Shoei X-Spirit I Lawson replica, £389 (other design from £299.99 at www.mcnshop.com)
Miles covered: 50,000/five years
What’s good: Comfort, fit and finish are all as you’d expect of a top-end Shoei – ie excellent – but you can say the same of equivalent Arais. What differentiates the two for me is the Shoei’s slightly more spectacle-friendly shell shape (wider at the front) and the simple visor removal system.
Why Arai continues to make us rip visors from £500 helmets like we’re tearing phone books I’ll never know. This Shoei X-Spirit has coped well with me stuffing my gloves in it every day and I only replaced the cheek pads after four years to tighten up the fit – there’s very little fraying on the liner. I’ve never crashed in it.
What’s not: High-speed noise is a little more than my Arai Quantum, but that’s not a factor with earplugs in. The main irritant is that if you want one they’re hard to find. The X-Spirit has been replaced with the X-Spirit II and there’s a range of garish replicas available but no classy Lawson. Madness. Individual shops have old stock left so some Google detective work is required.
Contact: www.mcnshop.com At time of going to press, Woking Yamaha had a Lawson replica in stock (www.wokingyamaha.co.uk; 01483-714893)