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Scorpion EXO-500 Helmet Preview

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Scorpion EXO-500 helmet is an all-new design for 2011. Incorporating many of the features found in Scorpion’s existing EXO line, the 500 represents a budget lid with some premium highlights. Our test unit just arrived at MCUSA HQ, with plans to sample it throughout the 2011 riding season (we recieved the EXO-500 Bio-Metal colorway). Full review to come much later, but for now here’s a quick preview of the new helmet.
Scorpion EXO-500
The Scorpion EXO-500 Bio-Metal helmet arrived at MCUSA HQ with product testing planned this riding season.

The 500 model is a sporty street-oriented model, offering many of the options found on the more expensive EXO-1000. The most noticeable feature is the Airfit adjustable cheekpads. Remember those old Reebok Pumps? Dominique Wilkins, the human highlight reel… Well, it’s the same basic concept applied to the motorcycle helmet. Underneath the chin skirt there’s a thumb-sized button that pumps up a pair of air bladders under the removable cheekpads. Right out of the box I pulled on the EXO and started pumping away. On second thought, it would have been advisable to identify the release valve first – which after fumbling I discovered was just to the left of the pump.

Another notable feature is the retractable sunshield. Becoming more standard fare in helmet designs, the sunshield is a nice bonus and eliminates the need of carrying tinted shields. Wearing the lid for a bit in my office I also noted the EXO-500 sunshield seems unlikely to amputate the end of my largish schnoz, something I can’t say about other models I’ve tested. The Speedshift shield replacement system claims 10 second-shield swaps – a claim we can confirm, provided the grooves are properly aligned on the press-in installation step.

Aerodynamics, noise, ventilation, riding comfort… In sum, all the most important aspects of a motorcycle helmet, we’ll have to log some serious miles before making any decrees. We will say first impressions of the EXO-500 are promising, and in spite of the extra features like the sunvisor and airfit systems, our Medium test unit weighed in at 3 pounds 10.2 ounces. That’s identical to our Shoei Qwest helmet, also size Medium, and the current favorite motorcycle helmet in our testing gearbag. Not that we’re expecting the EXO-500 to take over that top spot, but we’ll see how it fares.

For more information check out Scorpion’s promo video, embedded below. And if interest flags, don’t worry – for some reason right smack dab in the middle of the video there’s a slinky model Zoolandering about in a bikini. Either that, or I pumped up those cheek pads a little too tight… Check out the video and look for the EXO-500 product review later on in the summer riding season.


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