Hi, first post here, I'm a n00b, going for my L's very soon and keen to get either a Honda VTR250 or a Kawasaki Ninja 250...anyway. I'm looking at getting one of these helmets: * Shoei XR-1000 (with that union jack design - run out model) - $600; * Arai Vector - $650. I've tried both of them on and I thought the Shoei was slightly more comfortable, the Arai's cheek pads put more pressure on my face than the Shoei's did, and I preferred the visor design of the Shoei. The price seems good too, it was originally $799, but they've got 25% off atm, they are clearing out the Shoei's because they don't want to carry them anymore, not enough demand or something... It seems like they are both comparable helmets, I think the Vector is a newer design than the XR-1000 though...? The guy in the shop said he believes the cover on the sides of the Visor on the Arai generates more noise, and that the vents are noisier. He indicated that the Shoei's Visor was a better design, and that it and the vents were quieter...? So I'm wondering if the cheek pressure thing was a good thing? I wore the helmets for ~10 miniutes each and they were quite comfortable, I thought they both weighed the same. I just felt less pressure on the sides of my face from the Shoei, so I was thinking that over time the pressure from the Arai would cause a headache...? If anyone can help with suggestions etc, I'd really appreciate it. Cheers.