Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hamilton, ON, Canada
So, I ended up picking up a close-out Scorpion EXO R-2000 helmet from MotorcycleGear.com. Price was right - like USD$259, and reports were that it fits a long oval head well.
Got it a week and a half ago, just before I was leaving for a vacation (had my bike hauled to Halifax for me, met it there for the week), so I've now got a week of using it.
*Indeed a long oval shape, basically the same as my Arai Profile in the crown area, I would say.
*Great ventilation - the vents on this thing definitely move the air.
*Great shield mechanism - every helmet should have a shield mechanism this good. Strong detents. Closes tight. Little lever to pop it open a crack or lock it down (closed). Easy to change.
*Came with an included smoked shield in a shield carrying bag.
*Came with a really nice padded helmet bag.
*pump-up cheekpads to really firm up the fit - useful if riding at high speeds and/or in turbulent air to keep the helmet even more firmly in place. I don't think they have different-sized cheekpads available, though. It basically fits me well without pumping up.
*Tight opening - takes a bit of work to pull it on or off. Smaller ears than mine would make this easier.
*Limited ear pocket space - this is a close-fitting helmet and the ear pockets are fairly small in size. Probably not a problem for people who don't have big Dumbo ears like mine.
*A little noisier/less aerodynamic than my Arai Profile was, IMO. Can definitely feel it a bit more when I turn my head to the side at speed. It also helps if I make sure I haven't gotten the neck roll folded up.
*Fit and finish not quite up to Arai standards, although still very good.
Definitely a viable alternative to the Arai Profile or Signet for those who have a long oval head shape. Previous to this helmet, My Arai Signets and Profile are the only helmets I've ever had that really fit my head properly.
Last edited by V-Strom Ry; 08-05-2015 at 03:23 PM.