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    View Poll Results: How often does everyone replace their helmet?

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    Thread: How often does everyone replace their helmet?

    1. Member blue70beetle's Avatar
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      08-28-2010 12:58 AM #26
      First, Bob, because your posts are driving me nuts, 2 =/= two =/= too =/= to. You saved all the time of typing a single character twice in that post. Retarded. Please do us all a favor; use numbers to describe a quantity. That's what they're for. Words are ALWAYS spelled with letters, and substituting a numeral for a word makes you look stupid and makes your posts difficult to read. If you want to be taken seriously, you have to stop this.

      On topic, I bought my helmet in March of '08 and have no intention of replacing it anytime soon. Granted, I don't put the miles on my bike that some of you do (my commute recently got almost 30% longer, so now I have a six-mile ride, in town, to work). When I did put more miles on my old bike, though, I was using a helmet I got with the bike when I bought it from a friend. He had bought the helmet new, he had the bike for about a year (lived in town, about two miles from work), and then I had it for about three years. By the end of that time, the helmet had nothing more than a few nicks in the finish from my kids messing with it.

      I have a hard time with the idea of replacing a lightly used helmet at five years because someone at HJC said so, but if it sees daily use, I suppose it would be wise to consider the effects of UV radiation on the composite structure. Since these are highly variable, the manufacturers have to err on the side of caution and tell you to replace it earlier rather than later. Imagine the liability they would assume if they told you it was fine for ten years and it had lost 40% of its impact strength by year seven...nobody could ever prove it was a contributing factor to an injury or death, but whether it's for generating sales or to CYA, it's smart to throw out a number that's reasonable, but maybe a little on the low side.

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      08-28-2010 08:22 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by torxim View Post
      how many miles are you riding a year? I've got two helmets I switch between, both 3 years old now and they aren't even close to sandblasted or chipped up
      Me too, I don't ride as much as I used to but I wish I had a legitimate reason to buy some new helmets! I just can't justify it though because there is nothing wrong with mine.
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      04-27-2012 10:37 AM #28
      I'm going to bump this back up to the top.

      I replaced all of my inner pads back in August 2010, and while those are fine, my helmet has a production date of December 2006, so it is now five and a half years old.

      Seems like it is time to replace the helmet. While I liked this helmet a lot because it looks pretty cool (fully carbon fiber), I think it could do a lot better with ventilation and noise. Perhaps it's time to upgrade to an Arai or Shoei?

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      04-27-2012 10:49 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      Perhaps it's time to upgrade to an Arai or Shoei?
      My shark is the best helmet I've ever owned, give them a look (but admittedly it is very quiet so that means very warm so that means it is primarily my winter/fall lid). I've got a bell star that is new to me and it seems to be very comfy with a nice mix of noise reduction and ventilation, but I've not yet ridden it through a KY summer yet, so time will tell. In all honesty I sweat so much I use my cheaper (and usually much cooler) HJC helmets during the summer.
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      04-27-2012 11:01 AM #30
      I've got a 2008 manufactured Arai that should probably be retired, if I went by the manufacturer's recommendation. The thing is I bought it NIB two years ago so it really hasn't seen much use that would "degrade" it through the exposure to oils and chemicals.

      Been eyeing the HJC carbon helmet.

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      04-27-2012 11:11 AM #31
      i really need to update mine. i hadn't owned my own bike until a month ago so a hand me down was fine. i'll just pretend it says 10 and not 00 for a couple more weeks.

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      04-28-2012 01:32 PM #32
      I just replaced mine after 5 years. I didn't replace it because it because it's old, but because I wasn't satisfied with the airflow.

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      04-28-2012 02:04 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      I'm going to bump this back up to the top.

      I replaced all of my inner pads back in August 2010, and while those are fine, my helmet has a production date of December 2006, so it is now five and a half years old.

      Seems like it is time to replace the helmet. While I liked this helmet a lot because it looks pretty cool (fully carbon fiber), I think it could do a lot better with ventilation and noise. Perhaps it's time to upgrade to an Arai or Shoei?
      I just bought a Bell RS-1 helmet, it's their midrange ~350 helmet and it gets very good reviews. But I was sorely disappointed to find that it is really noisy on my VFR. When sitting in my normal position, it is not only noisy as hell, the frequency seems to be higher than my cheap Icon helmet. This is with earplugs, btw. If I raise my head to horizontal (which is pretty uncomfortable on a sporty bike), the noise is greatly reduced.

