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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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My Nolan N103 was made in 09 so it's now at the five year mark the recommended replacement time. The helmet has never been dropped and is in pretty much perfect condition. Do you really believe in the five year rule? Do you think it's the helmet makers that decided you need to buy a new one every five? My liner is very worn so now is the time to either replace the liner or the helmet. I don't want to replace a perfectly good helmet is it's not necessary.

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my helmet is 7 years old and still in good shape. Wasn't planning on replacing it any time soon. Guess it would be up to the rider to decide depending on the condition


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It's bullshit. I think.
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It's bullshit. I think.
haha well straight to the point I like that.

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Meh, it's only your head, what could go wrong?




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Mine are replaced every 3-31/2 years. I ride a lot and sweat a LOT too. Over time retention straps fray and weaken, EPS (the styrofoam stuff) degrades with hair products, sweat, fumes, et al, rivets and anchors rust.

Do they HAVE to be replaced? Probably not as an absolute but all the things have to be considered and I feel like I get more than my money's worth. This is an oil, tire, octane, type question in most forums.

My noggin is worth it and keeping it inside the dates gives me a warm fuzzy feeling it will be there for me if ever put to the use it was intended.

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Good points everyone. I ride year around and that includes the sweet AZ 115+ summer to 30 degrees winter. I wash the liner every two weeks so I can stand myself inside the helmet. I tried on a Nolan N104 tonight and they are really nice so much more than my old N103.

I think I'm going to bite the bullet (please no gun debates while buying a helmet ) and get a new N104.

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Get a new liner for your existing helmet and save your cash.

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Good points everyone. I ride year around and that includes the sweet AZ 115+ summer to 30 degrees winter. I wash the liner every two weeks so I can stand myself inside the helmet. I tried on a Nolan N104 tonight and they are really nice so much more than my old N103.

I think I'm going to bite the bullet (please no gun debates while buying a helmet ) and get a new N104.
Sounds like a great excuse to get a new helmet to me. Do you really need one.....probably not. Do you want a new one now that you've seen what you could have....sure sounds like it to me!

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Sounds like a great excuse to get a new helmet to me. Do you really need one.....probably not. Do you want a new one now that you've seen what you could have....sure sounds like it to me!
Well uhh......sort of......well

The greater visibility and airflow are both big selling points.

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