The Fly Racing Fast-Pass Hi-Viz vest meets military requirements for a visibility vest. It also includes a removable ID pouch that attaches with Velcro, so you can easily hand over what you need to and be on your way. Adjustment straps on either side allow this vest to be easily worn over your riding gear, and accommodate a wide range of body types. Reflective panels cover a large portion of the front and back of this vest, so you get plenty of night-time visibility as well. Storage pockets include a zippered chest pocket and a rear pocket. The rear pocket can actually be used to store the vest as well, and has built in belt loops so you can easily hang the bundled vest off your belt or other strap. If are required to wear a visibility vest for the locations that you ride, or if you simply want some more recognition on the road, the Fly Racing Fast-Pass Hi-Viz vest is a great option.
Forgive me for the cheesy headline, but the name of the Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer conjures up memories from my youth that have long since been forgotten. How much would I have loved to own an EXO-900 Transformer to experiment with as a youngster? Ok, perhaps I should admit that I never grew up, and I’m having as much fun wearing the EXO-900 today than I would have when I was 9 years old. The EXO-900 can adjust from a modular full face helmet to an open face ¾ helmet design in less than a minute (hence the name). The EXO-900 is more than just two helmets in one, however. The Scorpion Airfit system provides a customized fit by way of inflatable cheekpads. With the EXO-900, you don’t have to purchase different cheekpads to get the perfect fit. Just inflate the cheekpads using the pump found in the neck roll until the helmet fits comfortably, then, when you’re ready to remove it, just depress the relief valve and the cheekpads will deflate. Yet another fantastic aspect of the EXO-900 is the internal sun visor. This internal tinted shield deploys effortlessly using a switch found on the left side of the helmet. This really offers a lot of convenience since you will not need to bring an extra face shield for when the sun goes down. For warm weather, the EXO-900 provides vents in the form of a pop-up air scoop on the top, and a vented air spoiler at the rear. The two vents are easy to open and close with gloves on. The Transformer Helmet also accommodates communication systems with ease. An easily-removed panel is located on the left side of the helmet, and will enable you to route wires right through the side of the shell without compromising its integrity. This panel is not made for specific communication systems, yet is rather as a simple way to modify the helmet without damaging it. The Scorpion EXO-900 really is like getting two helmets in one and together with all the extra bells and whistles that it provides, it stands in a league of its own. Be sure to view all Scorpion Helmets in our online store.
Once again we promised a list of the top 20 motorcycle roads. Here are the top 20 motorcycle roads in the Northeast. These roads were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 by motorcyclists who have previously ridden these routes – with a score of 5 being the best.
Catoctin Mountain and Frederick County – Carroll County, MD is one of the prettier farm counties in the State of Maryland so you can expect some beautiful scenery with many stretches in nice cool woodlands along this route. Just off the main route you can find several covered bridges. The asphalt roads are pretty well maintained and there are plenty of twists and turns but there are also some good straight-aways on the route as well.
Riders Rating: 4
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Most people who are familiar with the Fly Brand know them from their roots in Motocross or BMX racing. Recently, Fly Racing has taken to the streets with a complete lineup of gear ranging from helmets to boots. Lately I have been commuting to work in their 8th Street Mesh Jacket, which is a sport cut mesh jacket with CE armor in the shoulders and elbows, a foam back pad, and 600 denier ballistic nylon over the impact areas. When it is hot outside, it can be tempting to leave the riding gear at home. Unfortunately hundreds of riders every year learn the hard way that that is just not a good idea. The Fly Eighth Street offers good crash protection in a package that vents extremely well, keeping you cool in the summer. A waterproof liner is also included for wet or cool weather as well. One of the things that sets the 8th Street Mesh Jacket apart is that even though it is a sport cut jacket, it has a lot of adjustments that make it comfortable for just about any body type. There are zippered expansion panels at the sides as well as Velcro adjustment belts, so you can expand or snug up the jacket for a custom fit. There are also snap sleeve adjustments, and stretch panels behind both the elbows and the shoulders for added flexibility. The Fly 8th Street will provide you with the protection you need on those hot weather rides. You can view all Fly Racing Motorcycle Gear in our online store.
