One of the things that happens after you start riding is you start to notice helmets. Sure there’s little scientifically verifiable safety difference between the $55 helmet you get from Auto Zone and the $700 Arai, but it’s hard to resist the lure of a nice lid… It’s the difference between a $20k Rolex and a $2 Timex (which actually keeps time more accurately) – if you can afford the pricier status symbol, more power to you! For those who want to resist high priced status lids, good luck with that too! But you CAN have it both ways. Every now and then you can find older stock helmets for cheap if you know where to look. Check out this Shoei sale!!! Just so you know… Some I’ve heard some folks warn that older helmets (even if they’re unused) can be less-safe because the styrofoam can break down over time. Personally I don’t think that’s a real issue for 2 or 3 year old helmets that have been sitting in warehouses… So if you’ve been dreaming of a Shoei, happy shopping!