Biltwell Gringo Full-Face Helmet

BILTWELLGRINGOWith the slogan “The Quality says NASA. The Style Says NASCAR”, Bitwell is launching the Biltwell Gringo full-face helmet with an aesthetic that conjures the spirit of motorcycle and 1970’s drag racing’s golden era.

The Features include a seamless injection-molded ABS outer shell, shock-absorbing EPS inner shell and a removable hand-stitched comfort liner with open-cell foam and brushed Lycra construction. The comfortable chinstrap features brushed Lycra material on touch points and a flat D-ring fastener with an adjustable snap-style end retainer.

The BioFoam padding inside the Gringo’s chin bar picks up the stitched diamond pattern with orange thread to match the ventilated polyester panels inside the liner. Sizes include Extra Small through Double-XL. Five snaps around the Gringo’s eye port facilitate easy installation of a Biltwell bubble shield or flat flex screen (sold separately.) MSRP: $149.95. For more information, please visit the Biltwell Website or contact Mike Ellis at (951) 699-1500

27 Responses to “Biltwell Gringo Full-Face Helmet”

  1. 1 BobS Oct 22nd, 2013 at 8:34 am

    “Gringo” is an offensive term, let’s protest! Lol.

  2. 2 Terence Tory Oct 22nd, 2013 at 8:44 am

    They look like a direct shell copy of a seventies BELL.Not that that’s a bad thing fashion wise,but I hope they are constructed a bit lighter than the heavy BELL lump I had on my head back in the day.

  3. 3 tommy Oct 22nd, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Look pretty cool I guess.. but why not just take the visor off your full face? BAZINGA! there you have a “Gringo” helmet..

  4. 4 A 1 MIKE Oct 22nd, 2013 at 4:18 pm


  5. 5 Paul Oct 23rd, 2013 at 6:27 am

    To A1MIKE:

    Gringo is DOT!
    Not made in America but most helmets aren’t
    How is your Airbag Vest?

  6. 6 Chris Oct 23rd, 2013 at 8:16 am

    A1 Mike, How have you determined this to be a “novelty” helmet? Have you seen or used one or are you just slamming it to have an opinion?

    Those hipsters are the next generation with pockets full of dough looking to spend it in the industry that pays my bills. If you’re running a shop, I imagine it has a sign out front that says some variation of “No hippies allowed.”

    By the way, my old man was stone cold and I take pride in emulating him, style wise and as a man. Perhaps your pops wasn’t so good to you.

  7. 7 BobS Oct 23rd, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Hipsters all wear flannel and try to look like their Daddy’s old photo’s. Yeah, they should quit acting like sheep by all dressing alike! Show a little independence and originality would ya! Do something unique like say sew a bunch of patches on a black leather vest, wear fingerless gloves and chaps…ooh I know, wrap a bandana across your forehead, yeah!

  8. 8 Wilhelm Oct 23rd, 2013 at 9:24 am

    @BobS: Spot on.

  9. 9 bartsky56 Oct 23rd, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Definitely a better deal than those pretty boy Ruby helmets.

  10. 10 Joe M Oct 24th, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I find it real curious how buying chinese GARBAGE is so accepted in the motorcycle world these days. I’d first find a Bell and reline before I bought any of biltwells overpriced sweatshop trinkets.

    “biltwell… by underpaid little asian hands”

    fuck outta here…

  11. 11 Bud Oct 24th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I own one and I’m waaaay too old to be a hipster. Would be nice if it was made in America, but it ain’t. Still a good helmet.

  12. 12 Kyle Oct 24th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    @Joe M Hey Joe, do you know where Bell helmets are made? Most helmets on the market for that matter? You should find out the facts before slamming a company or product.

  13. 13 Chris Oct 24th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    @Joe M, check the tag on your t-shirt, pants, underwear, socks and boots. Now remove every article of clothing that was made by little Asian hands. Okay, now tell us what you are still wearing. This should be interesting. . .

  14. 14 Schmink Oct 24th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    JoeM, while relining your Bell, don’t forget to replace the Made in USA label. What? What’s that? It’s not there? Huh, fancy that.

    How about you start up the JoeM F*** Outta Here! line of American-made helmets and sell them at a competitive pricepoint. Good luck finding American made materials. And good luck with the 2-3 year permitting process to get a factory online.

  15. 15 Septic the Sceptic Oct 24th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    It they are going to re-pop the Moto Star I’d buy one. One of these without a visor? Not so much.

  16. 16 Fausto Oct 25th, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I still have my original 70’s bell fullface, I guess it’s cool again!