I’ve been a fan of Scorpion helmets for a long time. The amount of features that they are able to pack into each helmet is really impressive, and they do it all at a price level that is significantly less than the competition. I spent two years in an EXO-700, and my wife grabs her EXO-400 more often than not. So as you can imagine, we were pretty excited to hear that Scorpion was releasing a new EXO-1100, a replacement for their flagship EXO-1000 that has done very well over the years.
The EXO-1100 is Scorpion’s top of the line street helmet, with just about every feature you could ask for built in. One of the downfalls of the EXO-1000 was its weight. On our shipping scale, it weighed in at a hefty 4.0 lbs. The weight was noticeable, especially if you were accustomed to a lighter weight helmet. For the EXO-1100, Scorpion has moved away from the Snell certification and gone with the European ECE R22.05 standard. This changeover has allowed Scorpion to shave ¼ lb off the weight of the EXO-1100. While ¼ lb may not sound like a lot, when it is sitting on top of your head, it is actually a significant weight savings.
Another key change for the new Scorpion EXO-1100 is the new channel layout in the EPS liner. While the external vent configuration has remained more or less the same, the new channels in the liner do a better job at getting that air to your head. At highway speeds, the ventilation was easily felt over a large area of my head, a marked improvement over the EXO-1000. Of course, with this good ventilation comes a bit more wind noise, but that is a tradeoff that you make with any helmet. The neck roll in the EXO-1100 helmet has also been redesigned with a lower profile which makes it easier to get the helmet on and off. It is also designed to provide a better seal around the base of the helmet, which is critical when it comes to unwanted wind noise in a helmet. The EXO-1100 also contains Scorpion’s well liked Airfit cheekpad inflation system. A small air pump is located in the chinbar of the helmet, which inflates air bladders behind the cheekpads. A few quick presses of the air pump bulb, and you have a custom fit helmet. I noticed that with the cheekpads inflated to a comfortable level there was also a significant reduction in wind and road noise, which is a definite bonus.
Scorpion’s Speedview Internal Sunvisor is yet another design element that sets the Scorpion EXO 1100 apart from other helmets in this price range. Easily deployed with gloves on, the internal shield is there when you need it, and adds a lot of convenience when your rides take you from day to night-time, or even through varied light conditions such as a thick forest. The internal shield that is supplied with the EXO-1100 is a light smoke, with Dark Smoke, Amber, and Blue being available as optional add-ons. Both the Speedview Sunvisor and the external face-shield supplied with Scorpion’s proprietary Everclear anti-fog treatment. I can say from personal experience that this is hands down the best anti-fog shield treatment on the market. The only time I had an issue was in very cold, rainy conditions in Florida, while sitting at a light or in traffic for extended periods of time with the shield closed. Even then, the shield doesn’t really fog, it will rather just get pushed to the point of collecting condensation on the inside. In extreme situations such as this, there is a chinbar vent that directs air to the face-shield as well as a shield locking lever that can also be used to crack the shield for some extra airflow. The built in breath deflector will also help direct your breath away from the shield, while the venturi vents in the chinbar draw warm air and moisture out of that area. All of those elements of the EXO-1100 work together to provide you with excellent, clear vision. Another great advantage to the internal visor is you can ride with your face-shield completely open while retaining eye protection – a great feature for extremely hot weather. Speaking of hot weather, Scorpion has upgraded the liner of the EXO-1100 to their Kwick-Wick II liner. This micro-suede lining is moisture wicking, anti-bacterial, and easily removable for cleaning. I found this lining to be very comfortable against the skin and it did its job keeping me dry and comfortable during my hot afternoon commute.
Overall we have found the Scorpion EXO-1100 to have some significant improvements over the EXO-1000, which was already a very good helmet. The EXO-1100 takes it one step farther, with a package that is more refined, feature packed, and a lot lighter than its predecessor. The EXO-1100 is available in several well done graphic options as well as solids, there is sure to be one that catches your eye. You can view all Scorpion EXO-1100 helmet options available in our online store.
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