How a retro motorcycle helmet made it to the top of the retro motorcycle world

  • July 12, 2021

The retro motorcycle was a product that was a bit of a niche product in the 1970s and 80s.

But after a decade or so of production, it has become the de facto standard in the motorcycle world. 

The retro motorcycle had a pretty straightforward look, with a yellow helmet, a pink helmet, and a white helmet, all with a distinctive white stripe.

The motorcycle helmet had a plastic handle and a large metal handle, as well as a small red triangle.

The retro helmet also had a handle and handlebars, a seat belt, a side mirror, a visor, a small motorbike engine, and two small batteries. 

In the 1970’s, the retro helmet was designed by a company called J-Frame, based in Seattle.

They started with a simple idea: design a motorcycle helmet that could withstand impact. 

“Our goal was to create a helmet that was lightweight, durable, and able to handle impact with ease,” J-frame CEO Mike Hoey wrote in a 2002 press release.

“We began by designing a motorcycle that would provide a good level of protection from the most severe impacts.” 

The helmet was called the J-Frames retro helmet.

It had two parts: the head protector and the helmet itself.

The head protector was a plastic piece with a metal plate attached to it, like a protective headband.

The helmet was a rubberized shell that covered the head and a little bit above it. 

There was a piece of plastic that held the head in place.

The shell also provided a little extra padding on top of it, so it was very secure.

The outer layer of the helmet was made from plastic, but J-frames did a good job with the details, Hoeies notes.

The inside of the head was covered with a thick foam layer.

The foam layer was made of rubber, and it was designed to provide extra protection against the impacts. 

This head protector looked fairly standard.

The J-framed helmets had a standard helmet design, but the retro design came with a little different design details.

The padding on the head, for instance, was made to look like a metal “cup.”

This is because rubber is much softer than plastic.

Hoeys notes that J- Frame was able to make the padding so strong because they wanted the head to be so small that you wouldn’t be able to hit the padding with a hammer.

H-frame helmets were also designed with a side reflector.

This was a small mirror that was located at the back of the shell.

When the reflector was on, the helmet reflected light back into the helmet.

When it was off, the light was reflected back into you. 

These two designs were pretty similar, but they were not quite the same.

The first design was the original helmet, with the reflectors.

The second design was a smaller, more flexible helmet.

This is the J. Frame retro helmet from the early 1980s.

The front of the reflectOR was made out of rubber.

The rear of the mirror was made with plastic. 

J-frame also made the helmet with a small, light, air-powered motor that was attached to a small motorcycle engine.

Hoes explains that the motor was designed so that it would not blow up or otherwise burn the helmet, making the helmet extremely lightweight.

This motor was then powered by a battery.

Hikeys notes in the press release that this motor was not meant to be used for any kind of racing.

It was intended to be a motorcycle power source, and was not intended to handle the motorcycle. 

When the motor ran out of battery power, the J frames design team had to design another one.

This one was designed for street riding, Hoes notes.

This design also had no reflectors, but was instead made out in foam, to provide additional protection from bumps and rocks. 

During the early 80s, J- frame produced a series of retro helmets called the Retro Bike, which included the J Frame Retro Helmet.

The Retro Bike was a very small motorcycle helmet with the reflective reflectors removed, H-frames design team said in the release.

It would have had a small reflective reflector at the front of it.

The rider could wear the helmet and have a very comfortable, light helmet.

The design of the Retro Head, also called the “Tearout”, was the most iconic design of J- frames retro helmets. 

But this design was very small and had very little padding around the face, so riders had to be careful not to damage the helmet by bumping into it.

Hikes team did a much better job with these retro helmets than J- Frames.

He says that the head protection was very good.

The “Teatout” helmet was also a bit more versatile, and the head itself was designed with some features that weren’t present in the Retro