Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
Do what you want, but here's my $0.02,
Hygiene aside, I would strongly suggest never buying or using a helmet you've aquired used. Buy it brand new and use it. There are a couple of reasons;
Helmets don't work by being super hard. Asphalt is super hard, that's kind of why we need a helmet. Helmets work by distributing the energy of an impact all around your head to prevent or reduce injury. It does this in two ways, one, with it's semi-rigid/semi-flexible shell, and two (and the important part here) with an internal 'liner' that does quite a bit of work in a crash.
Both the outer and inner shell can be damaged in places with no visible marks. If the helmet had been dropped severely, had things laid on top of it that crushed it, etc., you might not be able to tell, but it might fail in an accident.
Second, the inner shell will over time, 'break in' to the riders head. This could leave gaps in protection to YOUR head.
Like I said, do what you want. Some folks only wear helmets to stay legal so those folks probably wouldn't care what I have to say (the novelty helmet market), but if you ARE wanting to wear it for protection, I would strongly suggest buying a brand new helmet. It doesn't have to be expensive to offer protection!
As far as the cigarette smoke, I don't think that stuff can ever come out. Some miracle of science has created the most permanent product in the world, tobacco smell! I bought my Saturn used about 3 years ago, with 50k miles on it. It had a mild tobacco smell. Now, 3 years later, with 200k miles, IT STILL has a mild tobacco smell. I've steamed it, shampooed it, had it professionally detailed, you name it. It just ain't happening! (Cloth seats too though, that doesn't help at all!)
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT