A 60 mile ride out toward Linton then a left through Balsham and Newmarket. My plan was to take the road from there up to Ely and back down the A10. At Soham, I turned left and started thinking about the Soham murders back in 2002 and that I hadn’t realised Soham was so close to Cambridge. As a result of my wonderings, I got Soham confused with Streatham and rode in a big circle. Asking the GPS to take me home did not help. I disobeyed and turned back through Swaffham Prior as the sun started to come out and the temperature rose a couple of degrees.
The helmet seems to have shrunk since I bought it two weeks ago and felt a little tight. GPS messages seem a little quieter perhaps because the speakers slip into pockets rather than just velcro to the inside. Overall the helmet is quieter I think than the Arai and seems more wind-sealed with the visor down. Having a new visor is like looking through clear glass again. The sun visor is handy, not too difficult to find the control toward the back left hand side on the top of the helmet. It doesn’t have much coverage when fully down but enough to help in case of dazzling sun. Because of its peak it has a balance point in the vertical angle: move up a degree or two and it just catches the wind; move it down and it doesn’t. There was no low sun but I had the sense that the peak was not as wide as the Arai so felt like it would be less use as a shade when riding into the sun in the evening. I like the way it is dismantleable without tools. With the top plate for sticking a camera mount making it just too tall to fit in a Touratech top box, I was able to save the day by simply removing it. Its still too early to say whether it is a hit or not.