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The Roof Desmo Helmet

By Designer Helmets on 18th July 2013
Roof Desmo Rider
A closer look at one of the most popular and beautifully designed helmets we stock, the Roof Desmo.
In The Spotlight: Roof Desmo

Roof, the classic French motorcycle helmet brand is well known for its commitment to quality, safety, design and manufacturing, allowing it to create some of the most classic and innovative helmets on the market today.

Their latest effort, the Roof Desmo is the worlds first fully versatile flip front helmet, meeting the legal requirements for both open and full face riding styles. The next evolution of the seminal Roof Boxer and Boxer V8 helmet, the Desmo has a host of improvements and is truly one of the best quality - and better value helmets available.

The timeless Roof Boxer has remained popular due to its forward thinking design that’s no less relevant now, than when it was released over a decade ago. The Desmo seeks to improve on this classic model and features a slew of hi-tech features including an ergonomic, smooth functioning chin bar.

The Desmo model is formed by a resilient thermoplastic shell, dual sealed for weather protection and an immaculate paint finish, plus it features progressive dual shock absorbers, meeting the ECE 22.05 standard J for open face helmets and P for full face helmets. Other noteworthy features of the Desmo are:

Flip-up Rotating Visor

Using a specially placed release button the chin bar, the Desmo can be opened and closed using just one hand to be fully useable in both full face or open face modes easily. The mechanism is fluid enough so that the transition can be performed even while wearing gloves and feels impressively sturdy, with a smooth, frictionless action. This helmet provides good visibility in either mode. It is also resistant to fogging and other visual issues due the visor’s anti-fog treatment.

Air Flow

Providing better ventilation than the majority of flip up helmets, the Desmo features an innovative ventilation system. The Desmo also has a truly innovative airflow system created by inlaid Venturi front and top air intakes, as well as fast flow chin vents. All of the vents can be operated easily using sliders, allowing any user to adapt the ventilation system to their exact specifications and needs. This level of detail and focus on the wearers comfort is achieved through an elegant combination of design and technology, typical of the Roof ethos as a forward thinking brand.


The inner lining is fully removable for cleaning and has been designed using highly technical memory foam. Plusher and more comfortable than the previous Boxer models, the interior is designed to be ‘neutral’ and to fit true to size, meaning the Desmo is likely to fit the vast majority of people.

A true modern classic in helmet design, the Desmo Gloss is the superior choice that is both technically and aesthetically dynamic.

Here’s the range of Desmo helmets that we stock from Roof: