Scorpion Exo 1100 Review

By Darrell Rogers / September 1, 2016

A wide range of motorcycles helmets are typically available on the market these days. Among these, the Scorpion exo 1100 is one of these which are a fine balance between budget and quality.

The EXO-1100 line-up features a number of models. The lower-end exo 1100 helmets cost as little. while the higher-end helmets in the line-up go up as high. As a result, you can easily find a good fit for you while keeping in view your budget range.

In order to help you decide the right Exo 1100 model as well as to let you assess the pros and cons of the line-up, we have offered a general overview as well as reviews of specific models below.

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Overall Features

The Scorpion EXO 1100 helmets come with a fiberglass/Kevlar matrix shell which is optimized aerodynamically. On the interior, the helmet comes with AirFit cheek pads as well as a chin bar. The AirFit cheek pads can be filled with air with a pump according to the needs of a rider.

On the sides of the interior, space is available to allow a rider to user speakers near the ears. The face shield of this helmet comes with a twist lock which is very easy to use and allows you to lock the helmet in multiple detentions. The weight of this helmet is nearly 3.5 pounds w

Things we like

  • One of the redeeming features of the Exo 1100 helmet is its interior. The interior is lined with high-quality padding which is easily removable and washable.
  • This padding can also be altered using the AirFit system which allows a rider to determine the inflation of the cheek pads.
  • The face shield on the Exo 1100 helmet is also a very useful feature which lets you rapidly adjust its position using SpeedShift quick change system. This lets you adjust the shield on various positions using a twist lock on the side.
  • Compared to many other bike helmets, Exo 1100 is also very quiet which makes riding a motorcycle while wearing it a smoother experience.

Thing we Didn’t Like

  • A slight problem with the Exo 1100 helmet is that its ventilation is not very good. You can still defog or ventilate the helmet using the face shield lock system but apart from that, the internal vents and sliders help little to make the interior of the helmet airy enough.
  • Another minor drawback is the internal visor of the helmet which is sub-quality. In most situations, the visor many not be dark enough to block the sun.
  • Moreover, the visor also falls directly in the line-of-sight of the biker and is not optically correct.
  • These drawbacks make the internal visor mostly useless in most cases although you may still find it useful in milder sunlight situations.

Scorpion Exo 1100 Review: Top 4 Models

scorpion exo 1100 jag review

The Scorpion Exo 1100 Jag is a good balance between durability and budget. This helmet comes with a TCT Composite Shell which has been made from a blend of fiberglass, aramid and poly-resin fibers.

Scorpion has packed the interior of this helmet with inflatable AirFit Liner which allows you to adjust the padding of the interior and fit the interior exactly to your face.

The helmet also comes with a SpeedShift quick-change system letting you adjust detentions of the face shield on a custom position. The faceshield itself is made from no-fog material, remaining clear during all your rides.

In order to ensure excellent ventilation of the helmet, Scorpion has included 4 intake and 6 exhaust vents on it which are very useful when riding in warm weather.

scorpion exo 1100 street demon review

The Street demon model of Scorpion Exo 1100 line-up comes with a solid Fiberglass/Kevlar matrix shell. This helmet has been constructed aerodynamically, allowing you to use it for a smooth and quiet ride. To add extra protection to the interior lining of the helmet, Scorpion has packed it with EPS-lined chin bar.

The interior of the helmet is adjustable thanks to Scorpion’s proprietary AirFit system. The helmet packs SpeedView which is internal sun visor with a dark tint.

This additional visor inside the exterior face shield lets you protect your eyes from the sun without removing or adjusting the face shield itself. Scorpion has also packed this helmet with the SpeedShift quick-change system which lets you adjust the faceshield exactly at a position that suits you.

The faceshield itself is fog-free and anti-scratch. It is also optically-correct so that you wouldn’t notice the slightest distortion in your view when using the Street Demon faceshield.

scorpion exo-1100 solid helmet review

The Scorpion EXO 1100 Solid helmet comes with most of the standard features of the EXO 1100 line-up. It packs the inflatable cheek pad system on the interior which allows you to adjust the cheek padding of the helmet according to your needs.

For regular bikers, one of the best features in this helmet is the face shield which is not only fog-free but is also optically correct to give an undistorted view through it. Moreover, the face shield also has an anti-scratch coating enabling it to last a long while with no damage.

To add to it, an internal darkened visor further lets you shield your eyes from the sun without the need to alter the position of the faceshield. This additional visor is very useful if you driving with the sun directly in front of you.

