Ready for the bummer? The Classic-V will run you $469.95. Ouch. We’re talking full-face territory here. The other gripe is that the Classic-V only comes in solids (though we hear new graphic options are on the way). Alas, I feel the Bell Custom and its bros will kill it on price, color options (there are endless metallic flake paint jobs to be had out there) and style -- the hipster lids have a far lower profile (and are also way less comfortable because of that) but by comparison, the Classic V comes close to making you look like the Great Gazoo. So what’s your priority -- looks or comfort? Would it help if I told you kids that the Classic V’s build quality is excellent, fit is ultra-comfortable, the ventilation really works, and you get optimal protection? And that it comes in six shell sizes, XS to XXL? The Classic-V goes for the retro look and mostly nails it, but it’s still a premium, modern and protective product, not a minimalist, thinly-padded brain bucket. It might be one of the priciest open-face helmets on the market, but it’s also one of the most protective.