World Superbike Racer
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Well one of the main components of all hemlets is styrafoam. And with all the temps, sweat, bacteria and road grime, the styrafoam starts to harden up and becomes brittle. The styrafoam is what adds to impact resistance, so if its starting to harden up and become brittle, its not going to absorb impact very well. Foam and padding also breakdown with bacteria and grime.
I dont care how well you take of your helmet, it will NOT last a life time. Anyone that thinks this has never riden bikes long enough to see that helmets do wear out nor do they know someone who had an old school helmet that they kept safe all these years. My dad had an old helmet without a scratch on it that he kept in the closet after he stopped riding in the late 70s. By the early 90s it had started to break down and its still breaking down today. I dont mean to offend anyone by this, but helmets are shelf life items, they do wear out and they do need to be replaced.
You can get away with maybe 10 years, but it really depends on how well you take care of your helmet and how much riding you do. I like to go every 2-4 years depending on how artistic Im feeling. I only rock custom paint that I try to design my lids myself. Doesnt always work that way though.
Arais have a born on date embossed on the straps. Cant remember which side and I dont have my lid here, but they recommend 5 years from the born date. I think its the D-ring side.
I mean come on guys, you only have one head. Doesnt it deserve a new piece of armor every couple years?
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