Shark Evo 1 Crash Helmets
& Infinity Motorcycles, Farnborough
With the primary brief being for matching helmets and comms, on a visit to Infinity Motorcycles, Farnborough, we tried all sorts before confirming that a pair of the new, Shark Evo 1s, fitted with the native Shark Tooth comms system, were ideal. My first helmet of 4 years previously, was the Shark Evoline 3. This was chosen because of the options of full- or open-face formats, and having enjoyed its adaptability throughout, it made the Evo1 a natural choice.
The Evo 1, with its swing-over chin bar mechanism, remains relatively heavy but the new model has an interlock designed to lift the visor as the chin bar is swung over the helmet from its ‘parked’ position at the rear of the helmet. Initially, the chin bar cam system has been quite stiff making the transition between modes difficult although, a combination of technique and ‘running in’, seems to be easing this issue. Occasionally, I have experienced a clash of the two. Helpfully, the chin bar wedges right in my line of vision of the road ahead, but a bit of calm pulling and pushing resolves the lack of vision. Just remember to choose your moment to ‘convert’.
For me, the fit is more snug than I remember the Evoline 3 being, even as new. Whilst, Susan advises that the Shark is slightly noisier than her Cabor open face. To me however, the wind noise seems on par with the original Evoline 3, despite claims by the manufacturer to have improved the Evo 1’s aerodynamics. In full face mode, the peripheral vision has been improved with a wider aperture, whilst the vertical periphery has been marginally reduced, making viewing the sat nav slightly more problematic.
The Shark Tooth system fits snuggly inside the helmets with only a small control binnacle on the side of the helmet. The multi-function button involves mutual pressings to achieve the intercom function and, providing you follow the instructions, the synchronisation seems relatively easy. On the road, the coms work well with constant, two-way open mikes, making flowing conversation easy. Wind noise cancellation on the mikes seems non-existent and wind-roar is evident, especially when both helmets are ‘open’.
We experienced a design issue with our initial helmets. The inside of the visor made contact with the ‘forehead’ of the helmet, scratching the inner surface of the Pin Lock visor, right in the line of vision. After some research, this was identified as a flaw in the design and, without question, Infinity arranged replacement of both helmets and, because of their fixed installation, the Shark Tooth as well. The replacements seem to have been significantly redesigned, with an improved visor and hinge mechanism.
On the road, communicating, for us at least, has been a lovely addition to our riding experience, being able to share observations about our environment and general conversation. Equally, we are both comfortable with not talking all the time, even in the car, but if your passenger has verbal diarrhoea, this may not be right for you (although you can turn it off!).
Overall, the Shark Evo 1, is an excellent helmet, comfortable and practical, even given the initial problems. Worth a try, especially if you like an open face crash helmet for the warmer weather. As far as Infinity Motorcycles, Farnborough, is concerned, their customer service has been exemplary at prices (on this occasion) competitive with anywhere on the web.
Shark Tooth control is discreet
Evo 1 in full face mode - the chin bar can be awkward initially
Evo 1 in open face mode - great for the warmer weather