Shark Speed-R Duke Helmet
Easy to find/use sun visor
Built in sun visor is great. The slider on top of the helmet makes it easy to find while riding. I get lots of looks riding in the city.
My head was actually between a large and medium so I went down to a medium. The only problem I have with this helmet has to do with me having high cheek bones. It sucks to wear until it breaks in. Once broke in its amazing. I use it on all my long trips because of the slide down visor.
One of the other reviews mentioned they dropped theirs and some pieces broke. First off yes I think the pieces on the back feel like they would if dropped. Secondly, you shouldn't be dropping your helmet since even that can compromise the safety of any helmet
It is true that the visor is a pain to open. Just open and close it 20 times before wearing and you should be fine. Just remember they designed this particular helmet to either be open or closed not in between. It feels great in a full tuck.
Watch the video revzilla has, they're pretty spot on with their analysis of this helmet series.
Love that you can use eye glasses with it.
June 25, 2015
From a quality stand point this is a great product, aesthetically I'd prefer a smaller more sleek helmet.
So this is a really nice, really comfortable, high quality helmet. There are three things I didn't like too much.
First was the size and shape (externally), not the fit. The helmet looks unnecessarily big compared to my two other AGV helmets. I'm really picky about the aesthetics and maybe it's just me but I'd prefer not to look like a bobble-head if I can help it.
The second is the inside visor that drops down. It's a really cool feature but when it is in the down position there is about a 1 inch gap around the cheek area. I wish the visor pulled down all the way to the nose guard, leaving no gap.
Third was the external clear visor. I wanted the visor cracked (semi-up position) to allow air flow in but the visor would shut with very little force- meaning it wouldn't stay cracked open like I wanted. Maybe I didn't no how to work the visor properly and maybe it was user error.
Aside from these few details, which are mostly aesthetic preferences on my part, this is an excellent helmet. I definitely feel safer riding in this helmet than any of my others.
I took pictures of the helmet, to compare along side of another. Please consider that I'm all about the looks and so the things I pointed out may not be a problem for others.
June 4, 2015
No pressure points anywhere on my head or jaw. The noise level is actually far quieter than my previous helmet: a pleasant surprise. The vents are great as is the visibility. Some other helmets don't have a great variety of open positions. I am very pleased with this purchase and look forward to years of adventure with it.
April 14, 2015
Great helmet. Very light and holds up well while doing head checks. I like not having any detects on face sheild. Only gripe is its tough to open if you click it down. Shark get on that. Other than that this thing rocks.
March 31, 2015
Not the color as shown in the picture!!!
I recently purchased this helmet in yellow (thinking it was more Daytona yellow going into a high vise fade) it is a very bright high vise yellow with no fading into darker yellow as the picture shows it to be VERY MISLEADING. This helmet is a very tight fit aswell which provides a discomfort in the upper cheek area. Delivery was something to be determined, it was ok for free I guess, my only complaint is they just dropped it off without wanting a signature. So anyone could have picked it up since it has a very very nice FLASHY REVZilla box that screams "expensive item inside please steal me." Overall I would recommend it, just be cautious about getting the color your truly after.
February 6, 2015
I ordered this item on Saturday morning and it arrived this evening, so it's not QUITE "2-DAY Shipping", is it? That said, it's free shipping so I can't complain.
It was a ridiculous hassle to determine the true color. Anthony says it's closer to red. There is a disclaimer on this page that says, it's closer to red. For a site with a color filter option, determining the color of a helmet should not be a hassle.
I ride a black and orange motorcycle. I live in the Bay Area. My favorite baseball team is the SF Giants. I have a black/orange jacket. I needed a black/orange helmet. Not a black and mostly red helmet. Not a black and called orange but looks straight up red helmet. Black. And. Orange. Helmet. Please.
Long story shortened, I called several of Revzilla's competitors and Revzilla asking someone to physically LOOK AT THE DARN THING! No one could because all the call centers were away from the warehouse.
I noticed that the "SHARK" lettering in the more orange colored pics was in white and the red helmet had black or antracite letters.
Revzilla has a reasonable return policy so I rolled the dice and took a chance. Much to my surprise, it's truly orange.
