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In the market for a motorbike helmet, but don't want to break the bank? Don't be deceived by the fancy marketing of the bigger brands, cheap motorcycle helmets are just as safe and reliable as more expensive ones. If you want a helmet that will do its job and never let you down, you can't go far wrong with a cheap motorbike helmet.
And remember, if the fit isn't right, you can return your helmet to us no questions asked, as long as it's not been used on a ride and the original packaging is intact.
All of our budget motorbike helmets online come with certified to ECE22.05 (also known as the ECE R22-05) standard. You can check reviews of safety, comfort and fit of all our helmets on the UK government website https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/, so you can be assured that they have been extensively tested for safety and reliability. You can check this when you buy by looking for the ECE22.05 sticker at the back of the helmet.
So whether you're looking for an entry-level helmet for your first adventure in motorbiking, a cheap motorbike helmet as a replacement, or a spare to keep in your car or garage, we've got you covered.
Your first thought when making a purchase for a budget motorbike helmet might be in regards to the safety of the helmet. Does it mean that the more expensive a helmet is, the safer it will be?
The good news is, this simply isn't the case. For a motorbike helmet to be road legal in the UK, it must carry the ECE22.05 certification sticker or the BSI Kitemark. This is an internationally recognised symbol, which means that the helmet has been tested to the stringent European and BSI safety standards.
You'll also want to make sure the helmet comes packaged securely. Be wary when purchasing second-hand helmets without a box, since they may have been worn before, or dropped. It's best to purchase a new motorbike helmet because all helmets are broken in by their owners. This they adjust to the shape of your head over the first week of wear. If the helmet has been worn by anyone else, the fit won't ever be quite right.
Ultimately, a cheap motorcycle helmet will always do its main job: protecting your head in the event of an accident. If you're an efficiency-minded biker and want a helmet that does its job and not much else, you can't go far wrong with a cheaper helmet. But what are the other differences?
The first is the materials. Cheap motorbike helmets will usually be made of a strong and impact-resistant form of plastic called polycarbonate. More expensive ones might be made of military-grade materials such as carbon fibre or kevlar. The dearer materials sometimes make a difference to the weight and shape of the helmet, but safety will remain largely the same in any road-legal helmet.
You'll also find helmets with extras such as removable visors, adjustable vents and even racing spoilers. Most people won't need these gadgets on their daily wear though.
So if you're looking for a helmet that will do its job, never let you down and won't cost you an arm and a leg, take a look at our selection of cheap motorbike helmets below. If you need any further help don't hesitate to get in touch with our expert helmet advisors and we'll help you find your perfect lid.