Your motorcycle helmet is one of the most important pieces of your motorcycle gear and an essential tool to rider comfort and protection in the case of mishap. A good quality motorcycle helmet can be a bit of an investment – quality does not come cheap when it comes to motorcycle helmets. This might surprise you to know that your motorcycle helmet is more fragile than you think. Taking care of your helmet and keeping it in tip-top shape will not only help protect you to the best of the helmet’s ability, but help extend the life of your helmet.
Here they are – top ten motorcycle helmet care tips!
- Fragile Handle with Care. Treat your helmet as if it’s fragile. Dropping a motorcycle helmet from waist height could cause damage, even if it’s not visible. Your helmet has been designed to disperse an impact through the entire helmet design. Each impact or drop as you might imagine, lessons and weakens this competence.
- Use That Clothe Helmet Bag Wherever You Go. Take the draw-string cover that came with your helmet with you when you ride. This can be placed around your helmet when off bike. It will protect against bumping up against doors, walls or doughnut counters.
- Don’t hang Your Helmet On Your Mirrors. And this goes for any post, or any other convenient object. Not only can a wind gust lift your helmet and send it flying to the ground this is another sure-fire way to damage the inner lining.
- Say No To Stickers. Some thermoplastic or polycarbonate motorcycle helmets can be damaged by the glue. A smooth surface, you might not realise is important to a helmet and your safety. You want the surface not to grip on the ground in the case of a slide or impact.
- Just Water to Clean Your Helmet. To clean your helmet make sure you only use pure water. If you really feel you need to use a substance, use mild soap or a “made for helmet” cleaner. The average cleaning products can damage the helmet’s protective coating and/or graphics which again effect helmet deterioration.
- Soften Up The Bugs. To get rid of bugs on your visor, try spreading a wet towel or tissue paper over it for ten minutes and you’ll find they come off easily (see photo above).
- Avoid Furniture Polish For Cleaning Your Helmet or Visor. This was a common practise in the early days when proper helmet polishing products were available. But most furniture polishes (i.e. Pledge) contain petrochemicals which are harmful to plastic as well as to polycarbonate helmets.
- Keep Away From Fuel. Avoid storing your helmet near fuel, cleaning fluids or excessive heat. All of these can damage materials in the helmet used during its construction.
- Store Your Gloves Somewhere Else. Don’t store your motorcycle gloves in your helmet when you’re off bike. Your gloves are likely to have traces of gasoline on them which can ruin your helmet’s interior. And if you have any Velcro fastenings on your gloves, these tend to stick to your helmet lining and cause pulls / damage to the lining.
- Five Year Refresh. Most good helmet manufacturers recommend changing your helmet at least every five years. And if it is dropped heavily or survived a crash (often in racing) replace it immediately.