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post #1 of 49 Old 10-03-2019, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Do you think its worthwhile to spend $500+ on a helmet?

In 2006 when I bought my Hayabusa I think I paid over $500 for a Shoei which did save my life during a crash. However after looking at DOT studies and data I believe the protection that a $140 Bell provides isnt much different than a $1700 AGV Pista. Of course the more expensive ones look better, are lighter, keep your head cooler but do they really provide more than triple the protection that a $150 Dot approved Bell does?
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post #2 of 49 Old 10-03-2019, 02:22 PM
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I can't offer any scientific proof, but I can tell you I won't wear a cheap helmet. Shoei and Arai for me.

I did notice that a fancy paint scheme or replica helmet can more than double in price from just the additional graphics. I ended up getting my Shoei X-Twelve for less than half of MSRP on clearance. Deals are out there if you don't need the latest and greatest.
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post #3 of 49 Old 10-03-2019, 02:43 PM
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Easy answer here. Wait till the expensive helmet is on closeout for 1/4 price. I got my bell star for $250. The little extra money vs a cheap helmet is very worth it when you turn your head at 100mph and get no shaking what so ever.

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+1 on the more expensive brand, it’s only been Arai for me. One good point someone made to me when I first started riding, you can’t put a price on protection.

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post #5 of 49 Old 10-03-2019, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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+1 on the more expensive brand, itís only been Arai for me. One good point someone made to me when I first started riding, you canít put a price on protection.
Well. Thats my point. Is it really offering 3 times more protection compared to a DOT approved $200 Bell helmet?
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post #6 of 49 Old 10-03-2019, 03:55 PM
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Coming from a cruiser, I always laughed at helmets.
I find the air pressure around 110 gets to me and I find myself grateful I have the helmet on. I got a brand new Scorpion EXO 750 for the cost of the 700 when they were discontinued.

My next helmet will be a Shoei I think. I like basic gloss black. I don't like all the graphics and wild colors.
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+1 on the more expensive brand, it’s only been Arai for me. One good point someone made to me when I first started riding, you can’t put a price on protection.
Well. Thats my point. Is it really offering 3 times more protection compared to a DOT approved $200 Bell helmet?
Well the more expensive ones will be SNELL approved which is a higher standard of protection testing over a DOT rating, plus they have been more comfortable/better fitting as well, so it’s more piece of mind.

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post #8 of 49 Old 10-03-2019, 05:16 PM
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Yeah the more expensive ones don't protect better, they just work better with airflow and comfort.

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My current favorite is the x-14 hands down. The only drawback is the wind noise Id give it a 5/10. Yes expensive helmets are better for the most part and I totally think you get what you pay for(base models, not graphics although I like the colors and factory colors are very UV resistant). If you dont race and ride slow the aerodynamics wont matter but when you pick your head up or look to the side at 170 youll be greatful for the air tunnel testing. I think Schuberth and bell are the only ones with wind tunnels in house for testing. The fit of my helmet is perfect but that is obviously a case by case deal.

Most importantly though....you should be dealing with riders discount and specifically Mike. No matter what helmet you decide on call him first! I just found out hes back and he is amazing to deal with!...dont post or repeat any deals you may or may not receive though and screw it up for us!

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post #10 of 49 Old 10-03-2019, 07:11 PM
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I've had the opportunity to wear Scorpion ($200), Icon ($350), Shoei ($500), and now Arai ($600). I'm an Arai guy and will buy nothing less. I've been through a few crashes but luckily I didn't have to test any helmets so I can only comment on comfort. Arai gives me the best comfort and the best vision. All other helmets I've worn doesn't seem "full" with padding. Mind you, I've had my Arai since 2011 and still feels as though I'm not wearing any helmet. The foam they used is like memory foam without it eating up your head.

Sure, you can buy just about any DOT certified helmet but it's one of those where you sleep on a luxurious bed at some 5-stars hotel, you won't go back to Motel 6.
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