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post #1 of 62 Old 11-15-2013, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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How old is your Brain Bucket?

Replace every 5 years? Really? And while I'm at it, would you trust your grey matter to a $70 Scorpion EXO-400? If not, why and what other brands fit similarly formed noggins?

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I replace my helmets when I feel they are worn out, or if they ever take a hit to the ground. I look at the every 5 years the same as changing your oil every 3,000 miles.......it is outdated and unnecessary information!

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I replaced my Shoei RF1000 right at the 5 year mark only because the inside liner was falling apart. I emailed Shoei to see if they had any way to replace the liner, but no. If not for that I'd have kept it longer. I do agree with the replacement if dropped theory. The cost of the helmet doesn't necessarily mean it won't protect you less, but some of the cheaper ones don't have as good mechanisms, straps, visor attachment, etc. Failures there may mean early replacement even though the shell is in good condition. Time and air pollution etc., can have a degrading effect on the inner styrofoam, which is a major part of the shock protection, even though the shell is not otherwise damaged.

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My Arai XD is 7+ years old. I have been saying I was going to replace it the last couple of years but have spent the money on other "necessities".

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My 10 year old N102 is done, liner has fallen apart, hinges are loose, never felt comfy and it weighs way too much etc. But, it was a durable sucker. I kept wearing that Nolan the longest, I think its finally worn out now.

I have Shark helmets that are 7 years old or more and still function like new and I have many miles on them. I've only purchased one replacement liner over the years, usually the whole thing wears out first.

I just replace them when they are no longer desirable to use. The Scorpion helmets are HEAVY and run small to me, I have tried them. Get what fits and get quality if you like. I've had Fulmer helmets fit great and I've hated the fancy $400 plus lids. Buy what FITS your head! I look at the liner material and build quality for the price. My cheap AFX 39DS has a great liner and that one has aged well but, the rest is cheaply made. Still like it for a $100 lid though.

I want a comfy modular helmet for my oval head, but I am most comfortable in a Shark RSI XL that is fairly light and low on noise. If I could find a modular that fits like a RSI I would be...

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Replace every 5 years? Really? And while I'm at it, would you trust your grey matter to a $70 Scorpion EXO-400? If not, why and what other brands fit similarly formed noggins?
I'm doing a research project for college right now on helmets. While this question/topic opens up a can of worms (i.e. how much is your head worth thing), the price of a helmet does not mean it is going to protect it any better than an expensive one. There will be a difference in build quality (how solid it feels, seals, weight, etc.), but there are no studies to back up an expensive helmet protecting better than a cheap one.

With regards to safety, you've got the three standard ratings: DOT, SNELL, and ECE. The DOT and ECE are generally very similar, but some argue the ECE is a bit better. SNELL has been somewhat controversial due to how they test - to pass their tests, a helmet generally has to be "stiffer" to withstand repeated hits and because of that, more G force energy is transferred to the head. They've addressed some of this with their new 2010 rating, but it's seems to be the same. SNELL is also voluntary meaning companies do not HAVE to send helmets to them whereas DOT and ECE are government requirements. SNELL will not test modular helmets.

Generally it is simply suggested that you buy the helmet that fits you the
best (fit and budget), as fit is important, and not get hung up over how much a helmet costs. The type of helmet is also important since a full face will protect better than a 3/4 or pudding bowl, etc. It's personal choice, but again, I wouldn't get hung up on cost.

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I have an HJC CL-16 that i bought in 2005 with my first bike. It was the cheapest I could find at the time in XXL for my giant noggin. I'm sure its still good enough to protect me, but I recently replaced it with a Nolan N104. I figured why worry about an 8-yo helmet that was super cheap to begin with. My new Wee deserves better Didnt hurt that I got the Nolan for less than half of MSRP, too. The 104 is gigantic, though.
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What B says.

What I would add is any helmet you get should be at least DOT qualified and beware of 'knock off' brands that may a counterfeit DOT sticker.

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I replace my helmets when I feel they are worn out, or if they ever take a hit to the ground. I look at the every 5 years the same as changing your oil every 3,000 miles.......it is outdated and unnecessary information!

See http://whiskeytangohotel.com/gpi
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Tattoogunman - Since you are researching helmets at the moment perhaps you could share with us the difference between DOT and CE standards. Schuberth again is providing a helmet that meets both standards. Does that make it better in some way? Or not??
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I have different helmets that I wear. One is a 20 year old Shoei. I'm sure it is not the safest but I wear it in cold weather because it seals the best. I just bought a Windjammer that I will put on a newer HJC helmet for winter use instead of the old Shoei.
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