APRIL IS CHECK YOUR HELMET MONTH
Spring has sprung, and in New York State your motorcycle registration is due. Might as well take the time to check out your Riding Gear, starting with your Helmet! It only takes a few seconds, and you'll want to make sure your properly protected.
First off you'll want to check the fit, because a helmet must fit right for it to be effective. A well-fitting helmet should rest one inch above your eyebrows and shouldn't roll forward or sideways on your head. It should be tight enough to move the skin on your scalp, but not so tight to wear it feels like your head is in a vice. The lining of a helmet can break down over time- so if your helmet is feeling a little loose this year, it's probably time to replace it.
How many birthdays has your helmet had?
Helmets should be replaced every 3-5 years, according to DOT and Snell Foundation guidelines. Over time, exposure to UV rays combined with the aging of adhesives and components damage a helmet's protective qualities. Check your helmet's 'date of birth' inside the helmet liner. If it's older than 5 years you should definitely consider replacing it.
Also, a helmet is designed for "one use" only. The shell and lining are "good" for only one impact and should be replaced even if you can't see any external damage. Dropping a helmet counts as an impact. Replace it.
It’s not just enough to wear a helmet, you have to make sure that is functional, well-fitting and able to do its job properly, should the worst happen. Additionally, it’s important to be sure that riders properly maintain their helmets, otherwise they could greatly diminish its life-span and performance ability. Never clean the shell of your helmet with harsh cleansers or solvents, that will only serve to break-down the shell faster. Instead use mild-soapy water or a plastic cleaner.
A lot can happen in five years. Constant pounding from the sun’s rays and a five-year buildup of sweat and oils from your head can take their toll on a helmet’s internal composition, even if you don’t see it. Our Motorclothes experts at FX Caprara Harley-Davidson are ready to assist you in finding the right fit and function for your next helmet.