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most types of rid­ing and I have never been asked to re­move it when mak­ing any type of pur­chase, mind you as soon as I ar­rive at the garage pumps or any es­tab­lish­ment I am vis­it­ing I al­ways open the front so that the se­cu­rity cam­eras can see my face. My cur­rent hel­met has a ratchet clos­ing mech­a­nism which I be­lieve is go­ing to be­come the in­dus­try’s stan­dard type. I like and pre­fer it to the D-ring and the ‘snap closed’ (like a seat belt) types. I am very im­pressed with my new Givi – its qual­ity, com­fort, and quiet­ness, and it also feels lighter and at £184 is very good value. I only paid £50 as I was able to take ad­van­tage of a clear­ance price at the re­cent Great N/W Mo­tor­cy­cle Show in Black­pool’s Win­ter Gar­dens be­cause I only take a small

54cm size (a school­boy size which may ex­plain why my wife some­times says to me: ‘Grow up’! fu­ture re­views. There are some in­cred­i­bly light hel­mets out now, so the dif­fer­ences are tan­gi­ble.

REBEL

I’m an avid reader of the mo­tor­cy­cle press and had read some tests on Honda’s 500

Rebel. Re­cently I en­tered the lo­cal Honda dealer here and saw one. I thought what a stun­ning look­ing bike and promptly did a deal, part ex­chang­ing my MT-07.

I have three other bikes: a Guzzi Bob­ber, Har­ley 883 and Tri­umph Bob­ber and can hon­estly say the Honda beats all of them. It has typ­i­cal Honda build qual­ity, is a great ride and looks amaz­ing. It also has a lovely light feel to it and great han­dling. In con­clu­sion, to any­one con­sid­er­ing a new bike, I can thor­oughly rec­om­mend this ma­chine.

Okay, the name is a bit naff but the bike it­self is bril­liant.

BAR­GAIN HUNT­ING

Just a quick rant: Why do prices rise as­tro­nom­i­cally when­ever the word mo­tor­cy­cle is in­cor­po­rated into the price?

I am look­ing for re­place­ment pan­nier lin­ers for my old GIVI 36-litre boxes. Nearly £50 for a glo­ri­fied sports bag. Re­ally?

Non-gen­uine items are about £40 a pair, which is what I use at the mo­ment, but these are wear­ing out and need to be

Car­bon hel­mets have been a game changer in re­duc­ing weight.

Fizzy ad­vert from way back when.

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