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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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As the first week of April has now come and (almost) gone, we want to remind readers that this month is National Check Your Helmet Month. As such, donít forget that the average life span for a helmet is three to five years. Numerous times weíve seen riders wearing helmets far, far, older than five years simply because a visual inspection with their untrained eye deemed the helmet to be in acceptable working order.

A lot can happen in five years. Constant pounding from the sunís rays and a five-year buildup of sweat and oils from your head can take their toll on a helmetís internal composition, even if you donít see it.

'The number of motorcycle crash fatalities has more than doubled since 1997,' says Ozzie Giglio, Principal of Windy City Motorcycle Company. 'We know that helmets save lives and reduce health care costs. In fact, according to Advocates for Auto and Highway Safety, motorcycle helmets are currently preventing $17 billion in societal harm annuallyÖbut $8 billion in harm could be prevented if all motorcyclists wore helmets.'

'Itís not just enough to wear a helmet,' Giglio continues. 'You have to make sure that is functional, well-fitting and able to do its job properly. Additionally, itís important to be sure that riders properly maintain their helmets, otherwise they could greatly diminish its life-span and performance ability.'

Spring is the ideal time for this reminder, as Giglio says that many riders make unsafe choices about their helmets during the weather. 'Many people leave their helmets in their garage, but if you live in a place like the Midwest that has fluctuating climates, that can be terrible for your helmet. We can swing from 100 degrees in summer to -20 in the winter, and helmets integrity gets questioned as it swells and shrinks in the Midwest weather pattern.'
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 04:28 PM
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Don't think this going to get much reading here in CT.....I was struck by how many riders I saw out yesterday without a bucket on their bean. We obviously don't have a helmet law, so I see my fair share of no helmet riders but yesterday it just seemed there was way more than usual.....

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I actually did not know about this National Helmet Month thing, but as it happens I just went through all of mine! I actually did that because it was Spring and I felt like it was time to check them all out, refresh what needed refreshing, replace what needed to be replaced and so on. The Neotech got a whole new comfort liner and cheek pads; the GT-Air got new Visors; All of them got torn down, thoroughly cleaned inside and out, all got mechanism checks and proper lubrication of moving parts, all got detailed inspections and all checked out OK.

I have always felt that if you take proper care of your helmet you can have it for many years with no worries. This bullsh!t of replacing a helmet simply because it is 3 years old is marketing mumbo jumbo and nothing more. I never leave my lids in places where they can be exposed to environmental extremes. And if a helmet is ever crashed or dropped hard, it gets replaced. I had to replace one because I dropped it hard. Pissed me off because it was a pretty nice Icon, but I did not trust it anymore, so out it went.

I am one that believes in the merits of wearing a helmet when I ride. I think that helmets do save lives, and frankly I feel better with the thing on when I am out there. I do not push my belif on anyone else, no way. But this is what works for me. When I think of the countless times that rocks, bugs, bees and even birds have flown right into my face, the helmet was there to protect me from all of it. So I will not ride without one. thanks for posting this!
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