Modern motorcycle helmets have really long lives and even if you use it regularly the wear and tear is usually not too much for you to discard it. In fact, if you take good care of the helmet, you can use it for at least 3 to 4 years without replacing it. Meanwhile, you must keep the helmet updated with the latest safety and comfort features. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of things that you need to know about upgrading a helmet instead of buying a new one just yet.
Caution! Buy a new helmet instead of upgrading the old helmet if:
- It has been in an accident recently
- If the helmet does not fit you properly
- If the helmet has become dilapidated and has started showing signs of aging
Why should you consider upgrading the helmet?
If you are wondering why you should upgrade your helmet instead of buying a new one, here are a few arguments in its favor.
- Saves money: upgrading helps you save a lot of money. A brand-new helmet will cost you anywhere upwards of Rs 800 to Rs 1000 and can go a lot higher depending on the features you choose. Instead of spending a lot of money on those features in a new helmet, you can upgrade the existing helmet with those features with aftermarket options.
- Gives you latest features for less money: like we said earlier, instead of buying a brand-new motorcycle helmet with Bluetooth connectivity you can add the Bluetooth feature to your existing helmet with aftermarket products. This will not only save you a lot of money but also give you the similar kind of experience you would expect from a new product for the fraction of the cost.
- Extends life of old helmets: if the helmet has started showing signs of aging, you can give it a new breath of life by upgrading the outer shell with a paint job, or by replacing a scratched visor with a new clear visor. Doing that makes the helmet look comparatively better than it was before! Also, by updating the helmet with the latest features, you continue to get the benefits of a modern helmet from the old helmet which is a win-win in our books.
What to consider while upgrading?
If you've decided that you are going to upgrade the helmet then the next step is to consider a few things before going through with your upgrades.
- Is the upgrade worth making?: The first question that you need to ask yourself is the upgrade worth making. How much money are you going to spend on it after all the upgrades are done? Will the overall cost of upgrade be more than the cost of a new helmet? Do you like the helmet enough to continue using after the upgrades or are you planning to buy a new helmet anyway? Once the answer for all of these questions comes through, you will be in a better place to decide the way ahead.
- Will it save money in the long run?: The primary purpose of upgrading helmets over buying a new one is to save money in the long run. But that is not the case because your helmet has become way too dilapidated to be worthy of an upgrade, you should probably not go through with your decision. Remember that in addition to saving money you should also focus on keeping yourself safe and if the upgrade isn't proceeding in that direction, then it is completely worthless.
- Hassle of upgrading vs. Buying a new one: Last but not the least, do you have the necessary infrastructure to make the upgrade happen? In top tier cities and towns, you can easily find aftermarket options and exclusive brand outlets where you can go and have the helmet updated with latest features but if that is not available to you in your location then the hassle of upgrading would be way too much, considering the time and effort it takes to buy a new helmet these days. Weigh in all of these options first, and then decide whether you should upgrade the helmet or buy a new one.
Upgrade the visor
With all the decision making and deliberation process done now it's time to find out what things you can upgrade in your helmet. The most recommended candidate for an upgrade in a helmet is the visor which becomes scratched every 7 to 8 months or even earlier depending on the frequency of your use. In case you spot micro scratches on the visor, you should definitely consider changing it with a new one because replacement visors do not cost a lot and can drastically change the way you see the road especially when it becomes dark. A scratched visor makes it really difficult because it becomes hazy as soon as headlight from oncoming traffic is incident upon it. Instead of going for a clear visor you can also replace it with a mirrored visor or a black visor, depending on your style of riding and preference.
Upgrade the inner lining & padding
The second thing that you can upgrade and extend the helmet’s life are the inner lining and padding. These become worn out especially in hot and humid conditions where heavy sweating is a common occurrence. To be able to replace the inner lining and padding make sure to buy a helmet with replaceable inner parts.
Upgrade the strapping mechanism
Nylon straps are very resistant to damage but if for some reason the straps have become frayed you can have them replaced with new ones that will boost the comfort levels of the helmet. New strapping mechanisms come with a quick-release feature which makes it super convenient to put the helmet on and take it off in a moment.