Putting a lid on it
I’m rather annoyed. My less-than-18-month-old HJC CS-R1 helmet’s eyeshield is stuck in the up position, due to one of the cheap plastic screws that hold the mounting/pivot bracket breaking.
Our wonderfully litigious society rules out repairs to things like motorcycle helmets. And I haven’t been able to find one from which I could cannibalize the needed parts.
Luckily, I’m not riding very far these days, so the concentrated blast of cold air on my face is merely uncomfortable. And unlike Seattle, there isn’t anywhere near the amount of debris on the road. I wear glasses with Lexan lenses, so there is some eye protection in place. Said he, hopefully.
But at some point I’m going to need a new helmet. I’m thinking Nolan N43 Trilogy N-com.
In spite of its British-sounding name, Nolan is an Italian company. Their helmets are high-quality items with clever features, and the ones with N-com appended to their names allow installation of a kit that makes them fully Bluetooth capable. Add a Bluetooth-capable GPS and you can not only hear your favorite synthetic voice’s directions, many such devices recognize your Bluetooth-capable mobile phone as well, enabling hands-free operation. (My lawyer reminds me to mention that riding while distracted is dangerous, so don’t do it.)
But my favorite feature is the removable chin guard. It’s held in place with sturdy stainless steel fasteners, but is easily removed for those times when you want people to see your face. Group rides, the trip to the grocery store, those kinds of things. (My lawyer also asks me to remind you that a helmet cannot protect any part of your head it doesn’t cover.)
I rather like the flippable (and removable) sun visor, and the fully removable (and washable) liner, which is designed to wick moisture away from your head. And hair, I imagine.
Unfortunately, as I write this the N43 is nowhere to be found on Nolan’s Web site. Luckily, retailers like Dennis Kirk have all the info. It comes in several colors, and there’s even an “Outlaw” version with a removable Nolan emblem, so you can look like you haven’t sold out to The Man.