Here is some basic info on the beginnings of German Motorcycle Helmets and beanie or shorty helmets.
Motorcycle helmets have their earliest beginnings with T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawence of Arabia. In 1935, as T.E. Lawrence was riding his motorcycle, he was coming up over a hill where two boys were riding their bicycles on the other side. In an effort to try to avoid them, he swerved and ended up going head first over the handle bars. That accident left him in a coma where six days later he died. One of the doctors who was treating him started a long study into cases of head injuries due to riding motorcycles and his research led to the use of protective wear.
Shortly after this, the motorcycle helmet was born. Motorcycle helmets were first widely used in the military…the German military to be exact. Thus the German motorcycle helmet fascination was born and is a traditional helmet for the hardcore cruiser rider to this day. They still have a mean look to them as they did when German soldiers wore them back in WWII. Also, there are others that imitate them…you can find them as beanies or shorties.
One thing you will have to be careful of, is to ensure if you do purchase one of these (either the German style, beanie or shorty), that they are DOT safety approved. There are many out there that are only cosmetic or novelty wear….so you will have to watch out. These novelty helmets can still be quite sturdy….but ultimately you want your head to be safe. DOT approved German helmets come in various colours ranging from black in both matte and glossy finish, chrome, Captain America colours and even with a leather finish. They also come in the usual polycarbonate (plastic), fiberglass and even carbon fiber for a light yet sturdy and unique look.
Whichever you choose, be sure you see the DOT seal of approval so you know you`re covered. Either way you cut it…there’s nothing that looks meaner on the road than a rider wearing a German motorcycle helmet.
….This is an example of a chrome beanie.
Here is an example of a black matte finish German motorcycle helmet….