Harley-Davidson Reminds Riders and Passengers April is “Check Your Helmet Month”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.
Following are the industry guidelines for helmet life:
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.
Exposure to gasoline, insect repellent, cleaning fluids, exhaust fumes and excessive heat can degrade helmet materials.
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.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!