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new helmet time

Riding home Monday night from the University's motor-pool car-park, I figured it was not only time but well past time to buy a new helmet. Why, you ask? Because I could pretty much not see anything through the scratched and pitted shield. That in addition to its having saved my head a couple of times by giving up chunks of itself to various road surfaces. Plus it kinda smelled like bears hibernated in there. Oh, and I have to wear a balaclava to keep the decomposing foam from sticking to my scalp and face.

It's only now gotten cold enough in Kansas to require wearing a full-face helmet, so I'd forgotten just how bad the old Simpson was getting. But the weather isn't getting warmer any time soon. So, yeah, it was time to retire my beloved Arai DS "Darth Vader" helmet.

What did I order? How about a lightweight, full-carbon-fiber sexy thang:

Click the image to see the specs.

Being a bargain-shopper, I made an offer far lower than their list price - and they accepted it! Within days, I'll have my new helmet. Woohoo!

I looked all over teh intarwebs to find a photo of what my dying helmet looks like, to no avail (it's rather, um, vintage). It was really cool, with giant openings for the eyes and an "I'm your father, Luke," vent on the chin. I suspect it'll become part of a Halloween costume at some point, because it's not really good for anything else.

Later!
Chris

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arian1
Oct. 22nd, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Look at you makin' with the new hotness.
mckitterick
Oct. 22nd, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
To be fair, woadwarrior was going to smack me with a hammer if I kept using my battered old hat.
jeanineers
Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Funny you should say that. I read your post, shook my head sadly, and then read it out loud to him. I was going to post a finger waggle at you, but I can see that there is no need.

We reserve the right to worry and share our concern for other crap at a later date.

Hugs,
J
mckitterick
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
I forgot to mention that it was also losing all the rubber parts, such as the nose-fog deflector and shield seal.

I wouldn't have ridden it on the highway like that, see, so it's good to get something I can trust. Just in case, y'know, I decide to actually ride on the highway.
bodandra
Oct. 22nd, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Nice!
kijjohnson
Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Wow, now you need a new motorcycle to match up to that.
mckitterick
Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
That's crazy talk! Since when have I ever owned an extra motorcycle?

Don't answer that.
kijjohnson
Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
:)
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mckitterick
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Rockin'!
jeanineers
Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
OMG! Who would ever own more than one motorcycle at a time. . . oh, yeah...nevermind
mckitterick
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
:-D

I only (technically) have one motorcycle at the moment. If you don't count the 80cc Aprilia and 150cc Vespa....

Or could "technically" also mean that I have no scooters but three motorcycles? Hmm.
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mckitterick
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
What do you wear?
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mckitterick
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
I really like the design and layout of the KBC.

Here's hoping my new Joe Rocket will fit just right.
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mckitterick
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
You can find 'em all over eBay right now for about $300 plus shipping (what I paid). That's a whole lot less than retail. Never thought I could afford a full carbon-fiber helmet, but these discounters make it possible.
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