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Fake Arai Alert

Discussion in 'Main Forum' started by T.C, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. T.C

    T.C Race Rep +

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    Some of you may not be aware that Ebay have been advertising fake Arai helmets.

    I have spoken to Terry Birtles the MD at Moto-Direct who are the UK importers of Arai who said

    “We’ve reported to eBay and contacted the sellers but they are based in Asia and seemingly don’t give a monkey’s!”

    1. It’s obviously way too cheap… Arai are handmade in Japan and take days to make so the real price reflects that.

    2. The visor is wrap round – Arai have never done a wrap round visor always favouring side pods to meet their smoother rounder shape for sliding.

    3. Box and trims are all just cheap and not consistent.

    4. There is no ECE marking obvious.
    I have said many times that a helmet should only be purchased from a dealer, but if you if you are considering or know someone who is considering buying a new Arai, then mabe point them in the direction of this post.

    Terry Birtles, the MD at the Arai importers will be happy to provide further information if required.
    Fake Arai.jpg
     
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  2. Tomasbe

    Tomasbe Street Fighter +

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    I’ve never been a fan of Arais. I think they’re overpriced for what you get. But if one is buying these for £100, they must be scoring low in Darwin’s game.
     
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  3. BlackHornet

    BlackHornet Look before you turn Staff Member Moderator +

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    i'm not even a fan of second hand lids let alone ones too cheap to be real
     
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  4. T.C

    T.C Race Rep +

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    I am fortunate in that I have been to the factory in Japan and seen how Arai's and Shoei's are built, and if you saw the development, testing and detail that goes into each helmet on top of which there is then shipping, import and retail margins, it is easy to see why they are more expensive than some European hats.

    That said, I have the wrong shape head for an Arai, but the quality is second to none.

    Anyway, I digress.

    The issue with these fakes (apart from the obvious) is that to someone who is on a budget, someone who is new to biking, someone who does not know the various brands and the prices or someone who thinks they are saving a fortune are the ones who are likely to get caught out.

    Look at how many will go to a dealer try a helmet for sizing and then order online?

    This is the concern and why the message needs to be put out there.
     

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