Impacts and environmental conditions can accelerate the deterioration of a motorcycle helmet .
Younger riders will think that wearing a motorcycle helmet is a “lifelong” obligation. but it is certainly not like that. It was not until 1982 that its use began to be regulated. That year, the use of a helmet became compulsory for users – drivers and passengers – of motorcycles with a displacement of more than 125 cc. And below it, the obligation was only applicable on the road.
Since that distant 1992, the use of motorcycle helmets has become widespread in the motorcycle community, a habit that has contributed to saving many lives. However, the properties of a motorcycle helmet are not eternal. Therefore, if you want to extend the life of your motorcycle helmet , read on!
What Happens If A Motorcycle Helmet Has An Impact?
As you may have seen, the deterioration of the materials due to continuous use, their own mechanical characteristics or environmental conditions determine the useful life of a motorcycle helmet. and also the impacts resulting from a traffic accident or the blows that you may suffer on a day-to-day basis. In both cases, although at first glance it may seem that it has no damage, the damage suffered by the helmet could make it useless.
How Should The Motorcycle Helmet Be Cleaned?
Since we have referred to cleaning the motorcycle helmet , take note of the following recommendations so that it always looks like the first day:
- If you use the motorcycle daily, try to clean the helmet frequently so that insects and dirt particles do not get “embedded” in the shell and screen. And also after taking a motorcycle trip or after practicing off road specialties such as trial , motocross or enduro.
- After a rainy day , wipe the helmet with a clean cloth. And with the screen open, let it dry at room temperature. Do not use a hairdryer or place it near heat sources such as stoves, radiators or fireplaces! You could cause the glues used to make the helmet to deteriorate.
- To clean the exterior of the helmet, you will find specific products on the market. Otherwise, you can use a soft sponge and neutral liquid soap. And also a toothbrush to clean the grates.
- Being a very delicate part, we must be especially careful with the screen. If we scratch it, it will make it difficult for us to see when we ride a motorcycle. Take it apart, soak it in water with mild liquid soap and clean it carefully.
- If the inner padding of the helmet can be removed, remove it and wash it with mild liquid soap. It is important to eliminate the sebaceous secretion that the scalp releases and remains impregnated in the padding. In addition, cleaning the inside of the helmet is a hygiene measure to get rid of mites and other potentially allergenic agents.
- In the event that it is not possible to remove the interior, specialized establishments sell products that are applied to the padding. After letting them act for a few minutes, the interior is wiped dry and that’s it!
- And when you are not using the helmet, put it in its cover and store it in a closet, face up and resting on a comfortable base. If you are going to store it in a garage or warehouse, make sure it is not near containers that contain gasoline, synthetic paint or solvents so that it does not have an unpleasant smell later.