Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Ingleside, IL, USA
Fit is everthing. If you wear the helmet all day then it is super important. If you wear it to get ice cream and dinner once a week on you bike that is different.
According to most of the test reports and I read every on I can any skull bucket is better than none. From what I see and what makes the most common sence in order of safest to least safest
1 full face
2 flip front like Schuberth
3 a full 3/4 open face
4 open face
5 1/2 half helmet like the cops use
6 any other DOT approved skull bucket ( like the beanie ones the HD crowd wears)
To get back to the cost issue. Manufacturing methods, advertisement, and liability insurance. one more dealer profit!
Another fact of cost is there is no relation between the real cost of making somthing and what it sells for. It is what the market will bear.
If you go by regular mark up of product dealer pays 40 to 70% of MSRP for the helmet. The distributer gets his cut. If it applies the importer get his cut.
Now if you use that formula take the $100.00 helmet say the dealer pays $65.00 the distributer pays $32.50 the importer pays $25.00 the maufacturer makes his profit minus expenses ($5.00 profit) $20 actual expenses to produce a device that is prevent injury to you skull and it contents.
Typically it is a factor of 3 to 5 times the actual cost to produce to MSRP to you the customer.
If it was made in south east asia I am sure they are a ISO certified company and folllow all manufacturing specs and never substitute inferior materials or methods to make it. So you feel safe in your $100.00 helmet that really cost $20.00 to make.
While you can debate my math here and who gets what cut I would rather place my trust in Arai, Shoei, Schuberth, and perhaps a few others simply due the history of the manufacturers and their intergrity over the past 20 or 30 years.
Personally I wear a Arai quantum F full face 80% of the time, Arai 3/4 sz ram 3 on hot days it is one noisy helmet, and a Shoei 3/4 on cool days.
Hope this makes sense.
Northen Illinois Packer Fan
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