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Star Wars Motorcycle Helmets – Buy or DIY

If you love Star Wars as much as I do, you were probably breaking mom’s dishwear with a toy lightsaber just as I was once upon a time. But now we’re adults, and we’re supposed to act like it. No more lightsabers, Darth Vader voice-modulators and themed birthday parties.

But we still have our toys – they’re just a bit bigger now, more powerful, more expensive, and a hell of a lot more fun. What if you could channel that 8-year-old Star Wars -loving kid in you when you’re on your adult toys?

That’s the dream I’ll fulfill with this list of Star Wars themed motorcycle helmets. And if none of the prebuilt helmets suit you (or they’re out of stock!) read until the end for my tips on how to build your own worthy of the franchise.

If I had to guess, I’d say Darth Vader rides a Street Glide Special (blacked out, of course) while your average Stormtrooper crouches on a white CBR1000RR Fireblade. Now you can too.

HJC, a Korean company known for their high quality helmets, graced the galaxy with several amazing Star Wars-themed helmets over the past decade. They feature graphics from classic characters like Darth Vader and Boba Fett, as well as more recent characters like Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron. 

These helmets don’t sacrifice safety for style, utilizing clever graphics tricks to create 3D texture without changing the shape of HJC’s refined helmet design. The best part is you don’t pay a premium over the standard HJC helmet underneath the epic graphics. 

If you’re looking for something more customized, there are plenty of shops where you can purchase or make your own Star Wars helmet. I’ll go in to those at the end.

Unfortunately, HJC’s last round of Star Wars helmets was produced in 2017, so you’ll need to do some searching if you want to pick up one of these lids. However, one of the customization shops we’ll talk about near the end might be able to replicate the graphics for you on a new helmet from your preferred manufacturer. 

Darth Vader Motorcycle Helmet

For Darth Vader’s sinister look, HJC produced the HJC RPHA 90 Darth Vader Helmet in glossy black and gray. With clever use of shadows, they achieved the same striking look as Darth Vader’s actual mouthpiece without any protruding bits that could snag in a crash. On the graphics you’ll find atmospheric sensors, low-power relay transmitters and the breath mask, all captured in an all-black helmet with a red lightsaber glow, Aurebesh phrases, and a red interior exclusively designed for this helmet. 

One of the most iconic villains in pop culture, he made his first appearance in the 1977 classic Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. He was originally known as Anakin Skywalker, a young Jedi Knight with strong Force powers whose destiny was to bring balance to the galaxy. 

However, Anakin was seduced by the dark side of the Force and eventually pledged himself to the Sith. After a vicious defeat on the volcanic planet of Mustafar, Anakin was transformed into a cybernetically-enhanced Sith Lord and dubbed Darth Vader by Emperor Palpatine. 

Darth Vader’s costume design was inspired by George Lucas’ vision of a “dark lord riding on the wind” with black flowing robes, a large helmet like that of a samurai, and a strong mask covering his face. Sounds a lot like a vigilante motorcycle rider! Vader’s iconic helmet was based on a Japanese Samurai’s Kabuto, which symbolizes power and strength.

Thanks to his popularity, HJC decided to integrate the Darth Vader design on one of their most advanced lids, the RPHA 90. RPHA stands for Revolutionary Performance Helmet Advanced, and this modular lid is indeed revolutionary. Extremely strong yet exceptionally lightweight, it utilizes the same Advanced P.I.M. Plus shell technology as the RPHA 11 Pro, HJC’s top of the line race helmet used in other Star Wars helmets. It also has a 3D engineered MultiCool interior that helps to mitigate road and wind noise.

The RPHA 90 Darth Vader Helmet comes with a one-touch, centrally located button to control the chinbar and another to lock the face shield in place. You also get an integrated, anti-fog and anti-scratch sun shield operated by a slider on the bottom left of this helmet. 

Ride on your iron steed with this lid and strike fear into the hearts of all who stand in your way. If the links below are out of stock, check out the DIY section to replicate the Vader look. 

Stormtrooper Motorcycle Helmet

For a more visible version of the Darth Vader helmet, the HJC CS-R3 Stormtrooper Helmet is a unique lid that mimics the imposing look of the numerous Stormtroopers. This full-face helmet faithfully replicates the original white combat helmet with blue stripes to mimic the air-supply hoses and distressed markings indicating recent battles. 

The story of the stormtroopers in Star Wars begins during the Clone Wars, when the Galactic Republic created clone troopers from the bounty hunter Jango Fett. These troopers were used to fight against the Separatist forces, and they became known as the Grand Army of the Republic.

