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TANKS AND TAILS AND MIKE’S PRO LIDS

Low Rider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY JOE RAY

Tanks and Tails and Mike’s Pro Lids

Mo­tor­cy­cle hel­mets are a nec­es­sary evil, un­less of course you live in a state that doesn’t en­force it. But if you’re look­ing for head­gear that of­fers a dy­namic look—and looks even bet­ter while your bike is on dis­play—look no fur­ther than Mike’s Pro Lids.

Not in­tended to be a re­place­ment or a sub­sti­tute for a real hel­met, this is the brain­child of a fa­ther sim­ply try­ing to get his 9-year-old twins to wear a hel­met. Flus­tered with their dis­ap­proval of tra­di­tional Sty­ro­foam hel­mets he set out to cre­ate some­thing that would look cool (and some­thing they would wear), and the re­sult is this cool new prod­uct that sim­u­lates a base­ball cap.

Avail­able with a flat bill (Flat­boy) or a curled bill (Dough­boy), his first pro­to­types were cre­ated in his garage. Upon its de­but it cre­ated quite a com­mo­tion and re­sulted in Mike be­ing in­un­dated with or­ders. These unique head­pieces can be worn for­ward or back­ward and come with an ad­justable strap as well as a re­mov­able (and wash­able) open cell foam liner to give the right amount of com­pres­sion, mi­nus the un­nec­es­sary pres­sure.

Again, Mike’s Pro Lids are

a nov­elty hel­met with­out DOT cer­ti­fi­ca­tion but it hasn’t stopped the huge wave of or­ders. Be­cause of its unique shape it makes cus­tomiza­tion easy, and one visit to his site will give you enough cus­tom ideas to keep you up all night.

So, if you’re look­ing to com­ple­ment your cus­tom bike, just re­mem­ber that Mike’s Pro Lids are the ul­ti­mate com­pan­ion for some­one look­ing to stand out. And if you’re se­ri­ous about grab­bing one of Mike’s Pro Lids you’d bet­ter act now be­cause the cur­rent wait­ing list is roughly four to five weeks due to the over­whelm­ing de­mand.

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