How Often Do You Think One Might Need A New Helmet?

Dylan

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Depends on the day!
If there is no fall damage inflicted to a helmet, HOW OFTEN might one need to change out their old helmet? Do the materials in the helmet come apart from one another? I'm not really sure.. I have never crashed in the current helmet that I own, but it's like 5 years old and used daily... Any thoughts on when someone might need to invest in one? Also, I'm not sure if it would be helpful/hurtful to be in the HOT Arizona heat for a lot of the time.
 

O8ride

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Yeah, time for an upgrade. Or two. Problem with more than one is having to stick velcro on each and switch about your microphone setup
 
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Draycos

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Different manufacturers have different guidelines for helmet lifespan. Shoei helmets are covered by a five year warranty, provided it has been cared for in that time. Cheaper helmets aren't likely to last as long, some as little as two years.
Strong sun and extreme weathers age a helmet quicker though - if I was riding in the Arizona sun I'd probably replace it after ~75% of the recommended lifespan.
 
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ariderslife

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i have like 9 helmets. i change or buy a new one every 6 months to 1 year. thats personal preference tho.
 
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lightitup

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ive been riding 6-9 months but have had my bike for just about 2 years an am going on my 3rd helmet
 
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MotoJedeye

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I have a helmet addiction. Worse than wife's purse addiction. I would say every 2-3 years. Also depends how many miles you are putting on it and overall wear/tear. I have 3 full face for my Ducati and 3 half face for my Victory. I normally sell my old helmets on EBAY or CRAIGSLIST.
 
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Dylan

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Depends on the day!
Good to hear. That's what I have been hearing lately.. Looks like a new helmet is past due! I probably will only have 1-2 at a time.. I feel like it'd be a hassle to switch my camera, mic, and scalarider intercom system to a different helmet..
 

Arctic Pride

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Depends on what you lay out up front...

A helmet made of premium materials will fit better, last longer and typically will have many replacement parts to keep it fresh.
 

Lurch

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Manufacturers will have a life based on sun exposure etc, other thing to consider with helmets is if they stop fitting. Some of the cheaper ones will have linings that pack down quicker and it may become loose, so keep an eye out for that.
 

hungabustavlogs

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I ride dirtbikes and they say your supposed to get a new one after every crash :eek:
There's no way I could afford that with the amount of times I crash lol.
So I just stick with the same helmet and get a new one every 1-2 years or so :cool:
 
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thezattack

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I ride dirtbikes and they say your supposed to get a new one after every crash :eek:
There's no way I could afford that with the amount of times I crash lol.
So I just stick with the same helmet and get a new one every 1-2 years or so :cool:
Yeah I would be in debt up to my eyes if i bought a new helmet every time i went down off road
 

RacinJason

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1982 Honda 250R, 2006 KTM 200xc, 2003 Honda xr650r, 2006 GasGas 200, 1985 Honda 500, 2003 Honda 50, Monty Trials Bicycle, Kris Holm 26 Unicycle.
I get a new helmet if the padding on the inside starts to wear, or if it gets too beaten up. So generally one ever 2-3years.
 

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