Like many riders, I started my motorcycling career with cheap, flimsy old helmets as they were all I could afford after buying my first bike. I had my uncle’s old “Hustler 2000,” that he used riding dirt bikes in the ’70s. It had a plastic shell, hard-as-hell EPS liner, and cheap, corroded brown comfort foam that would flake off more and more with every use. Then I moved up to an old stunt driver’s Simpson with a visor I couldn’t see through. Long story short—it took me a very long time to upgrade to a decent lid and when I finally did, it looked way worse than any of the rad old flimsy helmets I wore before. It was a trade-off and the smart move was obviously to choose the newer, uglier helmet, but I would still find myself reaching for my trusty, risky, old, stylish lids. The Heroine Racer helmet from Hedon elevates the style that I loved so much in my vintage helmets, but in a modern, comfortable shell that meets current DOT or ECE safety standards.