Helmet winter maintenance

The liner of many motorcycle helmets like our Nolan N90 modular is removable for washing

The liner of many motorcycle helmets like our Nolan N90 modular is removable for washing

I’m desperately missing my BMW R1200RT.

They say ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder.’  That’s a great understatement.  It’s only been about seven weeks since I rode the RT to its winter storage facility.  But it’s frustrating as hell to not have the bike in my garage so I can see and play with it even if the roads are covered with snow.

I needed a motorcycle-related project to occupy me so I thought this is the perfect time to do some winter ‘maintenance’ on my motorcycle helmets.

I retrieved from the basement my two modular (or so-called ‘flip-up’ helmets), my current Nolan N90 and an older Nolan N102.

Like many helmets these days, both Nolans have removable liners so you can wash them.  Over a riding season, sweat, body oil and exposure to the elements combine to form an unpleasant ‘funk’ of grime and odour that can easily be eliminated with a good washing.

The Nolan N90’s liner is easily removable in one piece. Releasing one metal snap and one plastic push snap on each side of the liner near where the chin strap attaches to the shell loosens the securing points.  Then you pull the ends of the chin straps through the liner and gently pull out plastic tabs sewn to the liner that are inserted to female receivers on the shell.  That’s it.

Nolan N90 helmet has a one-piece removable liner

Nolan N90 helmet has a one-piece removable liner

To wash the liner, I simply half filled the kitchen sink with warm water and used one tablespoon of Tide laundry detergent.  Gently hand wash the liner and you can use a soft bristle brush to gently rub the high contact areas like the forehead and ear flaps.

I rinsed the liner with fresh, warm water three times and squeeze dried it in a bath towel.  Finally, I hung it in the furnace room overnight to dry.

Re-assembling the N90 liner is a touch more tricky.  Feed the straps through the liner, snap down the metal and plastic snap on each side, then insert the three plastic tabs that secure the liner at the forehead.  You’ll have to press the remainder of the liner into the shell as there are some flexible plastic pieces that fit into the styrofoam shell.  That’s it.

For the N102 helmet, the liner is comprised of three pieces:  the main headpiece, and two pieces (one for each side of the jaw.)  The dis-assembly and re-assembly process is more or less the same.

Both helmets are now ready for the new riding season.

Wash the helmet liner in warm water and 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent.  Rinse with clean warm water.  Squeeze dry in a towel and hang to dry.

Wash the helmet liner in warm water and 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent. Rinse with clean warm water. Squeeze dry in a towel and hang to dry.

Nolan N90 one-piece helmet liner removed from shell

Nolan N90 one-piece helmet liner removed from shell

 

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