When I’m racing or riding hard in the canyons, I wear a full-face helmet because it provides uncompromised protection. But when I’m café racing around town or just running errands, I often wear a flip-up helmet for convenience. After all, it’s much easier to pop up the chinbar at the bank rather than remove and carry your lid. Showing some face makes for easier conversation, and mitigates one’s appearance as a battle-clad Stormtrooper, which keeps the clerk from reaching for the silent alarm. The usefulness of a modular helmet is undeniable, so I was excited to try Shoei’s Neotec.