Looking after your lid

By: Tony Carter MotorCycle Direct Posted: April 13th, 2018

KEEP YOUR LID ON!

PART 4

Have you read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 yet? You should!

Looking after your lid

Once you have made your purchase, there are a few general rules that will ensure that you maintain the maximum levels of protection and comfort from your new helmet:

Firstly, never loan your helmet to anyone. It never ceases to amaze me how many people lend their expensive crash helmets to a friend or family member. We are all different in terms of shape and size, and having spent time bedding a new helmet in and getting it to mould to your shape, someone else wearing your helmet could spoil that as they can push it out of shape.

Secondly, never leave it on the saddle or handlebars of your bike. If it falls off, there is no telling what damage you may have caused, even though it may appear to be perfectly OK from the outside.

If you do drop it, or you are involved in an accident, I would advise that it be changed regardless of whether any damage is apparent. Unknown to you, the polystyrene liner may have been bruised or damaged on impact and the shock absorbency of the liner may have been compromised. Is it worth taking the risk?

Some importers do offer an inspection service, but this can be time consuming and there is still no guarantee that it will do its job as intended.

A good, well maintained helmet should, dependent on use, last 5 to 7 years, possibly even longer. However, the life of your lid depends upon many factors. If you are a high mileage rider, or you perspire a lot then you may need to consider changing it more regularly, say every 2 – 3 years as the degradation of the liner will be accelerated. I have known some high mileage riders who have gone through 2 or 3 helmets a year because of the use they have given their helmets.

Some insurers offer a Helmet and Leathers cover that protects your kit against damage or loss. This may be worth looking at for peace of mind. If you are involved in a crash that is not your fault, then you can claim for your damaged helmet from the third party that caused the crash.

For information on adding Helmet and Leathers cover to your policy call MotorCycle Direct on 0344 800 0966 today.