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Motorcycle Helmets

Postby Rob1965 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:41 pm

All motorcycle helmets must meet minimum legal safety standards.
However, the SHARP scheme uses a wider range of tests to provide riders with more information on how much protection a helmet can provide in a crash.
The SHARP tests - which award ratings of between one and five stars - show that the safety performance of helmets can vary by as much as 70 per cent.
With helmets across a wide price range scoring highly all riders should be able to find a high performing helmet in a size and style that fits them and at a price they want to pay.
With the release of the latest ratings, more than 200 helmets have now been given SHARP safety ratings.
Visit www.sharp.direct.gov.uk/
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Re: Motorcycle Helmets

Postby Admin » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:30 am

Is there any legal requirements or reccommendations for helmets purchased before this law came into place?
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Re: Motorcycle Helmets

Postby Paul » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:37 am

Just one point on the SHARP rating scheme that is worth noting.

The tests have resulted in some well known and well respected helmet manufacturer's helmets scoring less than the widely expected 5 stars. Arai, who make what many regard as some of the best helmets on the market have issued this statement in response:

http://whyarai.co.uk/sharp.php

Remember the most important consideration when choosing a motorcycle helmet is that it fits you correctly. Head shape has a big effect on which manufacturer's helmets will fit you best, and a poorly fitting 5-star helmet will protect you less than a well-fitting 1-star one... :ugeek:

Here's a useful video on making sure your helmet fits you correctly:
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Re: Motorcycle Helmets

Postby Paul » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:44 am

Admin wrote:Is there any legal requirements or reccommendations for helmets purchased before this law came into place?


The SHARP rating is not a legal requirement, it is an additional test introduced by the UK government to try and give information to customers choosing helmets as to which offer the greatest protection (see my earlier post for a different view on this!).

All motorcycle helmets must comply with EU legislation ECE R 22.05 or the older BS standard BS:6658:1985, and be marked as such. Note that the EU standard has been widely used for well over 5 years now, so any helmet still displaying the BS mark is likely to be beyond its shelf-life (3-5 years for polycarbonate helmets, 5-7 years for composite ones).

Hope this helps! :ugeek:
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Re: Motorcycle Helmets

Postby Cameron » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:10 pm

Thanks Paul.

I had no idea about the shelf life.
Mine is 14 years old and I've used it in the last 2 years a number of times.
Was a big investment to at the time.
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Re: Motorcycle Helmets

Postby Paul » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:17 pm

Cameron wrote:Thanks Paul.

I had no idea about the shelf life.
Mine is 14 years old and I've used it in the last 2 years a number of times.
Was a big investment to at the time.


Shelf-life is as quoted by the helmet manufacturers (who have a vested interest in you buying a new one :lol: ). If the helmet has been boxed and stored in a dark, dry place then I can see no reason why it would degrade sufficiently in those timescales. However, polycarbonate is sensitive to UV light and gets brittle over time so I'd definately replace my helmet if it was a polycarb one and over 5 years old.

My helmets wear out within a few years anyway with all that I subject them to! :oops:
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Re: Motorcycle Helmets

Postby Admin » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:12 am

I think i will have to bring mine down for you guys to take a look at.

Its been stored in a box in a cuboard for the last few years.
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