Getting the Ninja had me going all in on the sport bike look. The full helmet and ballistic nylon riding gear makes me look like I came out of the future. When I'm all out on the Ninja it suits. But a sport bike was never the goal. I like the vintage look and as the bike evolves so will the gear.
I've watched It's Better in the Wind a couple of times now and dig the vibe. Cafe racers, old Triumphs, all customized.
A couple of other things are making me rethink the gear. At the training course they talked about how the helmet doesn't seriously mitigate the chance of injury. If you think that a helmet will make riding safe you're not understanding the physics. Helmets help to minimize one kind of injury. If you can't handle this truth then you shouldn't be riding, helmets don't make riding safe.
|The fighter style open face helmet|
is a modern take on the old open
|The Bell is a classic, though it made|
me head look HUGE! It'd be nice
to get my Mondo Enduro on though
|A variation on the classic by Bell,|
the Pit Boss is a bit less
The Bell pitboss had a nice look to it, but they didn't have one in my size to try on, though I think I'd go with the over the ears cover for protection and wind reduction.
I'm helmet inspired by a couple of things. The family history sure plays a part in it, but so do movies. Picking up something that I can plaster a rebel alliance sticker on would be cool.
Here are a couple of other eye catching open face helmets I've been thinking about:
|Bell Hurricane ~$100|
|ZR1 Royale Air Ace ~$127|
|Nolan Outlaw N20 ~$205|
The other day someone parked their original Thruxton next to the Ninja and I got the itch for that old bike once again.
What a lovely old machine, beautifully cared for...