SHOEI helmets are designed to provide the best possible safety and comfort for you. Each model is the result of decades of experience, besides intensive research and development.
Therefore, it is our responsibility in caring for something that cares for our heads. Still, caring for a helmet is not an all-consuming activity. A helmet that is well-cared for will provide years of safe service and comfort.
1. Carrying the helmet
It is best to carry your helmet in the provided helmet bag. The bag keeps the helmet safe from soft bumps and scratches.
If you do not have the bag with you, tie up the chinstrap and hang the helmet off your forearm like a handbag.
It is best not to carry a helmet by gripping the chin bar or the brow pads or cheek pads because you may damage it. You may also accidentally detach the breath guard (full-face helmet) and lose it. The damaged pads will result in an ill-fitting helmet.
2. Placing the helmet on a motorcycle
The motorcycle’s mirrors are so tempting as helmet holders, are they not?
However, placing the helmet on the mirror regularly will damage its insides, namely the crown comfort pad and EPS. A damaged crown pad means the helmet will not sit properly against the wearer’s head resulting in discomfort and compromised safety. Damage to the EPS will also compromise the wearer’s safety.
So, the best way is to place it on the bike’s fuel tank. Or tie the chin strap and hang it off the handlebar.
3. Do not use it as a basket
While we carry the helmet like a handbag, we must not use it to carry things as if it is a basket. The helmet is designed to fit the human head, not everything else. Also, try to not place your gloves in the helmet for long periods of time. Gloves are exposed to all sorts of contaminants besides our sweat so placing them in the helmet will damage the comfort pads.
4. Drying the helmet
Always try to dry the comfort liners as much as possible before wearing the helmet again. It is not only the issue of comfort (and smell) but leaving them wet too often will damage them. So, remove them to let them dry out.
Removing the liners also lets the insides of the shell dry better. Place the helmet on a flat surface and let it dry. Do not upend the helmet and place it on the top of its shell unless you place it on a helmet cushion. Also do not dry the shell under direct sunlight.
5. Cleaning the helmet
Remember to remove the liners and wash them from time to time with warm water and a little detergent. Do not use harsh cleaners. Leave them to dry in a warm and dry location, never under direct sunlight.
Use a specially formulated helmet cleaner to clean the shell. Spray on, leave it for 30 seconds to 1 minute and wipe with a clean microfibre cloth. Do not use harsh chemicals, solvents, or oils to clean the helmet!
As for the faceshield (visor), best to use a specially formulated cleaner (which is usually a helmet cleaner, too). You may also use handwash soap to clean the visor, followed by wiping off with a clean microfibre cloth or paper towel. Do not clean it with glass cleaner as it may contain alcohol that will damage the visor’s coating.
If you wish to coat the visor with a rain clearing agent such as RainX, use Rain-X for Plastics. Do not use the regular Rain-X or equivalent for car windshields as it will damage the visor’s coating.
6. Store upright
Place the helmet in the helmet bag and place it upright in a cool and well-ventilated location. Do not place the helmet upside down as prolonged pressure in this position may damage the shell.