At the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic was reorganized into the Galactic Empire, and the Grand Army was reformed into the Stormtrooper Corps. The clones were renamed “stormtroopers” and they served alongside Imperial Army and Navy units. The Stormtrooper Corps was overseen by Stormtrooper Command, a military agency that was separate from Imperial High Command – but all stormtroopers ultimately answered to Emperor Palpatine.

Over the centuries, stormtroopers were respected and feared as the greatest military force in galactic history. They were a testament to the might of the Galactic Empire, in all of its forms, and a symbol of the Imperial way of providing order and peace through force. After the fall of the Galactic Empire, stormtroopers still existed in two Imperial states: the New Galactic Empire of the Sith Lord Darth Krayt, and the “Empire” of the exiled emperor Roan Fel. By this period, many had come to consider them the face of war.

Through the years, stormtroopers have become an iconic part of the Star Wars franchise, and they will continue to be a staple of the galaxy far, far away for many years to come. With HJC’s helmet, this icon enters the motorcycling world as well. 

Apart from its great looks, this helmet also provides superior protection against impacts and abrasions. The helmet won the maximum safety rating of 5 stars from UK helmet testers at SHARP, and is compliant with both DOT and ECE standards. The HJC CS-R3 Stormtrooper Helmet comes with a SuperCool® Interior, designed to keep your head cool and comfortable during long rides, as well as multiple optional shields available such as RST mirrored, high definition (amber), smoke, and race shields with tear-off posts.

While we’d love to see you keeping order on the streets as you create mayhem in this Stormtrooper lid, you may not find it at the links below – but you can still order a custom one through our DIY section below. 

Stormtrooper Motorcycle Masks

If you want to add a Stormtrooper look to your existing half or 3/4 helmet, check out these masks from Epic Leather on Etsy. These unique masks are hand crafted from sturdy 8/9 oz tan leather to form the structure, with softer 5oz oiled leather and suede on the inside for comfort. The leather has been sealed to provide some water resistance and protection from the cold and road debris during your ride. Buckles on the straps ensure you won’t need to tie anything, and one size fits most since it’s made from leather with some flexibility. 

In addition, these masks are available in a variety of colors and can be custom ordered for any modifications to the design. The maker wears them regularly at 85 mph without any issues!

Pair this with a badass helmet like the Scorpion EXO Covert X or the Bell Broozer to complete the look. You can custom order a white one with the blue air hose here, or grab one of the premade options on the Epic Leather store

Boba Fett Motorcycle Helmet

Again making use of the stellar RPHA11 Pro helmet, HJC added graphics resembling the iconic Boba Fett to this helmet. Shrouded in mystery, Boba is an unaltered clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, who raised him as his son and trained him in combat and martial skills from a young age. Boba wears a customized suit of Mandalorian armor and flies a Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft called the Slave I.

As he grew up, Boba became one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy, taking on contracts for both the Empire and criminal underworld. In The Empire Strikes Back, Boba was hired by Darth Vader to capture the crew of the Millennium Falcon and was later given the mission to find out the location of the Rebel base. Boba Fett most recently made an appearance in the popular Disney show The Mandalorian, which explores the mysterious world of the Mandalorian people. 

This lid looks battered up, but it’s brand new with top safety features including a tinted face shield that locks at the center with a one-touch open/close system. HJC attained both DOT and ECE approval for this helmet. 

Prevent ambushes, double crossings, and surprise attacks on the road with this true-to-life Boba Fett helmet. If you can’t find this helmet at the links below, check out the DIY section if you’d like to build your own. 

Kylo Ren Motorcycle Helmet

The final Star Wars helmet making use of the RPHA11 Pro helmet is the Kylo Ren helmet. Kylo’s helmet design features chrome bars around the face, which are faithfully reproduced by HJC on this helmet. First appearing as the main antagonist of The Force Awakens in 2015, Kylo Ren is the chosen name of Ben Solo, the child of original Star Wars trilogy characters Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa Skywalker. Initially trained as a Jedi by his uncle Luke Skywalker, Ben was seduced to the dark side of the Force by Supreme Leader Snoke, and aspired to be as powerful as his grandfather, the Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Kylo Ren sought to destroy the last remnants of the Jedi and fulfill the legacy of Darth Vader. In the end, Kylo faced his foil – Rey – on Kef Bir, only to be distracted by his mother’s dying plea and ultimately defeated. This moment of vulnerability allowed Rey to show compassion, healing him with the Force and leaving him on Kef Bir. Overcome with emotion, Kylo hurled his Sith lightsaber into the sea, becoming Ben Solo again.

