I often find that nearly every customer asks the same old question time and time again whenever they invest in a motorcycle helmet. How long will the lid last? 2 years? 3 years? Maybe even 5 years? Well, the truth is it’s entirely down to you, the rider. You can definitely prolong and add value to your motorcycle helmet should you follow these five simple and easy tips:
Tip Number 1 – Tailor The Helmet To Your Needs.
Now it’s fair to say that some riders will use their helmets more than others. Some helmets will have a tougher life than others. This may seem like a silly tip, but you’d be surprised how many motorcyclists buy a helmet only to realise a short time later that they made an error. Before you buy a helmet make a short list of what you expect from your future lid. Then 100% make sure that the helmet you purchase ticks all the boxes.
Tip Number 2 – Invest Wisely.
As the age old saying goes, ‘you only get what you paid for’. In my experience, and I’m sure you’ll all have had something to say about this that saying is completely true. If you can afford to spend that little bit extra on your helmet, chances are it will be a much higher quality and constructed from superior materials. It’s just like that scene from Only Fools and Horses (great program, you really ought to watch it if you haven’t!) where Trig says he’s had the same broom for the last 20 years, but he’s brought 17 new heads and 14 new handles. The point being, the more you pay for your helmet, the longer it will last. It’s a hard truth you just have to accept. I’d personally recommend a brand such as HJC being as mine has lasted me so far for three years, and it still looks brand new!
Tip Number 3 – Look after it when you’re out and about.
Again, you might be wondering why I’ve even included this. Ask yourselves this though, when you’ve gone on a ride out with other bikers, how many of them actually look like they take extra care when it comes to their lid? Have you seen someone sit on theirs yet? If you haven’t you will. It’s just using your noggin and thinking about maintaining your helmets strength. You wouldn’t leave your TV on all day and all night, so why put unnecessary strain on your helmet?
Tip Number 4 – Store it safely.
This ties in with tip number three. You wouldn’t leave milk out of the fridge for days on end, so why leave your helmet unprotected and unloved. I personally keep mine nice and secure in my wardrobe nice and warm in it’s cover. Yeah, I realise I just sounded a little odd, but I love my helmet and really it just shows how much care I take over it. That’s why my helmets last, and why I’m writing this guide. Ensure you keep it away from direct sunlight (to protect it from sun damage) and on an even surface so as not to allow the lid to fall off and do damage to itself.
Tip Number 5 – Maintain Your Helmet.
Wash it, and when you’ve washed it, wash it again. If you clean your helmet, it will last longer. Anything that you take time to preserve will last that bit longer. Show your lid some love, apply a bit of helmet polish every now and then (this is a great tip in it’s own right, as not only does it prolong it’s shelf life, but also makes it look even better!). Clean the inside too, most if not all modern helmets now have removable padding, and by washing these every once in a while you’ll also keep your helmet smelling and feeling fresh.
Take pride in your helmet, we’re sure you already do, but go that extra mile. Give it a wash, look after it and show it some love. Don’t allow yourself to develop bad habits, keep it maintained and look better in the process.
Have any tips of your own? Want to add to the discussion? Feel free to leave a comment, or email myself at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think.