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Old 01-05-2007, 11:13 PM   #1
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Opinions wanted, helmets Shark vs Scorpion

If you own one of these, tell me what model and how it acts at higher speeds (80+)

My HJC wants to lift and move around a bit, even though it fits well. I am looking to try on a few different models and see what I like, but I want some input from those who actually wear them..

I am also going to try on a Suomi and a Shoei.. those aren't out of the question either.

Looking for something that is stable in the air, and has decent vents.

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Old 01-05-2007, 11:22 PM   #2
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Scorpion and Shark are kind of like comparing apples and oranges IMO.

Scorpion, while a decent helmet, is what I consider a lower to midrange helmet, much like the lower end HJCs.

Shark is around the same level as Suomy, Shoei and Arai.

I've owned all of the above except the Shoei, mainly because it doesn't fit my head properly.

The Shark is a cool helmet, and I've sold a bunch to a lot of my customers, and they seem to like them, but they're not at the top of MY list.

For my money I like either Suomy or Arai, with a slight bias towards Suomy. It's a little better fitting, I like the anti fog coating and it's lighter.

I'm basing my opinions on the brands I've worn over the last 30 or so years of riding, I currently have 2 Suomy helmets and 1 older Arai. I wear my Extreme the most, followed by my Spec1R.

I've got quite a few helmets in stock including Suomy, Shark and Shoei if you'd like to try some on, and will beat any price you can find.

My 2 cents.
Because this is a "subjective" thread, most of our opinions won't mean much. In the end it's what helmet you like best / fits best that will be the best for you.
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:24 PM   #3
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i just got a shark rsr2 so far its a great helmet. the cheek pad material is comfy as too also its light. when im going around 80-90 my helmet stays put it doesn't move around.

i still have the scorpion helmet its a great helmet for $200 but its on the heavy side. i like them both but i like my shark better
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:29 PM   #4
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i just got a shark rsr2 so far its a great helmet. the cheek pad material is comfy as too also its light. when im going around 80-90 my helmet stays put it doesn't move around.

i still have the scorpion helmet its a great helmet for $200 but its on the heavy side. i like them both but i like my shark better
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The Scorpion has some lift at over 140, my bell didn't
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The Scorpion has some lift at over 140, my bell didn't
Ya i could use a scorpion for some karting at track 21
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I have both - Exo400 and RSR2. Two different worlds. Scorpion is a great bang for the buck lid. The Shark RSR2 is a great lid period. Really no problems w/ either at 80+. The Scorpion is heavier and not as aerodynamic as the Shark. When I turn my head w/ the scorpion i really gotta fight the wind(~70mph). Not so with the Shark. The Shark vents work. I can't feel anything from the scorpions vents just the air coming in from around the unsealed visor. If you have the funds for a high-end helmet, go ahead and treat yourself.
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Old 01-06-2007, 01:18 AM   #9
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FYI, the HJC and the Scorpion EXO700 are almost the same weight. I've had the Scorpion for about a year and like it just fine.......no issues with it at all and it has stayed on my head without any problems at 140+
Compared to the higher end lids I couldn't coment.........never had one.
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Thanks guys. I'll do some trying on and lean more towards the Shark/Soumi.

The HJC weight doesn't bother me, the vents work ok, but the aero sucks.
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I have about a dozen sharks in stock if you would like to try them on. I am now wearing a Shark myself.

I also have Arai, Suomy, AGV, Suomy, Shoei, HJC in stock.

I have always worn Shoei until recently when I tried a shark and I absolutely love it! Very impressed with every aspect of the Sharks.

But it all comes down to what you like.
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i had an x11, then picked up a rsr2 because the price i found was shocking, lol. anyhow, i like the visor of the shark...its very thick and infinite adjustability for how open or closed you want it. it is noticeably lighter than the x11, but it doesn't vent nearly as well as the shoei. overall, my shoei just fit me better. i'm planning on trying an arai next.
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Tried a Shark, was too tight on the forehead and above the ears (glasses)
Soumi was too short, chin was up against it

Didn't have a big enough Shoei so still looking... but I now have a HJC carbon fiber to test out....
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I've been wearing a Suomy for the last 2 years and I love it, other than the noise. The windnoise is pretty loud. I hate to have ear plugs in so I just deal with it.
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I've found that pretty much any helmet that has good ventilation will have some wind noise, kinda hard to get around that.

I've gotten used to earplugs over the years and now don't like to ride without them.
I can actually hear better with them in because it cancels out the wind noise and I find that I can better hear the engine and the traffic around me. Especially at higher speeds.
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I've found that pretty much any helmet that has good ventilation will have some wind noise, kinda hard to get around that.

I've gotten used to earplugs over the years and now don't like to ride without them.
I can actually hear better with them in because it cancels out the wind noise and I find that I can better hear the engine and the traffic around me. Especially at higher speeds.
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Earplugs actually do make you hear better by cutting out the high frequency wind noise. But on topic, the Suomy is by far the best helmet I have ever owned. No buffetting or lift, even at 180+
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I have about a dozen sharks in stock if you would like to try them on. I am now wearing a Shark myself.

I also have Arai, Suomy, AGV, Suomy, Shoei, HJC in stock.

I have always worn Shoei until recently when I tried a shark and I absolutely love it! Very impressed with every aspect of the Sharks.

But it all comes down to what you like.
Shark i have a shoei used them over 6yrs and liked everyone.my friend back home had a scorpion. And he didn't like it. he said it moved to much at 75mph and it was his size. vent's start falling off And it was one of the best they made. I wouldn't use one! I was down at Northwest cycle and tryed on a shark and i want one now!:icon_bigg Todd can hook you up

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Nope, had to pull the trans out of the bosses car (front drive = much fun!!!)

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Lately been wearing the Scorpion. I can hear one of the vents moving at 100+ also it is a little on the loud side. Not as nice as the Arai but half the price + flat black.
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