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Too Much Motorcycle Travel, and a Stinky Helmet?

Posted by Eric Lange on June 8, 2012
Eric Lange
Since riding his KTM 950 Adventure down to South America in 2008 and launching RIDE Adventures in 2010, Eric now resides in Oregon for most of each year. Riding is still a regular part of his work though, in that guiding tours is a passion he'll always have, and researching new routes and regions allows RIDE Adventures to continue growing and providing reliable travel services to adventure minded riders and travelers from around the world.

SweatVac for Helmets

Your dual sport motorcycle helmet is probably going to stink eventually, which of course is considered "proof of adventure" for some.

It's not that big of a project, removing the padding and either hand or machine washing the helmet liner pieces.  But why not spend $20 and maybe never have to do that again?

A year ago, I bought another brand new Shoei Hornet dual sport helmet, and at the same time, purchased SweatVac's Ventilator Cap to use as a helmet liner, and neither does my helmet stink yet, nor have I had to wash it!  Keep in mind please, I ride a ton.  That's 12 months, about 6 different countries, and probably 45,000 miles in temperatures ranging from 20 to 105 Fahrenheit.  And I sweat like a chased pig.

Since I'm bald (half by choice, half by nature) I'm guessing that much of the helmet stink I used to endure came from dead skin embedding directly into the helmet's liner.  Without hair there to act as a barrier, a helmet's liner I would assume is constantly exfoliating skin particles, which then sit there and rot in a humid situation. 

Whether you're bald like me or donning a lion's mane like Fabio, the suggestion is that anyone could benefit fom this simple little item.  I actually feel a bit cooler, as if it's wicking away moisture and keeping me cooler instead having all that perspiration acting as another heat trapping aspect.  Warmer when I want it to be, and cooler in the heat.....maybe the best $20 a rider can spend!

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