I started later than usual today, so I could go vote before riding to work. The sky was clear and it was a deceiving 27F. By the end of the day, it was dark, raining, and 35F. My new coat and pants are great. They have been keeping me warm and dry through numerous rains now. My old one piece rain suit is getting lonely.
The night before, my helmet was knocked off the table and it landed on the left side. I have an Arai Quantum-II, and it uses an overly complicated mechanism to hold the face shield on. There is a plastic shield base plate which screws into the outside of the helmet. Another plastic over snaps onto the base plate to hold the shield which slips in between the two. Arai claims its safer because the integrity of the helmet isn’t compromised by the shield mount. I find it annoying. It makes it harder to change the shield, and it apparently breaks more often than it should.
The photo below is missing the little tab on the plastic disc. It holds on the outer plastic cover. Lucky for me, Midwest Motorcycle had the covers below in stock and it only cost me $9 and the use of my uncomfortable old HJC.
I am kind of glad it broke last night. It forced me out on a great lunch time ride to south Minneapolis to enjoy a beautiful sunny day. I also learned how my Arai helmet comes apart and why I paid so much for it compared to my old HJC – the fantastic comfort.