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Donít Forget: April Is Check Your Helmet Month



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As the first week of April has now come and (almost) gone, we want to remind readers that this month is National Check Your Helmet Month. As such, donít forget that the average life span for a helmet is three to five years. Numerous times weíve seen riders wearing helmets far, far, older than five years simply because a visual inspection with their untrained eye deemed the helmet to be in acceptable working order.

A lot can happen in five years. Constant pounding from the sunís rays and a five-year buildup of sweat and oils from your head can take their toll on a helmetís internal composition, even if you donít see it.

'The number of motorcycle crash fatalities has more than doubled since 1997,' says Ozzie Giglio, Principal of Windy City Motorcycle Company. 'We know that helmets save lives and reduce health care costs. In fact, according to Advocates for Auto and Highway Safety, motorcycle helmets are currently preventing $17 billion in societal harm annuallyÖbut $8 billion in harm could be prevented if all motorcyclists wore helmets.'

'Itís not just enough to wear a helmet,' Giglio continues. 'You have to make sure that is functional, well-fitting and able to do its job properly. Additionally, itís important to be sure that riders properly maintain their helmets, otherwise they could greatly diminish its life-span and performance ability.'

Spring is the ideal time for this reminder, as Giglio says that many riders make unsafe choices about their helmets during the weather. 'Many people leave their helmets in their garage, but if you live in a place like the Midwest that has fluctuating climates, that can be terrible for your helmet. We can swing from 100 degrees in summer to -20 in the winter, and helmets integrity gets questioned as it swells and shrinks in the Midwest weather pattern.'
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post #2 of 19 Old 04-10-2017, 06:07 PM
 
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I keep my helmet in the house. About 4 years ago I got a killer deal on an HJC XXL helmet from motorcyclesuperstore.com. I got it for about half price with free shipping. When I got it, it fit so well that I immediately ordered 2 more. They are still new in the box. I paid about $110 each for them. I won't pay over $150 for a helmet, because you can get very nice DOT helmets for that price. The way I see it, since a helmet does have a limited lifespan, if you spend more than that you are just buying a status symbol.


https://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Mo...stHelmets.html This article exposes the Snell Foundation and a certain motorcycle magazine for the frauds they are. And why you don't need a $500+ helmet.
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My BS detector is twitching a bit after reading that first post. For example, There's nothing about sitting in a cold garage that would have any ill effect whatsoever on a helmet. The shell and the hard foam liners are the working parts of a helmet and cold alone won't bother either one.

The article about helmet standards Jerry referenced is quite good, and I agree with most of it. MY next helmet will be to the ECE standard rather than the snell just because of the issues with hard shells transmitting more Gs to the head. At the end of the day you want your head to be subjected to the lowest G force possible in a crash and often this means the shell will be badly damaged by the impact, but the cracking of the shell dissipates a lot of the energy that can kill you.

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I'm with ya @JerryH on prices... I have no need for sound
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I've been looking for 2 years
Want a modular to replace my 10 yo FF
I'm with ya @JerryH on prices... I have no need for sound
Internal dark visor in nice, not a requirement if outer visor dark, which I have now.

Too many choices I gave up
I'm thinking modular next time as well mainly because they fit much tighter around the bottom than you can get with a FF one piece, and tighter means quieter. Unfortunately the best quality costs more. I agree that more money doesn't buy you more protection. It generally does buy you better quality, so its a value proposition.

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Once upon a time I sent an email to SNELL regarding the age issue and testing. They admitted that to date there has never been any formal testing performed on aged helmets but referred me to a study performed with various helmets of varying ages all stored and used in different fashions, and not any single set of paradigms displayed any more or less aging factors. In other words a helmet that was stored inside for X years and only used in parade duty was deemed no safer than one stored outside in the elements and used daily during the same time frame. Granted, there was no actual impact testing performed in this study.

So until any actual testing is performed on aged helmets, this is all just a theory backed only by constant regurgitation of other theories on the internet.

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Once upon a time I sent an email to SNELL regarding the age issue and testing. They admitted that to date there has never been any formal testing performed on aged helmets but referred me to a study performed with various helmets of varying ages all stored and used in different fashions, and not any single set of paradigms displayed any more or less aging factors. In other words a helmet that was stored inside for X years and only used in parade duty was deemed no safer than one stored outside in the elements and used daily during the same time frame. Granted, there was no actual impact testing performed in this study.

So until any actual testing is performed on aged helmets, this is all just a theory backed only by constant regurgitation of other theories on the internet.
But... if it sells helmets...

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I don't recall my helmet coming with an expiration date.

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What actually are we supposed to check for? There must be some guidelines.

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I usually make sure that there are no mice in my helmet before I wear it the first time of the season.

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