April is “Check Your Helmet” month and a great time to heed this head-saving advice: A helmet can look shiny and new, but if it’s 3-5 years old or has suffered a single impact, it’s ready for retirement.
Here’;s some helpful motorcycle helmet industry guidelines to go by.
• Helmet manufacturers recommend replacing your helmet every 3 to 5 years, depending on use, to ensure optimal helmet performance.
• Over time, UV rays, internal adhesive and component aging can deteriorate a helmet’s protective qualities.
• If a helmet has been dropped or suffered an impact, it should be replaced immediately.
• A helmet is designed for only one impact, even a small one. An impact may fracture its outer shell as well as compress the inner liner, neither of which may be visible.
Harley-Davidson MotorClothes offers a stylish selection of DOT approved helmets that are designed to protect your valuable assets while maintaining your bad-ass moto persona. A broad range of styles, prices and materials for men and women are available now at www.h-d.com/store and at most Harley-Davidson dealerships.
The new men’s Passing Link Hybrid Ultra-Light Half Helmet (P/N 98301-14VM, $ 185) offers the lightweight comfort of fiberglass and aramid shell construction that’s 17 percent lighter than traditional fiberglass shells. It weighs 1 lb. 6 oz. and features a soft, moisture-wicking and anti-microbial inner lining that’s removable and washable. Meets DOT requirements and is available in XS – 2XL sizes.
The new men’s Visionary Modular Helmet with Retractable Sun Shield (P/N 98281-14VM, $ 250) matches full-face protection with the Advanced Channeling Ventilation System for full front-to-back airflow and cooling. A One-Touch integrated tinted sun shield deploys quickly while the outer shield features 95 percent UV protection and an anti-scratch coating. Its antibacterial SilverCool interior liner wicks away moisture and eliminates odors, and is removable and washable. It accepts P&A helmet headsets and also features an outer compartment that fits certain non-H-D Bluetooth units. Meets DOT requirements, weighs 3 lbs. 6 oz. and is available in XS – 2XL sizes.
A comfortable alternative to traditional half-helmets, the new Women’s Diva II Helmet (P/N 98299-14VW, $ 155) features polycarbonate shell construction with a flip-up face shield. It’s secured with a double-D ring chinstrap and comes with a helmet bag. Weighs 2 lbs. and meets DOT requirements. Available in XS – XL sizes.
The women’s 3/4 Helmet with Retractable Sun Shield (P/N 98394-11VW, $ 165) offers the convenience of the one-touch Integrated tinted Sun Shield that deploys quickly and easily. The outer face shield features 95 percent UV protection and an anti-scratch coating. An Advanced Channeling Ventilation Systems allows for full front-to-back airflow to flush out heat and humidity. Its antibacterial SilverCool interior liner wicks away moisture and eliminates odors, and is removable and washable. Weighs 3 lbs. and meets DOT requirements. Available in XS – 2XL sizes.