This McGuinness Shoei is good for you

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Despite winning 15 TT races over the last 12 years and becoming as much of a household name as any Isle of Man racer can expect to be, John McGuinness has never had his own replica helmet. Now, this replica of the Morecambe Missile’s Shoei X-Spirit II is going on sale in the UK.

The X-Spirit II is the lighter, safer, ECE 22.05 version of the heavier, harder Shoei X-Twelve that’s passed off as the brand’s range-topping helmet here in the land of Snell helmet standards. The McGuinness replica won’t be offered for sale on Snell versions of the helmet.

We dig the McG helmet not just because we’re big fans of John’s, but because it’s brown/black/white colors are positively adult next to the day glo stars, moons and tribal graphics of most other race replicas. Even though you’d still be dressing up like your favorite superhero if you bought one, observers would see less of a man-child and more of someone wearing a nice looking helmet.

via Footshifted

  • jwinter

    Haha! Well put.
    Reminds me of all the Rossi special edition AGVs. They are neat to look at but you really look like a tool wearing one in public.

  • Turf

    Pshhh, call me when he gets a TV show.

    • Jeremy

      Haha right on – how bout a guy martin replica?

  • Todd

    These type of helmets either turnout well, plain looking or nothing like the original helmet. My recollection of his helmet is that it’s alot more vibrant in color with of course sponsors stickers. Pedrosa, Eric Bostrom, and Nicky Hayden’s current helmet available from Aria come to mind as plain compared to real thing. Not to mention look like a completely different helmet. I wonder if you’ll able to get Ian Hutchinson’s replica helmet when they make it with the slice of pizza on it for one of his sponsors. Hmmm…

  • Case

    Sweet. Except for the part where my long-oval noggin doesn’t fit in a shoei. Bummer.

  • Barry

    I really do wish these were easier to get here in the states. I like my noggin more than our lawmakers(and their lobbyists) like my noggin, and would really like to try out the “good” version of an X12.