I was just looking at Shoei's website- cheapest full face is over 300 dollars. My CKX basic black full face was less than $50. Is this unsafe? When i took the PA motorcycle course, they said to get a new helmet every 3 to 5 years because plastic degrades. Is this true? If this is the case, what would you'll recommend?
I think most makers reccomend a new helmet every 5-8 years, depending on use and location. (yes those in CA or other high smog citys need to replace helmets more often due to the nasty air) It is the lining not the shell than seems to "degrade" over time. (due to polution, body oils, sweat and heat)
The price you pay more or less is not a guarenty on how safe
a helmet is, but on the overall quality.There are exceptions however.
Any helmet that passes SNELL approval does meet a somewhat higher critieria but almost any DOT approved helmet will do it's intended job. Many riders like the European system over DOT or Snell, but it does need to have a DOT sticker to be "legal" on american roads.
My head is worth the 300 bucks I spent on the Shoei, but the two Arthur Fulmer S2's did have SNELL approval and only cost around $120.00 The KBC was right at 100 bucks. There are helmets that do cost ALOT more also, like
Simpsons and Arai.
I would be a bit leary of a 50 dollar helmet, but there are some good value helmets on the market...I of course would stick to name brand helmets, or ones that got decent reviews in the press (as new makers keep showing up eveyday it is hard to adhere to the "name brand" concept)
The most important thing it to make sure your helmet fits properly. Do not go by what you think ......but by what someone who knows how it should fit. (There is a brief vidieo on this in the equipment section here)