The Swiss Motard
- Sep 19, 2014
- I ride a
- Triumph Street Triple
I agree why take the chance. I looked this up on Arai's website...It has that 5 year limit because the layers of protection start to degrade, not because it gets bashed or isn't washed/polished enough. Why take the risk?
Who in their right mind would buy a second-hand motorcycle helmet?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.
Even if used daily I'd only replace it is it was over the 5 year limit or if it started to lose its hold on my head.I was told 4 years max (around 2 if used daily) when doing my test, as the polystyrene wears down with constant use. Also any drop 1m (ish) or a above and it should immediately be replaced.
That's pretty crazy. I get weird feelings when people ask to put my helmet on just to try it out, let alone take the plunge and buy one from someone I don't know.Mate. I wondered the same thing when I first started putting used helmets on ebay. Turns out a lot of folks! I usually sell them within two weeks.
My most recent experience with buying a new helmet made me realize I waited waaaaay too long before replacing my old lid from 2008. The two helmets are the same size, but the old lid is extremely loose and floppy by comparison. This is because the foam gradually compresses over time as you wear the helmet. Replacing the liner is a good idea for the first couple years, but if you're pushing five years, replace it. You'll notice a night and day difference in comfort, air flow, noise, etc.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.