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post #11 of 37 Old 06-27-2019, 02:03 PM
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Well, I pulled the trigger on the Scorpion and it was delivered the next day by RevZilla. Went for a short ride with it and I am not really impressed.

It fits well with the exception that the top liner hits the top of my ears and it may be uncomfortable after a few hours.
The shield sucks. Nasty ratcheting thing that has distortions at the very top.
The drop down shield works well but is not optically correct. It is not unbearable but.....
Air comes in around the ears and is distracting, I'm sure you could get used to it, but again.....
It is no quieter than an Arai Corsair. Which is the main reason I got it, so that is a bust.
It is very light and the materials seem to be of good quality.

It is a decent helmet for the price, as a matter of fact a great helmet for the price, but it ain't no Arai.

Shame youíre not impressed Ted, I always try before I buy.
TBH my one and only experience with an Arai was a Quantum e Aaron Slight replica back in the early 2000ís and it was a piece of shite that literally fell to pieces.
First the top vents snapped, then the visor catch fell off followed by the the hinge covers falling off and paint crazing. It went back twice before I threw it in a skip and vowed never again.
Been Shoei ever since, currently an X-Sprit 3 Marquez, I love the build quality and fit but we all have different heads and experiences.
Iím interested in Schuberth as a brand, most of the F1 drivers use them, good enough reference for me to take a look next time.


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Vemars are good.AGVs are good.Haven't worn my arai with the drop down visor but only once.Vemars over arais IMO.Always bought arais in the past.The carbon vemar is the best(for me).
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I think you absolutely have to try before you buy with a helmet. I've just replaced my old Shoei, nothing wrong with it but it was five years old and over the recommended age for a helmet, it would also fail scrutineering at race meetings as they always check the date label.

I bought the Shoei X Spirit 3, a brilliant helmet. Light weight, quiet and very safe.
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I tried one on, but I didn't notice my ears hitting. And didn't notice it until I was riding it and had it on for a while. The distortions in the shield showed up when I was riding the bike and hunched over and looking through the top of the shield. My bad for not noticing it.

The quiet part is impossible to test until you ride with it and no one in Reno lets you take a test ride with one (the only place that has them is the Harley shop). As well as the air coming in around the ears.
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I think you absolutely have to try before you buy with a helmet. I've just replaced my old Shoei, nothing wrong with it but it was five years old and over the recommended age for a helmet, it would also fail scrutineering at race meetings as they always check the date label.

I bought the Shoei X Spirit 3, a brilliant helmet. Light weight, quiet and very safe.


Completely agree Bob, absolutely brilliant piece of kit.


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I tried one on, but I didn't notice my ears hitting. And didn't notice it until I was riding it and had it on for a while. The distortions in the shield showed up when I was riding the bike and hunched over and looking through the top of the shield. My bad for not noticing it.

The quiet part is impossible to test until you ride with it and no one in Reno lets you take a test ride with one (the only place that has them is the Harley shop). As well as the air coming in around the ears.


Thatís a fair point, some things youíll never know until you ride using one.


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Keep in mind...Airflow equals wind-noise. Once I understood that then I had to get in the habit of wearing earplugs all the time. I have small ear canals and found Small size plugs online, like a bag of 30 was 12.00? Get to wear the helmet I want(Arai) at comfortable noise level. Your ears will thank you later!

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When I first purchased my Neotec 2 I hated it but with a bit of padding adjustment I like it, especially the flip up and the Sena. I was told that the flip up needs more strength so the look up vision suffers and the market is for cruisers not sport bikes. Well it took me ages to adjust the field of view but now I am happy I don't have to tear my ears off when somebody wants to chat which often happens when an under the thumb man wants to talk about YouTube and my H2.
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Keep in mind...Airflow equals wind-noise. Once I understood that then I had to get in the habit of wearing earplugs all the time. I have small ear canals and found Small size plugs online, like a bag of 30 was 12.00? Get to wear the helmet I want(Arai) at comfortable noise level. Your ears will thank you later!
This is exactly why I wear ear plugs too, even under my Shoei helmet. I have read reports in the past stating once the speed gets around 80kmh/50mph and over then just the wind noise can cause hearing impairment from prolonged exposure (probably years, not sure).
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Keep in mind...Airflow equals wind-noise. Once I understood that then I had to get in the habit of wearing earplugs all the time. I have small ear canals and found Small size plugs online, like a bag of 30 was 12.00? Get to wear the helmet I want(Arai) at comfortable noise level. Your ears will thank you later!

True but helmet design mitigates the type of flow around the helmet. Thats why AGV put the tiny spoiler on the lower rear of the helmet to reduce buffeting, noise, and lift on the helmet at high speed.


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