Helmet Safety! - MVAgusta.net
View Poll Results: How often do you change your Helmet?
Once a Year? 10 18.18%
Twice a year? 3 5.45%
After you,ve dropped it a few times? 14 25.45%
After an accident? 28 50.91%
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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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Wink Helmet Safety!

Hello,

Thought i would start this thread with a poll to refreshen the idea of safety when purchasing a helmet and also want to discuss old helmets and what to avoid to keep your helmet to the safety standard it was when 1st purchased.

Remember its the only safety equipment between your head and the Tarmac.

Helmet Care

Use only the mildest soap recommended.Avoid any petroleum-based cleaning
fluids, especially if you own a polycarbonate helmet. Exposure to
strong cleaning agents can cause the helmet to decompose and lose
protective value.

Keep your helmet's face shield clean. Normally, mild soap and water
with a soft cloth will do the job. If it gets scratched, replace it. A
scratched face shield can be difficult to see through.At night, it could
dangerously distort your vision and your view of oncoming lights.

A helmet looks tough and sturdy,but it should be handled as a fragile
item. This means that you don't want to drop your helmet onto hard
surfaces. It could ruin your helmet. Remember that its function is to
absorb impacts.

It is not wise to store helmets near gasoline, cleaning fluids, exhaust
fumes, or excessive heat.These factors can result in the degradation of
helmet materials, and often the damage goes unnoticed by the
wearer. Read the information that comes with the helmet so you
know how to care for it.

Never hang your helmet on the motorcycle's mirrors, turn signals, or
backrest. The inner liner can easily be damaged from such handling.
In fact, avoid carrying a spare helmet on your motorcycle, unless it's
well protected or on your passenger's head.

Even the bumps and jarring from normal riding can damage a spare. If it is strapped near
hot engine parts or exhaust pipes, the inner liner may distort or melt
at the hot spot. The outer shell may not show the damage, but if
you've seen the effects of a foam drink cup placed too near excessive
heat, you can understand what happens.

When you take your helmet off, find a flat, secure place for it.You could
set it on the ground, secure it on a rack, or stow it on a shelf. On some
bikes, putting it on the fuel tank may expose it to fumes. If you place
it on the seat, make sure it won't fall off.

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Truly, a helmet lasts about 5 years if properly maintained. I buy a helmet every other year or so.

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Indeed it would last 5 years if maintained properly, what suprises me is that i see many riders placing their helmets on the Petrol Tank, Footpegs, Mirrors on a daily basis.

Fumes, vapour and heat coming from the tank and exhausts will degradate the safety polystyrene inside the helmets at an alarming rate should you place your helmet near the above mentioned areas even once a week.

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I've kept my HJC for longer than 3 years. I think I give up on a helmet when then padding becomes a bit flat. I think they call it hysterisis It takes longer for the padding to return to its original shape. This softened padding makes the helmet a bit loose. Put your hand up if you've had helmet kreep at high speeds
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About every 2 to 3 years....but I don't replace (throw it out)...I just get another one.....unless, of course, it has been USED.

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My fav is a custom fitted Shoei XCEED from '99.... (it was one of three I got at the same time and only been used since Feb this year) So its about to be 10 years old. About to buy a Bell Carbon and very sadly bin the Shoei.

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I just replaced my shoei X2 that i bought new at the beginning of 2005. It was so worn out that when I went over speed bumps the helmet would lift off my head and slam back down again, and dust would fall in my eyes from the deteriorated foam.
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Its best to purchase a helmet which allows the inner linings to be removed and washed.

Over a period of time the padding will thin out, the fit of the helmet will not be so great. Remember you can always purchase the inner padding and lining as spare part from the Manufacturers.

We see alot of lids that get disposed of because they dont fit correctly anymore due to the above. If you have a unique helmet its always worth purchasing new padding/Lining and keeping the helmet.

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Hi,

I'm in the market for a new helmet very, very soon. I would like a Arai Corsair in a Black/dark grey/silver and red f41000R theme.
Are you guys going to release helmets modeled on the motorcycle model? You know, off the shelf helmets themed like the limited edition models, like the Star Fighter, Mambo etc.

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Hi,

I'm in the market for a new helmet very, very soon. I would like a Arai Corsair in a Black/dark grey/silver and red f41000R theme.
Are you guys going to release helmets modeled on the motorcycle model? You know, off the shelf helmets themed like the limited edition models, like the Star Fighter, Mambo etc.

Cheers Rob.
Hi Rob,

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