I'm the proud new owner of an 08 900 Classic. Like many others, when I purchased the bike I picked out a helmet from the dealer as well. I got an HJC open face helmet with a flip up visor and a retractible sun shield. I've used it for a few hundred miles now and it is not comfortable and it gets very hot here in the so fla sun. I've been considering a half helmet. I've tried a few on, but cannot find a local place that has a large selection. They seem to make my large irish mellen turn into a mushroom when I look in the mirror. What do you guys wear? What do you do for eye protection? Do you need ear protection with the half helmets?