Biltwell Gringo Helmet Black / MD [Blemished - Very Good]

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Shape: Round Oval

Weight: 2.99 lbs

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Biltwell Gringo Helmet - Solid

When it comes to retro or vintage bikes it is always important to have your gear match the vibe of your ride and for many years that meant wearing either an open face helmet or putting on a crusty old Bell Star or Buco Allsport if you wanted a fullface helmet that looked the part. Well, thanks to the wonderful folks over at Biltwell, the Gringo is here to wrap your head in a combination of old school style and modern safety.

The DOT certified Gringo helmet is built to suit the needs of contemporary riders, with a beautifully crafted diamond stitched removable liner, an eyeport that accepts pretty much any type of goggle you could want to wear, as well as 5 snaps that work with any universal 3-snap shield, Biltwell’s own Bubble shield or their 5-snap Blast shield. So next time you hop on your chop or throw a leg over your bike leave that vintage helmet on the shelf where it belongs and grab a Gringo.


  • Injection-molded ABS outer shell with hand-painted finish
  • Expanded polystyrene inner shell
  • Hand-sewn removable brushed Lycra liner with contrasting diamond-stitched quilted open-cell foam padding
  • Internal BioFoam chin pad with hand-sewn contrast stitching
  • Rugged plated steel D-ring neck strap with adjustment strap end retainer
  • Rubber or chrome accent edging on shell and eye port
  • DOT Approved

Note: The Bubble Shield and Goggles are sold separately.

4.7 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.6 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.6 / 5
4.2 / 5
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow
4.2 / 5
Noise Level