      I actually rode home, switched helmets without even turning off the bike, and rode the same route at the same speeds with my old Icon helmet, and it was much quiter, and what wind noise there was, was at a lower frequency.

      I find it really odd that a helmet would not work as well in the sport bike riding position as in a standard position, considering the testing and the development that's done and the target audience for this type of product. So, I don't recommend a Bell RS-1 for you.

      Now I have to find another helmet, which is a huge PITA since no one around here carries anything but Shoei (doesn't fit), Arai (doesn't fit), or HJC.
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      04-28-2012 05:03 PM #34
      Im at 3.5 on my current helmet. its getting kinda worn and old smelling.

      so it will prolly get replaced during or end of this season.

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      04-29-2012 12:13 AM #35
      I wear Youth helmets. They are cheap enough to buy annually.


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      04-29-2012 01:13 AM #36
      A standard engineering factor of safety is 2x. Get lawyers involved and you get 3x. Get the marketing guys involved and it goes to 4x. So as long as you do not damage your helmet from crashes or dropping it severely, you can take that 5 yr life and double it. I buy $500+ helmets, there is no way I am retiring them in 2-3 years.

      10 years is a more reasonable life for the helmet. I also do not leave the helmet locked on my bike in the sun. Easy enough to take it with me into work or where ever I may be. Plus that way it cannot be stolen.
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    12. 04-29-2012 07:30 AM #37
      I notice some mention how they like their helmets to be quiet. Now I fully believe in to each their own whatever they choose but I hate riding with an enclosed helmet that blocks as much sound as possible.

      It makes me feel like I'm riding in the car. (yes, I do wear a helmet)

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      04-29-2012 08:44 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by pknopp View Post
      I notice some mention how they like their helmets to be quiet. Now I fully believe in to each their own whatever they choose but I hate riding with an enclosed helmet that blocks as much sound as possible.
      a) you really like wind noise
      b) you never ride in cold weather
      c) You ride a cruiser/goldwing or something with incredible wind protection already

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      04-29-2012 11:16 AM #39
      I have several helmets that are old enough to be retired; I just don't know how to dispose of them other than just dumping them in the trash... Which is probably the answer.

      I see 10 year-old helmets for sale on Craigslist all the time for $50. How is your head not worth more even if there are helmets out there that are far better for as little as $100?

    15. 04-29-2012 03:33 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by Silly_me View Post
      a) you really like wind noise
      b) you never ride in cold weather
      c) You ride a cruiser/goldwing or something with incredible wind protection already

      a) I like to be able to hear the bike.
      b) As long as it's in the 40's I'll ride and granted if it's real cold the ears do like the added warmth.
      c) Right now I just have a 63 Honda Dream as I sold my 71 CB750 a couple months ago but I'm looking for another one. (Again to each their own but I would never own a bike that wasn't air cooled). Coolant systems muffle out all the mechanical sounds.

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      04-29-2012 04:31 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by pknopp View Post
      I notice some mention how they like their helmets to be quiet. Now I fully believe in to each their own whatever they choose but I hate riding with an enclosed helmet that blocks as much sound as possible.

      It makes me feel like I'm riding in the car. (yes, I do wear a helmet)
      I'll take a helmet with good airflow (noise) and earplugs (yes, I wear them), especially in the summer. It gets disgustingly hot down here in a black helmet in the sun...


      My current helmet is coming up on three years old. I figure I will likely get a fresh one this coming winter, something with better padding and less airflow, wear that in winter and this one in summer, replace at five years. At $200 a five year lifespan is acceptable to me.
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      04-30-2012 12:18 AM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by pknopp View Post
      a) I like to be able to hear the bike.
      Well, my bike sounds like a blender with gravel in it, so I wear ear buds and play music (fwiw I can still hear the engine fine, and it has the stock exhaust).
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      04-30-2012 07:22 AM #43
      How often? When I feel like it.. basically.

      I've had three full face helmets in ~17 years of riding. The first was a hand-me-down that didn't fit for ****. I replaced that when I got the money (and brains) to do so.

      The second was a quality SNELL rated HJC. That I just replaced last year as it was getting a little dodgy and the date code was well over 5 years old. I've been eyeing a track day lately and they require < 5 y/o date code. I wish I could claim I did it out of interest in my own safety, but I didn't.

      Also the new lid was on sale. Off-season clearances ftw.

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