Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer Furtive Helmet
3 months of looking around ended on this baby
I was searching around for a modular in hi-viz that balances price, comfort and quietness. For the price, it's pack with just enough feature to make it a great bang for the buck.
Through the 20+ hours that I have worn this helmet, 2 of which was spent at 70+ mph. The helmet was comfortable, quiet and breathe well. However, at city street speed, I had to crack the faceshield for it not to fog up. The liner is soft and sit nicely. The air pump helps to get a better fit but I never needed to. The sunshield is not spring loaded but it doesn't matter since it's very easy to use and does a good job at reducing glare.
There was an hour when suddenly I felt a pressure on the right side of my skull. Slightly readjusting the helmet for it to tilt forward temporarily eased the pain but then it came back a few minutes later. It never happened again so... i'm not entirely sure what caused that. Somehow I have a feeling I will experience that again.
Overall, although the helmet is a little on the heavy side, I'm very satisfy with it and would most likely buy another one for passengers
August 27, 2014
Works for me
The search for a new modular helmet for me has been a saga of sorts. The Bell Evo Revolver felt huge, and the modular function seemed flawed, not raising far enough and leaving a chin curtain dangling in my face. The Vega Stealth Vertice seemed promising, but just felt cheap. The Norton N104 was solid, light, excellent quality but the fit for me was downright terrible with my glasses.
The Scorpion seems the perfect compromise - mid range in price when compared to the Stealth Vertice and Nolan N104. Quality is excellent and they add some selling features/gimmicks to sweeten the pot. The first is an air pump system to 'customize' fit, which I found fun to play with but difficult to really feel any difference. Another is the 'transformer' option, removing the modular chin piece, adding a visor (included) which then creates an open face helmet. In all honesty I am not certain if I will ever use either of these features but they are fun to brag about to friends.
For me the real selling points were the fact that I can take on and off the helmet without removing my glasses, and I can wear small stud earrings without the helmet ripping them off when I take it off. Helmet is comfortable, perhaps not as light as the Nolan or Stealth but still doable, as there seems to be more noise insulation. Drop down sun visor seems to work hard - not sure if that will break in or not. Also, of all the helmets I tried, this was the only one that fogged up while I had it on. Not sure what that was about as there seems to be significant venting (downright huge vent on the top rear of helmet).
Otherwise, it is a good buy for the money and just about everything I was looking for. Very flashy. I anticipate it will be an excellent and very comfortable helmet once broken in.
August 22, 2014
I use this helmet full coverage in rainy and cold weather, and my wife uses it open-faced when we ride together. Great bang for the buck.
August 18, 2014
This is a great upgrade over my first helmet. Much more protective and much quieter. The sun shade is a fantastic feature. It fits a bit small, but seems a bit better after a week or so. I'm very impressed with the quality.
August 11, 2014
Very good features but front latch is still a bit fragile.
August 4, 2014
There are better helmets out there
This is a helmet that looks much better in photos than in person.
Also, it is HEAVY, and loud and the airflow is very poor.
June 18, 2014
Good but only because of price
Overall I think this helmet will wear into bring pretty good. I've worn it for a couple of hundred miles so far. Fit is very snug as are all new helmets but this will not go on without the chin bar raised. Once on its fairly comfortable except the ear cushions which have been scalloped out to allow for speakers poke the very front of my ears (YMMV). Even with all vents open you don't really feel air flow but it does seem to work ok. I haven't been particularly sweaty. Visor seals well and keeps things quieter than my 5 yr old HJC Modular (CL-15), however the ratchets won't hold the visor up over about 50. Optically the tinted and clear visors work well, even together, though I don't wear glasses. I haven't removed the chin bar and probably won't except maybe just to test it. Worth it for $220 or less. Will wear it mostly on KTM 1190 Adv both on and off road. Yet to wear it on DRZ on single track but used to wear HJC for that.
July 21, 2014
Comfortable, but moving parts break
I loved this helmet-- very comfortable, and very well fitting once it broke in. I could put it on without disturbing my glasses, even as it fit snugly. It was loud and heavy, but still comfortable and confidence inducing.
Within a couple months, though, things started to break, beginning with the chin curtain. The worst break was the red latch to release the chin guard--after this just broke off in a parking lot, it was impossible to open the shield, rendering the helmet mostly unusable (It's very difficult to put the helmet on as if it were a fill-face).
I was able to take off the face shield and install the peak, so it is now an open face helmet. That's fine, but the open face has no face shield and way less protection. I'll need to get a new one. I realize that moving, mechanical parts can break, and this comes with the territory of a modular helmet. Full face helmets will hold up longer. But less than a year is a bit short for a helmet.
June 22, 2014