The HJC RPHA 11 Pro Kylo Ren helmet is so high tech, it might just offer you redemption in a bad wreck. This helmet is DOT and ECE approved, with superior automatic shield locking system, 2D flat-racing shield, and anti-fog lens with anti-fog insert lens. It also includes a breath guard and chin curtain for added safety and comfort. This helmet is so good that MotoGP racer Jonas Folger wore it on the track.  

Let out your unhinged side with this Kylo Ren helmet. Check the links below, but if you can’t find it in stock check out the DIY section for how to build or order a custom one. 

Rebel Alliance and X-Wing Helmet

Our last pick of Star Wars helmets from HJC is the IS-5 X-Wing Fighter helmet – coming in both Luke Skywalker and Poe Dameron styles. The only open-face helmet on our list, this lid accurately recreates the look of the iconic airmen’s helmet. Officially licensed from the movies, you’ll find the Rebel Alliance logo prominently on the top as well as an orange retracting shield just like in the movies. 

The Rebel Alliance is a revolutionary force in the Star Wars universe, founded to oppose the oppressive Galactic Empire. It is led by Senator Mon Mothma and General Dodonna, who assembled a band of brave pilots, freedom fighters, and smugglers that were willing to take on the Empire’s might. One of their most notable victories was in the Battle of Yavin, where their pilots managed to destroy the Death Star. The X-Wing pilots were a crucial part of the rebellion, taking part in several subsequent battles such as the Battle of Endor. 

Poe Dameron’s helmet is fairly true to the movie.

Poe Dameron, born on Yavin 4, is one of the most prominent members of the Rebel Alliance and a pilot in the New Republic Defense Fleet. When the First Order rose to power, Poe became a trusted operative of General Leia Organa and flew under the callsign of Black Leader while piloting his specialized T-70 X-wing starfighter, Black One. 

While you’re piloting your cafe bike through the city, the IS-5 offers you protection and comfort with its anti-scratch and amber-tinted sunshield as well as an antibacterial SuperCool moisture-wicking interior. With three snaps across the brow, you can also easily pop on a visor. This helmet meets DOT standards on the road, though I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re planning to pilot a fighter jet. 

Save the city or just meet your friends for coffee in one of these iconic lids. Check the links below to see if there’s any of either type floating around, or go to the DIY section below for more info on replicating these helmets. 

DIY Star Wars Motorcycle Helmet

So you want to pick up a Star Wars motorcycle helmet, but your preferred lid from HJC is out of stock? 

You have a few options. First, you can check out some of the helmet customizers that will paint on specialized graphics to any helmet of your choosing. Or, you can buy your own helmet and customize it yourself with some spray paint and masking tape. 

For full custom Star Wars helmets, check out what Airgraffix has on offer. Last time I checked, they had:

  • Mandalorian Motorcycle Helmet 
  • Boba Fett Motorcycle Helmet  
  • Jango Fett Motorcycle Helmet 
  • TIE Fighter Pilot Motorcycle Helmet
  • X-Wing Fighter Pilot Motorcycle Helmet
  • Stormtrooper Motorcycle Helmet
  • Finn’s Stormtrooper Motorcycle Helmet with blood running down the front!

Still want to customize your own helmet? Here are the helmets I recommend for the following designs: 

Desired StyleIdeal Helmet
Darth Vader HelmetAny Full-Face Helmet such as HJC RPHA11 Pro
Stormtrooper HelmetScorpion EXO Covert in white
Boba FettShark Street Drak Neon Helmet
Kylo RenScorpion EXO Covert X in black
X-Wing PilotBell Custom 500

Once you have your helmet, pick up some decals or spraypaint. You may be able to find decals on Etsy, and be sure to search beyond the motorcycling world – hobbyists might be more likely to sell these decals. For Stormtrooper helmet decals, see here, and for X-Wing Fighter decals, check this

You may find some ideas and processes from costume-makers like Derek Young on YouTube, who made an authentic-looking Tusken Raider helmet. While these tutorials are usually on how to make novelty helmets, they can give you tips on how to customize your motorcycle helmet. 

Be sure to get vinyl decals that will stretch to fit the curves of your helmet and resist rain water. To apply a decal, simply remove the backing paper and carefully press the decal down from the center out, so that the vinyl will conform to the curve of the helmet. After this, enjoy the ride with your awesomely customized Star Wars motorcycle helmet!

Derrick Saunders
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