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Motofinne Motofinne
7/24/2017 3:13 AM

So i went over the bars in the qualification in the weekends race and hit my head. I examined the helmet after the race and found this.

The middle red layer has clearly taken an impact, i guess it wont hold up in the next crash?

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Lynch Lynch
7/24/2017 4:04 AM

I would put it on the shelf, better safe than sorry.

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Mx746 Mx746
7/24/2017 4:31 AM

Personally I'd retire it. Bell may be one of the manufacturers that inspect for damage might be worth a try

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Mx746 Mx746
7/24/2017 4:31 AM

Personally I'd retire it. Bell may be one of the manufacturers that inspect for damage might be worth a try nice choice in helmets btw

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harescrambled harescrambled
7/24/2017 4:34 AM
Motofinne wrote:

So i went over the bars in ...more

The helmet is scrap now. That foam crushing is what kept you from having a serious injury. With helmets, once the foam distorts, it's done. It's lost its ability to absorb impact energy.

Many thanks to everyone helping me out this GNCC season: SRT Offroad, Acerbis, FCR Suspension, O'Neal Racing, Evans Waterless Coolants, Rekluse, Twin Air, Braking Brakes, Carbsport

Profile image credit Ken Hill Photography

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Motofinne Motofinne
7/24/2017 6:06 AM

I guess that it is useless, too bad. I really love the McGrath colorway...

It did its job, i got a sore neck, shoulder and back but i didn't get a concussion.

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dylanv21 dylanv21
7/24/2017 10:37 AM

You can send it into bell and they will tell you. Worth a shot to get an opinion from the experts..

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Tracktor Tracktor
7/24/2017 10:43 AM
dylanv21 wrote:

You can send it into bell ...more

^^ This... I thought one of our brand new Bells was ruined after finding some paint off the lining right in the middle on front. No crashes that I knew of on it (son's helmet). Then I noticed the rest of them had the same spot. 100% goggles have a raised part in the center & it crushes up into the foam.

Have them check it before chucking it..........

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Motofinne Motofinne
7/24/2017 10:48 AM
dylanv21 wrote:

You can send it into bell ...more

Tracktor wrote:

^^ This... I thought one ...more

Yeah the red paint on the middle layer wears off really easy. Even the Finnish PSE parts Europe boss told me that when i bought my first Flex helmet(i have 2).

The problem with shipping it out to Bell is the cost. I can get a brand new Flex helmet for 350€.

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Falcon Falcon
7/24/2017 10:52 AM

Congratulations, it saved your life. Get a new one.

Braaapin' aint easy.

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Jack_Mehoff Jack_Mehoff
7/24/2017 1:36 PM

The red and black are supposed to bounce back after being hit. The paint doesn't stay on very good either on the red layer, so it may have just been disturbed when it was compressed. As long as the grey eps layer is fine I would run it but if you want a new one for peace of mind do it.

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phatfi20 phatfi20
7/25/2017 6:57 AM
Jack_Mehoff wrote:

The red and black are ...more

Can't help but point out and laugh. Only on the internet can you take helmet safety advice from someone named Jack_Mehoff.

No offense to you jack or your advice. I'm sure you are gentleman and a scholar, but the comedy writes itself.

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SPYGUY SPYGUY
7/25/2017 7:04 AM

The Bell helmet inspection process is a joke.

When I called, the lady on the phone did everything she could to dissuade me from sending mine in and was trying her best to sell me a new helmet instead. I was adamant about wanting to get mine checked, however, and so that's what I did. I cleaned the helmet up and it looked surprisingly good. I purposefully didn't tell them which part of the helmet I was concerned about because if they found something, they should be able to tell me.

Well, they didn't find anything wrong the helmet but told me they still couldn't recommend wearing it again and that I should buy a new one. From them. Right now on the phone.

She said they never recommend wearing a helmet that has hit the ground regardless of if they find damage or not. I asked "Then why do you even offer the inspection service?". I don't even remember her answer but I'm sure it didn't make any sense.

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Tracktor Tracktor
7/25/2017 12:27 PM
SPYGUY wrote:

The Bell helmet inspection ...more

I guess i stand corrected. Save your postage..............

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imoto34 imoto34
7/25/2017 1:01 PM

Will look good in your shop, and if you continue to ride for years to come you will probably have some more to add.

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harescrambled harescrambled
7/25/2017 2:33 PM
Jack_Mehoff wrote:

The red and black are ...more

If it was compressed it's lost it's ability to absorb impact and it's done. Using a helmet with the foam in that condition is asking for a head injury, if not death.

Many thanks to everyone helping me out this GNCC season: SRT Offroad, Acerbis, FCR Suspension, O'Neal Racing, Evans Waterless Coolants, Rekluse, Twin Air, Braking Brakes, Carbsport

Profile image credit Ken Hill Photography

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swtwtwtw swtwtwtw
7/26/2017 4:02 PM
harescrambled wrote:

If it was compressed it's ...more

I subscribe to the above notion. However, how the hell did we survive the 70's 80's and 90's crashing hard over and over in our favorite helmet.

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