Motorcycle helmets do not last forever. They will degrade over time, and the correct timing to replace one depends on the type and amount of use you give it. Check the helmet for a few signs that it may need replacement. Some parts may need to be replaced as a result of chemical reactions caused by UV light. Manufacturers recommend that you replace your helmet every three to five years to maintain safety. For the best results, it’s a good idea to replace your helmet regularly.
There is no set expiration date for motorcycle helmets
Motorcycle helmets are meant to protect you from the harsh elements of riding. They are meant to last for at least 10 years. But, as with any other product, there are some things you should look for to ensure your helmet remains in top condition for longer. While the outer shell of a helmet will not degrade over time, the inner portion of the helmet can. To determine the exact lifespan of your helmet, look for the following signs:
The manufacturing date of your motorcycle helmet is the most important factor in determining its lifespan. A good rule of thumb is to replace your helmet every three to five years. Helmets that have been stored properly should be good for longer than five years. Whether your helmet is still in good condition is entirely up to you, but you should not use it past this time frame. It might be a good idea to get a new one at the three to five year mark if you plan to ride a lot.
UV light from the sun causes chemical changes in the helmet’s outer shell
Regular exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can lead to the chemical changes in the outer shell of a motorcycle helmet. This exposure can result in the destruction of the outer shell material due to changes in its chemical composition. These changes can be avoided by reducing exposure to the sun. Moreover, a motorcycle helmet’s outer shell should be kept away from the hot or damp conditions. Moreover, the UV protection of a motorcycle helmet is vital for its durability.
Exposure to UV rays can lead to skin cancer. While riding a motorcycle, you are likely to get a sunburned face. The UV rays can be reflected off passing cars, metal, and mirrors. If you are wearing a motorcycle helmet with a visor, it is important that the visor protects your eyes from UVB rays. Fortunately, many modern motorcycle helmets feature an anti-fog face shield. However, this protective feature is not available on every helmet, so be sure to ask the manufacturer about the anti-fog feature before purchasing.
Replacement is recommended every 3 to 5 years
To keep your motorcycle helmet in good shape, you should replace it every three to five years. You should check all moving parts, including the EPS liner. If any of these parts are cracked or broken, replace them. Otherwise, you can get away with wearing your old helmet for another three to five years. If you don’t ride a lot, you can use a spare liner or comfort liner.
To extend the life of your helmet, you should store it properly and use a helmet bag when not in use. The inside foam and fabric lining degrade over time, which can make your helmet uncomfortable, cause it to come off your head, and cause black flakes to form on your hair. Frequent use of your helmet can also compact the foam inside, and sweat can make the interior lining degrade faster.