Diesel Motorcycle Helmet: little style, less substance

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Diesel_Motorcycle_Helmet.jpgA Diesel/AGV helmet collaboration seems like a great idea. Combine the materials and look of a credible street fashion label with the quality and safety of one of the biggest helmet makers and you should have a winner. Sadly, the Diesel Motorcycle Helmet fails to adapt the merits of either company, resulting in a product that doesn’t live up to expectations.
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Let’s start with the good: solid color choices that aren’t available on
typical motorcycles helmets, particularly the matte bronze and matt
white; chunky metal and leather hardware; a visor shape inspired by
pilot’s helmets or at least the Roof Boxer V8.

The bad: based on a cheap, jet-style helmet that won’t protect your
pretty face in a crash; an extremely cheap and tacky Diesel logo;
generic helmet lining; a silly faux-hawk leather appliqué on top; a
heavy thermoplastic rather than lightweight fiber shell.

Instead of a cheap helmet that’ll appeal to scooter riders with
questionable taste, we’d have much rather seen Diesel apply these
colors and a luxurious lining to a high-end helmet like the AGV
Ti-Tech
. Fancy helmets like that attract riders with an eye for safety
and comfort as well as style, so maintaining the design,
construction and function of the Ti-Tech, but adding more desirable colors and a
lining (maybe denim or similar, this is Diesel) that didn’t feel like
sportswear would create a unique product. It’s actually something we
hope Ruby does. We wouldn’t pay $800+ for an open-face, but we would
pay a premium for an Arai Corsair V lined in lambskin.

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  • Dan K

    Wes, love the site but I think you’ve missed the mark here: if faux hawks, tacky logos and outlandish prices don’t properly capture the Diesel band, I don’t know what does.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Dan: But they could do better, that’s the point.

      DR: $800 is for a Ruby, not the Diesel.

  • http://www.designronin.com Design Ronin

    For an open face, it’s not too bad. The olive taps into the faux military style companies like Diesel and G-Star like to tap in to. In the other colour combos it aint too bad. Some interesting features, nice and clean, unlike some of the horrific graphics I see going around these days – can anyone saw pubescent teenager styling?

    800 smackers for an open face? That’s madness. A quarter of that and they have a winner, especially here in fashion gripped East Sydney where the scooters are aplenty.

  • http://artistruth.livejournal.com will

    The perfectly placed logo on the back efficiently disrupts the whole aesthetic. It’s like it’s rebellious against itself! genius.

  • James

    Looks like just a rebadged AGV Dragon with a higher price tag.

  • http://www.piaggiousa.com/ Enthusiast

    If anybody want’s the bro-hell-for-leather deal on a ruby helmet let me know size and color.

    Pro tip: even wtih 50% discount it’s still too much money.

  • Paul

    Looks very close to the Momo lids.

    http://www.momohelmets.com/

  • http://www.instinctivefitness.asia Ben

    I’ll probably get shouted down for this but I like the helmet, beats the hell out of those cliche tacky-vinyl-decal helmets.

  • Linda

    I’ve just bought the white version for £150 sterling to go with my Honda c90. It’s a bit funky and so long as it meets safety standards it will do nicely for short, local runs. The matt colour is great, I like the leather strip – cleaning could be tricky though.

  • http://www.dainese.com DaineseDan

    Not sure where you got the $800 price tag, as this lid sells for $242.00. And no, it is not a rebadged Dragon.

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