November 01, 2009

Anxiety Attack

I am craving for a quick ride on my Hawk. The streets are dry, the weather is fair, and temperatures are warming up to plus degrees. I am putting on my face mask, helmet and gloves, ready to roll, when I suddenly experience trouble breathing, and a dizziness coming up, so bad that I had to I get off the bike and to remove my full face Shoei.

A fit of claustrophobia? Frak! I remembered that this had happened to me before, and that's why in the past I always carried a 3/4 helmet as a spare. Hence, I will have to buy one for next season.

My favorite choice would probably be the ARAI SZ RAM III.
Pros: pleasant design, light, comfy, has good padding, and a large visor for eye protection.
Cons: less safe than a full-face, increased wind noise, expensive.

Now I am going to put my Hawk back in storage. I guess, I am done with riding this year. Wow, that was scary. :-(

3 comments:

  1. SonjaM:

    I am the same as you. I use a 3/4 helmet. I bought a modular over a year ago but my glasses get in the way and I am not used to the tunnel vision. You have to turn your head to look both directions and gets very tiring. The 3/4 is much safer as you can see with much less effort.
    With the Modular (Full face with moveable chin bar) I feel like I am trapped inside.

    bob
    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

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  2. I am kinda glad that I am not alone with this. Actually I had totally forgotten about my issue with confined spaces when I bought the full face helmet. What brand/model have you chosen?

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  3. SonjaM:

    We actually ride because we don't like confined spaces. All around all you can see is air and scenery. You look up and see the sky. But with a full face helmet you are always riding in a tunnel, so very claustrophobic. I even have to turn my head downward to see the gauges. so I'll stick to 3/4, thank you.

    My NEW Modular helmet is a no-name, push a button and the whole chin guard hinges upward. I wanted to get a full face modular but most have problems when wearing glasses, except for the HJC that I recently saw. It had a much larger opening. Too bad they don't make a 3/4 with a metal bar to protect your chin with a wire see through mesh of some sort

    bob
    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

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