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Old 01-04-2012, 12:20 PM   #1
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How old is too old for a helmet?

I know the general guideline is every 5 years. But is it 5 years from manufacturing date or from start of wear?

I have a Shark RSR2, which I absolutely love. Manufacturing date was in 07. I've been using it as my every day helmet since I bought it in 09. Starting to look for a new helmet, but am interested on the concept of the 5 year rule. Would hate to buy a brand new helmet that has sat on the shelf for 3-4 years, then you can only get 1-2 years out of it if that is the case.

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Old 01-04-2012, 12:26 PM   #2
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i replace 5 yrs from start of wear.

but i wouldn't wear a 4yr shelved helmet for 5 yrs, maybe 1-2yrs
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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I read a article about SNELL or DOT doing studys on 10+ year old helmets they had in their inventory. Basicly, if it isn't damaged it will meet the requirements it was certified under. Most lids get too funky/ratty after a few years but if it's still nice, I'd wear it with no hesitation.

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Old 01-04-2012, 12:39 PM   #4
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usually UV damages plastic. storage condition lijkely plays role in shelf life.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:47 PM   #5
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I say once you turn six you're too old for a helmet.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:50 PM   #6
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i replace mine about every5-6 yrs


Also read what Cede said
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only sissies wear helmets.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:11 PM   #8
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You can never be too old to wear a helmet. You can, however, be too cool.
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I think 5 years from the manufacture date. After the 5 years the shell inside of the hemets gets really dry and weak of course if you do not drop your helmet ones you drop it really hard you need to get your helmet checked if the shell is still in a one full shape or not. I use mine one full season if I do not crash at all FML. Speaking of which I need to get ma self a new one
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What You Should Know About Motorcycle Helmets

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Most helmet manufacturers recommend replacing your helmet every
two to four years.
If you notice any signs of damage before then,
replace it sooner.

Why replace your helmet every few years if it doesn't appear
damaged? Its protective qualities may deteriorate with time and
wear. The chin strap may fray or loosen at its attaching points; the
shell could be chipped or damaged. The best reason is that helmets
keep improving. Chances are that the helmet you buy in a couple of
years will be better – stronger, lighter, and more comfortable – than
the one you own now. It might even cost less!
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Most helmet manufacturers recommend replacing your helmet every
two to four years.
And change your oil every 3K miles... and your A/C filters every month...
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Yea i have no idea there's a time limit for helmets...
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I read a article about SNELL or DOT doing studys on 10+ year old helmets they had in their inventory. Basicly, if it isn't damaged it will meet the requirements it was certified under. Most lids get too funky/ratty after a few years but if it's still nice, I'd wear it with no hesitation.

YMMV...

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The industry standard is whichever is less - 5 years from when the helmet was first worn, or 6 years from the date of manufacture on the tag inside the helmet.
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It all depends on the condition of the EPS, if it was kept at room stable temperature the EPS will not loose its chemical properties for a very long time, but if it was kept in the garage then the EPS will only last for 2-3 years max. Most manufacturers get rid of their EPS inventory if they stay longer than 6 months unused in their warehouse.
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Yea i have no idea there's a time limit for helmets...
you might wanna look at inside your helmet you will see a sign will say 2005 2006 20007 ect.ect thats the manufacture date of the helmet. what is it says at yours?
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