Motorex Helmet Care
by B.K. for webBikeWorld
| Owner Comments (Below)
The email was more or less in the
"closing the barn door after the horse is gone"
A webBikeWorld visitor wanted to know if
there was any way to clean the liner of a greasy helmet.
But wasn't it already too late? He could have
prevented the problem to begin with.
Now I understand that helmets can get pretty sick
looking inside. Some motorcyclists let it go way
too long, but sometimes it can't be helped.
But the problem can be forestalled
almost indefinitely by wearing a helmet liner. I
don't mean the removable liners that already come in
most helmets - I mean the "do-rag" (where did
that name come from?) type of skull-cap-head-wraps,
available in silk, cotton or my favorite,
Since we're always evaluating helmets
and swapping them between multiple partners, it's
important not to share too many of our, uh, Personal
Body Exudations (PBE's) with each other. So we've
developed the habit
of always using the skullcap-type helmet liners.
One of the benefits of a skullcap helmet liner is
that it prevents PBE's from clinging to the helmet's
fabric liner. I'm surprised at how many motorcyclists
don't use a skullcap-type helmet liner (isn't there a
better name for these things?); but then again, I
guess I'm not surprised -- look at how many
motorcyclists don't even wear gloves.
But let's not go there...
In any case, a skullcap-type helmet
liner can be cleaned by adding it to a load that's
the washing machine. Alternatively, it can just as
easily be cleaned by hand in the sink with a little soap
and water. Rinse, soap, repeat, wring dry.
Yes, I know that helmet liners (the
kind that fit into the helmet's shell) can be removed
and cleaned, but that's a pain. They can be
removed in theory, but have you ever tried it? No
So the skullcap-type helmet liner is
the best first line of defense against PBE's. But
eventually, after enough sweat has soaked through, the helmet's liner may
still get grungy enough to
make cleaning necessary.
That's where this stuff
comes in. Motorex Helmet Care was specifically designed
to clean helmet liners, although they also claim it can
be used to clean the outside of the helmet.
The can has a special spray tip that can
be used upside-down. Shake it up and let it rip
inside the helmet and it blasts out just like a dollop
cream. It creates an instantaneous mountain of
foam, so it works
better if the spray is quickly directed around the inside on the
liner. I usually stick my hand in there and mix it
up and pat the Motorex foam down on to the helmet liner, then
let it sit for about a minute or two.
A paper towel or clean cloth towel can
be used to gently wipe the Motorex foam off the liner. It
seems to clean up most of the greasy spots and it
freshens up the liner material. At first I didn't
mind the smell, but after using it a couple of times, I
realized I'm not very fond of it after all. It has a
sort of cloying perfume/chemical smell that stays in the helmet
liner (and on my hands) for too long, which I suppose may be a good thing
for some helmets... But I wish it had either no odor or
something a bit lighter.
|Dirty helmet (not so
dirty, in this case).
||Blast on the Motorex
Helmet Care. Note the big dollop in
the center, the immediate result of opening
Mix it around a bit, let it dry and...
One of our problems is that we have so
many helmets floating around here that we don't often
wear one long enough to get the liner really dirty,
especially since we all wear the aforementioned helmet
head wrap liner. So while the photos don't show a
dramatic difference, we have tried the Motorex Helmet
Care on the liners of other helmets and it works as
As for its ability to clean the helmet
shell, well, we'll pass on that one. We think
you'd be better off using something like
Sprayway Glass Cleaner or
Many motorcyclists don't realize that
there is a product specifically designed to clean the
liner on the inside of a helmet. Motorex Helmet
Care isn't necessarily a must-have product, but just be
aware that it's there to help if you have a case of
Review: Motorex Helmet Care Helmet Cleaner
Retail Price: $5.95
Comments: Cleans the inside of helmets. Claimed to also
clean the outside of the helmet shell, but we'd rather use other
products for that job. Kind of a sickly-sweet perfume/chemical
smell, which is strange, considering the purpose of the product.
Can be hard to find -- Motorex makes lots of different chemical products
for motorcycles, but they're not widely available in the U.S.A. Made
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From "W.C.": "Use any foam made for automotive interiors ...
this product (Motorex) is only a repackaged version of their own automotive