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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Donít Forget: April Is Check Your Helmet Month

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 just bought one of the best on the market, an Arai Corsair X. Fits perfectly but very expensive but my head is worth it. My old one was almost 5 so it was time for a new one.
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I just bought one of the best on the market, an Arai Corsair X. Fits perfectly but very expensive but my head is worth it. My old one was almost 5 so it was time for a new one.
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. I'm pleased with Revzilla but I can't buy helmets without fitting first.
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Timely post. I will be replacing my almost 4 year old Schuberth C3 Pro with a Schuberth C4 as soon as they become available at the end of the month.

As for buying from Revzilla - they have very reasonable return policies. If you buy something that doesn't fit, they take it back with no hassle, provided you have not worn it on a ride and return it in the same condition in which it was shipped to you (I bought my helmet there and had to send back for one size up).

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I have two helmets, black for winter and white for summer. Once a year I completely take them apart, clean, wash and replace liners, shields, and latching hardware as necessary. Always indoors when I'm not riding. Thus far, they seem in great shape. But I'm already looking for their replacement.

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