Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer – Rider’s Review

By Gerde Applethwaite

Shorter: The CE rated Scorpion EXO-900 is really a Swiss Army knife sort of helmet with a variety of features and plenty of versatility. The price seems more than reasonable to me too.

I took note of the Scorpion EXO-900 when it came out but I didn’t focus on it because I wasn’t interested in a modular unit. Now that I am an eyeglass wearer (see my previous post entitled Eyeglass Update) I have taken a closer look at the whole modular helmet scenario. I like the Scorpion because it is versatile, well thought out, CE rated and (absolutely mandatory for me) comes in a hi-viz flavor.

My head girth rings in at 60 cm.  This usually puts me right on the cusp of the medium and large dome sizes. Scorpion’s size chart steers me to the large. I popped it on and found, voila, the best fitting helmet I have ever had. The EXO-900 fits my head perfectly. I am what is known as a medium oval and this helmet feels as though it was custom crafted for my skull bone.

Ok, let’s start going through the features. The EXO-900 has a drop-down, fighter pilot, style of sunvisor. You work it with a modest push or pull on a left side lever and its easy with a gloved hand. The action is quick and smooth. When the visor drops down it pops gently off of your nose and then back up a little. Your nose may vary but for me it was just a gentle tap and then it was resting without contact. It retracts pretty easily too. The visor never got in the way of my eyeglasses. The visor is not polarized but it is dark enough to cut down on bright sunlight and its a neutral grey color. I would have preferred a nice brown lens but that’s me.

The whole modular unit hinges up and down by pulling outward on a red button on the chinbar. This too is easily done with a gloved hand. The chinbar moves up and rests on the top of the helmet. The motion is easy and sure. Scorpion goes you one better and once you have positioned the chinbar in the right place and pulled back on the 2 safety catches you can remove the chinbar unit in its entirety thereby leaving you with an open-faced helmet (with the drop-down sun visor.) That’s a neat trick. The mounting points are two bayonet style tabs in the chinbar. The tabs work in combination with the spring loaded safety catches that open up the receiving holes a bit so that you can insert the tabs. This whole operation is a bit tricky at first…and second … but by the fifth time I had it knocked. Please note that I have a bit of a hard time with shield swap outs and I have always found my Arai shields a bit of a test so I am clearly not the standard by which this process should be judged.

When you have finished removing the chinbar its time to install what Scorpion calls the “3/4 Peak Visor.” This is a plastic crescent that sits atop the upper ridge of the helmet’s face opening and snaps down along the sides of the face opening of the helmet. This makes the helmet look more like an open-faced helmet with a mini-bill, like the Shoei RJ Platinum-R. The Peak Visor uses the same bayonet and latch points that the chinbar utilizes. Once you suss the lineup, and with some practice, it also pops on and off pretty quickly. Make sure its all fully seated before you put the helmet on.

There are only two vents on the helmet and that makes sense – if you want more air take the chinbar off. Both vents open and close easily with a gloved hand: a top vent and a rear vent. I rode with the chinbar down and both vents open on a 78° day and it wasn’t stuffy inside the helmet.

The helmet has Scorpion’s air pump “Airfit” system that inflates segments of the padding around the lower part of your chin. There is a rubberized, red, circular button on the rear helmet padding: push the button – inflate the air bag. Press a small button next to the big button and release the air, hey presto. You do this with the helmet on your head and you stop when it feels right. The action on my test helmet was pretty minor so I took another Scorpion off the shelf to check it out. Apparently the inflated bag isn’t huge and the effects are subtle. I assume it will work to keep the helmet in place when you land and I can’t find any reason not to like it as long as it holds up. This is yet another clever idea from Scorpion. I have been an Arai person for years and years but I am starting to like these guys. I recently reviewed one of the Scorpion jackets and I liked the way that was put together too.

Having said that I must note that because the helmet is a modular it is necessarily heavier than my Arai. Because the Scorpion EXO-900 is a modular it is also noisier than my Arai full-face. I wear custom molded ear plugs and I also have tinnitus (life takes it tolls) so I may not be the most critical evaluator of wind noise. My testing equipment has been repeatedly and foolishly placed next to too many mega-concert speakers and has been hung out in the wind on too many unhelmeted motorcycle rides. Ahh, that’s all behind me now – sorry, what did you say?

