Shoei Neotec LE Helmet
Best Helmet BUY IT!
Ive been through a couple of helmets and I have to say that everything about this one blows the others out of the water.
I tried on a million helmets at shops and even most 2XLs I could barely fit on my big head. I ordered this one knowing it was modular so I had some room to work with but I accidently order an XL and to my surprise, it fit me perfectly. Everything about it is comfort comfort and more comfort. I tried it on at first while the kids were playing xbox in the room with me and it was like I was wearing shooting muffs. I might wear it around the house just for that and it is light as a feather.
Once I got it on the road I was immediately impressed with the lack of wind noise. I feel like Im riding in a car and I ride a NAKED bike. My old helmet was miserably loud. The aerodynamics are second to none as well. I can turn my head and not fight the wind to view my blind spots.
Lastly I rode with a heat index of 105 and while I was significantly cooler than with other helmets, I expected better air flow. I found that if I kept my chin down I could feel more flow on the top of my head but it isn't quite a natural position. Not a deal breaker at all.
Overall worth EVERY penny. Considering I ride a naked bike and feel like Im riding in a car, this helmet has completely changed my riding experience and it looks great with my bike.
June 28, 2016
Comfortable but costly
This helmet is very comfortable and sound. I find it to be relatively quiet. Overall, I really like it. Though, I am having a problem with the internal visor. The latch that brings the visor up and down is "stuck" and the mechanism to control it has broken. I've also had to replace the plastic facing, as well. I purchased the helmet a year ago. Given the initial cost of the helmet, I wouldn't anticipate having to fix those items in less than 12 months. In that respect, the helmet has been disappointing and has cost me more than I thought I would pay for what I thought was going to be a top-of-line experience.
June 27, 2016
Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet
This helmet fits a little tighter than the previous Shoei helmets I have had. Breaking in well, still not moving around on my head. I wear glasses, one of the reasons I prefer modular. This one is a bit difficult to put on with glasses on. Not a deal breaker for me. My glasses often pull off with the helmet.
Much quieter than the Nolan 104 I replaced with it.
Better air than the Nolan too.
Glad I like it 'cause it ain't cheap.
June 21, 2016
fits well, quiet, and not too heavy
You get what you pay for in life. Expensive, but worth it in the long run. Fits snugly and is pretty light compared to lesser helmets. Looks nice also...
June 15, 2016
I tried a couple other brands of helmet and they were too round and put pressure and caused forehead pain after a half hour or so. I bought this helmet and took off on a 4 day trip on my new bagger and not once did i have any discomfort. Love this helmet. Wish I bought it years ago.
Very easy to use. Love the flip down sun visor and the modular function which makes is much easier to have a conversation during a quick stop without having to take off the helmet.
June 15, 2016
A very nice and aerodynamic helmet
I first looked at the Shuberth C3 pro, but it was a bit too round for my head, so tried the Shoei Neotec. It's a bit more oval than the C3 and the fit was perfect for me.
It's a pretty quite helmet, although MAYBE not as quiet as th C3, but noticeable quieter than the Shoei J-Cruise I was wearing before.
What I like most is how aerodynamic it is. Looking straight ahead, I get less buffeting than with the J-Cruise. With the J-Cruise, when I turned my head to the side the wind grabbed at the helmet a little bit. Not with the Neotec. When I turn my head its still a very neutral feeling, with maybe even a slight tendency for the helmet to straighten into the wind. This helmet seems to slice through the wind better.
I liked it so much that I bought my girlfriend one to replace the inexpensive (can I say cheap?) full-face helmet she had been wearing. She rode pillion with me for about an hour before we stopped, and her first comment was that she had been waiting for me to stop so that she could thank me for the great helmet. She said riding was much more enjoyable with the Neotec because her head wasn't being buffeted around like it was with her cheaper full-face helmet. I got a big kiss! Although not an inexpensive helmet, by any means, that alone made it worth every penny!
I do wish it came with more options for internal communications, since I'm not a fan of the remotes you have to use with the Sena 10u and the Cardo SH-1 system doesn't appear to be available in the US, at least not yet. I've ordered a dual set of Sena 20s and will see how that works out.
June 14, 2016
Nice upgrade from my old Shoei helmet!
My trusty Shoei RF-1100 (large) helmet was finally due for replacement. I intended to go with the RF-1200 but decided to give the Neotec a try. I am glad that I did!
The fit & comfort of the new Neotec is easily on par with my old RF-1100 -- which is to say that it is very comfortable and a good fit for my round-ish head. Weight and noise are also similar (good) although the venting seemed a little better on the RF-1100. I did have to move-up in size from L for the RF-1100 to XL for the Neotec, but the fit is very good.
I like the Neotec modular flip-up design, the removable padding, the Pinlock fog shield, and especially the integrated sun shield -- no more sunglasses! The flip-up Chin Bar & Face Shield material does not feel as sturdy as the material used for the rest of the helmet shell, but seems more than adequate to offer proper chin & face protection. This helmet also comes with a 5-year warranty!
I was not thrilled that the Neotec is labeled as just a DOT helmet -- and not a Snell helmet like my old RF-1100. The Revzilla customer service rep at their Philadelphia Boutique (where I bought the helmet) explained that the internal sun shield disqualifies the Neotec from achieving Snell certification. I ultimately decided to look past this issue since I have used Shoei helmets for over 20-years and their quality is second-to-none.
In summary, I am very pleased with my Shoei Neotec modular helmet, and I look forward to many years of safe & comfortable riding with this excellent Shoei product.
PS - you owe yourself a trip to the Revzilla shop in Philadelphia, with their awesome selection of top-quality gear, and their knowledgeable customer service reps (props to Sokrady)!
June 14, 2016
Expensive replacement for the Multi-Tech
Very similar to my old Multi-Tech helmet with some major exceptions. Much better air flow to the top of my head riding my Road Glide Ultra. I didn't see anyone else mention the following topics concerning the helmet and are peculiarities I wish I knew about the helmet before buying it. Speaker cutouts too small in diameter for Harley's Boom Audio and Communication Set speakers. I used two layers of adhesive velcro to fill the space between the helmet cutout and the back of the speaker to get them to attach. The face shield automatically closes whenever the chin bar is raised. Just a new norm to get used to since I was used to grabbing the chin bar through the face shield opening to close it on my old helmet. Chin bar locks closed with a less audible click. