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May 2014

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DIRT TOYS MAY 2014 39 uncomfortable to wear. One of our first rides with the new helmet was in Moab, UT, at the Rally on the Rocks last year and while it was only mid-May, it was pretty toasty—getting close to 90 degrees F a couple of days. e all-black helmet wasn't overly warm and we were glad for all the vent ports the helmet offers. Much of the riding in Moab is fairly slow and there isn't always a lot of air movement so any way for air to get in and then out is appreciated. e Scorpion helmet did an adequate job of this. On other rides with the Scorpion helmet where we were carrying plenty of speed, the venting was ideal. ere was one ride late last fall that was a little chilly and we were wishing for fewer ports but that can be easily fixed by wearing a balaclava (which we forgot to take on that trip). We've found we prefer helmets with removable liners (like the cheek pads) for washing. It can get warm riding in the summer and when you sweat while riding your helmet can end up smell- ing like a gym bag. e VX-R70 has removable liners that we just toss in the washing machine and air dry to keep our helmet smelling fresh. As for Scorpion's AirFit Liner Inflation System, one of the Dirt Toys staffers really likes that feature while another didn't play with it much, pre- ferring to keep the cheek pads in their "stock" position. Regardless, the system does indeed work. A few pushes of the button to inflate the cheek pads quickly increased the size of the pads for a more snug fit if that is what you want. It's easy to adjust to what feels most com- fortable to you. While all those features are nice, what we most like about the Scorpion VX-R70, aside from its sleek look, is its lightweight feel. It is light and very comfortable to wear. When it comes to a helmet, there aren't many things more annoying than how your neck feels during and after a ride when wearing a heavy helmet. So the light weight of the Scorpion helmet is most appreciated after a long, jarring ride. e VX-R70 has an MSRP of $249.95-259.95. Scorpion helmets are available at many motorsports dealerships or you can visit www.scorpionusa.com. DT

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