I have been riding since the mid '90s and all my previous helmets were Arai's. My last two were RX7RR's. My head is pretty spoiled. This helmet feels nice, the interior mesh is a bit "scruffier" than my Arai's but the fit around my crown and cheeks is similar. I have a round'ish head with round'ish cheeks. I feared the cheek pads would be uncomfortable. They are snug and firm, but not uncomfortable. There isn't any pressure points.
I wanted a helmet with a internal sun visor and I got tired of spending $800 on a Arai that "expires" after 5 years. So I looked into Shark. At nearly half the price of my RX7RR, this helmet is a great deal.
The pinlock lens is a nice bonus. I didn't get an option to order a color. Mine came with a yellow lens. However, if given an option, I probably would've went with yellow. At the shooting range I use yellow/amber lenses for increased depth perception. Yellow is also better for night vision.
However, the lens seems...foggy? Not in a steamed up way, but more in a blurry or old acrylic fish tank kind of way. I'm tempted to clean it with warm water and a microfiber towel, but I'm afraid I'll mess it up more. :\
I have not yet road tested this helmet because Revzilla demands items not be ridden with if it is to be returned. And since I didn't know what color the $400-plus helmet I just bought was, I didn't make time to test ride in case I had to return it. So, I don't really know how well it works with venting/buffeting/noise. Test fitted, it seems quiet enough. I'm not expecting a sensory deprivation chamber.
I ride an unfaired bike--HD Night Rod Special--and part of what drew me to this helmet is its claim to be aerodynamic and designed for unfaired bikes. My fairing is my head. :\
Revzilla offers it at a price most other cites do but rewarded me with $20 in-store credit on my next purchase. Also, Anthony's videos seem very even handed and fair--which made the whole "red or orange" fiasco more painful. Revzilla's competitors market EVERY item as if it is the BEST item out there. Which. Doesn't. Really make sense....I mean, if that's the BEST, then how....could the other one be...nevermind.
All in all, it is difficult enough to buy a helmet online with subjective information such as "intermediate oval" or "round to neutral" much more with the inability of anyone to tell you what COLOR the helmet will be. In that, I am very disappointed.
Fortuitously, this helmet is ORANGE and I am now pleased with my purchase. Great helmet for the price.
November 4, 2014
This is my second Shark helmet and the comfort levels and features live up to the description. I especially like the improved aerodynamics over the my old helmet. Buffeting is non-existent. It's a little heavier than the RSR2, but the fit is such that I didn't notice the additional weight. The sun visor clears my glasses and the optics on the primary face shield are exceptional.
October 28, 2014
I just purchased this helmet last week and rode from Charlotte NC to Atlanta GA, here are my thoughts.
Style: I have an orange honda cbr600rr and the orange duke helmet matched it perfectly. Its had darker grey reflective graphics and an aggressive style. The helmet looks bad ***. You can also just rock the internal sun-visor for the "Top Gun" look.
Visor: You have awesome vision and the visor has no warp at all. There is a thin groove around the inside of the visor that houses the anti fog insert (which comes with the helmet and is awesome) but sometimes when light hits the groove you get a bad glare which was a little annoying. This being said, there is an internal sun-visor which gets rid of the glare instantly. The sun-visor mechanism is on top of the helmet and easy to find with and style of glove. The action is very smooth to lock it into place. Taking off the exterior visor is extremely easy. Back to the anti fog lens, the helmet comes with one but you can buy multiple tints. The rubber insert is way better than any "anti fog lens" i've ever used.
Fit: The top of my head fit perfectly. I purchased a medium and im around a 7 1/4 fitted cap. However the cheek pads were extremely tight. After riding about 7 hours total over 3 days the pads are still very stiff. The inside of the helmet was very soft and made of comfortable materials. The helmet is also very light!
Airflow: The chin piece provides great air flow. I couldnt really feel the top at all. At just the right angle I can get the top vents to really let the air in, but otherwise it seems to not do to much. I ride with the chin guard on, but taking it off would obviously add more air flow.
-Awesome lens (antifog inserts)
-Internal sun-visor (and easy to use mechanism)
-Really stiff tight cheek pads
-Unimpressed with the shark fin airflow system
Would I recommend this helmet?
Absolutely! Once the cheek pads get worn in a bit ill be a happy camper!
Thanks guys I hope this helped!
October 3, 2014