April is “Check Your Helmet” Month. Guidelines From Harley-Davidson

1Helmet2HelmetA research by Harley-Davidson shows that nearly 80 percent of all Harley and competitive motorcycle owners and passengers wear a helmet every time they ride. April is “Check Your Helmet” month and a great time to ensure your helmet delivers the protection that you expect. The company reminds you the industry guidelines to maximize your margin of safety. The suggestions include:

1- Helmets should be replaced every 3-5 years, according to DOT and Snell Foundation guidelines. Over time, exposure to UV rays combined with the aging of adhesives and components damage a helmet’s protective qualities.

2- helmet is designed for only one impact and should be replaced even if you can’t see any external damage. Dropping a helmet counts as an impact.

3Helmet4Helmet3- Proper fit is vital to a helmet’s effectiveness. A well-fitting helmet should rest one inch above your eyebrows and shouldn’t roll forward or sideways on your head. See your local dealer for assistance with helmet fit and care.

Of course, Harley-Davidson offers a full range of including these all-new options that meet DOT requirements. From left to right and top to bottom.

The new women’s Tantalus Retro 3/4 Helmet (P/N 98361-15VW, $175) features a fiberglass shell, snaps for shields and visors and custom graphics that rebel against the “traditional” black helmet.

The men’s Capstone Sun Shield Modular Helmet features a lightweight comfort chin bar an integrated one-touch tinted Sun Shield that deploys quickly and easily. The Advanced Channeling Ventilation System delivers full front-to-back airflow to flush out heat and humidity, while the face shield offers 95 percent UV protection with an anti-scratch coating. The modular helmet is available in Matte Black (P/N 98370-15VM, $250), Gloss Black (P/N 98369-15VM, $250) and White (P/N 98371-15VM, $250).

Sporting the innovative Speed Dial Fit system, the new men’s Pioneer Sun Shield Half Helmet (P/N 98366-15VM, $160) allows quick adjustments and tightening. An integrated tinted Sun Shield deploys easily and complements the removable visor.

Constructed from hybrid fiberglass and aramid, the new women’s Metal Flake Ultra-Light Half Helmet (P/N 98342-15VW, $190) is 17 percent lighter than traditional fiberglass shells. The antimicrobial, moisture-wicking inner liner is removable and washable. A removable visor and neck curtain offer customizable style and comfort. It weighs 1 lb. 6 oz.

4 Responses to “April is “Check Your Helmet” Month. Guidelines From Harley-Davidson”

  1. 1 IronPlayer Apr 3rd, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Maybe I’m just being cheap but I’ve never understood these claims… Always assumed they just wanted more cash. If you can’t make a helmet that will stand up to normal everyday life then how effective can they be really….

  2. 2 TJ Martin Apr 3rd, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    A definite big Ten Four on number Two . Hit it or Drop it and trash it as we always say . Why is simple . Any time a helmet is impacted …. the area hit will compress [ as it should ].. whether its visible or not ! And once its been compressed even the smallest amount … that areas capability to save your skull has been compromised . So no IP … the advice given is not out of any desire to separate you from your money … but rather to make sure your head doesn’t get separated from its contents 😉

    FYI ; A related aside if I may ? Follow the same wisdom with anything .. and I do mean anything made out of Carbon Fiber … because no matter how advanced the CF in question may be …. it is a One Hit only [ and trash it ] material

  3. 3 IronPlayer Apr 5th, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I get the mechanics behind it all but simply put you can’t have it both ways. If your going to sell me a helmet to protect my head from a big impact don’t then tell me that my new expensive safe state of the art helmet is defeated by simply rolling off my bike.

  4. 4 Apr 8th, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    At anywhere from $200 – $1000.00
    to replace it simply because you dropped it on the floor doesn’t seem to make much sense.
    i understand the dynamics of why, but damn!!
    Drop it on the floor by accident
    (when it’s supposed to be able to absorb much greater impact)
    that’s just $$$ out the window

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