"This Scorpion helmet has totally changed the game for me, and now I feel like I can stand a chilly winter ride – even if it’s just to The Village Cheese Shop for tea and fondue."
I haven’t put on a full face helmet since I traded in my sportbike for a chopper over ten years ago. I had then opted for a brain bucket before settling on the vintage open face style of helmet which seemed to better suit the Sportster/bobber I purchased once I moved back to the States. And, that style also seemed to work with my most recent purchase – a Triumph Thruxton R.
But during the recent chilly fall days, my boyfriend had me go to Maximum Motorsports to pick up his brand new Ducati 959. So it was time to dust off the old full face Suomy (couldn’t be seen on a luxury machine with a nerd helmet). And instantly, I remembered the advantages of a full face helmet (beyond safety, of course) I was significantly warmer than when I wore the open face helmet. And for me, that was a game changer. Those of you that know me, know how stubborn I can be, especially in regards to gear. And my dislike of the typical bulky, stiff, uncomfortable cold weather gear, has kept me from riding on cool days for…about…as long as I can remember.
After lots of research (thanks, Clayton) I decided on the Scorpion EXO-T1200. Santa was generous enough to drop it at the house before Christmas, and I had my maiden voyage with it this past weekend – WOW! All I can say is that this INSTANTLY became my favorite helmet EVER!
In the 40 degree weather, it kept me plenty warm. The VSV ventilation system includes perfectly placed vents that allowed just enough air flow not to get stuffy (or fog up my visor) while still keeping my head toasty. And those top vents even create a pretty rad profile that make it subtly stand-out, yet the matte black shell keeps it simple enough to look good on whatever bike I might take out (Ducati, Harley, Bobber, Triumph). The helmet even offers communication-ready speaker pockets (Santa, did I mention that the Cardo communication system is top on my list?)
To further the discussion on design, it includes MotoGP technology which allows for awesome aerodynamic performance at any speed, the TCT composite external shell offering amazing strength and an interior liner featuring AirFit cheek pad inflation system – which allows for the perfect contoured fit around my high cheek bones – something no other helmet has ever offered. Another important note, the KwikWick III removeable/washable anti-microbial liner allows it to easily slip over my head and not irritate my sensitive face, and always be fresh and clean – a key factor for any aging woman looking to preserve her skin.
Another unique feature is the Everclear SpeedView slide-down sun visor (ok, maybe this looks a little 80s – think clip-on sunglasses) BUT considering the sun sets so early this time of year on the east coast, it was so convenient to push down while riding – even while wearing ski gloves (don’t worry, heated riding gloves are on the Christmas list). I’ve never invested in warm weather riding gear because I always thought it was hopeless to ride in chilly weather and I’d be cold no matter what. This Scorpion helmet has totally changed the game for me, and now I feel like I can stand a chilly winter ride – even if it’s just to The Village Cheese Shop for tea and fondue. Yeah, we know how to make the best of a chilly ride. And watching the sunset over the field from the hot tub wasn’t the worst way to warm up after a chilly ride either.