When Should You Replace Your Motorcycle Helmet?

Motorcycling is a sport which incorporates agility and speed. It imposes great risk of injuring your head, which could lead to permanent disability, or even death. The most effective tool for preventing these head injuries is a motorcycle helmet. Therefore, it’s very important to replace your helmet when it’s time. So, when should you replace your helmet to ensure that it doesn’t lose its effectiveness?

When is it time to replace your helmet?

Reason #1: Helmet manufacturers believe that motorcycle helmets should be replaced every 2-4 years, even if they haven’t been damaged.

Why would you replace a helmet that’s not damaged? Well, over time, the protective qualities of the helmet will begin to deteriorate. The chin strap can start to loosen or fray at the points where it attaches. Its shell can become damaged or chipped.

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Resins, glues and other helmet production materials can start to affect the materials in the liner over time. The helmet itself can begin to degrade from normal wear-and-tear, as well as cosmetics, body fluids and hair oils. Other materials you encounter regularly, such as fuels, oils, paints and cleaners can also degrade materials. This will also degrade the helmet’s performance and safety quality.

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One of the most important reasons to replace your helmet every couple of years is technology. Helmet manufacturers are continuously looking for innovative ways to improve helmets. So, every time you buy a new helmet, more than likely it’s more comfortable, lighter and stronger than the one you bought a couple years ago.

Reason #2: Replace your motorcycle helmet after a crash.

 The helmet may have absorbed enough impact shock to damage it. There are helmet manufacturers that will inspect your helmet for damage after a crash, and repair it, if possible. However, if it’s severely damaged, you need to just go ahead and buy a new helmet.

Of course, your helmet will become damaged if you spike or drop it on the ground, or some other hard surface, frequently. Therefore, if it hits the ground unoccupied, it will more than likely get damaged. Its performance will eventually become degraded.

However, the real helmet damage occurs when it comes in contact with a hard surface with a head inside of it. That’s why it’s so important not to hit things with your helmeted head when taking part in activities that require a helmet.

Determining Whether Your Helmet is Damaged or Not

It can really be hard sometimes to determine whether or not your helmet has suffered damage with the naked eye. Oftentimes, it takes a trained professional to do a thorough inspection to find out if its protective capabilities have been compromised.

If you don’t have access to one of these professionals, but you think your helmet may have been damaged, just go ahead and replace it. Can’t remember the last time you replaced your helmet? Just go ahead and replace it.

You can find all the parts you need for your motorcycle here at Cannibal Cycle, or give us a call!

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