Another redeeming feature of this helmet is that the internal lining and padding of the helmet can be easily removed and washed. Finally, the ventilation on this helmet is fairly good thanks to a whole plethora of vents and exhausts in it. In all, this is one of those EXO 1100 helmets which almost fall perfectly between being affordable and high quality.

scorpion exo-1100 preciosa helmet reviews

The Scorpion EXO-1100 Preciosa is the rather high-end model of the EXO-1100 line-up. This helmet carries a solid TCT Composite shell which is highly durable.

The interior packs the trademark Scorpion AirFit inflation system, allowing you to adjust the padding of the interior as per your needs. The helmet packs a faceshield which is anti-fog, anti-scratch and offers an optically correct view.

You can use the Speed-Shift quick-change system to rapidly adjust the position of the faceshield. Behind the standard faceshield, this helmet also packs a SpeedView sun visor which you can pull down or up as per your needs.

The visor is of a darker tint, so when driving in the sun you can pull it down without touching the faceshield. The interior lining of the helmet using Scorpion’s proprietary KwikWick 2 anti-microbial material.

This lining can also be removed and washed whenever you feel the need to do so. One of the most redeeming features of this helmet is its outlook which packs high-quality graphics and a very attractive overall color scheme.

Conclusions

The scorpion Exo 1100 line-up packs some of the best helmets offered by Scorpion. The line-up features many models, ranging from price tags as little to as high.

All EXO-1100 models come with a top-quality faceshield, an additional internal visor and adjustable interior padding. Moreover, all Exo-1100 are designed to be incredibly quiet so that you hear little to no noise of the wind when using these helmets.

These features make Exo 1100 helmets highly preferable for virtually any biker who is looking for good quality in a moderate budget. There may be better helmets than EXO 1100 but they are typically a lot more expensive.

In the price bracket which the Exo 1100 helmets carry, they are virtually one of the best options for any biker. In all, the shape, size, outlook and the faceshield are all features which are far superior in quality in the Exo 1100 helmets when compared to most other helmets in the same price range.

How to Braking on a Motorcycle

how-to-braking-on-a-motorcycleHave you ever ridden on a motorcycle before? If your answer is yes, how successful was it? For those whose answer is no, are you wondering how to braking on a motorcycle?

For some people, what it takes is just to sit on the motorcycle, kick it or press the start button and then off you go – pretty simple right? I beg to disagree – it takes more than just that to handle a motorcycle.

However, riding can be fun. This does not take away the fact that it is more complicated that it sounds.

Come to think of it, let us assume you are able to get it going/moving. How do now get to stop- aha! I just got you there.

Stopping a motorcycle from running is not just simply compressing the brakes. There are lots of factors to be considered.

How hard can you apply the brake?

This is especially for the newbie: a key to keep your bike on check and control is in learning about the performance of your braking. This off course can be done be exploring its limits in a safe and enclosed environment.

Have you ever asked the question of “should I use the front rare, or back, or possibly both”? This is certainly where you can know that for yourself. This exercise is where you practice making several stops repeatedly.

This practice also helps you grasp a sense of how what amount of effort triggers what level of tire slip and how to handle the brake situations of panic.

Steps on How to Braking on a Motorcycle

According you wiki how, the following are steps that can help on how to braking on a motorcycle.

1. 1. Your surroundings and its conditions should be evaluated

  • Check for obstacles on the road
  • How is the temperature of the road?
  • lIs there anything like gravels on the road?
  • Is the ground slippery or not

1. 2. Make this practice a regular activity – no matter the weather or conditions

  • Master control of your motorcycle
  • Come up with braking drills

 

1. 3. Don’t take for granted the traditional braking instructions

  • Pressure should be placed gradually on both the front and the back brake at the same time.
  • More pressure on the front brake
  • Completely release the rear brake
  • Gradually let off the front brake

 

1. 4. During a wheel lock, braking is the way out

  • Anytime you experience, ensure to hold the brake in position
  • Bring to motorcycle to a stop by steering it straight
  • If the wheel gets locked, gradually let off the brake

Common Questions Usually Asked on How to Braking on Motorcycle

What has Grip got to do with braking?

For a motorcycle to be able to function there has to be a friction between it and the ground. This is what grip is all about – the resistance felt by the tire with the road surface.

What makes for better gripping?

The grip a tire has on any surface is influenced greatly by the weight is carries. This is to say:

  • The more the weight of the bike, the better its grips
  • The less the weight of the bike, the less the grip
  • No weight means no grip

How can you perform optimal braking?

