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Helmet Care

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Helmet Care

A helmet looks tough and sturdy, but should be handled as a fragile item. We understand that a helmet is not just a "helmet" but is a statement in itself.
Here are some general tips to maintaining your helmet:
· Follow the manufacturer's direction on caring for your helmet. Since they made it - they would know best.
· Use only the mildest soap recommended. Avoid any petroleum-based cleaning fluids. Strong cleaning agents can cause the helmet to decompose and damage its protective layer.
· Do not drop your helmet on hard surfaces - it could ruin your helmet.
· Do not store helmets near gasoline, cleaning fluids, exhaust fumes, or excessive heat. Helmet materials can react chemically to these factors and is most often invisible to the eye.
· Read the instructions about painting, decorating, pin-striping, or applying decals to your helmet. Some thermoplastic or polycarbonate helmet compositions can be changed if painted or decals are applied.
· Never hang your helmet on the motorcycle's mirrors, turn signals, or sissy bar. The inner liner can easily be damaged from such handling.
· Avoid carrying a spare helmet on your cycle, unless it's well protected or on your passenger's head. Bumps and jarring from normal riding can damage a spare helmet. Storing the spare helmet near hot engine parts or exhaust pipes can cause the inner liner to distort or melt at the hot spot.
· Place your helmet on a flat surface. i.e. on the ground, shelf, or securing it on a rack. On some bikes, putting it on the gas tank may expose it to gas fumes. If you place it on the seat, make certain it's an awfully big seat or it will probably fall off.

Replacing Your Helmet
Most helmet manufacturers recommend replacing your helmet every two to four years. If you notice any signs of damage replace it sooner. It is wise to replace your helmet every few years as its protective qualities may deteriorate with time and wear. i.e. the chin strap may fray or loosen at its attaching points, the shell could be chipped or banged… In the coming years, as newer technologies and materials are used, helmet will be better, stronger, lighter, and more comfortable than the one you own now. It might even cost less! Since 1974, all helmets must have the month and date of production stamped on it. Check the chin strap or permanent labeling for this date. It's unlikely, but if you cannot find a date, you can assume your helmet is very, very old and you should replace it NOW!

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