Kids motorcycle helmets aren’t that different than adult motorcycle helmets. They provide the same level of head protection, but are usually more simple in terms of technology, with less features and accessories. They often have more kid like graphics or come in colors that are more appealing to kids. This is because that is what matters to kids. They are more concerned with how the helmet looks than how it is going to protect them in a crash.
Kids Motorcycle Helmets – Size Does Matter
If you are looking to outfit your little one with a helmet so that they can join you on your bike, don’t try to fit them into a small adult helmet or a helmet that is too large. I know it can be tempting to just use your spare helmet or to get a helmet that is just a little too big so that they can grow into it. Who wants to spend the money on multiple helmets as the kid grows? Nobody, but that is what it takes sometimes.
A loose fitting helmet will not protect you child’s head properly and there is a good chance that it could come completely off in the event of a crash. Neither of these should be an option or something you would be willing to risk. So take the time and get a helmet that fits them well right now, not down the road.
The Best Kids Motorcycle Helmets
So what are the best kids motorcycle helmets? Let me start by saying that best helmet that you could put on your kid isn’t necessarily any one particular brand of helmet, but more the best type of helmet. There are a lot of different types of helmets out there (open face helmets, half helmets, modular helmets, novelty helmets, off road helmets, and full face helmets) and the best type of helmet for your child is a full face helmet, or, as a second choice, an off-road or dirt bike helmet.
These two helmet types are the best for kids motorcycle helmets because they cover the entire head, including the face and chin. Other helmets, besides modular helmets, do not fully protect all parts of the head. And when it comes to protecting our kids, only the best and most thorough matters. Right?
So there is the starting point. A full face helmet or a dirt bike helmet. Now, let’s take a look at some of the better kids motorcycle helmets available online.
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LS2 FF392 Junior Full Face Motorcycle Helmet
This helmet is one of the few actual full faced kids motorcycle helmet available on Amazon. It is not a helmet designed to be used off road. It is strictly a street riding helmet and goggle are not required for its use. Design options include Spyder Grapic (pictured), Gloss Black, and Pink Butterfly.
The FF392 is DOT and ECE certified. This means that it meets the minimal safety standards set by the Department of Transportation for street use. This is one step above the CPSC compliance often found for other youth helmets.
This helmet has all the features of an adult helmet, but at an affordable price. Features include: HTPP polycarbonate alloy shell, EPS foam liner, laser cut, inner liner that is fully removable and washable, tool-less, quick release face shield, adjustable, flow through ventilation, DOT approved quick release chin strap, and a 5 year warranty against defects. For added comfort, the helmet includes a breath deflector, which is designed to deflect the riders breath away from the face shield to reduce fogging.
LS2 face shields are manufactured with 3D optically correct “A Class” polycarbonate, a space-age polymer. This material is UV, scratch, and fog resistant, highly resistant to impacts, and offers maximum clarity without distortion.
The FF392 helmets have received an average 4.9 star rating over 7 reviews on Amazon with 86% giving the helmet a 5 star rating. The LS2 FF392 Junior Helmets are currently priced at $89.95 on Amazon and comes with free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime.
Typhoon Youth Full Face Helmet
Typhoon Helmets is the manufacturer of a line of very simple full face kids motorcycle helmets. Much like the LS2, these helmet are designed for street use with a flip up face shield. The helmets come in nine different color patterns, so you are sure to find a helmet that is appealing to your particular kids preferences.
The Typhoon helmet is DOT certified and includes a number of basic features that make it a very good helmet for its price (currently $39.95 on Amazon). Features include: removable and washable inner liner, intake, channel, and exhaust vents, d-ring closure chin strap with strap holder, clear face shield (other tints are available separately), and helmet bag.
Typhoon’s youth full face helmet weighs 3.0 lbs and comes in four different helmet sizes, small to x-large. The helmets fit head sizes between 18.5 and 22.5 inches in diameter. Please refer to Typhoon’s sizing chart in the Amazon listing for proper size selection.
The helmet has received 99 reviews on Amazon with 4.5 and 5 star ratings making it a very good, basic kids motorcycle helmet with excellent customer appeal. The price point ($39.95) makes this a great intro helmet for first time riders. Unfortunately, there is no free shipping option with this purchase, a slight downside, but it is still an affordable helmet nonetheless.
