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Donít Forget: April Is Check Your Helmet Month



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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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I checked three of them last week. No cracks or dings.

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Three to five year life span? Shoot, mine's almost ten and it's just fine.
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I'd like to have the money to be able to throw away a $700 helmet after just 3 years. I'd keep that puppy for at least 15. But then I do that with a $150 helmet. So I just checked mine and it's not split into. Something tells me that's not what they are suggesting though.

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I checked my helmet this afternoon.
My head was still in it, so I guess it's ok.

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My old helmet that I have had since 2013 was getting a little rough. A couple of cross country moves with the helmet not being in a good spot in the trailer left their mark. I still have it, but I don't think I am going to use it anymore. I picked up a new Fulmer on sale for $100, and it has the sun shield built in. I love it. The old one I got on sale for about $50. I can stand to replace them about every 3 years at that price if it means living to ride again after a wreck. The cheap ones don't have removable liners, so in 3 years they are beginning to stink pretty good. I do the best I can at the end of the season with a water hose and some laundry detergent, or dawn. I use dawn on everything. I can't tell that it has ever broken down the Styrofoam in any of the helmets I have had in the past.
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My old helmet that I have had since 2013 was getting a little rough. A couple of cross country moves with the helmet not being in a good spot in the trailer left their mark. I still have it, but I don't think I am going to use it anymore. I picked up a new Fulmer on sale for $100, and it has the sun shield built in. I love it. The old one I got on sale for about $50. I can stand to replace them about every 3 years at that price if it means living to ride again after a wreck. The cheap ones don't have removable liners, so in 3 years they are beginning to stink pretty good. I do the best I can at the end of the season with a water hose and some laundry detergent, or dawn. I use dawn on everything. I can't tell that it has ever broken down the Styrofoam in any of the helmets I have had in the past.
You can wear what is called a dew rag which will soak up your sweat and extend the usage of the helmets if you want. I have to because I sweat a lot anyway. A Fulmer and HJC are just as good as the expensive ones. So don't seat it.

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