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Aug 3rd 2016, 05:38 PM   #1
 CRUX's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Tacoma

  Buell XB12S
Helmet age

How old is too old for a helmet? I hear they have an experation date.

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Aug 3rd 2016, 05:41 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
some people say 5 years
Aug 3rd 2016, 05:57 PM   #3
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  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
....when you can afford a new one.
Aug 3rd 2016, 06:16 PM   #4
 
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Quote:
Originally Posted by SilvieFox
some people say 5 years
"Some people" being the manufacturers of said helmets....and the Snell Memorial Foundation...

Aug 3rd 2016, 06:27 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  2008 Kawasaki Versys (Sylvester), 1972 Suzuki RV90 (vanvan), 1981 Honda TwinStar (Bobber),yamaha 225
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Originally Posted by skjeflo
"Some people" being the manufacturers of said helmets....and the Snell Memorial Foundation...

yup
Aug 3rd 2016, 06:38 PM   #6
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
This was discussed a little while ago, and someone posted a link to a very interesting discussion by Shoei. If I remember correctly they say it depends on how well the helmet is taken care of, how often the liner is cleaned, etc. and they said a well cared for helmet might be good for 7 years. However the technology advances in the safety of helmets improves at such a pace that a 7 year old helmet might be pretty dated.

They also say it is just fine to paint their helmets, and that a fall off a bike seat does not justify replacement since there is no noggin inside to crush the inner shell.
Aug 3rd 2016, 07:01 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Tacoma

  Buell XB12S
Ive had my Shoei just over 3 years. I bought it from a guy who said it was a gift and he didnt want it/never used it. I believe his story to be true but never asked about the manufacturer date. 10/07! This helmet was 5 years old before I bought it.

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Aug 3rd 2016, 07:24 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
Helmets take abuse. They are constantly getting hit with debris while you're at speed, they get bumped into things, they get dropped, they get bounced off things. All of this puts stress on the helmet shell. The oils from your hair and skin get into the padding and start to break it down. The chin strap is constantly rubbed by the D rings.

All of this constitutes wear and tear. The shell will develop tiny cracks that you can't see, the foam breaks down and eventually the helmet will not protect you in even a slow speed get off with a head impact.

These are the reasons helmet manufacturers recommend replacing your lid every 5 years.

It is a good idea to put a little coin away every now and then over the 5 years of a helmet life span so you can afford a good helmet when it's time. Think about it, if you put $25 a month away for 5 years you'd have $1500! That's a really decent helmet, new gloves and new jacket. Maybe even boots and pants if you're thrifty enough.
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Aug 3rd 2016, 08:04 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

Quote:
Originally Posted by SilvieFox
some people say 5 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by skjeflo
"Some people" being the manufacturers of said helmets....and the Snell Memorial Foundation...

Quote:
Originally Posted by SilvieFox
yup

Well who else are you gonna take reasonable advice from; the manufacturers, the Snell Foundation, the UK's SHARP Program, (who all advise 5 years if not sooner (SHARP)) or Jo Jo the Duc rider from PNWIwannbehelmetspecialistbutImaplumber.com?
Aug 3rd 2016, 08:19 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

  1299s Anniversario #160, 15R
With all those bugs your helmets killed for you protecting your pearly whites I'd say it's time for a new helmet.

I like to follow the 5 year rule unless I run into a very pretty sales gal trying to sell me a sweet new Arai. All rules out of the window then. I'm a sucker.
Aug 3rd 2016, 08:35 PM   #11
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
Quote:
Originally Posted by CRUX
Ive had my Shoei just over 3 years. I bought it from a guy who said it was a gift and he didnt want it/never used it. I believe his story to be true but never asked about the manufacturer date. 10/07! This helmet was 5 years old before I bought it.
I think a lot of people don't think to look for the manufacture date when they buy used helmets. Otherwise there wouldn't be so many getting sold on CL and ebay. But if your helmet never was used, it probably had some life left in it when you bought it. The half life of styrofoam is often quoted as 250 years. So if it isn't getting slowly deformed by wearing the helmet it probably hasn't changed much from when it was made.

Another thing to think about is buying a new liner once in a while. They are usually not too expensive and can make a helmet that has been used for a year or two fit better.
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