Shark Speed-R Helmet - Solid
I was excited to buy this helmet. It was my first full face helmet. The sun visor mechanism came in handy but after a while I found myself always riding with it down, so regular sun visor would do the job just fine. My dad bought the same helmet as we ride the same bike but we have different head sizes. No more than two months later problems started to occur. My dads visor is really hard to open and mine won't stay open. While riding on highway, the back plastic piece fell of my dad's helmet. Then I dropped my helmet while walking and the top plastic piece (ventilation) fell off. Really poor quality. And when we wanted to get it repaird, they told us it could take half a year.... WHAT?? (not Revzilla. Czech dealer)
So overall I would not buy a Shark helmet again. Not worth the money. Also I forgot to mention that it gets too hot in the helmet during summer.
September 1, 2015
In my 20 plus years of motorcycle riding, the Shark Speed-R is the best helmet I have ever owned.
The Shark Speed-R is light weight, comfortable and has great design features including the easy to operate internal shaded eye shield. The Air vents are engineered in a way that ventilates adequately and can be opened and closed easily while riding. I chose the Scott Redding Replica helmet and am very pleased with the graphics and outer shell durability. This helmet is highly recommended for anyone who loves motorcycling and wants to ride safely, comfortably, with durability in mind...and looking good while you do it.
September 14, 2015
Helmet is worth the price
I have owned this helmet for 8 months and it is by far the best helmet I have owned. The padding is very soft and comfortable over long rides. One issue is that the padding is very thick, so the shell appears larger than many helmets and some downward vision is cut off because the shield is far from your face. This has never caused me any real issues. The visibility through the shield is amazing, it hardly fogs at all. When I first purchased the helmet I tried to put the shield down a few times because didn't think it was there. The added features are great; the internal sun visor is my favorite feature but the ear cut outs for speakers are awesome too. They completely alleviate the pressure my bluetooth speakers caused in my last helmet. I would 100% recommend this helmet.
August 2, 2015
Great Helmet with a couple of problems
Overall I love this helmet. Really good design and look. It's comfortable with average noise level. The Pinlock visor is outstanding. I could not fog it up no matter how hard I tried. I also love having an integrated sun visor that's easy to put up and down. My only real complaints about this helmet are the face sheild is all but impossible to open with gloved hands due to the mechanism used to hold it closed. Very weird design and frustrating when trying to allow more air in by opening the face sheild. Also the sunvisor keep coming disconected from the small plastic lever that lowers and raises it via the top of the helmet. Poor execution on this piece. But it's still a very aerodynamic, well fitting helmet. Installing the Shark tooth system was a pain due to my difficulty reinstalling the helmet liner once the Shark tooth was in place. If they fix the 2 issues with the visor lock and sunvisor opening/closing mechanism and maybe decrease the wind noise (that 1 is asking a lot); it would be just about perfect.
June 8, 2015
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
Good in Theory, Bad Quality
When I opened the box, played with all the levers, and tested the fit I was quite happy. It's an attractive but not overly aggressive or flashy helmet. The weight was a bit more than I expected, but not excessive. Packaging and the included helmet bag was on par for a $400 helmet. Visibility and comfort were nice. I'm afraid that's all I have that's nice to say about the helmet.
Within a days use of the product the drop down sun visor mechanism broke. The tiny tab that held it in place failed. This was extremely frustrating. Thankfully, it was still cold and riding weather was still few and far between. Standard Shark warranty service is 4 weeks at least. Revzilla was easy to work with and accepted my return with no fuss. A month goes by and I had my helmet back... temporarily fixed.
I return home from an extended work trip to find it's riding season. I ride my bike for at least 4 trips a day when the weather permits. The sun visor mechanism failed four days into my work week! Totally unacceptable. Thankfully, Revzilla customer service came through and I'm moving on to a new brand.
The visor seal is very firm, but air seepage is persistent all around. In the summer you could call it good air flow. In winter I'd be concerned.
Shark logo on front are just cheap stickers. Simply bumping them with gloves while trying to work vent levers can lift them. Very annoying, and low quality feel.
May 8, 2015
Quality Issues, Poor Documentation
Let me preface this by saying this is the first helmet I have purchased. After searching for a helmet with the features found on this model I decided to buy it in matte black.
One of the first things I noticed was the terrible quality of the logo stickers. Yes they are stickers if you were unsure. One of the problems was they had some white fuzz underneath the adhesive. Second, they were already peeling on the corners. I don't mind logos much but these were not very well thought out or implemented. They also get in the way when cleaning the helmet. No doubt they would've fallen off in time so I removed them. It looks much better in my opinion.
For someone who doesn't have experience with helmets I would've expected some kind of user manual or basic instructions as to care of the helmet or the features included. Perhaps I just didn't get that but there wasn't any paperwork detailing care (removal of pads, how to care for matte finish, safety considerations). Seems a bit sloppy from any company.
As for the good things this helmet seems well made and it fits great. Haven't had a lot of time to test it but I expect it to work well. It also comes with a pinlock visor and cotton bag for the helmet. I'm pretty happy with it overall.
The last thing I'd like to say is it seems like the slider for the sun visor flexes a bit when moving. Feels like plastic that might break given enough time and/or pressure.
May 8, 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