I've always been a cheap bastard, I love to spend money and get things but I'll always go for the price over quality. Or should I say I'll buy the least expensive item that is going to fit my needs. In my later years I've noticed a shift in my "thinking" about what I buy.
Let's talk motorcycle gear, what I've realized is that by cheaping out, I've given up a lot of comfort, functionality and reliability. As an example, I bought premium TCX Gore-Tex lined riding boots...The are super comfortable, completely waterproof and show no real ware after thousands of miles use. I would have gone through two pairs of the $100 SWAT boots I used to use by now and had wet feet...I've tried several cheaper "rain gloves" NONE of them ever kept my hands dry/warm. I decided to invest in a pair of true Gore-Tex gloves. They came in yesterday, I put them on and ran them under the kitchen sink full blast for a few minutes...hands perfectly dry.
Too the real point of this post
...I have several "non-premium" helmets I bought over the years, none of them fit all my wants and needs. So I started looking where I'd never go before...Premium Helmets
I've been going to shops, fit testing and eyeballing these Arai's and Shoei's(I know there's other premium brands but these two make proper touring helmets and offer shapes to fit my head) and damn it, I'm impressed. I've found the right bucket and something I didn't know I wanted an integrated comms system..
Shoei GT-Air 2
with the Sena SRL2
... If I'm dropping big bucks I have to get the graphic that reverse matches my bike, just have too....The helmet and comms will cost ~$960 ...This is big hump for a chronically cheap bastard like me to get over. But if it proves out like the other premium gear I've purchased it'll be worth it in the long run..
"Living life is a great idea, but riding a motorcycle actually gives you a tool to do it..."
2013 Sunset Red
Vic Tri-Oval Mufflers, Lloydz VM1-DR cams, AF, PC-V @112hp/113tq
Corbin Dual Tour seat, Klock Werks Klip Hanger bars, Vicwapz
Avon Contour grips, Kuryakyn Kinetic boards and rear SwingWings
Victory black LED headlight and Touring Pack, Madstad 9" windshield