When it comes to motorcycle helmets, the market out there is large. This article focuses on five of the best – Shoei Helmets from Japan, Bell Helmets from California, HJC Helmets, Arai Helmets from Japan, and Shark Helmets from Japan. They dominate the market and provide a combination of quality and features that every motorcyclist should be looking for when in the market for a new helmet.
Motorcycle Helmets – Why?
Motorcycle helmets are probably the most important bit of safety gear that you should get if you are intending to get a motorcycle. Leathers are also recommended of course but at an absolute bare minimum, a helmet is what you want. A helmet is what prevents you from doing permanent – and potentially fatal – damage to your skull. They work by being made up of a dual-layer of a hard outer shell and an inner cushioning.
Top 5 Motorcycle Helmet Brands
In this article, we have listed some of the top helmet brands that, in our opinion, are responsible for creating some of the best motorcycle helmets available on the market today.
 Shark Helmets
Founded in France by a team of retired professional racers, their knowledge of what makes a perfect helmet comes from personal experience and a passion for safety. They have a worldwide distribution with over 600 employees, 350,000 helmets made annually and 5,000 outlets to date. What also makes them particularly popular is that are moderately affordable. Safety and cost are equal priorities. All helmets come with a 5-year warranty and every single individual product is monitored throughout the entirety of the manufacturing process. What’s more, feedback is important, and everything is listened to – positive and negative. The company itself has a 25-year history. With a focus on freedom, comfort and safety, the company appeals to bike riders of all ages and markets.
 Shoei Helmets
Shoei Helmets were, as a company, founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1959. Its name is actually Kabushiki-gaisha Shoei in Japanese, although it is known differently in the global market. They were originally intended to be for the construction industry – another market that prioritizes safety ad durability – before expanding. It now has outlets in Europe, Japan, Asia and North America. The helmets, once they began to expand into the racing market, were officially adopted Honda in 1965. One example of their helmets is the GRV. It is the first to combine carbon fiber with Kevlar.
 Bell Helmets
This company was founded in 1954 in California; this is ideal for those who want to buy American-made helmets. It doesn’t just limit itself to making motorcycle helmets – it has also branched into automobile racing helmets, bicycle helmets and motorcycling helmets. They come in both open face and full face varieties, which means that there is a helmet type for just about everyone out there. Since its establishment, it has partnered with Safe, Bikes Belong and the IMBA. These partnerships make it even more dedicated to making its products safer than those of its competitors. Bell’s Helmets are diverse in terms of appearance, weight and design, not to mention that they come in a range of colors.
 Skully Helmets
The Skully brand of motorcycle helmets was launched in 2013 and went on to gain popularity thanks to crowd funding efforts, then unfortunately crashed in 2016 due to a series of scandals from the company. However, things have changed since then; and the Skully Fenix AR helmet is among the products that represent that change.
 ARAI Helmets
ARAI Helmet’s proper name is Kabushiki-gaisha Arai Herumetto. This family-run company is thought to have first started in the 1900s. They first started off making kepi-style caps before progressing into military helmets, industrial safety helmets and finally motorcycle helmets in the 1950s. Its expansion into North America happened in the 1950s when it sponsored a Datona 200 racer. Its expansion into Continental Europe took place in the 1980s. All helmets – yes, even those made in this day and age – are hand-made. They are made of fiber-reinforced plastic and further reinforced sections. This family-run company is higher-priced company but the dedication to quality definitely makes it worth the price tag.
When it comes to motorcycle helmets, there are a near-innumerable number of brands out there on the market. From rip-offs to designer helmets that are made completely custom from scratch, it can be a little daunting to try and choose. That is why we’ve gone to the effort of compiling a list of the top 5 motorcycle helmet brands that we personally recommend for dedicated motorcyclists who want to balance price, design and safety.