I have two bikes, one has a moderate sized windscreen (bigger than a sport bike thumbnail but smaller than, say, a Vetter) and the other has no screen at all. The wind coming off of my screen at freeway speeds hit the helmet at an angle that seemed to catch under the ¾ Peak Visor and push my head back more than I am accustomed to. I am going to go for a ride without the chinbar and Peak Visor just to see what the wind does to the helmet on both bikes. The wind thing is tricky and you really have to match the helmet to your bike as well as to your head.

The padding material is wicking, removable and washable and feels like flannel pj’s. against your delicate skin. No, really.  As I said at the top the helmet’s interior fit me perfectly and yeah, way comfy.

The visor is billed as super strong and optically correct. From what I hear Scorpion has the visor thing down. It is also equipped with an anti-fog treatment called “EverClear” (no, not the same stuff) that they guarantee for a year. I have just gotten used to my Arai Pinlock system and fog is a thing of the past for me but riding around with EXO-900 I noticed no fogging either with the sun visor up or down. There is a chin curtain that snaps into place as well.

There are a variety of colors but quite frankly all I care about is hi-viz. They have it – I like it.

Oh – lest I forget, there are also external ports built into the helmet for a communication system. Just pop out the cover plates and install the comm.system. Scorpion does not make its own proprietary system but a host of manufacturer’s have designed adapter plates for this helmet. If you want a comm. system this should be a straightforward alteration.

All in all this is a dandy helmet and it is another of those products that I find to be well made and feature packed. Helmets keep getting better every year.  If you are already a modular wearer this one is a fine replacement and if you wear glasses this is a strong candidate for your next helmet.

Gerde Applethwaite

Scorpion Helmet Lineup: Fall 2011!

A high-quality name brand helmet makes a huge difference in terms of riding protection and style.  And we all know you will be judged by other bikers on your choice of helmet!

Let me ask you this, do you view your motorcycle helmet as an outlet to express yourself?

Scorpion street helmets are the most sought after designs and graphics out there.  You know how it feels to live and breathe motorcycles and so does Scorpion.  So, they know what riders want and need in a motorcycle helmet.  If you’re looking for a high-quality but affordable helmet, then check out these new Scorpion motorcycle helmets below.

Scorpion added new graphics to the EXO-900 Transformer Helmet.  If you steered away from Scorpion helmets because of their over-the-top flashy graphics, then the EXO-900 might make you reconsider.  The new Furtive graphic is not overly done which gives the EXO-900 helmet a uniqueness that sets it apart from other EXO series.  Show off your “inner biker” with the new Scorpion EXO-900 graphic helmet that conveys the hidden motives of a street rider.

EXO-900 Furtive Black

EXO-900 Furtive Black

On top of looking slick, the new Scorpion EXO-900 is a transforming helmet.  With some simple steps, you can transform your EXO-900 helmet to either a full face, flip front modular, or ¾ helmet. This makes the EXO-900 transformer helmet the king of versatility!

Features:

  • Full face helmet, a flip front modular and a 3/4 helmet all in one helmet
  • Quickly convert you EXO-900 from a full face helmet to an open face 3/4 helmet and peek sun visor is included
  • EverClear no fog faceshield and retractable Speed View sun visor
  • Optically correct, clear shield with state of the art fog free technology
  • Anti scratch, hardened coating, internal sun visor changes position with the simple flip of a switch.
  • Both faceshield and speedview sun visor feature tool less removal and installation for cleaning or replacement
  • KwikWick moisture wicking, breathable helmet liner and cheek pad
  • AirFit helmet pump air inflation system for a custom fit.
  • Cheek pad and neck roll adjustment system for improved fit and wind noise reduction
  • DOT and ECE certified

The Scorpion EXO-900 Motorcycle Helmets are available for pre-order onlyuntil late October.

Scorpion added a new helmet model for fall 2011, the EXO-1100 solid and graphic helmet.  The Scorpion EXO-1100 helmet is available in four outrageous graphic schemes: Kranium, Street Demon, Freedom, and Preciosa.  It’s fierce look speaks to the inner speed demon in us all!  If you’re a fan of loud graphic designs, then the Scorpion EXO-1100 motorcycle helmet is right for you.

