SHOEI X-SPIRIT III
TESTED BY: Boothy MILES: 10,000 TIME: 3 years PRICE: £599.99 WEB: www.shoeiassured.co.uk
Someone once told me that every time you bang your head, you lose a couple of brain cells; if that’s the case I don’t suppose I’ve got many left. I don’t think I had a lot in the first place. In all seriousness though, we all know that a decent helmet is a must when you throw your leg over a motorbike. At £599.99, the X-Spirit III isn’t cheap, but during my little off at Cadwell Park, my head took a proper blow to the tarmac. I wasn’t KO’ed, but I reckon that’s about as hard as you can bang your head without spending a little bit of time unconscious – it didn’t half hurt and I had an evening of spewing up followed by a couple of days’ worth of headaches. But I can handle that, and I’d rather not think about how I’d have been had I not been wearing such a well-fitting, premium quality helmet. The lid’s had it now. It can be pretty heart-breaking chucking away a helmet that might only be a few years old, but when you take away the inner lining, you can see how much the impact has damaged the EPS shell. I’m sure it can be upcycled into a fruit bowl or a hanging basket or something.