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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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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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Checked. Bought a new one ... Schuberth C3 Pro

By the way. I take issue with the conventional wisdom that helmets should be changed on some kind of schedule.

There is no evidence for this, other than blurb by those who make and sell helmets.

There is a slight risk that polycarbonate helmets maybe, possibly, can develop micro-fractures in the shell that could weaken the integrity over time, but I have yet to see definitive proof.

Styrofoam doesn't degrade for a millennia.

By all means check your helmet regularly. If the shell looks good, and hasn't been banged around or dropped every week, and the styrofoam is not compressed and is intact, you should be fine.

Over time bits do wear out, but a new visor and lining can make a world of difference.

Of course it's your head, not mine, so treat this post as just another internet opinion.
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I should have noticed this was from motorcycle.com before clicking. Waste of time.

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FWIW, I believe that the foam inside the helmet may harden over time, and reduce the protection that it gives you. Chin straps can weaken with wear.and age. Sunlight may degrade the outer shell, but the paint should prevent any real losses there. I believe that there have actually been advances in helmet safety, lately.

You might want to check out the 6D helmet technology. The web page is very slow to load, but it is worth the wait.

http://www.6dhelmets.com/ats-1/

You might also want to see the 6D's distant cousin in safety, which is MIPs technology. MIPs is available in many brand name helmets now.

https://www.bellhelmets.com/powerspo...-mips-equipped

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Yep. Just checked. Both of 'em still there right where I left 'em.
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I wear them out from daily use before they wear out from age. I have too many helmets and too many holsters. But what does it hurt? 3 Nolan N104's, two with NCom B5's, a shoei, a bell revolver modular (being taken by my son, who is back from Germany), a couple of other Bells, and I'm still tortured by the urge to get a nice Shoei or Schuberth. I think I'd have ordered a tip top shoei or schuberth if I didn't already have comms I absolutely love in my new and nearly new N104's.

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I wear them out from daily use before they wear out from age. I have too many helmets and too many holsters. But what does it hurt? 3 Nolan N104's, two with NCom B5's, a shoei, a bell revolver modular (being taken by my son, who is back from Germany), a couple of other Bells, and I'm still tortured by the urge to get a nice Shoei or Schuberth. I think I'd have ordered a tip top shoei or schuberth if I didn't already have comms I absolutely love in my new and nearly new N104's.
Bill, Bruce McCrary and I bought Shoei Neotecs a couple years ago and shipped them to J&m to have them install their top of the line headset in them. It's the best move we could have made. It just works every tome and there's no box on the outside of the helmet.

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The slickness and low internal and external profile of the B5 system in a Nolan helmet is part of why I haven't strayed from Nolan. When I can't stand it anymore and stray from the Nolan fold, I'll definitely take your advice.

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