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- 1 Safety
- 2 Looking to buy a Caberg Ghost?
- 3 Ventilation
- 4 Shield
- 5 Comfort & Sizing
- 6 Looks & Graphics
- 7 Want to buy a Caberg Ghost?
- 8 Caberg Ghost Video
- 9 Other stuff – fasteners, bluetooth, warranty
- 10 Overall/Summary
- 11 Crash Helmet Buying Guides
- 12 Alternatives to the Caberg Ghost
- 13 Definitely want a Caberg?
Caberg Ghost: a lightweight streetfighter motorcycle helmet
Yes, the Caberg Ghost looks like a full face or even a flip-up helmet. But don’t be fooled. Okay, it’s got a shield and chin guard and yes you can flip them up, but it’s not fixed in place and it’s not protective.
So, now we’ve got that out of the way, the bottom line is if you’re after a mean-looking open-face/Jet helmet that’ll scare kids and grannies – while giving you a bit of protection from the rain, then you might well have found the right helmet.
Because the Caberg Ghost, like the Shark Drak before it, is here to make you look cooler, meaner and altogether more ‘tie-fighter’ on your morning commute.
- Open face/Jet helmet with face guard
- Non-protective face shield
- Available in composite and carbon fiber
- Pinlock shield (see shield section)
- Micrometric buckle
- 2.55lbs (1.15Kg) – that’s very light
- Sizes XS-XXL
- Expect to pay $250-$300
Well, the first thing to say is that the Ghost isn’t DOT certified for use the US, thought it has been ECE tested for use/sale in Europe. But that ECE rating does mean it’s been tested and is gonna give a decent level of protection.
The second thing to say is you should view it as an open face helmet: i.e. assume that face shield is not going to offer any protection in an accident because a)It’s not been designed to protect you from anything other than a bit of rain or road dirt and b) It’ll probably flip up or fall off as soon as it even things about hitting anything!
All that said, Caberg has a great reputation in Europe for making safe helmets – particularly polycarb helmets which have become a bit of a speciality for Caberg.
These days, they’re moving up in the world and producing more composite and carbon fiber helmets, like the Ghost. However, as SHARP (the helmet safety testers) haven’t tested any carbon fiber Cabergs (since the old V2X carbon) or composite Cabergs (like, ever) then it’s difficult to know how well their latest generation of up market helmets like the Ghost will perform.
Of course, SHARP won’t touch the Ghost with a barge-pole because it’s an open face helmet; and to helmet safety experts the world over that means it’s the work of the Devil. So of course, if you value your face, then we’d suggest getting one of our top 10 best full face helmets or flip-ups.
But if you simply can’t resist just how damn cool the Ghost looks and have to have one, then the Ghost has a micrometric fastener which are easy to use and should keep the helmet on your head in an accident (as long as you tighten it up correctly) and a good quality Pinlock-ready shield. That’s well worth having to keep rain and filth out of your eyes.
Looking to buy a Caberg Ghost?
Well it’s not legal to wear a Caberg Ghost in mandatory helmet law states, because it hasn’t been DOT certified. That said, if you want one, you can find our recommended European retailers over on our UK site – all will happily ship a Ghost over to the US.
Well, it’s an open face helmet, so if you want lots of air, you can always push the face piece up and out of the way and that’ll let lots of air in.
But while your face is cool, you might still find your head stays a bit hot and sweaty, because there’s no ventilation inlets in the actual helmet shell itself, which is a bit of a shame.
And if you like to ride with the face guard down for the full Mad Max effect, there are always-open vent holes in the face guard, so even with it down, some draft will get in there. That should also help with defogging the shield a bit too.
The Ghost is fairly unusual being an open face helmet with a built in shield. But it’s not unique.
What is very rare is that it’s Pinlock-ready, which means if you fit the Pinlock, the shield shouldn’t fog up. Now that is a pretty cool and a pretty rare feature for an open face helmet.
At the time of typing, it’s unclear whether a Pinlock will be included at most retailers. The Caberg website says one’s included, but a couple of stores have told me it’s not, so best check before you buy.
The shield itself is firmly attached to the helmet (unlike something like the Shark Raw/Drak) and can be easily moved up and open by pulling forward slightly then pushing up. It’s spring loaded too so when you pull it down, the shield is pulled tight against the helmet. Caberg advertise that the shield’s been designed so it can be closed with just one hand, which shows how effective the mechanism is.
One of the cool things about the shield and chin guard is that both can be removed, so you can wear the Ghost as either a traditional open face helmet, with just the shield in place, or with both shield and chin guard.
The chin guard is made from flexible plastic/rubber and clips onto the bottom of the shield so it’s easy to remove. Removing the shield involves fiddling about with phillips screws and springs – but it’s more than doable.
Comfort & Sizing
The Caberg Ghost has a removable and washable lining that’s both breathable and anti-microbial.
It’s produced in two helmet shell sizes, which should make for a helmet that’s not too over- or under-padded the extreme ends of the range of sizes. The smaller shell is used in the XS-L sizes and the larger for XL and XXL.
Looks & Graphics
I guess with the style of helmet the Ghost is, they’ve limited the graphics options to designs that suit the streetfighter look. Which means you can expect lots of blacks, matt finishes and, of course, that lovely carbon fiber weave version. We’ve posted copies of all the designs that are available at the time of writing but if you want to see the latest prices and designs, they’re available via our recommended UK retailers over on our UK site. Just click the link.
Want to buy a Caberg Ghost?
It’s not legal to wear a Caberg Ghost in mandatory helmet law states, because it hasn’t been DOT certified. That said, if you want one, you can find our recommended European retailers on the review over at our UK site – all will happily ship a Ghost over to the US.
Caberg Ghost Video
Take a quick look around the Ghost in this 1m video.
Other stuff – fasteners, bluetooth, warranty
The Caberg Ghost comes with a quick and easy micrometric fastener. It’s also been designed to be Just Speak bluetooth ready, so it may well fit 3rd party bluetooth sets too.
As always, Cabergs only come with a one year warranty. Which is awful – click to see helmets that come with a 5 year warranty.
You’re probably thinking of buying a Caberg Ghost because it looks so damn cool. Which is fair enough.
But it’s also a well thought out helmet, with a Pinlock-ready shield, nice shield/bug shield opening system and good build quality and finish. Obviously, it’s an open face helmet in reality, so it’s never going to protect you as well as a full face helmet. But if you’re after the streetfighter look to go with your urban warrior bike, then the Ghost is bang on. Just don’t crash in it!
Crash Helmet Buying Guides
For (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.
Alternatives to the Caberg Ghost
If you’re looking for something that’s a bit of a retro statement or looks a bit ‘edgy’, then there’s a few alternatives you might want to check out.
First off, you’ve gotta take a look at the Shark Drak (or Raw as it was known). The Drak looks very similar to the Ghost, albeit a bit less refined. But it’s also cheaper than the Ghost and comes with a 5 year warranty.
Or how about the Shark Vancore. That’s a proper full face helmet but with goggles and tons of attitude. It’s really light too.
If it’s more of a retro vibe you’re after, then the full face Bell Bullitt is the real deal – cool as you like, great build quality, lots of retro accessories and a SHARP 3 star rating to boot.
And finally, Portugese maker Nexx has their X.G100; a composite fiber full face helmet that’s a smidge cheaper than the Ghost (as is the Bullitt) that’s both ECE and DOT certified and mega light weight.