  • Let the rear brake be where you begin
  •  Change to the front rare
  •  Gradually squeeze the front brake – squeeze
  •  Let go of the rear brake

How do you handle emergency situations?

l One way to handle such situations, which is entirely theory, is braking optimal. That could be all that is needed, since your having the shortest possible distance for braking. This is off course difficult in actual practice.

l Another way to handle such is pulling the clutch and then applying the front brake. It is most convenient to do away with the rare brake and focus on using the front brake.

Which is the more effective brake to use?

The most effective brake is the front brake. This is largely because when the brake the brake is applied, most of the bikes weight moves forward to the front wheel.

Would braking be considered a natural talent?

When it comes to riding, no skills are natural – they are all learned. Braking is not an exception – it will only take practice to master the art. 

Is there a particular way of braking in slippery surface?

Unlike the normal dry surface, more care should be taken when braking on a slippery surface. This does not in any way suggest that it has to be timid.

One of the basic skills you master when learning to ride a motorcycle is how to braking on a motorcycle. In order for you to be able to maneuver confidently and handle situations especially in emergency situation is not a skill you want to take likely. Proper use of brakes is also a way you can avoid having accidents during your motorcycling.

How To Ride a Motorcycle Safely on The Road

Riding a motorcycle is one of the most thrilling experiences of life. If you ride on a Harley bike at top speed feeling the wind through your hair and the world whir by you in a flash, it is nothing short of ecstasy. However, the thrill and sheer joy of a motorcycle ride also comes with its risks and hazards.

Since a motorcycle is a two-wheel transport, it is highly unstable compared to other four-wheel vehicles. So all the while driving a motorcycle, you not only have to keep your bike clear of any obstacles and other traffic but also maintain your balance and ensure that the bike does not lose its center of gravity. This sounds hard but with practice, it becomes instinct.

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A vital way of ensuring your safety while riding a motorcycle is to follow the standard set of precautions. It involves equipping yourself with the relevant gear, such as a helmet to avoid any head injuries in case of an accident, and to know the advantages and disadvantages of a bike ride really well. It also involves being well aware of the traffic laws and regulations so as to avoid any costly mistake on the road which could jeopardize your life or that of other drivers on the road.

Following are some great tips to help you ride your motorcycle safely and to truly enjoy your ride:

Never Miss the Helmet

Think of it this way: helmet is your frontline defense against a large number of dangers you will face when riding a bike. It protects your head from any injuries in case you lose your balance on the motorcycle or hit another vehicle. While most other injuries can be healed over time, head injury can leave permanent brain damage. So the first prudent decision you must make when riding a bike is to get a helmet and always wear it when on bike.

Always Apply the Rear Brakes First

When you have to shed your motorcycle’s speed suddenly, always apply the rear brakes first. This keeps your bike stable and helps you remain balanced. If you rather apply the front brakes at high speed, this can immediately cause your bike to unbalance, slip and skid, causing dangerous accidents. So train yourself to always apply the rear brakes first and then if you need further assistance, you can apply the front brakes as a secondary measure.

Drive smoothly and don’t be alarmed

Most of the dangers that come with riding a motorcycle occur when you have to make sudden decisions. Many drivers tend to panic when they have to make a sudden decision such as apply brakes or shift gears. You must train yourself to take things smoothly and calmly when riding a bike. If you have to shift gears, do this smoothly and try to time them perfectly. If you must apply brakes, never do so with unnecessary haste and try to keep your weight balance at all times. If you want to drive at high speeds, notch up your speed slowly and get in with the flow of the ride. This way, you will be alert and safe at the same time, letting you enjoy the most of your bike ride.

Keep Alert Eyes on the Road

If a pebble or a stone comes under a car’s wheel, the car rushes past it without noticing it. This is not the same with a motorcycle. If your motorcycle’s wheel comes in contact with a pebble or a wet patch on the road or some other unexpected obstacle for the wheels, you may lose your balance and slip on the road. And this can lead to numerous injuries. So it is a great idea to keep your eyes alertly on the road and to always look for any road-signs that may indicate any unexpected terrain up ahead.

Maintain Your Motorcycle

When you are riding a motorcycle, you are depending on the performance of the bike. If the brakes fail or the tires give out or some other major failure happens, your smooth ride may turn into a jagged misfortune. Don’t let minor negligence turn your motorcycle ride into one full of dangers. A good idea is to fix a time daily for the routine check-up of your bike. Check the brakes, the tires, the wheels and other parts of the bike and make sure that everything is working perfectly fine. Do this especially before taking a long journey.

Watch out for the Traffic

When you are riding a motorcycle on a road full of cars and other large vehicles, you are the one who has to be alert all the time. It is easy for a car drive to bump into a motorcycle rider out of sheer carelessness. So at one hand, you have to avoid making any mistakes of your own when driving a motorcycle and at the other hand, you also have to ensure that you don’t get rammed in due to some other driver’s mistake.

