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    First of all, I have a narrow head shape. This means helmets designed to fit globe shaped heads, like Bell and Shoei, become painful after a relatively short amount of time. Not to mention a sore-looking red forehead when I take it off. This helmet is an amazingly good fit for my head. It feels snug and like it won't move in a crash, unlike other helmets, which I've found tolerable but not really a good fit. The Aviator 2.2 is described as having a neutral-to-slightly narrow fit by webbikeworld. At about 950 grams (33.5 oz) the lightest legal helmet you can get in Australia (and probably the world) for road / off-road riding. Most states in Australia (if not all) now accept the new ECE helmet standard as a legal helmet. There are 2 shell sizes according to their website and 3 according to an industry review. Normally with only 2 shell sizes the smaller helmets are ridiculously large, but not in this case. I'm inclined to believe that there is a mistake on the Airoh website (as well as the bad English). The price is high due to the helmet being entirely made in Italy, out of hand-laid carbon and kevlar fibre and generally with these sort of high end helmets goes the additional effort of an extra shell size. The size range is XS - XL (53 - 61cm) so like most motocross helmets you're out of luck if you are a really big man. The manufacturer doesn't skimp on extras, there are a few really practical considerations included. There is an allen key for use on the visor screws, it's in the shape of the Airoh logo and on a lanyard so you don't lose it. There is an extended tip for the visor and covers for the top vents for riding in rain, mud or cold weather. There are spare screws for the visor, both for the visor parts and for the plastic ones that hold them on. They are plastic so that they break away, potentially saving your neck in a faceplant. The only thing I don't like about the visor is that it doesn't adjust downward far enough to block the sun when it's near the horizon. So I have to dip my head down further than I'd like to. There is a kit for safe mounting of a GoPro, so that you can fit the camera per the instructions and be confident that the standards of the helmet are not compromised. Ventilation is excellent. On a really hot day my mates with their open-faced cruiser helmets arrived looking like they'd stuck their heads in a pot of boiling water. I wasn't sweaty at all. In winter I might have to give those vent covers a go. The eyeport is nice and big, providing plenty of visibility and room for your fav pair of goggles. I wear Dragon NFXs, which is the small size, medium and up will be NFX. These goggles are pretty big and fitting them in some helmets is impossible. The NFXs fit in my size small helmet just fine. I also use a pair of Oakley Mayhem, which sit better in this eyeport than in my old helmet, they don't put as much pressure on my nose bridge. At highway speeds it's not a particularly noisy helmet. It maintains a feeling of being light and balanced with the visor only really catching the wind when the helmet is turned to the side, so head checks become difficult at speed. It's the first helmet I've ever felt really comfortable wearing, including road helmets. It's an expensive helmet but it's genuine value for money.
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    Aviator 2.2 represents the evolution of the Aviator 2.1, the champion helmet with which Airoh® has soared to the top spot of the podium in off-road disciplines, reaching the sports headlines. The helmet is available in two different shell sizes and is made with quality materials, 100% Carbon Kevlar, making it one of the lightest and best performing helmets of its class. The strengths in this new version are the lightness, which is implemented further, the expanded field of vision, the new vent chin bar, the new rear spoiler and the new peak that provide maximum protection. Great care has been taken for the inner lining that has been manufactured and designed with the latest materials ensuring optimal ventilation and breathability for those who practice sport at the highest competitive levels. Aviator 2.2 is equipped with a dust filter, which will prove a good ally during your days off-road and the emergency system for the release of cheek pads (AEFR). Also rich endowment of accessories that provide the Kit Go-Pro®, covers for the vents used in the event of rain or mud, the extended peak, the kit screws and the tool kit that allows you to play in total autonomy all these adjustments. Airoh® is also proud to offer a product to the public that is completely identical to that used by our champions.
