The reasons for wearing a full-face helmet while aboard a motorcycle are well-established. And the hatred of wearing a helmet because it detracts from the riding experience is equally well-established. I’m not going to settle that argument; that’s not my place and I’m inevitably going get someone’s hackles up if I even try. In fact – whose say is it anyway? Who is most qualified to make the decision on whether or not you are going to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle? Of course it is only you… unless of course there is the government’s quest to impose helmet laws on you. However we can get into that discussion at another time.
But let’s be frank, anybody that has ever ridden across country on the interstate system at highway speeds, a full face helmet is an item of luxury. Pebbles from truck tires, even or rocks can be a real game changer causing an unwanted inconvenience at an emergency room. Anyone that has ridden any distance at all will have been hit by something. Of course there is also the simple fact that in colder weather a full-face helmet offers more protection from the elements. So there are merits for the use of a good full face helmet.
And what about the fact that you see more and more of the outlaws wearing full-face helmets? Having discussed this with few guys in a couple different clubs, its because you really cannot see into dark smoke face shield, so the anonymity is a plus.
Bottom line is that most modern full face helmets are styled to have an aggressive look. Scorpion Sport’s EXO-R410 and EXO-R710 matte black helmets have a blacked out embossed logo, so they look pretty custom. Or if you prefer, take a hairdryer to the icon on the forehead and it will easily come off. So for wearing them on a Harley-Davidson, or any other American V-Twin, people do it all the time for a lot of different reasons (for many comfort and safety are the big ones), I’ve never heard anyone talk shit about a rider’s helmet. I’m pretty sure nobody really cares and most of them look alright unless they’ve got really goofy looking graphics.
Lastly, all helmets do break in with use, some more than others. Pressure and perspiration will compress the liner material. A helmet that feels very comfortable when new will more often than not become too loose once it breaks in. Your brand new helmet should feel “very snug” when you put it on for the first time. It should not cause pain to the crown or temple of your head, causing a headache, or dizziness. There should not be any tight pressure points! It should be a noticeably snug fit around your head. You should be thinking, “Wow, I’m definitely wearing a helmet!” but definitely not “get this thing off my head!”
Ideally, your next new helmet should put an even pressure around the top of your head, without noticeably pressing more in one or more spots. It should feel evenly “very snug,” but not like it will give you a headache. If it feels very comfortable, it’s more than likely too big. The cheek pads should give a good squeeze on your face, without causing pain on your temples or jaw. If you look a bit like a chipmunk, that’s ok. Its actually preferred. Remember: a new, proper fitting, full-face helmet is a lot like a new pair of shoes. Think “snug when new but breaks-in over time”. Too loose and its annoying. Too tight and you’ll never wear it. You need just right.
So one of the really nice things about a Scorpion helmet is the ability to swap helmet liners and cheek pads, if needed. Motowearhouse knows what can or cannot be done, so if you have any questions on the interchangeability just ask. We know these helmets better than anyone else in America.