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    Banged my helmet...should I get a new one?

    I had a tip over at pedestrian crosswalk on a hill...put my foot down and found only air as the R1200R slowly tipped over. I went onto the tarmac and my head did a quick thump on the ground. (I was glad I had a helmet on, I heard about a guy recently who was dead because he had no helmet in a similar situation.)

    There is a small scrape on the helmet, a Nolan 102. Should this helmet be replaced?

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    Not unless there is a Dent in it where the 'innards' became compressed compromising the next 'impact'.
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    The condition of the outside hard shell of a helmet does not show whether the helmet's impact-absorbing abilties have been compromised.

    The helmet's EPS liner (between the comfort liner you see and the external hard shell) compresses when subject to impact - your head pushes it towards the external shell. When the EPS has compressed, it can't compress again as much in the same place. Thus, the helmet's ability to absorb shock in that area has been impaired.

    Yours has been subject to impact. How much it's been impaired is impossible to know. Whether you replace it or not depends on how accepting you are of a helmet that isn't as good all over as it used to be.

    My helmet rolled off the seat last week, and I didn't replace it. But if it had suffered any inpact with my head inside, I would have. YMMV.
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    If you think you hit hard enough to distort the outer shell then I would replace it. In that situation the inner material (which is basically styrofoam) gets compressed as stated above and won't protect as well in the future. Personally I think you gotta whack it pretty hard to get into the need to replace it. The replace it if you bump it stickers have to be there to reduce liability. Look up the DOT and Snell testing and ask yourself how hard you hit compared to those tests.

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    Here's the answer to your question...If you were in a minor accident where the other person was at fault and their Insurance would pay all your damages including a new Helmet, would you want a new Helmet.
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    I banged my helmet and wore it for a couple more years. Worked perfectly. Of course, the trick is not to test it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfkneller View Post
    ........... found only air as the R1200R slowly tipped over. ....................
    There is no way a slow tip over and subsequent light bump on the helmet compromised its integrity. (except for the paint integrity).

    The real cushioning is done by the EPS foam inside the helmet, and if you applied enough force with your melon to damage it, you would at least have a pretty good headache.

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    Some helmet manufacturers offer an inspection and testing service to determine if the helmet is still serviceable after an impact. They are probably the best qualified to determine that, all else is just guessing and speculation. Check with Nolan to see if they offer this service.

    If you can't get it checked by a qualified source and you suspect it might be damaged, you need to decide if a few hundred bucks is worth the risk to your safety. It's probably is OK, but then again....
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    Yes, replace the helmet immediately and if it's a Large, I'll give you $20 for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddingGeezer View Post
    Yes, replace the helmet immediately and if it's a Large, I'll give you $20 for it.

    Ralph Sims
    I agree, and if its a xtra large I'll give ya $ 25.00.
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    So what the xell's wrong with guessing and speculation? As to the wild & crazy bidding thats going on; are you the same people that ask me if I'll "let it go cheap" all the time om ebay? $50 and thats my last offer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    some helmet manufacturers offer an inspection and testing service to determine if the helmet is still serviceable after an impact. They are probably the best qualified to determine that, all else is just guessing and speculation. Check with nolan to see if they offer this service
    +1

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    Rag

    I am offering a slightly used Harley Head Rag for your helmet so you have all the protection required as long as you don't fall on your head.
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    Why not contact Nolan-USA and ask if they will inspect your helmet for you. IIRC according to member post Bell and Shoie have provided the service to their customers for a nominal fee and the answer was not an automatic buy a new one from us response.
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