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    Default Helmets

    So I have had the fortune/misfortune of purchasing and wearing a few different lids in recent history so I figured I would share my thoughts. By way of background, I wear a size medium - intermediate oval. I am hard on stuff. I drop shit, I crash, I am that person that should not have nice things....

    Helmets

    Shoei RF1200 - Great, great helmet. Stays put on your head. Does not move around. Great for checking left and right. Great for street and track. Pretty quiet. If you are in a tuck, you do not have to lift the chin up, the eye port is sufficiently high. Only complaint is the snap is a little higher up than it should be, makes it hard to snap. The snap on the RF1100 was better, but everything else is better on the RF1200.

    Arai Corsair X - High quality helmet. Too fragile and too nice for me. This is for fancy people. I dropped mine and it landed on the top. Everything looked good, but going down the highway the top air channel completely ripped out. This is a $900.00 helmet that I can't use. The helmet would also cant forward a bit. In the tuck, I would have to push up on the chin to get adequate vision.

    Araia RX-Q - Wow, this thing is comfortable.This is not a tight fitting race helmet. This is a long distance super comfortable touring helmet. Try one on at the shop and you will see what I mean. I have one in hi-viz and use on rainy days.


    Bell Race Star Tracer - Great helmet but it folds my ears, and they stay folded. The ear pocket is just not big enough for my ears to unfold. Otherwise great helmet. Just does not work for me.

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    Default Re: Helmets

    I've got an RF-1200 too -- glad to hear you like yours! I love how quiet it is. The only complaint I have about mine is that I came from an older RF-1000 and I couldn't use the same size RF-1200. I had to go from a Medium up to a Large, which is fine -- the problem is the Large and Extra-Large share the same exterior shell -- so the helmet feels freakishly large coming from the Small/Medium exterior shell. Three years later, still haven't got used to that!

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    p.s. I did send the Arai Corsair X back to Arai, which they checked out and repaired for a few bucks. The service was excellent and turnaround fast. Very pleased.

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    Just switched from an old RF1000 to a new full carbon AGV Sportmodular. Beautiful to look at, super light, and very well made as well. But it also folds my ears, and the ear pockets seem small.

    The RF1000 was both more comfortable and quieter, but doesn't open into an open face....... I can only think my next full face will be an RF1200 or newer, as the RF1000 was the best I've had for my noggan.
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    I've been rocking the RF1100 for a few years more than I should be now, and I would 100% buy the RF1200 no questions asked. Fantastic helmet. Light, quiet, looks good, lots of view, and safe.

    The trouble I run into is in Japan, Arai doesn't have the NA markup. They're at most 30 bucks more than the Shoei. A little bit lighter and a lot safer too. I've got thinking to do.

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    I've been a Shoei RF owner since they came out with the RF100, they have announced the new SHOEI RF1400, RF-1400 | Shoei Helmets & Accessories (shoei-helmets.com) looks promising but I'm not sure I like the color choices. Also bummed that my transitions shield on my RF1200 won't fit on the new helmet, but no choice the helmet has expired. - Gene
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    Ummmmmmm.....there’s no pictures.

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    I tried on every dang helmet made by every manufacturer that I thought looked cool in a superstore. The Shoei X12 was Cinderella’s glass slipper.
    There is a little whistle when the shield is open all the way and when I open it to the first open click the wind bounces around my eyes. Other than that it’s awesome.
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    They have all the RF1400 colors/graphics posted now on the Shoei site. There is going to be a transitions shield coming out later in the year. Also Revzila did a review and said the clamp for the SENA could be a problem, I have no experience with adhesive mount does anyone else? - Gene
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    2002 Ducati Monster 900, multiple award winner, 50K+ miles
    2004 Victory Kingpin, multiple award winner, 118K+ miles, no repairs
    2009 XR1200, black/orange of course, 17K+ miles
    2013 Ducati Diavel, Blue/White Stripe, 33K+ miles
    2016 Victory Cross Country Tour, 32K+ miles

 

 

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