New Biltwell Gringo S: Finally a Gingo worth a Dinero
Most, if not all, of you are already quite familiar with the Biltwell Gringo helmet, and most of you (i hope) read my Gringo vs. Daytona review, where I matched up the two vintage full face juggernauts. If you did, indeed, read that post, you would have noted the biggest plus with the Daytona Retro Ride, and my biggest gripe with the Gringo was the face shield (or lack thereof). Well Biltwell has answered our prayers and bestowed upon us the Gringo S.
Since pics of this helmet have been making their way around the interwebs (Biltwell’s Blog as well as their Instagram Acct), it will probably not come as a big surprise to some of you, but I still felt it worthy of a post.
For those of you who don’t already know the Gringo S is just a Gringo , but with the addition of a tradition face shield. One of the biggest drawbacks of the Gringo was that if you wore glasses, or wanted to wear sunglasses with their three-snap bubble shield, it was nearly impossible to put the helmet on, put your glasses on, then snap the bubble shield into place. The new Gringo S solves that problem with a pivoting clear face shield. Still staying true to the retro vibes, the Gingo S has a stainless screw hinge and button snap closure (for reference my 1973 Buco All Sport fullface has nearly the same design. Like my Pepaw used to say, “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke”).
I, for one, am super excited about Biltwell’s latest iteration of the Gringo and you will most likely see me rocking one come springtime. They will start shipping within the next week or two so if you palms are itchy for a new lid or you have some XMas money burning a hole in your pocket, I would seriously consider picking one of these up.
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*Added style bonus: The gloss black now comes with chrome trim that is absolutely bitching compared to the matte rubber. Additional colors and graphics below.
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Published - Mar 7, 2011
Well this build took longer than expected but I was still able to do it within budget. Unexpected delays were mainly due to spending time tracking down parts that were either missing from the start or to replace ones I had donated to fix Andrew’s cb360t. Overall, I’m pretty proud of how it turned out […]