Eyeglass Update

By Gerde Applethwaite

Shorter: I took a couple of helmets with me to the optician and wound up with conventional frames anyway.

This is just a quick note about my visit to the Costco opticians. They were great and really friendly. They didn’t giggle when I came in with the helmets, instead the woman who helped me was nonchalant and said that they get motorcyclists in there every once in awhile and they often bring helmets with them. Bring your helmet/s.

Bottom line for me is that I wound up with a rather conventional frame. I looked at the prices and I went with something inexpensive and traditional in shape because I know I am going to be rough on these frames and I’ll be back soon enough for a replacement. Why replace an expensive frame just to bang it up again? My approach to the selection process is utilitarian and not fashion oriented. Mind you, its not that I am not tempted by a vintage pair of rhinestone encrusted Auntie Mame sunglasses but that’s for the Playa and its just not the done thing under one’s helmet.

How do they fit into my helmets? I took my Arai RX-Q and I grabbed a Scorpion EXO-900 modular helmet too. The Modular is clearly easier to work with when it comes to getting glasses off and on. No question.

I have been wearing straight templed Smith sunglasses with my Arai RX-Q for some time but since I got myself set up with the Pinlock shields on the Arai RX-Q I haven’t worn sunglasses. The eyeglasses fit in the helmet more awkwardly than the sunglasses did because the ear end of the temple arm is curved (like a regular pair of glasses.) Its a snug fit and bending the glasses up and into that area between my head, my hair and the thick foam padding is a bit of a challenge.

On the other hand the modular helmet makes this task much easier. On the Scorpion EXO-900 I press the red button on the chin bar, flip up the front piece and I am now afforded much more room to wrangle the glasses onto my head. Its true what the eyeglass wearers say about flip-ups. This still mandates the dance of wedging the frame in beside the padding and my head but it is made all so much easier with the additional room afforded by the flip-up. I have never worn a modular helmet before but I could get used to this pretty quickly. I cannot envision riding with the modular unit in the open position but the combination of being able to pop it open when stopped and then quickly dealing with the glasses or talking to toll takers and gas station attendants makes a flip-up tempting. On the other hand if I wanted to ride with the helmet in open-face style I could because Scorpion has designed the EXO-900 Transformer helmet so that the entire modular front end can be removed (while it retains its CE rating.) My next post will be a rider’s review of the Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer.

There is a Shark modular helmet, the Evoline 3 ST, I want to look into because it too is rated CE 22.05. More about this helmet in the not too far distant future.

Get on out there.

Gerde Applethwaite

Scorpion Transformer Helmet!

The Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer Helmet is the new talk of the town! Scorpion‘s newest motorcycle helmet has it all. At first glance it appears to be just your average full face motorcycle helmet, but don’t be mistaken it’s so much more. The Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer helmet has been dubbed “The Transformer Helmet” because it represents three helmets in one – full face, flip-up and open face!

Scorpion EXO-900 Solid Helmet

Scorpion EXO-900 Solid Helmet

The Scorpion EXO-900 helmet is available in six solid colors: Cherry, Neon, White, Black, Hyper Silver and Matte Anthracite. The Scorpion EXO-900 helmet includes the following features:

  • EverClear No-Fog Faceshield and Retractable SpeedView Sun Visor. Optically-correct clear shield with state-of-the art fog free technology. Anti-scratch hardened coating. Internal sun visor changes positions with the simple flip of a switch. Both Face shield and SpeedView sun visor are toolless removal and install for cleaning or replacement.
  • Quickly convert your EXO-900 to an open face 3/4 helmet, visor included.
  • KwikWick moisture-wicking breathable helmet liner and cheek pads.
  • Adjustable front and rear vents for maximum airflow.
  • AirFit helmet pump air inflation system for a custom fit. Cheek pad and neck roll adjustment system for improved fit and wind noise reduction.
  • Sizes: XS to 2XL
  • DOT Certified Both as a full-face and 3/4 helmet
  • Scorpion EXO-900 Helmet - White

    Scorpion EXO-900 Helmet - White

    If you’re a Scorpion Helmet fan, you will be thrilled with their new sparkling jewel. The EXO-900 is the best helmet purchase of 2010! Why buy three seperate helmets when you can get it all in one helmet?! If you’re still not sure that the new Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer Helmet, we forgive you and hopefully Scorpion will too. Luckily Scorpion has several other motorcycle helmets – full face, open face, flip-up and off road. Whatever you’re looking for in a motorcycle helmet, you can find it in a new Scorpion motorcycle helmet.