Helmet with completely removable liner?

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  1. tomasv

    tomasv Check the Czech!

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    Hi guys, I am looking for a new helmet (currently have Arai XD2) and would like to be able to completely remove the liner and wash it.

    My XD2 has only removable cheek pads but the rest of the helmet has combo of dirt, bacteria and smell that makes it bad when I use the bike to go to a business meeting.

    I know, I could have 2 helmets but storage space is limited...

    Any recommendations? Other criteria would be venting (the more the better), quiet (I do some 400+ miles days) and ability to wear goggles when riding offroad

    THX!
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  2. CharlieInStLouis

    CharlieInStLouis Been here awhile

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    get some antibacterial shower gel and wash that puppy!
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  3. swiss-happy

    swiss-happy Happy Joe

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    You can try wearing a helmet liner on head ...and wash that frequently.

    Of course....buy a new helmet.
    Most expensive ones like Shoei, Arai, Schuberth have removable liners...


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  4. AzB

    AzB Fattest thin man

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    When Febreze no longer gets rid of the funky smell, it's time for a new helmet.
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  5. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Long timer

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    Shampoo is formulated to cut hair and head crud. Its great for washing helmets.
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  6. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Scorpion helmets have completely removable liners.
    Q~
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  7. vagueout

    vagueout Long timer

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    Rinse with water first then wash in a tub with shampoo or wool wash, use a face towel gently scrub, rinse out with a hose, jam a fresh dry towel into the helmet for half an hour then hang up the helmet preferably in a breeze. Will feel and smell like new. I do this twice a year.:bubba
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  8. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I'm surprised the Arai doesn't have a removable liner. However they put it in there, I'd do the opposite and remove it.
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  9. kwb377

    kwb377 Non-Professional Rider On A Not-So-Closed Course

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    An XD2 has to be at least 10+ years old. Either upgrade to newer XD, or wash as vagueout describes.

    Even my helmets with removable liners get tub-dunked every so often to clean the fabric sections that don't come out, flush bugs out of the vents, etc.


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  10. tomasv

    tomasv Check the Czech!

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    Yes, it is 10+ years old thus looking for new. My problem is that if I go riding dirt on Sunday and I need to ride the bike to work on Monday in a clean shirt, I usually arrive dripping as I was not able to dry after getting it to an acceptable state. Hoping that removing the liner, hand washing it drying it out of the helmet would allow me to ride few hours later....
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  11. Doug Just Doug

    Doug Just Doug Silly Party Candidate

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    My last few Arai Signets and Profiles have had removable "comfort liners" in addition to the cheek pads. I'm not a big sweater, but I replace them every 2-3 years. If nothing else, the padding in them compacts over time and makes the helmet fit a little bit looser.
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  12. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Long timer

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    The liner of my Arai is removable.

    I'm a big sweater.
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  13. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    Heck my mid nineties helmets had removable lining none sine then, and I have several were not removable. At 10 years it is junk anyway. I doubt you can even find a helmet worth owning that does not have a removable liner. After washing I wrap in a towel and change the towel several times, that wicks the moisture out over night.
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  14. kwb377

    kwb377 Non-Professional Rider On A Not-So-Closed Course

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    I usually buy an extra liner/cheekpads for my helmets that have removable innards. Allows me to me to swap them out on multi-day rides in the summer...rinse one at night and let air dry the next day while I wear the other. :thumbup
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