Almost every biker will agree that the most important piece of safety equipment a motorcyclist can use is a helmet. (Even many riders who won’t wear them won’t argue with their utility.) I’m an ABATE member and I’m don’t believe in mandatory helmet laws for adult riders, but as motorcycle accident attorney, I am a strong advocate of wearing safety gear, including helmets.
But if you’re like me, your helmet is bordering on ancient. Seriously, I’ve bought three motorcycles since I’ve replaced mine. Admittedly, part of this is because I can be cheap. As they say, “If it ain’t broke . . .” But part of it is hassle — I like my helmet. It fits and it’s comfortable.
I know “they” say that you should replace your helmet every couple of years. But it’s difficult to get a straight answer on just how often this really is. I’ve been to dealerships that tell me I need to replace my motorcycle helmet every two years. Says who? I’ve asked. “The helmet manufacturers,” they’ll say, almost with indignation. Yeah, what possible motive would a dealer or helmet manufacturer have for pushing me to buy a new helmet? Hmmmmm.
One website I came across claimed that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation states that a helmet should be replaced every two to four years (or after any wreck, or anytime there is obvious signs of wear or damage). Perhaps that’s true, but I couldn’t seem to find that info on the MSF website.
Nonetheless, I feel that five years is a pretty good run for a helmet, and eight or ten means that’s it’s almost certainly time for a replacement. I bring this up today, because I’ve learned that from now through June 15th, AGV is running a promotion that may just make me pull the trigger on a new lid. Bring in your old helmet — of any make — and get 20% off a brand new AGV helmet. Here is an abbreviated version of the press release from the AGV website:
AGV is proud to launch an exciting new promotion: “Trade in your past: start fresh with a new AGV helmet!”
From May 1st to June 15th 2011 you can make a clean break with the past. Trade in your old helmet and receive a 20% discount on your new AGV helmet.
Every motorcyclists in the USA can trade in their old helmet of any brand, for 20% off on the purchase of a new AGV helmet, from May 1st to June the 15. This promotion is available to the public at all participating dealers.
To participate to the promotion through www.agv.com, please send a picture of your old helmet you want to trade in to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will get a 20% promotional code to use for your online purchase at www.agv.com (helmets under the “Hot Deals” category are not part of the promotion).