Too Good To Be True - Poor Copies
It has recently come to my attention that some helmets are offered through websites and other sale channels that are branded 'Arai', 'Shoei' or 'AGV'. They even have the well-known oval company logos and lettering front on the front of the lid. The thing is they are anything but. They are, in fact, poor copies of genuine helmets. Because of this it’s really important to be very careful when shopping online.
If the price that you are being asked to pay is too good to be true then it almost certainty is exactly that. Too good to be true. Other tells are that the website address looks a bit weird. If it does then do not buy the product. Genuine Arai helmets, for example, are sold only by Arai authorized and trained dealers.
Too Good To Be True - If In Doubt...
Real Arai helmets are packed in those iconic white cardboard boxes with blue stripes. The boxes include a cloth Arai helmet bag, as well as an owner's manual, and a small bottle of lubricant for the visor hinge. There is always a warning label on the helmet chinstrap. Most genuine Arai helmets come with a Max Vision Visor/Max Vision PSS Visor and many also include a Pinlock lens. Most importantly, only genuine Arai helmets are covered by that all important and very reassuring Arai five year limited warranty. If in doubt, please contact your local bike shop to clarify what you’re being offered is good enough for your one and only head.
There is also the issue of buying helmets from other countries. Some riders are unaware the each world market requires different helmet standards. Because of this you should avoid purchasing helmets from outside your market as they may or may not not comply with legally required standards for your country. Not to mention that their interior fit may not have been designed for your market and as a result they may be very uncomfortable. Helmets purchased from outside a given market are not eligible for after-sales service or any warranty claims.
Here in Europe we have the highest standards, lets keep them…