Check Your Helmet

Love them or hate them, agree with helmet laws or not, fact remains helmets are as much a part of motorcycling as the motorcycle you choose to ride. This month we would like to bring some helmet knowledge to the forefront.

Helmet 1Q: How do helmets work?

A: Helmets are usually comprised of four elements; a rigid outer shell, a crushable liner, a retaining system, and inner padding to aid in fit and comfort. The rigid outer shell adds load spreading capability and prevents objects from penetrating the helmet. The liner is  designed to absorb the energy of an impact by crushing and spreading it over a larger area.   The retaining system and inner padding help the helmet remain in place during a crash.

Q: Did you know most manufacturers recommend you replace your helmet every five years?

A: It is true. Most manufacturers recommend you replace your helmet every five years even if it has not been dropped or involved in an accident. Glues, resins and other materials used in helmet production can affect liner materials. Hair oils, body fluids and cosmetics, as well as normal “wear and tear” all contribute to helmet degradation. Petroleum based products present in cleaners, paints, fuels and other commonly encountered materials may also degrade materials used in many helmets possibly degrading performance.

Q: How to care for your helmet?

A: It is best to follow the manufacturer’s careHelmet 2 instructions for your helmet. Use only mild soap avoiding any petroleum-based cleaning fluids, especially if you own a polycarbonate helmet.Exposure to strong cleaning agents can cause a helmet to decompose. If your helmet is equipped with a face shield, keep it clean. Normally mild soap and water with a soft cloth will do the job. Again, avoid strong cleaning agents. While your helmet looks tough and sturdy it should be handled with care. Don’t drop your helmet on hard surfaces and always find a flat and secure place to store it.

Q: What to do with your helmet when you are parked?

A: If you want to leave your helmet with your motorcycle it is prudent to utilize some form of locking device. Many of today’s motorcycles come equipped with a helmet lock of some sort. For those that do not,  if you have a set of Küryakyn ISO-Grips installed, we offer a Grip End Helmet Lock (P/N’s 6247 & 6248) that replaces the stock 6247-1end cap on many of our ISO-Grips. 6247-2







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