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Old May 27th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Old Helmet

What do you guys do with helmet you no longer wear? Trash? Recycle?
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Old May 27th, 2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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Hang on garage wall. Occasionally gaze at how many helmets are hanging in the garage.
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Old May 27th, 2013, 11:29 PM   #3
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Keep em all, my collection. Even though im only at 2 right now haha
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Old May 27th, 2013, 11:58 PM   #4
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i plan to hang on to them as a trophy for every 5 years i make it thru riding, assuming they last that long
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Old May 28th, 2013, 01:47 AM   #5
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I donated my first crashed helmet to an EMT class for skills practice. My next helmet I still have as a backup helmet. The 3rd helmet, crashed, is sitting in my closet cuz it's too nice looking to throw away.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 02:02 AM   #6
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Keep em'... I have about 6 Mx helmets that I kept from my Racing days. I sold 3 other helmets that didn't have damage. I never sell any helmet over 4 years old or if it's had any impact.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 08:06 AM   #7
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Old May 28th, 2013, 08:25 AM   #8
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The recomended disposal of motorcycle helmets here is to cut the straps off at the least so nobody else will use it if it's worn out, or you could test to see how well if would have protected your head using a sledge hammer.. Could be fun?

If it's your only spare, keep it for if you ever need to do a two-up.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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I don't like junk, so I get rid of anything I'm not using, or wont use in the future.

I'd cut the straps and throw it up in the air as high as I could over concrete, just to see how well it worked when it hit the ground.

someone could throw a helmet on without straps and think they were still protected. there is much less chance they'd put a scratched/cracked helmet missing straps on their head.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 09:09 AM   #10
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Ask your friend to try on your helmet so you can see how it looks from the back, then hit him with a baseball bat. Then get a new friend.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 09:42 AM   #11
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Ask your friend to try on your helmet so you can see how it looks from the back, then hit him with a baseball bat. Then get a new friend.
Bahaha...You mean Frienemy??
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Old May 29th, 2013, 12:13 AM   #12
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I've always thought about painting mine just for fun since they aren't wearable anymore (age). Or just tossing em and making some space, I only wear one.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 02:35 AM   #13
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I keep all mine. I know I've posted this elsewhere, but this is what I do with all my helmets. Idk what i'm going to do when I buy a scorpion exo 750 soon:

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Old May 29th, 2013, 04:38 AM   #14
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Take it to an MSF course and donate it for rider training. They never get going fast enough for its age to be an issue and it gives the helmet a second life.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 08:08 AM   #15
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I keep all mine. I know I've posted this elsewhere, but this is what I do with all my helmets. Idk what i'm going to do when I buy a scorpion exo 750 soon:

This picture looks awesome!!!
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Old May 31st, 2013, 02:21 AM   #16
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A friend of mine cut his in half and stuck each half on his wall in his house in different spots.


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Take it to an MSF course and donate it for rider training. They never get going fast enough for its age to be an issue and it gives the helmet a second life.
Helmets aren't just designed for impacts at speed. They are designed (and tested) for impacts when being dropped from around 6ft off the ground. You can be standing up on your front porch and fall over and you'll have the same impact they test them for.

Any MSF instructor who accepts an old helmet (even a non-crashed one) shouldn't be an MSF instructor.
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Old May 31st, 2013, 03:24 AM   #17
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Old May 31st, 2013, 04:12 AM   #18
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Any MSF instructor who accepts an old helmet (even a non-crashed one) shouldn't be an MSF instructor.
Have you seen the helmets they give you at MSF courses? They're all old and ratty. I have no doubt whatsoever that my helmet, retired only because of the arbitrary age limit, is in better shape.

True that helmets also protect from static falls, but they are DESIGNED for impacts at speed. Safety helmets (hard hats) are designed only for the kind of impact you're talking about and they are much lighter and flimsier. Even an expired MC helmet will give that kind of protection. It's not as if the thing is going to suddenly turn into sintered Chinese baby formula and disintegrate at 5 years plus one day.

Actually I just show up and leave it there. They can do what they want with it.
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Have you seen the helmets they give you at MSF courses? They're all old and ratty. I have no doubt whatsoever that my helmet, retired only because of the arbitrary age limit, is in better shape.
I refused to wear those things. I just brought my own.
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Have you seen the helmets they give you at MSF courses? They're all old and ratty. I have no doubt whatsoever that my helmet, retired only because of the arbitrary age limit, is in better shape.

True that helmets also protect from static falls, but they are DESIGNED for impacts at speed. Safety helmets (hard hats) are designed only for the kind of impact you're talking about and they are much lighter and flimsier. Even an expired MC helmet will give that kind of protection. It's not as if the thing is going to suddenly turn into sintered Chinese baby formula and disintegrate at 5 years plus one day.

Actually I just show up and leave it there. They can do what they want with it.
Have you actually looked at the testing requirements for dot, snell and ece certifications? That is exactly what they test, static falls onto anvils with an appropriate weight in the place of the head.

And, you should also read the OSHA requirements for hard hats. They only test for impact resistance, not dispersion. They are essentially testing the helmets ability to resist being punctured or fractured, and not it's ability to disperse the impact.

It's essentially impossible to design a motorcycle helmet that properly protects against both high speed impacts and low speed impacts. Most helmets are designed towards the lower end of the spectrum, as it is much more likely that a helmet will contact the ground (vertical low speed impact) than some stationary object (horizontal high speed impact). This is the exact change in thought that recently occurred with the changes in dot and snell testing over the last decade. They are now testing for a lower amount of energy transfer, vs resistance to impact (hardness). The harder a helmet is, the better it resists impacts, but the more energy it transfers to the wearer.

Yes, your helmet won't turn into baby formula at 5 years plus one day. I personally will use helmets past 5 years if I know the history of them (i.e. if I know they have been washed frequently, not dropped, not left on top of the gas tank, not worn and sweated in every day for five years). One thing that people need to understand about the "5 year" figure that is thrown around is that it is only a guideline. If you ride every day, or commute and your helmet gets lots of use you may need a new one before that five year figure. If you don't use it often and take care of it, it can last longer than five years.
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