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Recently, a batch of motorcycle helmets was seized in Peterborough, England because they were potentially lethal in the event of an impact. The original story on the seizure of these helmets can be found here. In the article, the Principal Trading Standards officer who tested the safety of the helmets is quoted saying, “This would give a rider almost no protection in a crash, increasing the chance of brain injury or death. You may as well not wear a helmet, they are that dangerous.”
The helmets that were seized are very cheaply made and you can tell from the photo that an impact could cause serious damage. The motorcycle helmets that were seized are the Jiekai helmet models JK 100 and JK1000.
To see how these “fake” and cheap helmets hold up against a real safety certified motorcycle helmet, check out the video below. It’s not the most scientific test, but you will definitely get the picture.
So what’s the moral of the story? DON’T cheap out when it comes to your motorcycle helmet. If the deal seems to good to be true, it probably is. You only get one brain. Don’t compromise it by protecting it with an inferior helmet just because you got a smokin’ deal.
Shopping for motorcycle gear online can be tricky if you are looking for the best price. There are many poorly made helmets like these Jiekai helmets that keep popping up on the market. It’s important that you do your research on the gear and retailer you buy from before you make the purchase. If both the helmet brand and retailer have been around for a while, it’s a pretty good sign that you will be getting a solid product.
But you can go even further. If you want the absolute best motorcycle helmet, research the safety ratings on the helmet. Most legitimate motorcycle gear retailers will only sell helmets that are at least D.O.T. approved. Don’t waste your time with anything that doesn’t even hold that rating. SNELL helmet ratings run even stricter testing and are done independently to ensure an unbiased rating.
Like with most things, you get what you pay for and motorcycle helmets are no different. Yes, some brands like Scorpion and HJC deliver high quality helmets for less, but for the most part, the rule reigns true. Spending a little more on a real helmet can save you more than a headache. It can save your life.
When shopping online for helmets, you will also want to make sure that the helmet is fairly current. The shelf life of a motorcycle helmet is only about 5 years, even if it has never been used. The materials used to make the helmet begin to dry up over time and can become weak. The helmet may look fine, but the fact is, it just won’t hold up like it should on impact.
If you are in the market for a new motorcycle helmet, check out our “Motorcycle Helmet Buying Guide” to learn all of the different factors that you should consider when purchasing a new lid.
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