    These footpegs have a 1/2" rear offset. On the box the Moose part# is 1620-0775 the Vendor part# is STDRZ-5B It says they fit RM125/250 (91-02), RMX250 (93-98), DRZ400 (00-16), KLX400 (03-16). They were purchased for a 2016 Suzuki DR-Z400E (Australian model) and fitted perfectly. Fitment was fiddly but not at all difficult. I read somewhere that these pegs are offset down as well as back, this is wrong. They were something like a couple of millimetres lower, definitely not going to make a difference. The rear offset is, however, a cheaper and less fiddly option to replacing the gear and brake levers for a guy with big feet. These pegs are made of stainless steel and are very heavy compared to stock. I'm sure these will outlast the bike and the rider and the rider's son. The black appears to be powdercoat and I think the polished stainless parts are clear coated too. It's hard to see in the pics but the surface of these pegs is like x shapes, a bit like Phillips head screwdrivers. They don't seem especially sharp except for the longer claws at the end of the pegs. These look like they are designed to stop the foot from sliding sideways off the peg. When I first rode the bike (with the tall seat) the claws on the end of these pegs kept biting my (over-the-boot) pants whenever I stopped. It was well worth it when I got going though, my feet did not slip off a peg once. The shape of these pegs is slightly convex. I was not too sure how I felt about the convex shape at first but now that I've tried it I think it is an excellent concept. It enabled me to have a lot of footpeg under my foot at any given time, whether I was leaning back or forward or on the balls of my feet or arches there was constant grip. Not only did it give grip but it felt like there was greater range of movement available. At no time did I ever feel like the pegs were sticky or overly bitey either. Inspecting my boot soles after two rides I found no new damage so these pegs aren't hard on boots either. I loved these pegs and I want to get a set for my own bike (with no offset) in the future.
  2. Also, at my workplace nobody understood the amount of weight a dual cab Toyota Hilux could carry and they didn't care either. They would pile up rock samples at the back of the tray until the springs were sagging at the back. The effect on the handling was exactly like what was in that video. Terrifying. Everybody complained that it could cause an accident so I showed them the correct way to distribute a load, piling the bags in front of the rear axle. For the same weight the handling was like night and day. So they just continued to do what they were doing and complaining about the handling. They also complain about Safety Officers, without realizing they are the reason we have Safety Officers.
  3. I saw this great video and decided to share. I've seen a few wrecks in recent years of caravans and boats on trailers and was told sometimes it's because of this.
  4. Got tricked into going to a bar tonight. Had 2 non-alcoholic drinks and went home. Feels good to stand up to that and say no.

  5. The first time I saw those twin pipes was down at the local dealer's workshop. I had just had my hair blown back by the Aprilia RXV5.5 so the first thing I thought was "What? Honda are making some big twin cylinder engine too?" and then I had a look at the engine "Uhh. Ok... So what's the two pipes for then?"
  6. In the 1990s Australian MotoGP racer Daryl Beattie got his toes between a chain and sprocket in a crash...
  7. The amount of heat required to bake the powdercoat can possibly overage aluminium alloy. Unlike the steel frame it's probably not worth doing. Paint is also more readily touched up and you can just mask off things like threaded holes and bearings. I got the frame on my 2002 WR250F powdercoated gloss black and it looks great.
  8. If I test fit the 0.5mm base gasket the piston lifts the straight edge a little, so it's not zero, it's protruding into the head, which I'm told I shouldn't do. When I fit the 0.75mm base gasket I get about a 0.2mm X-dimension. Which is too much, I think. (Originally there were two base gaskets in there, which I measured with a micrometer and they were 0.2mm and 0.5mm).
  9. Thanks for your help guys. I didn't see that Aussie owners thread, thanks for the link. At the moment I'm just trying to order stuff like lower footpegs and taller seat, etc, but I'll keep that in mind about the engine parts.
  10. Well this is a part of the forum I'm surprised to find myself posting in, considering I ride a WR but... My partner just bought a brand new DR-Z400E ( spec) and while looking for parts for it I keep hitting a wall. The US websites parts matching lists all seem to run out of DR-Z400S and DR-Z400E models much earlier than 2016. Does this mean that the model has changed significantly and they haven't caught up or that these bikes have not been sold in the US for a while?
  11. Went to work sick yesterday, my logic is it's a good argument for going riding sick today...

  12. Fair enough. Lol, I meant rescuers, not riders. I have a pretty firm handle on why they're bad for riders. In the state I live in (Western Australia) the owner of the mining lease is responsible for all safety and environmental liabilities whether they created them or not. So if you buy a lease you have also purchased the liabilities. When a company relinquishes a mining lease the liability then falls to the Department of Mines & Petroleum. I think it's pretty similar in a lot of other places. Here leaseholders usually ensure there is either a collar or a fence around a shaft. The closer to town it is the better the fence, some companies use a chain link cage, presumably because it's more about keeping curious kids out than providing a heads up. Another thing they do, which I hate, is fill the shafts in with dirt. I hate it because it makes them invisible, but still likely to collapse if the dirt is hung up in there. Rainwater drains through and washes the dirt into the drives leaving dirt suspended ready for an unsuspecting person to wander on to. It also destroys them for geological investigation.
  13. Why are mine shafts bad for you guys to go down?