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When do you replace your helmet?

Had to work on my Autocom wiring inside my helmet. I noticed how dirty my helmet is and scuffed from many years of use. Is there a rule of thumb that you fellows go by on when it's time to replace it?

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post #2 of 13 Old Jan 1st, 2011, 11:38 am
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Re: When do you replace your helmet?

I try to replace mine every 5 years.


From http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...helmet-faq.htm


It's difficult to know exactly when a helmet should be replaced and there are varying opinions on this topic. Some helmet manufacturers (e.g., Shoei) provide a free inspection service where you can send the helmet to their representatives for a free inspection.

Rule of thumb is generally around a 5 year max life expectancy, but this can depend on usage, wear or helmet quality. Also, helmet technology, styling and comfort features change fairly regularly over time, so 5 years would be about max for me anyway and at that point, I'd consider buying a new helmet.

For example, my Arai Quantum II was my regular "go to" helmet but after 4 years it started to look a bit seedy and the liner felt like it was becoming compressed, so I replaced it even though it had never been dropped or damaged.

If the helmet has been dropped or if it is damaged from chips, cracks, etc. on the outside, then it may need replacement. But the most important part is the liner and especially the EPS. The EPS balls deflate on impact, essentially giving up their life to dissipate energy. If the EPS is at all damaged, compressed or feels loose, it is definitely time for a new helmet.

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Re: When do you replace your helmet?

Also 5 year or after it hits the ground with your head in it. I will be replacing mine early next year.

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Re: When do you replace your helmet?

Every two or three years. My head's worth it.

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Re: When do you replace your helmet?

5-6 years. As stated earlier, my head's worth it.

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Re: When do you replace your helmet?

About every 5 years
(unless I see a new helmet I have to Have)

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Re: When do you replace your helmet?

Every 3 -5 years unless I drop it.

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Re: When do you replace your helmet?

According to WERA: All WERA competitors must wear helmets which have a Snell 00 or 05 approval sticker, or must be BSI or EC approved and must be in good condition (as determined by Tech) and not manufactured more than 5 years prior to the date of the event..

When purchasing a helmet on-line with the idea of wearing it in a sanctioned event, be careful to check the build date, since you will not be allowed on the track with a new, never worn helmet that is older than 4 years 11 months. As with tires, on-line discount helmet distributors may be selling products that are near to the expiration of their shelf-life.

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According to WERA: All WERA competitors must wear helmets which have a Snell 00 or 05 approval sticker, or must be BSI or EC approved and must be in good condition (as determined by Tech) and not manufactured more than 5 years prior to the date of the event..

When purchasing a helmet on-line with the idea of wearing it in a sanctioned event, be careful to check the build date, since you will not be allowed on the track with a new, never worn helmet that is older than 4 years 11 months. As with tires, on-line discount helmet distributors may be selling products that are near to the expiration of their shelf-life.
Excellent point.

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Re: When do you replace your helmet?

You guys are great. Thanks for all your replies...looks like I might have to replace mine soon.

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Re: When do you replace your helmet?

FYI...

The "you have to replace your helmet if you drop it" guideline is a myth.

According to Arai (and it makes perfect sense if you think about it), the only time you have to replace a helmet because of a DROP is if there is something IN the helmet when it is dropped. Otherwise, nothing can cause the EPS foam inside it to compress.

(obviously, if it drops from 50 feet, if the outer shell cracks or somehow dents, if you have a super cheap-ass helmet, or if you have a modular helmet and the drop damages the hinge mechanism, by all means replace it)


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Re: When do you replace your helmet?

Further to the other replies,

My rule of thumb is
Plastic helmets - 2-3 years
Fibre-glass + Composite Helmets 5-6 years

I am also a believer in the significant drop (damage to the casing) replace rule.

THe main reason I would never use a mail order helmet is the fit. Helmet manufacturers use different formers for their helmets that one brand will bind and the other fits perfectly. I have a "Shoei" head, and my wife & children have "Schubert" heads. If I try a BMW helmet on, within a few minutes my head hurts. With the SHoei I can wear it all day, without any problems. The other reason is you never know how the mail handles your helmet!

I am due to replace it because the strap no longer fastens the helmet to my head (and it is about 6 years old.) There is now play when I wear it, probably because the foam has been compressed with daily use.

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Re: When do you replace your helmet?

Motorcycle helmet: 5 years
Bicycle helmets...slightly less (FYI)
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