In Gear

Heads Up on Retro Helmets

Nazi-inspired motorcycle helmets have been around since, well, the Nazis. But now they are becoming the headgear of choice for a growing corps of professionals who want that bad-boy biker image. Jim Peacock, president of Butthead Novelties, sells about 500 German-style helmets a month--up 20% from a year ago--at $50 each to customers in "the in-crowd kind of states, like California." John Daniele, owner of the online retailer Helmets R Us says it's not a Hell's Angels thing. "I'm selling them mostly to professional, business-oriented people," he says.

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