Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Mechanicsville, VA, USA
I've done a lot of research on helments and talked with a few manufacturers. They all recommend that you replace your helmet every 3 years even if it was never dropped. This is becuase the padding inside compresses over time and and won't provide the snug fit necessary for protection. Also, if you drop your helment from a height of 3 feet or more, you should replace it even it you don't see any damage.
Also, from what I have found out, the only differences between a $500 helmet and a $70 helmet are non-safety features like paint schemes, padding, and vents. And definitely, full face helmets all the way. I know people that wear full face helmets when riding long distances and switch to open face or shorties in town. The pavement and a vehicle can do just as much damage in town as it can on an interstate.
Be safe everyone!
'02 Pacific Blue LTC (RYD 1)
'07 Harley 1200 Sportster
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