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I bought an Arai Profile helmet a few days ago. It fits me much better than my old helmet and has several little vent things on it. I was looking forward to having less of a problem with watery eyes. I like a well vented helmet. Watery eyes aren't always so good. It's been working pretty well......

This morning I had to stop at the post office on my way to work. As I drove down the main boulevard near my home I was aware of a mid-size car that was 'pacing' me a little. At the next stop light I saw that it was an older woman. A blue hair. Silver hair. Retired person. Whatever. She was staring at me, then the side of my bike. I wondered if my quick disconnects were leaking again! No matter, I continued on and pulled into the post office. She pulled in behind me. I parked close to the door. There's a Walgreens Pharmacy next to the post office.

As I got off my bike, I saw her circling the parking lot, looking for the 'perfect spot' to park. I felt like John Wayne should shout, "Circle the wagons!" I went into the post office, dropped my mail off, and was getting back to my 'RS' when she approached. "What will it be?", I thought to myself. "You drive too fast? Those things are dangerous? Ooooh, it's so pretty?", I waited.

She was slight of build, but not frail. She approached with confidence, but smoothly...somehow. "Hello, I'm...I'm Elaine," she said. Her voice was pleasant and came from a face with a smile. "Good morning," I replied, "I'm Dave." I extended my hand and received hers. Small, wrinkled, cool, soft, and a firm grip. "Is that a BMW LT?" she asked. Now I was surprised. "No, It's called an RS," I said.

Elaine looked at my face and said, "My husband had an LT. I rode with him sometimes. He's passed now. Cancer. I miss him. Do you like your bike?" I took a breath, "Yes. I...I do. And I'll bet he loved his. Didn't he."

Can a twinkle be in an eye that is wet? Elaine had it as she said, "He did. But he loved me more. Told me every day." "That's a good thing," I said. "Yes...it was...is," she replied. "Be safe. I must be going. Goodbye," and she walked toward the Walgreens. "Bye-Bye," I said, feeling a little lame.

I finished my ride to work. Maybe the Arai isn't as good as I thought. My eyes were watering.

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might not be the helmet, im not riding nor wearing a helmet and having same problem.
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There is more to life than motorcycles, and things can change to prove that fact in the twinkling of an eye. We boys do enjoy our toys, but a story like that helps us all to keep things in perspective. Thanks for the moment on life's highway Dave !
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Thanks Dave. Sometimes we need a small event to show us how everything fits. Cheers.
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Thanks. Even in a motorcycle forum, I think every once in a while we all need a small reminder about what life's really about.

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Dang it! My Dell monitor made my eyes water, not my Arai.
A few wise words from a stranger and the wife and kids get bigger hugs and kisses tonight.
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I bought an Arai Profile helmet a few days ago. It fits me much better than my old helmet and has several little vent things on it. I was looking forward to having less of a problem with watery eyes. I like a well vented helmet. Watery eyes aren't always so good. It's been working pretty well......

This morning I had to stop at the post office on my way to work. As I drove down the main boulevard near my home I was aware of a mid-size car that was 'pacing' me a little. At the next stop light I saw that it was an older woman. A blue hair. Silver hair. Retired person. Whatever. She was staring at me, then the side of my bike. I wondered if my quick disconnects were leaking again! No matter, I continued on and pulled into the post office. She pulled in behind me. I parked close to the door. There's a Walgreens Pharmacy next to the post office.

As I got off my bike, I saw her circling the parking lot, looking for the 'perfect spot' to park. I felt like John Wayne should shout, "Circle the wagons!" I went into the post office, dropped my mail off, and was getting back to my 'RS' when she approached. "What will it be?", I thought to myself. "You drive too fast? Those things are dangerous? Ooooh, it's so pretty?", I waited.

She was slight of build, but not frail. She approached with confidence, but smoothly...somehow. "Hello, I'm...I'm Elaine," she said. Her voice was pleasant and came from a face with a smile. "Good morning," I replied, "I'm Dave." I extended my hand and received hers. Small, wrinkled, cool, soft, and a firm grip. "Is that a BMW LT?" she asked. Now I was surprised. "No, It's called an RS," I said.

Elaine looked at my face and said, "My husband had an LT. I rode with him sometimes. He's passed now. Cancer. I miss him. Do you like your bike?" I took a breath, "Yes. I...I do. And I'll bet he loved his. Didn't he."

Can a twinkle be in an eye that is wet? Elaine had it as she said, "He did. But he loved me more. Told me every day." "That's a good thing," I said. "Yes...it was...is," she replied. "Be safe. I must be going. Goodbye," and she walked toward the Walgreens. "Bye-Bye," I said, feeling a little lame.

I finished my ride to work. Maybe the Arai isn't as good as I thought. My eyes were watering.
This absolutely is a great heart warming story.
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Can a twinkle be in an eye that is wet? Elaine had it as she said, "He did. But he loved me more. Told me every day." "That's a good thing," I said. "Yes...it was...is," she replied. "Be safe. I must be going. Goodbye," and she walked toward the Walgreens. "Bye-Bye," I said, feeling a little lame.

I finished my ride to work. Maybe the Arai isn't as good as I thought. My eyes were watering.
Thanks, Dave.



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Great story from the road Dave.Thanks for telling us about your encounter.

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