Gear Review – DMD Seventy Five Helmet
Back in 1954, a racing enthusiast named Roy Richter began designing helmets in a bid to make automotive racing safer. His company was named Bell Helmets and in the early 1970’s he released one of his most icon helmets, the Moto3. Unfortunately Bell eventually *ceased production of the Moto3 when helmet manufacturing and design trends evolved. In recent years riders have been screaming out for retro-inspired helmets to complement their custom or classic motorcycles. This demand has lead to the birth of helmets such as Bell’s Bullitt and this Moto3 inspired ‘Seventy Five’ helmet from European manufacturer DMD Helmets.
“The SEVENTYFIVE helmet is a tribute to a style icon of the 70’s. DMD has introduced a new replica of the helmet for all vintage lovers…”
The first thing I noted about the Seventy Five was its light weight. At a smidge over 1.1kg (2.42 pounds), it weighs 400 grams less that my Bell Carbon Star. This is mainly due to the lack of material in the chin guard and that small difference in weight certainly makes a big difference on longer hauls. From the outside, the finish is top notch with one very small piece of DMD branding on one side of the chin. Inside I found the padded liner very comfortable and visibility is excellent as you’d expect with such a wide opening. Riding with the helmet on feels almost like you’re wearing an open faced lid. A massive amount of air flows in through the mesh vents, the eye opening and around the chin guard. This, of course, equates to a lot of wind noise at higher speeds, but if you’re used to open faced helmets this probably wouldn’t bother you all that much.
The helmets lining is removable making cleaning and maintenance easy and a basic button clasp for the chin strap stops it from whipping you in the throat at highway speeds. One thing I didn’t like about the liner was how much of the structural foam can be seen through it. Personally, I don’t like to be reminded that the best technology they have for helmet lining is the same stuff you fill bean bags with and it also cheapens the finish of the helmet.
Conveniently DMD have produced accessories for the Seventy Five that include a short peak visor, snap on, flat shield and bubbled riding goggles. I simply opted for a pair of Arnette goggles I had lying around, but I’d suggest something a bit sturdier such as some Barstow goggles that have a specially designed, safety lens.
So to summarise I have enjoyed wearing the helmet. I’m confident it will get a lot more use when summer returns, but for long hauls ear plugs are going to be a must. Available in 4 colours (white, black, metallic blue and yellow) you can purchase the Seventy Five helmet direct from the DMD website or a plethora of online stores.
- Lots of wind noise
- Interior looks unfinished
- Full EU safety standards
- Great looking
- Lightweight, open-faced feel
*Note: earlier this year Bell Helmets announced the return of the Moto3 design. According to sources, they are now only months away from being released. We will hopefully have the opportunity to review and compare these 2 helmets when they arrive.
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