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May 26, 2005, 10:00 AM

INDUSTRY NEWS - Arai Tops J.D. Power Study
Posted By Scott Rousseau
Impressive Achievement 5/25/2005

The following information was released by J.D. Power and Associates:

For an impressive seventh consecutive year, Arai ranks highest in customer satisfaction with motorcycle helmets, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study released today.

Arai receives an overall satisfaction index score of 811 (on a 1000-point scale) and performs particularly well in regard to ventilation and styling/design. Shoei follows Arai with an index score of 795. Harley-Davidson and Nolan also perform above the industry average.

“Arai continues to produce high-quality products by making innovative, state-of-the-art advances in helmet comfort and design,” said Todd Markusic, director of the Powersports practice at J.D. Power and Associates.

The study finds that the top two elements that most influence the decision to purchase a new helmet are comfort/fit and style/color. Overall helmet satisfaction for the industry increases for the fourth consecutive year to 728 index points in 2005, compared to 725 in 2004.

The study also shows that regardless of motorcycle make, HJC is the most commonly purchased brand of helmet, with more than 25 percent of customers surveyed indicating they purchased this brand. Based on the study, HJC, Shoei, Arai and Harley-Davidson brands constitute about one-half of the total helmet market.

Convertible style helmets, which typically have a retractable face plate, continue to increase in popularity, as 13 percent of customers surveyed indicate this type of helmet was purchased, versus only 3 percent reported in 2003.

“We expect this trend to continue, as more manufacturers are adding the convertible helmet to their product lineups,” said Markusic.

Buying motorcycle helmets online is on the rise as 25 percent of those surveyed who had made any type of motorcycle-related purchase via the Internet report buying a helmet. Consumers who purchase their helmets online are more likely to indicate they “definitely will” purchase the same brand again. The study finds that online purchasers tend to pay up to $50 less for the same helmet than those purchasing elsewhere.

The 2005 Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study is based on responses from more than 6000 purchasers of new 2004 model-year motorcycles who provided information about their most recent helmet purchase experience and helmet use.



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May 26, 2005, 10:30 AM

No real surprise here. I've got an HJC and an Arai, and the Arai is 10 times better all around. Lighter, more stable, better protection.

Someone told me that HJC's can withstand a one time impact of up to 1100 pounds, and that Arai's could take multiple impacts at 2200. Don't know if it's true, but it doesn't surprise me.


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May 26, 2005, 10:32 AM

I dont care to crash test my arai, kbc or shoei.


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I don't think anyone does. But if it happens...


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May 26, 2005, 10:45 AM

Yea, I LOVE may arai...

Just so we all know though, if you've taken a fall on your helmet, you shouldnt use it anymore...


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May 26, 2005, 11:19 AM

I think a lot of it is the preconceived notion that Arai is better. People chant the Arai mantra, other's buy them with the preconceived notion it is the best helmet out there. They are decent helmets so everyone believes they must be the best. I am not saying otherwise. They are loud, the visor design is substandard IMO, and the vents are easy to break.

I've had two. A Quantum and an RXX7. Decent.. but overhyped.

BTW.. this article makes zero mention of safety.
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May 26, 2005, 11:42 AM

I dont see any mention of the Suomy helmets either... (did I spell that right??)


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close enough. I know what you mean!


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I've got an Rxx7 that I've had for 3 years now and I like it. In terms of safety, the next helmet I purchase will not be Snell2000 rated but just DOT and maybe one of the other other European or Japanese standards. Motorcyclist did a write up last month and after reading it, I'm under the notion that Snell Foundation isn't performing the appropriate testing for helmets and has become nothing more than a marketing gimmick.



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May 26, 2005, 11:54 AM

Suomy is just starting to catch on in the U.S. Arai and Shoei are the top selling helmets in the U.S., so they will always dominate any study.

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I loved my ROOF. Too bad the USD tanked so bad. Now they are out of price contention.


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May 26, 2005, 12:06 PM

I like that Haga Aztec replica.

Arai helmets fit my head perfectly so thats what I buy. The other brands dont fit right. I like the look of the Suomy and AGV lids but they dont fit.
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Quote:
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Suomy is just starting to catch on in the U.S. Arai and Shoei are the top selling helmets in the U.S., so they will always dominate any study.

Sam
I did some research and so far the Suomy has impressed me the most, out of all major makers, they seem to go beyond the standard testing.
I'll dig up the info and post it up if I can find it...good stuff! Also, their prices are not bad compared to SHOEI and ARAI...


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May 26, 2005, 12:17 PM

I've got two Arais but did anyone read the recent tests in Motorcyclist?
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I dont see any mention of the Suomy helmets either... (did I spell that right??)
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