Don’t be distracted

We live in a digital age where everyone has a smartphone and often other supplementary digital devices. While that is all well and good, you must absolutely put everything on a don’t-disturb mood when riding a motorcycle. Don’t think that you can take a call while riding and don’t even think of texting someone while you are on the wheels. Motorcycle accidents often take place simply because the driver is distracted. And your smartphone is the biggest distraction for you when you are on the road.

Drive Safe, Avoid Haste

If you are looking for true fun and thrill, it is not in the throng of traffic. Ride away into some area where traffic is little and there you can test your high-speed riding skills. If you want to enjoy true biking thrill while remaining safe, make sure that you always leave ample space between yourself and other traffic. And a vital tip to remain safe is to never make haste. A few seconds gained or lost at a time when you are vexed or annoyed are no advantage and are simply a huge risk. Take a deep breath, make calm and well-considered decisions when biking and never give in to your hasty impulses.

6 Tips to Overtake on a Motorcycle

Overtaking another vehicle while you are riding a motorcycle sounds thrilling and fun. And it is indeed quite thrilling if you are able to manage it successfully and safely. Overtaking on a motorcycle can be particular risky if proper precautions are not taken.

Since you are applying a lot of throttle overtaking, even a small mistake can lead to serious injuries. So here are some vital tips to help you overtake safely while on a motorcycle.

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Keep your distance

The vehicle you are about to overtake may be a car, another motorcycle, a bus, a truck or some other type. A solid rule of thumb is to make sure that the greater the vehicle is, the greater is the distance you keep from it. This distance helps you get a comprehensive view of the situation.

You are able to look at the road ahead of that vehicle, on both sides and make sure that the scene is clear just before you are about to overtake. Once you have clearly established that overtaking at a particular moment is safe and the road is clear of any additional traffic, you can gear up the throttle and cut the distance.

Get a Clear View of the Road

When you are about to overtake a vehicle while riding a motorcycle, the most crucial thing is to make sure that you have a clear view of the road. This includes the road between you and the vehicle, and the road in front of that vehicle as well.

You also have to keep an eye on the traffic in the opposite lane. If you attempt to overtake without taking a clear view of the road, you run the risk of bumping into any vehicle coming from the other side of the road.

On the other hand, once you have a clear view, you are able to calculate precisely the movement and momentum of your overtaking.

Know the Road

Is the road you are traveling on a smooth, straight road? Or is it a road that has frequent corners? Is it a hilly terrain with dips on the road or the road is fairly horizontal? These questions are of vital importance when overtaking on a motorcycle.

A road with frequent corners means that you can often be blind to incoming traffic from the other side. In such a case, you have to be very careful in overtaking. A good way to accomplish this is to ride to the opposite end of the road on a corner and take a view of the incoming traffic.

For instance, if the road is turning left, you ride to the right corner of the road and take a view of the road after the corner. Similarly, you have to account for the dips in the road when riding in a hilly region. Any negligence when overtaking can lead to serious consequences.

Maintain a Good Run-up Speed

Run-up speed is the increase in the speed of your motorcycle just before you overtake the vehicle in front of you. This is importance because the run-up speed gives your ride the necessary momentum to overtake the other vehicle.

It also helps you spend minimum time in the opposite lane and to overtake as quickly as possible. A steady run-up speed is also a great idea in that it does not alarm the driver in the vehicle you are overtaking. An alarmed driver can be dangerous, so keep your run-up speed smooth and easy, and overtake without causing any panic.

Be Ready to Change Plans

You have spotted a vehicle in front of you, you have ensured that you have a clear view and now you have geared up your motorcycle to a good run-up speed. Even when you have taken all the precautions, it is possible that a vehicle appears in the opposite lane of the road at the last moment.

You must be ready for such a possibility and if it happens, you should also be ready to downgear and shed speed immediately. This requires that you stay confident and calm at all times and do not get panicked. Apply the rear brakes, downgear and shed speed. In other words, be ready to continue the process of overtaking or to abort it at any time.

Be Alert About Unexpected Vehicles

With the exception of highways, most roads have a huge number of openings on both sides throughout their route. This means that traffic can emerge from any of these openings at any time.

So while you plan to overtake another vehicle on the road, you have to be very careful of these openings. It is possible that as you are overtaking a vehicle, another vehicle emerges from the right of the lane and can turn your overtaking into a dangerous instance.

You can avoid such a contingency by keeping your eyes not only on the vehicle you are overtaking and the road in front of you but also on any openings on the road on both sides.