Shark Race-R Pro Helmet - Solid
I'll start out by saying I've owned three Shark helmets before buying this one. And the "new" shield mechanism is stupid compared to the earlier versions. The reason I don't buy another high end brand anymore and went to Shark was due to the simplistic shield change design. It was an easy one button system. Now it apparently was backward engineered. My first year MechE students can do a better job.
The helmet is nice with nice glasses feature. Fit is snug. Like most Shark helmets, it's not quiet. It is light and gives decent visibility.
March 8, 2016
Best Helmet I've Had
Been though Shoei, Bell, and Arai, and this helmet is by far the best one I have had.
Fits to size, which I know ZLA wanted to confirm, I got this helmet on a Friday, and went to the track with it the next day. Quiet, light, fit snug just like described. Considering I got the helmet on a closeout, it is definitely the best purchase I've made from ZLA in a while.
A definite recommend-to-buy for this one if you are in the market for a solid and light helmet.
September 1, 2015
The Quality of this helmet is awesome
I have had Shoei helmets for 20+ years and love them. When they went to the 1200 they no longer fit my head shape and I needed to find different. I went through about every brand there is. Either the fit was off, or the quality wasn't where I wanted it to be.
The Shark Race R Pro is the exception. The fit is good, and the quality is excellent.
The best way I can describe the fit, is that if you have/had a Shoei RF-1000 and love it, the Shark will work for you. It will take some getting used to putting on with the neck roll, but the shape is almost a mirror image of the 1000.
Quality wise, this helmet blows the rest away. The liner and cheek pads are the equal to Shoei IMO. Super plush. The paint fit/finish is awesome. Great looking helmet without being colors that will look tacky in a year or two.
This helmet with all the vents open is not what I call quiet, but it is no louder than my RF-1000 was. Its a non issue. If you are buying this helmet you are probably more interested in the vents than any wind noise.
Also, if you wear glasses, the cheek pads are perfect. even without removing the small piece of foam, mine slid right in.
So far, only 2 negatives. The magnet that holds the loose strap end is useless. It comes loose in a few miles. Bell has that one won, but as I have never secured the loose end before its not an important item to me. The other is that I wish the shield had detents in it, but you can adjust the friction so it stays up if you need it too.
The guys at Revzilla were a pleasure to deal with on this with info and no problem with sending back helmets that I didn't like. They spent a TON of time with me giving me information to make sure I got a helmet that had what I wanted and that fit.
August 5, 2015
Just what I was looking for.
I was determined to get this helmet by any means possible once I tried my buddy's helmet. Good luck finding one to purchase in your local area, if I remember correctly there is only one authorized distributer in the states. Yeah sure the helmet is a bit pricey, but so is your head. If you are looking for a helmet there is no excuse to not get the maximum protection. I love this helmet, it's super light weight, aerodynamic, quite and comfortable. Once it's time to get a new helmet I'm buying this exact same one again. RevZilla had the best price listed and shipped quickly.
June 30, 2014
Warning to Road Racers: No ECE 22.05 Sticker Anywhere
I love this helmet, but unfortunately it is of no use to me as Shark has taken the decision to not put an ECE 22.05 sticker on the helmet. The North American helmets only show a DOT/FMVSS 218 rating only.
Trying to explain to technical inspection why your helmet is ECE rated but doesn't have the sticker really, really sucks.
If you are buying this helmet for street use, by all means get it. Fantastic helmet, great protection, and I assume it is identical to the ECE rated helmets in Europe.
But... if you are intending to use it for racing, avoid the entire Race-R Pro and Race-R Pro Carbon line until Shark starts putting the certification on the back of their helmets.
July 22, 2014
All Objectives Met
My first new helmet in years. I wanted safety and protection first, then style. What I got was a secure fit, great ventilation, a terrific 'optically correct' face shield and I love the fact that the helmet was built to accommodate wearing glasses.
Then there is the style...incredibly sharp!
June 16, 2014
Shark Race R Pro motorcycle helmet XL NEW RACE-R
Sweet Sweet helmet.. I highly recommend.. Looks great and with great protection..
February 17, 2014
This is a race thoroughbred
Got this for commuting in dangerous LA traffic because it's the highest SHARP-rated helmet available in the states (Five stars, but more importantly, "Green" rating for all 5 impact zones).
While it's solidly built, looks good, it should be known that this girl is not made to be the most comfortable helmet in the world, it's made for protection on the track.
Noise: she's loud. Coming off a Scorpion 500 she's only a tad louder than that helmet. For $600 you'd think they'd pay a bit more attention to noise.
Before I go into fit let me explain my beautiful head shape: From front to back: my head is wider at the back, and slims as it approaches my forehead. From top to bottom: my head is wider at the top and narrows as it approaches my jaw line. I'm a Large in this and the Scorpion 500-- which is the best fitting helmet I've had for my head shape.
Helmet fit: pretty darn close to perfect, but need a few millimeters more more front to back-- I can feel some uncomfortable pressure on my forehead after about 20 minutes, which as you'll see in other comments here or on forums leaves a red mark and two mosquito bites (from the 2 vents holes in the liner--bad idea shark). I may dremmel out a milli or two from the eps, which I had to do on my previously owned Scorpion 700. I've read others complain about the big cheek pads, and while they do hinder smiling, they aren't bothersome to me. Also, the helmet does not cover as much of the back of my head as the scorpion, it basically begins coverage right where my neck ends and my skull begins, but again this is a race helmet meant to live in the tuck position where your head is kinked backwards slightly.
Liner: Good, but not as good as the scorpion kwik wik material. If my head is hot, it feels the same temp when I put on the helmet-- the scorpion has a cooling sensation (may sound weird but it's true)
Ventilation: crazy good. Especially over the top of the ears if your shield is open because shark leave a millimeter for sunglasses to fit, that tiny opening suck air in, which is good for me and my big ear that get hot.
Shield: Incredible. Easy on easy off mechanism that's very solidly built, far superior to Scorpions quick change system. Optically it's astounding, very clear. Anti fog works well so far. But mainly, she's a beast of plastic. Feel VERY secure when shut.
Misc: love the air filter that's in the mouth vent. Killer idea shark designers!
Sharktooth: was easy to install, really sexy design, sound is just OK. Loud enough-- and yes position is everything. Music sounds the best. Podcast are OK. Phone calls are almost unbearable poor sounding -- voices sound crackly. Best thing is it does work with Siri, which I read one reviewer say it didn't, either they are just plain wrong on apple updated bluetooth capability with Siri since then. Main appeal: design is flawless and don't have to wear earbuds. Had to remove neck liner to install which is a pain in the buttocks to put back in. Here's how: start at the back and as you move forward, pull the liner back toward the rear. So first you push it in between the eps and shell and then pull back to the rear.
December 13, 2013