Biltwell Helmet Sizing

Size Head (cm)
XS 53-54
SM 55-56
MD 57-58
LG 59-60
XL 61-62
2XL 63-64

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

How To Measure

H Head Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows and ears. Pull the tape comfortably snug, read the length, repeat for good measure and use the largest measurement.
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Why did you choose this?
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I saw this helmet in a store and was draw to it like a bug in headlights. I can't wait to have it on
Randy O on Sep 18, 2017
have a Bonanza but wanted something full face.
KEVIN H on Jun 27, 2017
I saw this helmet in a store and was draw to it like a bug in headlights. I can't wait to have it on
Randy O on Sep 18, 2017
STYLE and Comfort of fit
DAKS H on Jun 29, 2017
have a Bonanza but wanted something full face.
KEVIN H on Jun 27, 2017
Anthony W on May 27, 2017
This helmet is very comfortable and I absolutely love the wide selection of bubble shield colors.
TravisA on May 19, 2017
full face for safety, reviews on fit are all positive, no bells and whistles, great visibility, chicks dig the long ball and this helmet is a home run.
Keith B on May 9, 2017
looks awesome, fits well with a café racer bike
Jose D on Apr 20, 2017
Quality and style
Dave B on Apr 16, 2017
vintage style
Kristian D on Apr 9, 2017
Love the vintage style.
Hannah S on Mar 6, 2017
Great helmet with plenty of style. I would recommend getting the S class instead though for the added visor protection.
Giovanni L on Feb 13, 2017
Simple Clean style.
Joe M on Dec 3, 2016
Looking for that Retro helmet with options if needed Biltwell seemed like the perfect option! Very excited :)
Robert K on Sep 28, 2016
Brand and design. Best price. Worth it!
nipon c on Sep 16, 2016
Look and safety
Kamy N on Sep 6, 2016
Love the look!! And it fits awesome!! Light and comfortable too.
Phil N on Aug 19, 2016
Gorgeous helmet, inexpensive
Andrew P on Aug 10, 2016
Retro style best helmet i own
David C on Aug 3, 2016
old school look, comfy, good build guality, good air flow
T H on Jul 23, 2016
Great looks. Good airflow. Chicks dig the look.
Mike D on Jul 20, 2016
light simple built well and awesome.
Jake B on Jul 17, 2016
I chose this item because it fits Oval heads... but I love the retro look too. Its also a great price for a DOT full face helmet.
Iris B on Jun 29, 2016
the look...
S H on May 31, 2016
Comfortable helmet. Without a face shield wind can grab the helmet and lift your head at higher speeds. But overall its a good helmet for nice weather, city and low speed country riding.
oldbike on May 21, 2016
Looks cool
Frank R on May 15, 2016
Nice retro looking helmet. Better try them on since it can be a little tight on the forehead.
Michael N on Apr 2, 2016
Awesome retro look and extremely comfortable. Oh and its the perfect helmet to customize to your liking.
David G on Mar 23, 2016
City rides
walter g on Mar 22, 2016
Loved this helmet, I just ordered the S model.
Matthew K on Mar 15, 2016
Like the style
William K on Mar 2, 2016
cause it rocks
andy s on Feb 25, 2016
Wanted a full face helmet with no face shield and large opening under chin to allow for airflow in warmer weather.
C C on Jan 26, 2016
Awesome price... great retro look!
Matthew S on Jan 24, 2016
Has a retro style to it and it looks cool !
Jonathan C on Jan 24, 2016
Military Required
michael d on Dec 18, 2015
Full face cruiser helmet; just google images of half helmet crash survivors.
Ron H on Dec 8, 2015
Love the retro look and a great price with excellent reviews
Thomas F on Nov 22, 2015
wanted something that gives me a nice breeze like a 3/4 helmet with the protection of a full face.
eddie g on Oct 15, 2015
Great finish, looks great, super price
Najati B on Oct 13, 2015
Was looking for a retro style helmet that matched my skull and this was the match. Looks great and very comfortable.
Carl N on Oct 9, 2015
Is there a cooler looking full face helmet on the market? I also have a pretty big head and have trouble finding helmets to fit that don't give me a massive headache. The reviews say that it should meet my requirements and still look the goods. Really excited for this helmet to turn up. I've wanted one since they were first released.
Wato69 on Oct 2, 2015
I lost my previous two Biltwell Bonanza helmets in freak accidents. They must be cursed. Hopefully the Gringo will bring better luck.
Daniel O on Sep 19, 2015
I got it for the simple, classic design. I got the Hazard Orange color and being a new rider I feel a little more confidant in terms of being visible.
Kenny R on Sep 16, 2015
Simple, classic design, great value for money, a nice fit, and many, many positive reviews from others. :)
Justin M on Sep 11, 2015
This helmet has had amazing reviews everywhere I've looked. Thought I'd give it a go as my friends are getting on my case about getting a full face helmet. Excited to give it a go!
Danielle S on Sep 10, 2015
CBowman on Sep 8, 2015
Best helmet of all time, I have two!
Greg M on Sep 4, 2015
Girlfriend wanted a new helmet and I already had the Gringo S and love it.
J O on Aug 30, 2015
I like the old school look and this has a very utilitarian shape to it. no nonsese, no vents, just a simple face/head cover.
SmallGenitals on Aug 30, 2015
Like this style of helmet to wear open faced behind fairing.
Todd L on Aug 3, 2015
STYLE and Comfort of fit
DAKS H on Jun 29, 2017
Anthony W on May 27, 2017
So there are two shells, one for XS S and M, and one for the larger sizes. Do we know how much bigger the larger one is? Is it a visible difference?

