Frequent question: When should I replace my motorcycle helmet?

Do motorcycle helmets really expire?

Helmet manufacturers recommend that you replace your helmet 3 to 5 years from the ‘date of manufacture’. Helmet replacement is also endorsed by the Snell Memorial Foundation which recommends that “motorcycle helmets be replaced after five (5) years of first use, or less if the manufacturer so recommends.”

When should I replace my motorbike helmet?

Most of you replace your helmet every 3-5 years, after a crash or when your helmet has been dropped. Some of you upgrade your helmet earlier if a new helmet on the market has improved safety or comfort features.

How do I know if I need to replace my helmet?

Check in with your head. “Typically, you know if the helmet took a good hit, because a good hit to the helmet is a good hit to the head,” Parks says. “Just even the sound of the impact or the way your head felt—like if you hit hard enough to see stars—can tell you if the helmet should be replaced.”

Does dropping a motorcycle helmet ruin it?

Frequent dropping or spiking a helmet on the ground, or other hard surfaces will eventually degrade the helmet’s performance. … The Snell Foundation recommends that if you suspect your helmet may be compromised, then replace it. If the helmet has been involved in an impact while in use, replace it.

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Why do motorcycle helmets go bad?

There are a lot of things that degrade over time, like the foam and glue used in the helmet. Your body oils, sweat and UV rays also take a toll on the material, and after five years, it is for sure compromised and not offering the intended level of protection.

How long should you keep a motorcycle?

Motorcycles can last a lifetime if maintained well. A poorly maintained motorcycle may only last 20,000 miles or less. A well taken care of bike may last for more than 100,000 miles. How long a motorcycle lasts depends on how it is maintained, how the owner rides the bike, and the type and size of the motorcycle.

How long does an Arai helmet last?

Like most major helmet manufacturers, Arai subscribes to the Snell Memorial Foundation benchmark of five years as the suggested usable lifespan of a motorcycle helmet. Why? Think of a helmet in terms of your body. No matter how good it may look, or how well you take care of it, age still takes its toll.