrade with Shalimar materials among others to give a more premium and comfortable interface with your skin. The fit of the …read more

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