Vega KJ2 Jr. Youth Karting Helmet
Vega is the maker of a number of youth motorcycle helmets, but the KJ2 Jr. sets a higher standard for kids motorcycle helmets. Well, technically, this helmet is specifically designed for go-kart racing, but it is so well manufactured that is meets the Snell CRM 2007 safety standards. Yup, it is Snell certified.
The KJ2 Jr. has two different shell options, high-tech fiberglass and Kevlar or ultra lightweight carbon-fiber. The fiberglass/Kevlar helmets come in four different color options, flat black, black drift, blue drift, and red drift. The carbon fiber helmet come in one color option that shows off the unique carbon fiber material.
Features include: flow through mouth, front and rear vents, flip up shield that locks in place, and removable and washable comfort fit liner that is antimicrobial, fast drying, and super absorbent. While the fiberglass/Kevlar helmets are lightweight, weighing only 2.8 lbs, the carbon fiber helmet are even lighter at 2.6 lbs.
The KJ2 Jr. comes in four different sizes S – XL and are backed by a 5 year limited warranty. Both shell designs are available for sale on Amazon, but do not have any customer reviews or ratings at this time. The fiberglass/Kevlar shell helmets are currently listed at $189.99 and include free shipping. The carbon fiber shell helmet are listed at $176.00 and also include free shipping. The carbon fiber helmet price is a great deal as the helmet is listed on the Vega website for $299.99.
Razor Full Face Youth Helmet
Amazon has this youth helmet listed as its #1 Best Seller in their Motorcycle and Powersports Helmets section. Customers who have purchased this helmet have given it an average 4.3 star rating with 272 customer reviews, 66% of which give it a 5 star rating.
Some of its features include 17 air vents, extra padding for added security and fit, adjustable visor and chin strap, a spacious eye port for goggles, and a removable visor the helps reflect sun glare and also debris when riding off road. The helmet complies with CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards.
The helmet is designed for kids ages 8 to 14 years old and fits heads 21.5 to 23 inches in diameter. It weigh and amazing 1.8 lbs, which is very light, and comes in two colors, black and red.
One thing that I do not like about this helmet is the need to use goggles with it. It is titled a “full face helmet”, but it is more like an off road/motocross helmet with the need to use goggles. A full face helmet will come with a flip up face shield, which eliminates the need for extra equipment.
Another thing, one Amazon reviewer posted a concern for the chin strap that came with the helmet he purchased for his son. He states that the chin strap is made of “flimsy plastic” and opened with minimal pressure. There were no other reviews that addressed this concern, so it may have been an isolated incident or maybe Razor has corrected the issue, but it is something to look into. A failed chin strap can make the helmet useless in a crash.
Finally, this helmet is not DOT certified. This does not necessarily mean that the helmet should not be worn when street riding. It may just mean that the company that manufactures the helmet has not tested it to DOT standards.
This is another kids helmet that is more for off road riding, but can be used for street riding. You just need to purchase a pair of goggles with it. It comes in three different designs. “Butterfly” (pictured), Black, and “Biohazard”. Unlike the Razor, this helmet is DOT certified.
On Amazon, the Butterfly helmet has received a average 4.9 stars over 48 reviews with 85% of the reviews giving a 5.0 star rating. The other two helmet designs do no have any customer reviews at this time.
Features include: EPS impact absorption inner liner with an ABS shell, removable and washable liner, plenty of ventilation, and stainless steel dual d-ring chin strap with a button. The helmet weighs 2.4 lbs and comes with a carrying bag. Sizes range from small to x-large fitting heads from 19.25 – 21.5 inches in diameter.
The IV2 Dirt bike helmet is currently listed at $44.95 on Amazon, but does not come with free shipping. However it is at a discounted price and a good deal for this type of helmet.
An Additional Consideration for Kids Motorcycle Helmets
Make sure your child has a say in the helmet you purchase for them. Remember, they are going to be more concerned with how the helmet looks than how safe or how protective it is. Guide them towards one of the helmets listed above and let them pick the color pattern or style that speaks to them. Then they will look forward to wearing it when going out on a ride.