EXO-1100 Street Demon

EXO-1100 Street Demon

Nothing beats the classic look of a solid color motorcycle helmet.  The Scorpion EXO-1100 is also available in solid colors: black, matte black, and hyper silver.  Life’s pleasures often lie in the simplest things.  So, keep it simple with the Scorpion EXO-1100 solid helmet.

EXO-1100 Matte Black

EXO-1100 Matte Black

Now, let’s get to the upgrades found on the new Scorpion EXO-1100 graphic and solid helmets. With an updated shell and ventilation system, the EXO-1100 improves airflow and stability for the upright or 3/4 riding position. The new KwikWick II system disperses sweat throughout the liner, letting the flow through ventilation do its job. These new upgrades will give you ideal comfort, aerodynamics, protection, and ventilation in all touring scenarios.

Features:

  • Fiberglass/Kevlar Matrix Shell: Quiet, aero-tuned design for wind-tunnel tested comfort. EPS-lined chin bar for additional protection.
  • AirFit permits a rider to personalize helmet fit through air adjustable cheek pads.
  • SpeedView an internal retractable light smoke sun visor that eases eye strain instantly in varying light conditions without changing face shields, plus an EverClear coating on both sides for a fog free ride.
  • SpeedShift quick-change shield system (patent pending): Easy, secure tool-less faceshield changes in ten seconds or less.
  • EverClear no-fog faceshield: Optically-correct shield with state-of-the art fog-free technology and anti-scratch hardened coating.
  • KwikWickII moisture-wicking helmet liner and cheek pads: Breathable, easily removable and washable.
  • Ventilation system: Adjustable, indexed front and rear vents with aero-tuned rear spoiler reduce lift, create vacuum and maximize airflow through helmet.
  • Breath-deflector: Enhanced fog-free performance.
  • ECE 22.05/DOT Certified rather than the DOT/Snell rating had by the EXO-1000.
  • ECE 22.05 provides an extreme degree of protection and is a fully track-legal safety standard in the States.

The EXO-1100 solid helmets are available now and the EXO-1100 graphic helmets are available for pre-oder only until October 5th!

Last but not least, the Scorpion VX-34 helmet is new for the off-road crew.  Due to the nature of riding off road, it is not a question of if a rider will crash, but when.  Factor in some mud, rocks, foot pegs, trees and other bikes and there are plenty of ways to get injured.

There aren’t many things to wear when riding a dirt bike that make you look “cool” other than maybe a flashy jersey with a lot of patches.  So, choose a stylish Scorpion VX-34 graphic helmet that will keep you safe on the track! With plenty of graphic and solid options, you should have no problem finding a Scorpion VX-34 helmet that suits you.

VX-34 Scream Red

VX-34 Scream Red

VX-34 Gloss Black

VX-34 Gloss Black

Scorpion VX-34 off-road helmets have been redesigned with loads of upgrades with an aggressive style.  An entirely revamped polycarbonate shell design makes the VX-34 substantially lighter.  The AirFit technology from Scorpion’s Street Helmets was used to give the rider that custom fit not found in other helmet brands.  Aggressive angles contribute to the shell’s Aero-Tuned ventilation allowing maximum airflow.  If you are serious about staying safe out on the track or trail, get a Scorpion VX-34 Helmet!

Features:

  • VX34 Hemet Succeeds VX-24
  • Premium Polycarbonate shell
  • Impact absorbing EPS
  • Cooling ventilation system
  • Tooless changeable Mouthvent with washable sponge filter
  • Replaceable and washable KwickWick2 Liner set (including crown piece and cheek pads
  • Removable and washable Mudguard protecting from injury
  • Air inflatable cheek pad with AIR PUMP → AirFit
  • Aerotuned design
  • Certified DOT / ECE R22-05

The Scorpion VX-34 graphic and solid helmets are available now!

Wearing a helmet shows that motorcyclists are responsible people: we take ourselves and motorcycling seriously.  Whether you’re learning to ride, teaching others, or if you still have trouble with ‘whiskey throttle’ then these helmets will provide the protection you need!