Club, Endurance and Isle of Man racer, been riding bikes since 1970 something, got the bug sitting on the back of my dad’s 400 Four. First ride was an Italjet followed by RM80 and YZ125 dirt bikes, current bikes range from agricultural to exotic. Writing about bikes for four years.
FREERIDE IS THE CABERG JET WITH A STYLISH AND VINTAGE LOOK AND THE OUTER SHELL, IN TWO SIZES, MADE OF KEVLAR AND FIBERGLASS
I'VE been testing the new made in Italy Freeride ‘’Rusty’’ Cabergs’s vintage look helmet. My buddy has been testing the same helmet in the Iron paint scheme.
I felt as though a bit more 70’s styling was missing from my life. I already have an extremely bright psychedelic 70’s lid for flamboyant riding, but not everybody wants a psychedelic mushroom on their head. The Rusty is understated and mean looking.
I like that you can feel the visceral surface paint on the Rusty when you run your hand over the helmet.
If neither suit Caberg has a large range of designs with both matt and gloss finishes. There are eleven different colour options.
If I was auctioning this helmet on eBay, I’d list it as ‘well used’ – well it looks that way. With this finish any mistreatment can only enhance the look.
The shell is Tricomposite and is made up of Kevlar, Carbon and fiberglass construction making the range light. They are lighter than the full fiberglass competitors often weighing up to 1,500g.
The Freeride’s small-sized shell dimension, is one of the smallest on the market, the weighing in slightly above 800 grams. If this is not light enough you can opt for the full carbon option.
The light composite is great for comfort but increases wind noise levels. I can happily do a day of riding in the Rusty but will be wearing ear plugs.
That said you don’t buy an open face expecting no wind in your face or around your ears. The helmet is supplied with a visor. You have the option of using the helmet with or without the visor. (the wind rush noise is reduced a fair amount when the visor is fitted as it bridges the leading edge and directs the wind past) There is a rubber rubber trim that has a small lip, this may at first appear to be merely fashion but it is as much fashion as it is function as it creates a good seal when using the visor which further reduces wind rush and prevents water from seeping through ton the inside of the visor.
It is simple to fit the visor. Two rubber grommets are removed and the locking mechanism is attached to the helmet and visor.
Because the locking mechanism is not left on the helmet I expect to lose the component parts fairly quickly.
This helmet is fairly low profile. This means there is less lift under the helmet at higher speeds. The tighter the fit and the lower the profile generally there is least lift. This helmet is comfortable and does not squeeze your face so the lift level is moderate.
There’s enough space across eye level to wear goggles or sunglasses in comfort. I also found it easy to slide the arms of the sunglasses between the edge of the helmet lining and my face. I never felt the arms of the glasses digging or pressing hard on my temples. The space is also broad enough to wear the aviator style goggles which are elongated in shape. This is not always possible with this type of lid. Testing the Caberg vintage goggles there is enough space above the eye line to accommodate the large padding surround. The padding is soft and comfortable and do a good job of keeping the wind out of your eyes. If you are going for the Wallace & Grommet look you will love them.
There is a goggle retainer to keep you from losing your goggles. Caberg offer real vintage style goggles as an optional extra.
The lining is completely removable and washable made with breathable fabrics and leather details. The liner is soft and comfortable and does a surprisingly good job at keeping water from seeping in around your face in the rain. The trade off having a washable liner is that the trim is faux leather.
There is a dedicated space in the liner to fit speakers.
The Freeide range will be perfect for the commuter on a naked bike, or scooter rider. The Rusty and Iron will be favoured by the neo-retro, Harley or rat bike riders.
The helmet is fitted with the ratchet type fastening system Caberg there system Micrometric. Atheistically this puts a modern twist on a vintage look helmet. Probably not that out of place with other colour schemes, it most likely enhances the camouflage options. Some find the ratchet system more convenient than the conventional D-ring setup as its less fiddly to use. My preferred option with the Rusty would have been the D-ring.
The helmet has a good price point, in this sector you often see open face lids between now ranging £300 and £500.