  17. 17 Joe M Oct 25th, 2013 at 5:09 am


    I dont remember saying I was gunna start a helmet company, so spare me your 2-3 year permit blah blah blah. Just say you went the quick easy route and cut the throat of the American workforce to get cheap helmets out to the fashion victims faster. I get it. But don’t try and justify it with your bullshit about ‘nothings made here anymore’ or challenging me to show you the tag in my underwear or some other wierd shit. You aint making this SHIT as a service to anyone… you’re making this SHIT to make as much money as possible before this latest trend of 70’s revisionist chopper cosplay dressup circle-jerk-bullshit DIES. Just be honest. its cool

    hell, at least give credit where it’s due…. these snowmobiler-looking pieces of shit have been around for ages. And they were NEVEr cool.

  18. 18 Terence Tory Oct 25th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Joe M.I’ve had old Bell fullfaces and one of the the current hipster favourite the MotoStar 1 back in the day.The FF was heavy as all hell and the Moto fitted like crap.Quality helmets are mostly make by Asians.Arai,Shoei and Marushin helmets are head and shoulders above 99.9% of anything ever manufactured in the US.Patriotism is fine,but I ain’t wearing a “flag” on my head just for the hell of it.

    The American workforce has cut it’s own throat buying locally made poorly designed garbage for decades (H-D springs to mind) and eagerly consuming the cheapest junk possible that tumbles out of shipping containers from Asia like a dumpster avalanche.

    Unless you ride a Vespa at night wearing a canvas coverall running on hair oil a bike is a fashion statement.Bikes are ALL about fashion unless your job is chasing down sheep on a farm.If you chase down sheep on foot,you may have a problem and should have a quiet talk with your religious adviser or priest.

    These “buy local” rants typed on Asian cellphones or laptops must cause great mirth in the minds of the little yellow devils that made them:

    Aah-SO. Ha-Ha. Roundeye-FunnyGuy!

  19. 19 Joe M Oct 26th, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Terence, you’re allright

    those japs do make a damn good helmet, I can’t deny. But three things: were not talking about $400+ shoei caliber helmets. Were talking about $150 swapmeet-grade garbage. Second, if we ARE talking high-level helmets, I run a Simpson that will rival ANY of the jap helmet co.s you mentioned. Last, were not talking jap helmets… again, all good brands, with solid history and race pedigree…

    This “biltwell” SHIT, on the other hand.. an ancient (and butt-ugly, ill-functioning, and did I mention butt-ugly) design, pumped throughTAIWANESE labor plants at a cost of $20 a piece, and sold to dizzy college drop-outs with clapped-out 883’s for $150. That just screams “biltwell,” right? hahaha.. look, Wear whatever you want, buy from wherever you want, sell to whoever … but you don’t get to be hyper defensive when someone points out your angle. Just count your fucking money and take it.

    Terrence, I give fuck-all about fashion. I can’t agree with you here. I rock a goddamned fanny pack half the time I’m on the bike. And since I commute to work on my bike daily, I do, in fact wear coveralls(half the year)And you’re 100% right about the asian made machine I’m typing on. But I hear that motorola will have a USA-made device in the near future, and when they do I’ll be there. 100% is hard, but if you ask me, you’re an asshole if you don’t at least try. it may be your job next


  20. 20 Colin Oct 28th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    So about the helmet. Trends are what motorcycles, cars, and the like are all about. It’s a style, wear it if you like it, don’t if you don’t.

    PS if you think you are original you’re not. If people are copying an old style remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ‘MERICA!

  21. 21 New York myke Oct 28th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Wow what a rant over a helmet! Well we’re all entitled to our opinions guys and freedom of choice, oh, unless one chooses not to wear a helmet! Amazing so many of us have survived this long… Joe you seem to be conflicted though as you want to buy American ( which I agree with big time!) but seem to be angry that we want to make a profit. Capitalism is the economic engine of freedom but govt regulations, lawsuits ( which is really why helmer makers left this country) and union thuggery make it too costly to compete. The free market got us to be the great creative country we are along with a trust in “our creator” and not a king or emperor or czar appointing walk on water overbearing president with an overblown ego and Gestapo agencies like the EPA and the newly empowered HHS! Maybe we do get greedy from time to time but we risk a lot , lose often, and work hard and when we go down the vultures are at the auction to pick up the pieces. Don’t judge American business till you limped a mile in our moccassins and don’t complain about prices. We have less choices every day because of creeping ( now galluping ) socialism and it’s only getting worse. Helmet laws suck no matter how much you love your helmet and unless we as a nation turn around and get back to personal responsibility, get some desperately needed tort reform and give people an incentive to work (lower taxes) and a disincentive to collecect welfare (etc.) you can kiss freedom ( the real American dream!) goodby!