Also seeing reviews saying to buy one size smaller, and one size bigger. Would love a definitive answer on this. My head on the tape measure is just under 23" right now, but I have a full head of hair and would be willing to shave it all off. Not sure if people do that and notice a difference in fit.
A shopper on Sep 27, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I always need a large, the large fits me fine, a little tight in the cheek pads. This helmet fits rounder heads (front to back) than oval heads.
The description on the site says get one size smaller, but in your YouTube video comments, you (CK) recommended to get one size bigger. I wear size M in Shoei (RF-1100) and it fits my extremely well. Which size should I go for here?
Talha S on Mar 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure about Shoei sizing, but I have a Med HJC and a Med Licks Nov Dot and some others. The HJC fits me spot on and the Nov Dot did when I first bought it, but after 1 year it stretched out. The Gringo seems a bit like the Nov Dot. I bought a Med and have a feeling it's going to be too big next year. I think a bandanna would work to keep it snug as it stretches out, though.
So I know that the size chart is provided by the manufacturer and they always seem to be off.
I'm measuring for a medium but 1 size smaller is what is suggested by Revzilla...
Some users seem to have commented to go 1 size larger though. Any thoughts on what to get here? I live in Australia so would like to avoid having to send the item back to swap.
A shopper on Feb 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I wear an XL in both the Gringo and the Bell Custom 500, so... The Gringo is a tad bit bigger than I would like but stepping down to a size Large would be too small. So I guess if you wear a medium in other helmets and that feels a tad big then go with a Small. But if a Medium is kinda snug on other helmets then go with the Medium for the Gringo. Hope this helps.
Hi, can anyone suggest any retro look kind of goggle that suitable with gringo?
A shopper on Sep 22, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I think vintage aviator style goggles would be something to look at. I've seen em on several sites from relatively cheap to super sturdy/expensive. The look would totally depend on you the rider though.
I got this helmet and I love it! My head measures 21" and I got the small. It fits in the crown comfortably but loose on my cheeks/chin. Will the top 'break in'? Should I got down a size and get the XS? This is my first helmet so i dont know how tight it needs to be. Thanks.
Meredith P on Sep 19, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Meredith,
You shouldn't be able to turn the helmet while it's on your head. I've had a Gringo for a few months now and I haven't noticed much "break-in". To me it sounds like your helmet is a little big for you and you may want to go down a size. All helmets should have a snug fit, but not be so tight that you have to cram it on. Make sure your chin strap is tight as well, and keep in mind the gringo chin bar should cover your mouth as intended. Hope this helps.
Hey - I have a Bell Custom 500 in size small and it fits me perfectly. Should I expect that a small would be the size to go for in a Gringo?
A shopper on Aug 26, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I have a Bell Custom 500 and a Biltwell Gringo, and they are the same size (both large). As others have mentioned, the Biltwell is a little tighter around the cheeks, but I expected that going to a full-face helmet.
Hi, guys!

Just bought my first bike, and I'm looking for a full size - open face type helmet.

I like this one, but I have an issue. Does anyone know if I can fit basic eyeglasses while wearing this helmet? I wear not so dorky Buddy Holly type classes.

Javier G on Nov 8, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I wear glasses of a similar and I just bought this helmet. If you're going to wear a shield, it gets tricky. I have to remove my glasses, put the helmet on, put my glasses back on, and then snap the blast shield in place. But I have to do this with just about any helmet I wear, so it's not much of an issue for me. However, if you have a bubble shield, I find that they are harder to snap into place with the helmet already on.
Does the Matte Titanium color lean toward silver or gold? Thanks.
A shopper on May 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Silver.. I Put a smoke mirror on it and it looks like an astronaut helmet. Lots of compliments..
I have 3 questions. 1: Is the white more of a cream? I have a cream vespa and was wondering if it would look good. the stock photo looks more cream but the video looks more white. 2: how accurate is the size chart? does it run small or big? 3: does it cover your chin? In the video it looks like it doesnt cover his chin very well but I am a girl and have a smaller face.
A shopper on Oct 15, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 1. To answer your question the white does have a slight tint to it. But it's not quite cream colored, and when in the sun it's pretty bright white due to reflection. 2. The size chart is accurate, but take in to account after wearing the helmet for a bit the pads tend to wear down slightly. I measured 22 3/4 which is the cusp of an xlarge but I bought a large and it fits perfectly and the cheek pads are snug at first but begin to loosen. 3. Mine covers my chin. But that really just determines how your head build is. The video, the guy wears his pretty high. I tend to pull my helmet down and forward and it fits right at mid forehead and covers my chin just fine. Hope this helps!
Hi will a Bell Custom 500 Retro 3 Snap Shield (flat not bubble) fit this helmet or will this only work with a bubble shield?
A shopper on Aug 21, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The Bell 500 3 snap shield won't fit a gringo. Tried it...