My AGV Ti-tech and I have been locked in a war of attrition since I bought it 3 years ago at the Ally Pally show. Like a pair of irresponsible but desirable shoes, it fitted fine in the shop but as soon as I got it home it started to pinch. £220 is a lot to write off, so I persevered, thinking that sooner or later either the lid lining would bend into the shape of my head, or, like a member of one of those tribes that practises head-binding, my head would re-emerge in a similar shape to Valentio Rossi’s. Neither outcome has manifested, in favour of me just getting a blinding headache after about 30 minutes. You can’t get very far in 30 minutes and a bright red forehead is not a good look on arrival. But, as I hate buying lids almost as much as I hate buying shoes, I’ve stuck with it for fear of replacing one expensive mistake with another. And for fear of getting my head stuck while trying on, which also happened at the Ally Pally show, at the Dainese shop.
But this year is about facing fears and dealing with them, so, yesterday, poked a little by the Midnight Mud Westler, I gave in and bought a new lid with a pointier headspace. And it’s lovely.
PS. Speaking of fears, I’m assured it’s not a track day, it’s a training day. I shall mostly be wearing borrowed leathers which make me look like an East German shotputter.