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What are the best motorcycle helmet brands on the market?

Even if you’re a speed freak who lives for his superbike, you'll have to agree that safety is more important than speed. For most riders the best way to choose a helmet is to get a personal recommendation from a friend or to buy one of the helmets used in MotoGP, but however you decide the following guide to the best motorcycle helmet brands should be of use.

Arai

Arai has been making headgear since 1926. In the early days, the Japanese firm only made hats but they’ve become famous for producing some of the most iconic motorcycle helmets. No matter who you ask, the answer will always be that they are one of the best motorcycle helmet brands on the market today. MotoGP riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa are among the millions who wear their product. F1 ace Lewis Hamilton also uses Arai helmets.

Bell

Bell is also one of the world’s leading helmet manufacturers. The American manufacturer has been constructing helmets for motorcycles and racing cars since 1954 so they have six decades of experience to call upon.

Shoei

Like Arai, Shoei is a Japanese firm who specialise in helmet manufacture. As with Bell, their history goes back to the 1950s. Although they sell their products across the globe, they manufacturer all of their helmets in their homeland. Their products are used by MotoGP stars like Marc Márquez.

Modern helmets

With carbon fibre and Kevlar constructions, the modern motorcycle helmet is light and strong. For the British market, helmets have to reach certain standards laid out by the British safety standards. Helmets must meet British Standard BS 6658:1985 and carry the BSI Kitemark or meet UNECE Regulation 22.05 in order to be sold in the UK.

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