I brought up the issue of helmets just recently in another thread, and didn’t want to hi-jack that one any more than I already had, I’m also sure I have touched on this topic at least once or twice in the past, but I think talking about our helmets from time to time is not a waste of time.
So . . . "If ya got a two dollar head, get yourself a two dollar helmet!"
Good helmets aren't cheap for a reason! I bought my Bell Star a looong time ago, it fits me well and is holding up great, it was the transitions visor that sealed the deal. It's both Snell & DOT approved.
I wash it inside and out quite often and I don't see myself needing a new one anytime soon, oh yeah, there is "The want" of a new helmet. However dropping two to four Benjamins to satisfy the want of a new helmet isn't at the top of my list right now.
Living between a Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles and Dennis Kirk means I can do a day ride to any one to try on any of their stuff, which I have. On my last trip to Dennis Kirk I was looking to buy a nice white ½ helmet, I liked the feature of tinted internal slide down visors, various manufacturers have assorted features, all of which were very interesting, but they all looked goofy, it’s called "Mushroom head," so I’m sticking with ol' blue for now.
And to hell with the old rule that you should replace your helmet every five years, I don't believe that crap, maybe owners on average are due for new helmets around that time because they treat their buckets like crap. Or is it just a baseless statistic offered up by the helmet industry to increase sales? IDK. But on my helmet there's no UV damage or road rash, in fact I've never even as much as dropped it on a carpeted floor. I almost always wash it right after riding (And frequently during a ride) then I keep it in a padded carrying case from Bell.
With the small Boulevard windscreen that I put on my bike, my leather coat is usually free of bugs, but the front of my helmet always has a nasty layer of bug guts!
With the amount of money I dropped on my helmet, I treat it with a little more care than a two dollar helmet.
As always, knock on wood . . . I hope I'm not jinxing myself here!