I've heard your helmet shouldn't be used after it sees a wreck, can someone shed some light on this? I've also heard that even if you just drop your helmet from, say, 4 feet, it shouldn't be used.
I guess the reasoning is, if the helmet has a gouge in it, no matter how small, if has the possibility of causing even a miniscule fracture and the helmet could lose its overall integrity.
Like a lot of you, I don't like to take chances with my melon, and maybe others have never heard of what I'm talking about, so it might be good to get the question on the floor and see what you all have to say to maybe prevent one of our fellow riders cruising around with a fractured helmet, because he didn't know he should have replaced it after a light spill he may have had. (is that a run-on sentence or what?)
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I've heard this too... Something about the jarring of a drop can knock some of the *filling* loose, and therefore the helmet won't be effective... I don't know if it's really true, or just a scam that the helmet mfgs came up with so every time you drop a helmet, you've got to spend another 2-6 hundred bucks... Don't like to take chances either though... tough call.
In a crash I would send it in to Shoei and let them tell me if it is still in good shape. I guess it depends on of my head hit in a crash or not. If I just dropped my helmet I wouldn't sweat it too much. I have never dropped it yet so if it happens a few times no big deal.
I think replacing a dropped applies more to a helmet that is only DOT approved. A SNELL approved helmet is less affected by just dropping it. Snell helmets are like 10x stronger/safer than those only DOT certified. An actual crash when you hit your head still should be replaced.
This is true. Your helmet is made to take one impact and then its totalled.
I've lowside on my bike last year and hit my head off the ground pretty hard. My head was still ringing the next day. My RF-1000 is most likely totalled, but i need to find enough cash laying around to purchase an new helmet of my liking. I still wear my RF-1000 because I have no other choice. Something is better than nothing. I think in mid summer a new helmet will be on its way.
I've lowside on my bike last year and hit my head off the ground pretty hard........... I still wear my RF-1000 because I have no other choice. Something is better than nothing. Suomy, Arai, Vemar, maybe another Shoei
The logic, that helmet manufacturers use, is that an impact sustained by the helmet affects its structual integrity and ability to absorb another impact and properly protect your melon.
Dead on balls with that one. All it takes is a small crack or so to compromise the strength of a helmet.
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When I lowsided last summer, I basically slid on my back (with the bike) for a short distance and my head only hit the pavement once.. but it felt more like it tapped the ground and that was it (no headache or pain etc) and the helmet had two small chips in the paint. I've yet to replace it but I do intend on doing so in the future. I had a buddy go down in his shoei while doing a track day and he had it inspected and I'm pretty sure that he said it passed inspection when they checked it out.
I'm a little surprised by people saying that if they dropped their helmet (say 4ft), that they wouldn't see it as a big deal. To me, having my helmet fall four feet before hitting the ground seems just as damaging.