Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Reader Restoration - John Mcavoy

All the gear that’s stood the test of time and trial by PS/PB

How long: 4 ½ years

Cost: £549.99 (plain), Cus­tom Paint £400


I’VE USED this for nearly five years, so it’s now be­ing pen­sioned off, as it’s at the limit of rec­om­mended us­age.

The vi­sor mech­a­nism isn’t as stiff as when new, and the lin­ing isn’t as plush or firm as it was, both of which I can for­give. I must have opened and closed the vi­sor thou­sands of times over the years, and I dread to think how much sweat I have de­posited in­side it. The lin­ing takes mo­ments to strip and wash, so keep­ing it clean has been easy and has no doubt ex­tended its life. The paint­work is as per­fect as the day it was painted. It’s light­weight, quiet, has a su­perb field of vi­sion and its aero­dy­namic lines must work, as I rarely get a stiff neck af­ter a long day in the sad­dle.

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