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Tuesday 21 November 2023


Everything Old is New Again

In 2014, Biltwell injected contemporary helmet technology with a heavy dose of '70s motorsport DNA to create the Gringo and Gringo S, the brand's first U.S. DOT compliant helmets for motorcycle riders. 

Style-conscious riders rejoiced, and the classic full-face helmet was reborn. Soon after, the scrappy SoCal brand added ECE R22.06 certification to both models, and riders in Europe got a taste of the Biltwell style. "Today, Gringo and Gringo S are two of the most popular and easily recognized helmets in the world," says co-founder Bill Bryant.

Global volume movers like gloss black, flat black and vintage white will always occupy a place on Biltwell's color pallet.

In anticipation of the EU mandate for revised R22.06 safety standards, this year Biltwell completed a long list of major refinements to the fit, finish, sizing and construction of every colorful new 2023 Gringo and Gringo S helmet to satisfy the more robust ECE test protocols. 

Metallic Grape Gringo SV: When the company introduced Metallic Grape on the all-new Gringo SV earlier this year, one of Biltwell's boldest colors yet shot to the top of the sales chart. The brand certainly knows how to hit home runs when it comes to style.

Upgrades to both models were comprehensive and have included three new molded thermoplastic ABS outer shells for sizes from XS/S up to XL/XXL and new dual density EPS foam with molded ventilation channels to improve heat dissipation and moisture evaporation.

"ECE R22.06-certified Biltwell Gringo and Gringo S helmets now available"

The new three-piece removable and replaceable cheek pads and comfort liner uses open-cell foam padding, fleece Lycra touch points and vented polyester construction for breathability.

Internationally there has been a move among helmet designers towards larger eye ports and Biltwell has embraced this trend. The larger eye ports on the Gringo S deliver enhanced peripheral vision with a UN R22.06 approved visor that features a brass pin locking mechanism for fast, easy operation and tighter fit in the closed position.

Desert Spectrum Gringo S: Another banger from the Biltwell archive, Desert Spectrum calls to mind the dune buggies that roam the Mojave Desert surrounding Biltwell's Southern California home.

Gloss Black Flames Gringo S: Biltwell resurrected pinstripe flames from its quiver of classic paint themes to create this beautiful gloss black and gold Gringo S.

Each new ECE R22.06-certified Gringo and Gringo S features the automotive-quality paint finishes that Biltwell helmets are famous for with a five-colorway line-up on the Gringo and seven for the Gringo S - flat and gloss black, gloss white, Metallic Cherry Red, Desert Spectrum, Dove Blue, Gloss Black Flames and Gloss White/Black Tracker.

Biltwell helmets, hard parts and riding gear are distributed in North America by Lemans Corp. in USA and Parts Canada north of the border. Additionally, two distributors stock and sell Biltwell products in Europe: Motorcycle Storehouse in the Netherlands and Parts Europe in Germany.