Part 4: Honest advice that will make you buy a motorcycle helmet- Helmet Care

Part 4: Honest advice that will make you buy a motorcycle helmet- Helmet Care

Follow the manufacturer’s care instructions for your helmet. Use only the mildest soap recommended. Avoid any petroleum-based cleaning fluids, especially if you own a polycarbonate helmet. Exposure to strong cleaning agents can cause the helmet to decompose and lose protective value.

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Using other unapproved chemicals or methods may damage the helmet shell or lining. A damaged helmet may increase your risk of serious injury or death in an accident.

You can use plastic cleaner and/or wax to clean the helmet shell, but not on the ventilation slider and other plastic parts. Rubbing compounds can be used for deep cleaning to remove many scratches and scuffs. Over polishing with rubbing compounds can cause light abrasions which may dull the finish of your helmet.

 Do not use polishes on helmets with matte finish paintwork. We recommend using warm water and mild soap. Use multiple treatments for heavier dirt. Do not use excessive pressure or rubbing compounds while cleaning the surface as a “glossy” effect could be created, ruining the flat finish appearance.

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Interior Cleaning

Although we recommend changing a helmet every 3 to 5 years, the accumulation of sweat, humidity, and dirt can deteriorate the fabric and stitching and this may cause odor. To wash removable pads, use regular machine washing and air drying.

Antibacterial detergents have proven useful in removing smells. The EPS (Expanded PolyStyrene) liner can likewise be wiped down with a mild cleaner. Make sure that everything is absolutely dry before putting the padding back into the helmet shell.

Vent Cleaning

Dirt and debris can find its way into the venting of your  helmet. Compressed air cans used for cleaning computer keyboards may be used to blow the debris from the ventilation system. It is recommended that you remove any removable pads before doing this process.

Windshield Cleaning

Keep your helmet’s face shield clean. Normally, mild soap and water with a soft cloth will do the job. If it gets scratched, replace it. A scratched face shield can be difficult to see through. At night, it could dangerously distort your vision and your view of oncoming lights.

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Replacement Parts

Use of replacement parts not manufactured by OEM may increase your risk of serious injury or death in an accident. Only use OEM parts that are specifically designed to work with this helmet.

Do Not Modify Your Helmet

Modifying your helmet may increase your risk of serious injury or death in an accident. Do not modify your  helmet. Modifications include the following:

  • Drilling holes
  • Cutting shell, liner, or strap
  • Modifying the retention system, including adding a chin cup
  • Removing parts
  • Painting
  • Attaching accessories that are not a part of OEM

Storing Your Helmet Correctly

Never hang your helmet on the motorcycle’s mirrors, turn signals, or
backrest. The inner liner can easily be damaged from such handling. In fact, avoid carrying a spare helmet on your motorcycle, unless it’s well protected or on your passenger’s head.

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Even the bumps and jarring from normal riding can damage a spare. If it is strapped near hot engine parts or exhaust pipes, the inner liner may distort or melt at the hot spot. The outer shell may not show the damage, but if you’ve seen the effects of a foam drink cup placed too near excessive heat, you can understand what happens.

When you take your helmet off, find a flat, secure place for it. You could set it on the ground, secure it on a rack, or stow it on a shelf. On some bikes, putting it on the fuel tank may expose it to fumes. If you place it on the seat, make sure it won’t fall off.

An improperly stored helmet can become damaged and may increase your risk of serious injury or death in an accident. You should:

  • Store helmet in a cool and dry place
  • Keep helmet away from pets and other animals
  • Keep helmet away from heat in excess of 122ºF and do not set on or near hot surfaces.

When should a helmet be replaced?

A helmet looks tough and sturdy, but it should be handled as a fragile item. This means that you don’t want to drop your helmet onto hard surfaces. It could ruin your helmet. Remember that its function is to absorb impacts.

The life of a helmet depends on how it is used. A helmet should be replaced if one or more of the following points apply:

  • There was a fall that resulted in an impact on the helmet
  •  The helmet fits looser than when it was purchased due to frequent use
  • The EPS (Expanded PolyStyrene) liner has come away from the helmet shell
  • The EPS liner shows signs of wear and is beginning to break up, or if it has been exposed to heat or a solvent and has melted.

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source: helmetcheck.org

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