Something mysterious is going on inside the size XL Shoei of our loquacious leader Sean Alexander. No, I mean something on the outside of his skull. At first his carrot-top mop was taking on a Devil’s Tower Close Encounters look. Later it appeared to be a man-bun in the making, possibly an homage to the new Euro-style Nick Hayden. By day five, however, having drawn upon the life force squeezed out of three Japanese liter-bikes (and two Italians and a Brit), Sean’s locks had gone full rogue chonmage, and it was samurai squeegee time. Hai! That Shoei has a helluva ventilation system apparently, its own internal cooling tower. Well, you know what they say: Cool heads prevail. Here’s hoping for another excellent ride next year.

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