Ok, if you are serious about your head, this is how it goes…
The following companies, Arai, Shoei, AGV, Suomy, Dianese, HJC, Shark can all be found in Taiwan. Arai, Shoei and AGV ar more common though.
These companies offer a good range of products at different prices. The lower priced helmets from these companies are still much more expensive than high priced Taiwan made skull caps with doodles on them.
Top of the line helmets from Arai, Shoei, AGV, Suomy, Dianese and Shark will run you from 14,500$NT to 17,000$NT. (these are the full race spec models with or without racer replica paints)
Midrange helmets from the above companies run from 7,000$NT to 12,000$NT. There are many different model styles to chose from in this category since it’s from this range that most lids are sold. You can get full face or open face lids, different shell types and shapes…and of course color styles and paints.
-Low range. Arai and Shoei don’t make any low range helmets. HJC and AGV do however. These will range from 4,000$NT to 8,000$NT depending which model you chose. HJC is made in China(sells lots in the US and Europe) and a full face lid from them is about 4,000$NT. from AGV, you can get a Basic helmet with Rossi replica paint for 8,000$NT.
So there you have it. The low range HJC helmet is a good buy for any city slicker on a scooter. Their helmets sell well all around the world as low cost alternatives to the high end stuff. They are crash test approved and pass most countries safety regulations.
If you have the cash, treat your self to any helmet in the mid-range and you’ll have that extra re-assurance of having a top-choice lid on your head.
And if you are a really keen person and want the latest of the latest and look hot…get one from the top range…
A few quick reminders.
Remember that “real” helmets require maintenance and care. Dropping them once on the ground voids the helmet manufacturers liability to assure protection. The helments are designed with interconnection filaments and fibres that absorb crash impact and break accordingly in case of an accident. So dropping the helmet actually causes this to happen.
Buy your lid from a reputable shop. There have been many cases of fakes going around. Most fakes have been found in the US so you can bet that there are some around here. Make sure that all the appropriate safety stickers and markings are indicated on the helmet both outside and inside the lid. Look for any loose fitted padding and dodgy finishes. Those are a sure sign of a fake!
Cheers and ride safe