So what does that mean to you and me, the average motorcycle rider?

While your helmet might look clean and shiny it does not mean that it not ready for replacement. Worse yet, a single drop to the ground might be enough to cause you to consider replacement, according to the manufactures.

Here are some industry guidelines regarding your helmet:

  • Helmet manufacturers recommend replacing your helmet every 3 to 5 years, depending on use, to ensure optimal protection.
  • Over time, UV rays, internal adhesive and component aging can deteriorate a helmet’s protective qualities by degrading the interior protection layer.
  • Exposure to gasoline, insect repellent, cleaning fluids, exhaust fumes and excessive heat can degrade helmet materials.
  • If a helmet has been dropped or suffered an impact, it should be replaced immediately.
  • A helmet is designed for only one impact, even a small one. An impact may fracture its outer shell as well as compress the inner liner, neither of which may be visible.

Now it is your head so you need to make the decision, but you should at least check out your lid to make sure there are no major issues.

You can also go to HelmetCheck.Org to get some additional information.

  1. lexyleksono says:

    Thanks for sharing, now I am thinking of replacing my helmet. I dropped it from my bike once and had a crash once. Got some small scratch but still looks good.

  2. It is your head of course. But, before blowing bucks on a new one. Take out the lining and take a hard, critical look at the underlying foam. Is any of it compressed, or deteriorated? Now that you have the lining out wash it up and put it back in the helmet, does it still fit as well as when you first bought it? just my 2 cents.

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  4. Brian says:

    this helmet is really cool, I like this helmet. this is wonderful.

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