  22. 22 Terence Tory Oct 29th, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Joe M.I knew when I wrote that line and didn’t mention Simpson’s hats someone would pick it up,and thats fine.

    I for one wear a quality Asian helmet when riding a motorcycle and a quality U.S. made bicycle helmet when fooling my self about fitness on my megabuck carbon flyer.I must say it feels strange owning a bicycle that is worth more than most peoples cars,it does not diminish the essential riding experience one bit.But it is a point for me to ponder.

    U.S. made electronics are not really progress.Low wages and assembling bags of Asian bits and bytes is just moving the bamboo work hut to Maryland.Work is now a redundant concept to foster prosperity,a crucial focus now must be to support an upward trend in the quality of ideas.The reality now is the nerds hiding in mommas house provide more prosperity that the strong backs of a nation every did.

    New York myke:Wow,what a rant about a rant.

    “Capitalism is the economic engine of freedom”,there is a little village in Japan called China that has a little economic engine that produces the world’s prosperity,but not a helluva lot of freedom.I guess you have heard of it.

    I think you are confusing socialism with civilisation.I think you are confusing the American dream with the American reality.The sexy,shiny tailfins of the fifties were the last glimpse of that illusion.The Puritan heritage still causes people to believe that somewhere,over the hill and far away that someone might have an easy life,a free ride or a life free from hair-shirt suffering.It burns their ass.The English scored big time when they loaded those weird kill-joys on the ships and gently nudged them off in a westwardly direction.The Puritans where like low-flat Nazis with plain crosses and bad fashion sense.

    The “free market” and “personal freedom” allowed Wall Street to sell derivative products back in ’08 that guys with chemistry and economic degrees combined who sold them didn’t even know how to value them or even know how the hell they worked.Banks around the world nearly shut up shop.Vastly higher taxes and a complete womb to the tomb welfare system would improve the U.S. no end.As it has in civilized countries all around the world.

    If you wear a helmet,or don’t wear a helmet that’s fine by me.Ride in a studded codpiece and Manolo Blahnik slippers.But have mandatory accident cover to play for all of the stitching back together and scouring the skin off the pavement.Ultimate freedom dictates ultimate responsibility,not a jungle life free for all where anything goes.

  23. 23 Chris Oct 29th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    @Mike, galluping socialism? Name one American industry, or company for that matter, that has been socialized in past 20 years. Before you say Health Care, remember that you still buy your insurance in the free market.

    Repeating catch phrases that have no bearing in reality does not make them fact, though it was a favorite tactic of Adolf Hitler who believed that people are relatively ignorant and if you say the same thing over and over again, true or not, it will be taken to be fact and repeated amongst the masses.

    Cries of rampant Socialism are a red herring to keep the working man believing that Wal-Mart gives a damn about him.

  24. 24 Anthony J Oct 29th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    T.T. ” I must say it feels strange owning a bicycle that is worth more than most peoples cars”

    You need to go back to the rock you crawled out under

  25. 25 A 1 MIKE Oct 29th, 2013 at 4:53 pm


  26. 26 New York myke Oct 30th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Terrance and Chris just proved my point! And yes Obamacare, 47 million on food stamps and or welfare, and taxes that take well over 50 % of our income is galluping socialism in my opinion. But hey that’s the way it’s going and we can all disagree and work or wish for the world the way we want it to be. Not going to debate here, just opine and in my opinion helmet laws, seatbelt laws, and no smoking laws suck and EPA regs that close coal mines and other business, that’s all about what big govt does when those policies are favored by those in charge. But I’ll get thru it,!! You bundle up and ride safe now…

  27. 27 Kirk Perry Oct 31st, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Note to All USA citizens… if you want the very best, presidential (and socialist) health care join the armed forces 🙂 and try like hell to exit with an honorable discharge. Then you’re set.
    When you reach 65 and retire (there is NO WAY you can re-coup all the SS money you lost by waiting until your 70-yrs. old to retire, they will show you on paper when you go down to SS to register), then Medi-Cal will remove a couple hundred a month from your previous retirement check of $1,100, and leave you with about $968.
    And expect that $968. to be reduced even more when all these kids don’t wanna sign-up for a $200-300. health premium. Can’t blame them. I never had that much money a month to spend on “freaking health care”, and don’t know where I would have gotten it either. It would meant having a steady job. Yikes.
    Our motto then was “don’t get sick”.

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