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Old 03-28-2015, 06:22 PM   #1
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Ethical question - What to do with eight year old helmit

Here is my delimma - I have a Shoei helmit mfg in 2008 that I have just replaced. It has not been bumped and well cared for.

Do I offer it for sale at a *very* reasonable price hoping someone will replace an inferior lid that will serve them better or send it to the landfill knowing no one will be endangered by the (I feel remote) possibility the it is unsafe due to age.

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Old 03-28-2015, 06:44 PM   #2
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I keep a couple around for the times that someone wants a ride. As long as you're keeping it in a dry, up dark location there shouldn't be any pronpblem running it a few years past the "sell by" date.

Selling a helmet that old might be seen as bad form. If you don't want to keep it, donate to a worthy cause.
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:45 PM   #3
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I would have no qualms about selling a good quality helmet that's been well cared for, (that is, stored indoors, no temp. extremes, etc.). The qualifier would be that the buyer should be honestly informed of the age & condition. I've often kept high quality lids like Shoei beyond the 5 year recommendations with complete confidence. The Shoei that I kept way too long (13 yrs) I took up to my brother-in-law's in Vt. where he has room to shoot in his back yard. It stopped .22 cal. very well, but my old 6.5mm Swedish Mauser went straight through & out the other side.
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:58 PM   #4
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I cut the chin bar in half when I toss them, probably should cut the chin strap off too.

If there isn't any fraying at all on the chinstrap and it hasn't been crashed, I'd give it to somebody that needed a better helmet. My old helmets don't usually qualify though.
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:24 PM   #5
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If the helmet has sentimental value or would look good in a man cave I cut the chin straps off and give it to a man cave bear for display purposes only.
The only other option IMO is to use an angle grinder to cut the shell in half and dispose of the helmet in the next hard waste collection.
I definitely would not keep it to use or sell it to another person to use.
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:40 PM   #6
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Some people that do a lot of boat fishing wear them when it hails or rains really hard. They can still motor around the water at high speed in them. Might check the local marine shops and sees if anyone is interested.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:18 AM   #7
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I have an old nolan that is in good condition, but never fit me right and will sit on my shelf until I find an old soul who would be in better care in this lid than the one they have. No money will be exchanged and I'll know they're safer than they were.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:22 AM   #8
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Destroy it. It's to old to offer proper protection.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:33 AM   #9
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I used mine as planters. They already have holes in the crown for drainage.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:43 AM   #10
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My old helmets don't usually qualify though.

I can understand that.

I am not too fussy with my helmets. They get dirty, sweaty and scratched by limbs ( and occasionally the ground). After a few months they look like shit, but I use them till they are worn out and then throw them in the dumpster at work.

I had a conversation with My high school wrestling coach and athletic director about lawsuits and used helmets. The school used to donate old helmets to the youth program but they quit doing that because of fear of lawsuits ( it has happened).

I would never sell a used helmet. I gave away a couple of barely used helmets to my nephews, they were nearly new and I didn't like them. But I would throw them away before giving or selling them to someone I didn't know.
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:53 AM   #11
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You could ask at your local fire station (or similar) if they'd be interested in it to train helmet removal.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:03 AM   #12
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Maybe give it to the local MSF people?
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:32 AM   #13
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I keep the good ones around for a wile as a extra for quad riding on the place if I need a extra for someone. I will be making a display piece out of a 73 CL100 soon and I'll use one or two of my old ones in the display as well.
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:30 AM   #14
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If you want a really good use for old helmets donate them to your local fire/EMS service. It's good to practice dealing with helmets on crash victims.
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:57 AM   #15
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Had an orange Arai TourX Mk1, that I sold on Ebay at 10 years. There was no doubt it was 10 years old in the advert.

Fetched good money, far more than it should have. If someone wants to wear something so old, kinda helping themselves with the natural selection process as they will probably be buying part worn race tyres too....
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