By John Burns Editor Score: 85.0%
Shark EVO-One 2 modular helmet
Editor Score: 85.0%
We’ve now sung the praises of the modular helmet enough that all regular readers probably have the chorus down: It’s excellent to be able to flip up the whole front of your helmet when you want to talk to people or quaff a refreshing drink while you’re stopped for gas, etc., without having to take the whole thing off your head.
Then back up to speed, flip it back down and enjoy full-face protection. I mean, that’s what I always do. I’ll leave it open when rolling around at sub-30 mph speeds, but once above that I always button my modular back up to ward off rocks and bees and slings and arrows. Some people, though, like to ride open-faced at speeds that will turn the cocked-open part of the helmet into a sail, possibly while in the cockpit of a full-fairinged touring bike, or, I really don’t know?
For them (whoever they are), Shark has solved the problem (again) with this latest modular design, introduced two years ago. The chinbar on this one rotates all the way over the face shield and round to the back, where it clicks securely into place. As they say in France, where Sharks are designed, Viola! Actually, they say Voilà.
Clever engineering indeed. The internal sunshield provides some protection in open-face mode. After a little practice, it’s easy to rotate the chin bar back and forth with either hand.
Being French, maybe it’s a fashion thing, too? Maybe it does look a little dorky when you’re walking around or lane-splitting the Champs-Élysées with that big helmet chunk propped atop your head when you’re wearing …read more