Frequently Asked Questions

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General questions

Some outer shells are made of composite materials which do not suffer for contacts with solvents or petrol. Nevertheless the thermoplastics outer shells and, in particular, the protective polystyrene inner shells must never be put in contact with such solvents, who severely influence the chemical links. This influence affects the mechanical characteristics of the materials causing inability to protect the head in the event of a choc. For similar reasons, it is advisable to affix stickers onto the external shell only if made of composite materials.
To avoid chemical aggression and discoloring of decorations, the outside of the helmet should be washed using mild soap water solution. The comfort padding (if not removable) and the chinstrap should be cleaned using wet soft cloths and left until complete drying. The fixed comfort padding may also be cleaned using dry foam, similar to the one used for carpet cleaning. Do not forget to brush the foam away after 15 minutes. For removable comfort padding please follow the directions contained in the instruction tags.
Many paints contain aggressive solvents that might weaken the molecular links of the thermoplastic materials making it brittle and almost unable for the use it has been designed for. The helmets manufacturers use paints that contain non aggressive solvents: these are carefully tested during production and application. The shells undergo preliminary preparation to guarantee the grip of the paint. Unqualified people should apply paints on shells made of composite materials only.
Many promotional stickers are equipped with glue containing aggressive chemicals that may weaken the molecular links of the thermoplastic materials. The decorative stickers used by the helmets manufacturers uses glue that contain non aggressive solvents: these are carefully tested during pro-duction and application. Unqualified people should apply stickers on shells made of composite materials only.
A helmet is made of three basic components: the external hard shell that support and distribute the energy of a blow through its partial breakage, the soft inner shell that absorb and dissipate the residual energy through its deformation and destruction, the retention system that hold the helmet in place and permit the two shells to make their job. Besides these components, other ones may be found on a helmet: a visor, fixed or including an opening mechanism, a sun proof peak, a chin guard, a comfort padding, a venting system, a communication system.

In all the European countries the technical standard accepted by the government is the Regulation 22 of the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) of the United Nations, in the most updated version (called the amendment), which currently is the fifth. This is the standard commonly re­ferred as ECE 22-05. This standard requires that the visor mounted on the helmets is approved too. All other approvals, even valid or accepted somewhere else (such as DOT, Snell, JIS, …) are not ac­cepted for public roads use within Europe.

To be freely marketed the helmets must comply with the standard enforced in the different countries. These standards include both technical and bureaucratic requirements. Thus, the approval is the certification that the helmet complies with the standard enforced by a Country in order to permit the sale.
Researches have shown no evidence of degradation of the materials (used in the helmets manufacture) due to the mere effect of the times passing by. Nevertheless the exposure to the atmosphere agents (extreme hot and extreme cold), and the contacts with the vapors of the lubricants and gasoline normally used in the motor bikers environment may influence the molecular links of the materials used. Moreover, because of its own nature, the helmet often undergo to shocks of different amplitude that could limit its performances. For all these reasons and for the abuse to the comfort padding and for the technical evolution that make more modern and protective lids available, it is suggested to replace the helmet after 5 years of use. In case of intensive use this delay should be shortened accordingly. If a helmet supports a severe blow, even if there is no evidence of damage, it should be replaced.

The Regulation ECE 22 requires every helmet bears a label sewn on the retention system (i.e. on the chinstrap). This label bears the homologation mark, the homologation number and the production serial number.The homologation mark is an upper case E followed by a number, inscribed in a circle. The number following the upper case E represents the country who has granted the homologation. For instance E3 marks the helmets approved in Italy, E4 in Belgium, E1 in Germany, E6 in the Netherlands, etc. Below the E-mark there are two numbers: the left one is the homologation number assigned by the National Administrations, where the first two digits represent the series of amendments under which the model has been approved (04 represents the fourth, 05 the fifth, and so on); the right one is the production serial number. On the visor it is enough to see embossed the E-mark and the homologation number only.

During the transport may happen that the antiscratch and antifog treatments react causing this opaque effect, without however prejudging the quality of the visor. Remove therefore the visor and clean it with water and neutral soap.

To assemble the pinlock anti fog lens remove the external visor and follow the instructions present on the packaging lens and follow our tutorial video.

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