|10-24-2010, 06:04 AM||#1|
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: New Albany, IN
Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer
Last year I purchased a Scorpion Transformer helmet prior to my first attempt at a SaddleSore 1000. Now, I would never do anything as stupid as to go on a trip like that with new equipment without testing it during some local riding. Unfortunately, that riding took the form of commuting to and from work, a ride of just under half an hour.
When I embarked on my trip out west, after just under an hour of riding I started getting the worst headache and it was from the helmet's liner. There is piping sewn into the liner that forms a shallow 'V' across the forehead.
Last week I contacted the company and here's the exchange:
We apologize for the branding, we at this time only make the one type
for the EXO-900.
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 2:39 PM
To: Glen West
Subject: Consumer inquiry from scorpionusa.com
I own an EXO-900 TransFormer and have been extremely pleased with the
features, especially having both a clear and tinted visor available all
the time. It's great being able to go to work when it's sunny and come
home when it's dark (or vice versa) without having to change visors.
I have one complaint, however. After about 30-45 minutes of riding, I
start to experience discomfort caused by the liner. There is piping
sewn into the liner about halfway between the crown and the bottom edge.
It comes to a shallow "V" on my forehead and causes a pressure point
there. When I commute to work, I'm not wearing the helmet long enough
to cause discomfort, but I'm "branded" with a "V" on my forehead when I
get to work.
Is there any chance you make a smoother liner that fits the 900?
I tried cutting out the piping and took a test ride today of 80+ miles. About 45 minutes into it all I could think about was getting home and getting that torture device off my head.
First of all, I hope this will serve as a warning to anyone considering purchasing this helmet.
Secondly, does anyone have any suggestions for making this helmet more comfortable? I really don't want to drop the coin on a new lid right now. Plus I don't have any long trips planned until next year. Just trips back and forth to work for now.
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|10-24-2010, 10:40 AM||#2|
Joined: Dec 2009
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|11-05-2010, 10:17 AM||#4|
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Western Vermont
I'm sorry to hear that you have a problem.
Motorcycle consumer news gave the Scorpion high marks...especially for ventalation. I was / am considering buying one.
Your comments make me wonder if i should.
Anyone else out there have comment on the Scorpion?
My head is round and suit Nolans vs some other. I don't have a dealer around here who handles them...likely should wait till Americade to test one
|11-05-2010, 10:39 AM||#5|
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Los Angeles, CA
don't blame the helmet because it didn't fit your head.
I had a shoei that gave me headaches after an hour because it didn't fit the shape of my head. tried a arai profile and now I can ride 12 hours without issues. I do not think any less of shoei's quality. it's just made for a different shaped head.
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|11-05-2010, 04:25 PM||#6|
Got the knack.
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Central Ohio
Stick a rock in your well-fitting helmet and see if it doesn't hurt. That's beyond "fit".
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|10-16-2011, 06:49 PM||#7|
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Lancaster, PA
Same forehead torture for me
Jeff - Bought one of these EXO900 this spring and can't ride more then an hour without an irritating forehead rub. I thought the liner was rough so I stuck moleskin to the affected area. Now I can ride longer but after a recent 1200 mile trip I was stuck dealing with enough irritation to give my forehead small skin blisters. My problem is that I can't feel anything wrong when I first put the helmet on. I also contacted Scorpion and they told my they have a new liner releasing with helmets shipping in October. I am not sure I want to put anymore money into this helmet since I can't clearly identify the problem. Thinking maybe I will sell it and move on or just use it for a commuting helmet??
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