How much does a good motorcycle helmet cost?
Here's the opinion of Timberwoof's in his Motorcycle FAQ:
The best helmet for you is one that you can afford, that fits, and that you'll wear every time you get on the motorcycle. A Snell and DOT rated helmet is just as safe as a one ... but not as comfortable on long trips. Just because a helmet isn't required in your state, don't assume that the laws of physics are any different. Get a good helmet and wear it always.
If only I could afford an Arai, I would get one, so what if they're from ?350/470? or more, they have the toughest testing per batch of helmets, than any other helmet manufacturer. MotoGP, F1 & Indy Cart Racers use Arai (or Craft - but they're not road legal over here)
P.S. I don't work for Arai, I just want one.....
My suggestion on buying a helmet is buy one that fits comfortable for you. I would also suggest buying two or more helmets.
One: Buy a full faced helmet. Upside: it cuts down on outside noise and provided the best protection during an accident Downside: They can be very hot in the summer and heavy during long rides.
Two: Buy a half faced helmet. Upside: They provide a level of protection but not as much protection as a full faced helmet. They are cooler in hot weather and if you wear glasses like I do it is easier to put them on. Downside: They don't offer much protection for your face in you are in accident. For long rides you can have problems with your hearing.
Three: Flip front is a very good helmet Upside: provides more protection then a half face and are more comfortable in hot weather. Since you can lift it while waiting for red lights or other long stops. Downside: They can be more noisy and cost more then full face or half faced helmets.
There are several factors in calculating the cost of motorcycle insurance for an individual. Some of these factors include your age, experience, driving record, location, etc. Insurance companies will also need to factor in what type of bike you are riding and what the value of that bike is. The best way to figure out what the cost of motorcycle insurance will be for you is to request a quote from a motorcycle insurance company…
Wide range of helmets are available between $175 and $300, and they come with a higher assurance than the cheaper ones. Helmets are also available in the $500-$700 range for ambitious motorcyclists. Sometimes you can find great comparison sites that group helmets by use, budget, types, etc. You may get a good idea from one of these sites.