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#625689 - 08/11/10 06:42 AM Shark Evoline 2  
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Looking at a new lid. Any comments about the Shark? How about speaker placement? Best buy?

Thanks,

Chuck


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2005 R 1200RT
2003 GS Adventure. Sold
#625813 - 08/11/10 05:36 PM Re: Shark Evoline 2 [Re: NA-Chuck]  
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I've had my shark for 15 months now. I love it!

1st the bad....the shark is heavier than most other helmets. I got used to it.
The shark is probably somewhat noisier than a fullface helmet.

The good....Nothing beats being able to open the helmet up and keep on riding! Too hot, open up. Grabbing a drink, a bite, or making conversation, open the helmet. The visor and sun shield both work well. Rain?close up, lower the visor!

I did put speakers in the helmet, but had to carve the foam out to do so. Not a big deal and I made the speakers fit exactly where I wanted them.

I use this helmet everyday now. I spent a week on the road with it. When I got home, I removed the pads and washed them. The guys at work started calling me Speed Racer grin


Rob - Da Region
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#625814 - 08/11/10 05:37 PM Re: Shark Evoline 2 [Re: NA-Chuck]  
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I bought an Evoline 2 several months ago. I like it, though I notice the weight as compared to my other helmet, which is carbon fibre. The flip down sunshade is handy and the fit and finish is top notch. I did not try installing a headset, as that's in my other helmet. That said, I can't say that it looked particularly easy to do on the Shark. I bought mine on EBay and the transaction went very smoothly. You have to be careful to ensure you're getting the Evoline 2, with the improvements, and not the original.


Mark
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#625844 - 08/11/10 07:31 PM Re: Shark Evoline 2 [Re: Rob L]  
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Rob,

When you carved out the space for the speakers, did you have to cut into the plastic behind where the pads snap in? Or??

Thanks!


Chuck

2005 R 1200RT
2003 GS Adventure. Sold
#625877 - 08/11/10 08:50 PM Re: Shark Evoline 2 [Re: NA-Chuck]  
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I wear Arai Profile helmets because their long-oval shape fits my old head perfectly. I saw the Evoline 2 at my dealer, and I wanted one badly. I tried one on (I wear a large Arai, but with the Shark medium was a better fit) and I felt pressure on my forehead. The parts manager said that is the biggest complaint they get about the Evoline 2 -- that is creates a "hot spot" on the forehead. I considered getting one anyhow and trimming the liner, but fortunately I convinced myself not to do that!

#625897 - 08/11/10 09:45 PM Re: Shark Evoline 2 [Re: NA-Chuck]  
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Yeah, i cut the plastic to fit the speakers and then carved the white styro out behind it. Really not too hard to do.


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#626009 - 08/12/10 02:53 AM Re: Shark Evoline 2 [Re: Rob L]  
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I have been looking these helmets for a few months now. Have my eye on a new white Wayer which can be had for ~$370 at Competition Accessories and Helmet City. The standard colors ~$300.


Armando Vargas
'02 R1150RT
'98 Concourse - Gone
'86 Concourse, The Original - Gone
'88 Yamaha Virago 750 - Gone
'82 Yamaha Heritage Special 650 - Gone
'80 Yamaha dual sport 250 - Gone
#626130 - 08/12/10 03:39 PM Re: Shark Evoline 2 [Re: Armando]  
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I just switched from the Shoei X.11 to the Shark Evoline 2. I had been looking for a modular helmet that was easy-to-use, met all the safety standards, was truly modular (the helmet was fully function even with the chin bar up), and had other features that were an improvement over a standard helmet.

Here are the good points:

1. When the chin bar is pushed up and to the back to create an open-faced helmet, the helmet actually looks and functions like an open-faced helmet. The face shield moves down, and the helmet appears to have a cool looking spoiler on the back. This is a much better design than nearly all other modular helmets out there.

2. Includes a sun shade. For me, this was almost the big point, because I don't have to carry extra shields for different sun conditions. The sun shade is effective even in the brightest of lights, and can be flipped up when it turns dark. Once I was riding from afternoon to night with my Shoei. I usually change the face shields, but forgot to bring the clear shield, and I had to ride home with a very dark shield. I had to lift it up and put my windshield in the top most position, but still bugs found their way into my face. NO fun.

3. Meets DOT requirements in both full-face and open face mode.

4. In full face mode, there's a little more room around the mouth, almost like those off road motocross helmets. Almost.

5. Noise levels are actually better than my Shoei.

6. This isn't an advantage, but the Shark fits about a size larger than a Shoei. So if you get an XL in a Shoei, you need an L in a Shark. At least for my head, this is so.

The not so good points:

1. Everyone says its heavy, and it feels a bit heavier than my X.11. I haven't noticed it while riding some longer distances.

2. I'm not pleased with the fit and finish. The first one I got, the chin bar got stuck on the top of the helmet and it required two hands to pull it back down. Not a good thing while riding. The dealer quickly replaced it, overnighting a new one to me and not charging me for the old one, just trusting me to send it back. Revzilla rocks. The replacement one works well, but I really have to force it to lock the chin bar into place. I'm not sure if that's a defect or intentional.

I have had no problems with my Shoei X.11, and I believe it's one of the best, safest, and well-designed helmets on the market. I just wanted a modular design for when it's hot, and when I need to speak to people. The thought that I could drink some water or coffee while riding is intriguing, though I'm not sure I'm going to do that.

I was undecided whether I wanted to move away from the X.11, until I read the reviews on the Shark. I'm glad I got it.


'11 R1200RT (I'm back)
'06 R1200RT (crashed)
'02 R1150RT (gone)
'01 K1200RS (gone)
'00 R1200C (gone)
'99 R1100RT (gone)

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#626137 - 08/12/10 03:53 PM Re: Shark Evoline 2 [Re: LeftCoastMan]  
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Helmet in full-face mode:



Sun shade (built-in sunglasses of a sort):



Chin bar moved out of the way:






'11 R1200RT (I'm back)
'06 R1200RT (crashed)
'02 R1150RT (gone)
'01 K1200RS (gone)
'00 R1200C (gone)
'99 R1100RT (gone)

Science replaces private prejudice with publicly verifiable evidence–Richard Dawkins
#626141 - 08/12/10 03:58 PM Re: Shark Evoline 2 [Re: LeftCoastMan]  
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Are those graphics reflective on the Aboluste model? I am debating between Absolute and Wayer models.


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'02 R1150RT
'98 Concourse - Gone
'86 Concourse, The Original - Gone
'88 Yamaha Virago 750 - Gone
'82 Yamaha Heritage Special 650 - Gone
'80 Yamaha dual sport 250 - Gone
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