Baabali helmets are made from the best materials to provide you with a durable product. However, because helmets are used under a variety of conditions, it is not possible to specify an exact product life. Baabali recommends replacing helmets every 3 to 5 years due to UV damage, adhesives and component deterioration.
This question requires some background knowledge. The first thing to know is that in most cases, head injuries are caused by a sudden stop. The head is sailing briskly, but then in the blink of an eye, the head hits something hard and unyielding and comes to a complete stop. Unless the head is secured in a good helmet, the sudden stop sends shock waves through the scalp, skull and brain tissue. There will almost certainly be painful lumps and swelling, possible skull fractures, and the shock waves may even travel through brain tissue, causing bleeding and disruption and permanent damage that the most modern medical capabilities cannot repair.
It is not the fall that causes the injury, but the sudden stop. The helmet works to make the stop less abrupt.
When the helmet shell hits something hard and unyielding, it stops almost immediately. But by crushing the yielding impact liner located between the wearer's head and the helmet shell, the movement inside the head takes a little longer. This impact liner is usually made of EPS (expanded polystyrene), a material commonly used in disposable packaging materials for delicate furniture and electronics. When a still-moving head presses the EPS impact liner against the inside of the helmet shell, the liner applies a controlled braking force that slows the head more gently than without the helmet.
Two questions remain: Is the stop still too abrupt? I.e., is the gentle braking force of the impact liner still too high to prevent injury? And, is the liner thick enough that it won't run out before the head decelerates to a stop inside the helmet? There is only so much room for crushes. If the liner runs out of crush chamber before the head decelerates to a stop, the still moving head must suddenly stop. The impact may not be as severe as without a helmet, but it could still cause injury, possibly even serious injury.
For a given impact, the softer the liner, the greater the degree of liner crush. If the helmet runs out of crush space in the liner before the head stops, the head must come to a sudden stop. Effectively, the helmet transitions from soft to hard, with the head slamming into the helmet liner that suddenly hardens. The helmet liner must be hard enough to slow the test head shape to a complete stop before it is completely crushed and still be soft enough to not exceed the requirements of the government standards in DOT or ECE 22-05. The DOT and ECE set forth testing requirements, including impact velocity, head configuration, etc. As long as the helmet performs well, the street motorcycle is legal.
Real-world crash impacts can be much more severe than those found in DOT or ECE testing. If a rider does not want to wear a helmet, the best choice is one that can perform at the maximum speed that current helmet technology can reasonably manage. These are the helmets we look for at Baabali.
First, you should try a number of helmet models to find one that feels most comfortable but always fits snugly on your head. To check if the helmet is too big, you should buckle the straps, try pulling the lower back of the helmet forward, and then push the front of the helmet back to see if the helmet slips off. If so, the helmet is too big. A new motorcycle helmet should fit perfectly. Most people will buy a new motorcycle helmet that is too big for their size. To make sure the helmet is not too small, you should hold the helmet on your head for at least five to ten minutes to see if there is any discomfort. Some helmet models have replaceable cheek pads to provide better comfort, and Baabali has three lines of eleven helmets to meet your every need.
Baabali determines that any Baabali helmet that is defective in material or workmanship within one (1) year of the date of purchase will be repaired or replaced at Baabali's option, free of charge, upon receipt of prepaid factory shipping with proof of purchase. If you have any questions regarding the warranty coverage of your helmet, please contact us or refer to your helmet's manual.
Cleaning Your Helmet
Helmets are made of materials that can be damaged by many commonly available cleaners. Petroleum based solvents or cleaners are especially dangerous. They can damage a helmet so that its protective capabilities are significantly reduced. Many times this damage is not visible. For best results, clean the helmet using a soft cloth or sponge, warm water and mild soap (such as a mild dish soap).
We get inquiries from day care centers or from people who share their helmets, and are concerned about lice infestation. Here’s a simple, effective way to get rid of them:
1. Do not use spray of any type.
2. Place the helmet into an airtight plastic bag for 48 hours. Then, remove the pads and use a soft cloth or sponge, warm water and mild soap to clean the surface.