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post #1 of 15 Old 09-17-2010, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Let's talk helmets.

OK, so I mentioned yesterday that I dropped my helmet and bought a new one. I'm not super anal, but this was a good five foot drop onto the top of the helmet. I have always thought/heard you should replace a helmet every two years or if you have a significant drop.

As Spec pointed out, however, apparently the dude from Arai who was on Jay Leno's "Look how rich I am and how many toys I have" show says different. I know studies have been done, but I can't find any conclusive data. So I throw it to y'all. Does a helmet really need to be replaced after a drop? Does anyone do this other than me? I already got mine, but I might keep it on ice until my old one is older.




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post #2 of 15 Old 09-17-2010, 05:07 PM
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I dont worry so much about the thermoplastic models but fiberglass does give me some concern. Afraid there could be a delamination you cant see. If it's a light scratch I dont worry, gouges, you gotta be the judge of it.
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No way could I afford a new helmet every week. :^(

Like perterra says (by the way, welcome to the forum!) my concern is a delamination. Scratches and stuff from light bumps don't bother me.

My current helmet is pushing three years old. My buddy and I were at lunch yesterday and got to talking about helmets. He has about four of them, with another on the way. I think I oughta get a new one, but I hate the thought of a new helmet and the time it takes to be comfortable again.

But I know I gotta get one.

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Thanks for the welcome, I bought a couple of new Arai's for my wife and myself a few years ago and after admonishing my wife not to let hers roll off the seat because they should be replaced if they hit concrete what the heck happened, mine rolled off the seat on to an asphalt parking lot. Needless to say she chewed on my ass for the rest of the day (and it was a long day). $400 helmet, less than a week old, I convinced myself it was okay.
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Light bump, use it.. Heavy drop, replace..
As I mentioned, I went down a couple months ago.. I scuffed my lid when I hit the ground (10mph, maybe) and actually did more damage too it when I was laying there and plopped my head back on the blacktop, pissed at myself for doing something so stupid..

I'm still wearing that HJC and will continue to do so for another 1 1/2 years. (unless I do something stupid again)
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I'd still like to hear more opinions, but here's my take. HJC has always been good enough for me (my newly replaced RKT carbon fiber made by them). I have never paid more than $150 on a helmet. I've gone through em, by the buttload, but I never bought a $900 helmet. I don't know. Maybe I am paranoid of narcissistic or both, but $140 weighed against my freaking brain? I have friends with head injuries. I don't know. I think I am overthinking it, but I like the ability to overthink. Savvy?

Tom, buy a new goddamn helmet before I start giving you shit about your zip off riding togs.

Seriously though, my brain, we'd be ok without. No Schmitz?




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You need to remember that the shell is what's holding it on your head.. The foam is what's taking the beating during a fall.. It's designed to cushion the impact so your head doesn't have to.
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...Tom, buy a new goddamn helmet before I start giving you shit about your zip off riding togs.
B-b-b-b-but that's my Sonny Crockett outfit!

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...Seriously though, my brain, we'd be ok without. No Schmitz?
I've been told many times I had schmitz for brains. At least that's what I think they said...

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The foam is what's taking the beating during a fall..
+1. The two year "rule" I've always thought BS, more to sell helmets. I'd like to see some testing to qualify that. IMO it's more about proper fit so yer noggin dont take a floggin.

Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck.

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B-b-b-b-but that's my Sonny Crockett outfit!



I've been told many times I had schmitz for brains. At least that's what I think they said...

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You could use a nice, new, good helmet amigo. For the good of the club if nothing else.

It amazes me sometimes the money we spend on our bikes and yet...jesus...even paralysis is better than brain death. My 'old' helmet collection helmet is updated I guess.




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