If you like your head, keep it where it is!
Wearing a motorcycle lid or crash helmet can be critical in keeping you safe when riding. It is highly recommended you change your motorcycle lid every five years to ensure maximum protection against all riding impacts. Whether you are due an upgrade or are unsure about what is needed from a crash helmet, we've got you covered on what to look out for - including common FAQs and certifications you need for road legal riding. Scroll down for details...
How long do helmets last?
Motorcycle lids last five years from when you bought them new. If yours is made of thermoplastic resin, maybe it will last five years; if it's made of carbon fibre, you could stretch that lifespan to seven years but not much more.
How do you know if a helmet is any good?
Helmets often undergo testing and certification checks in order to make them street or track legal. If you are on the lookout for a new helmet, firstly make sure it is ECE approved. This is a European safety standard needed for a helmet to be legal on the road. In addition to ECE approval, search the desired helmet on Google or Sharp for further information on how effective it is on impacts.
Why do helmets have a lifespan?
The helmet's materials are resistant to impacts, abrasion and other forces. Gradually these materials lose their properties and degrade over time - meaning they will not efficiently deflect motorcycle accident damage.
If you've taken a fall, change your helmet!
If you have suffered a fall with your helmet, it's time to change your lid. Even if it seems no damage has been made to the helmet, the material is produced to resist just one impact and no more! So if this has happened to you, retire the helmet and repurpose it as a fancy book end or something... just keep it away from your head.
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