An interesting turn of events. First, I called the DSR and they were willing to exchange the helmet or just give me thinner cheek pads to make me happy with my helmet. Then my son was able to do some time shifting so he could make the motorcycle course. When he came home, I had an idea and I pulled the cheek pads out of the Draco helmet and had him do the same with the Throttle; then we compared them. Almost 3/8" difference in thickness. So we swapped the cheek pads between the two helmets. Viola! Now I am in my red helmet and he is in the Draco helmet he wanted.
Night one of class: Done! All in the classroom so far, the exciting part comes up this weekend when we hit the range.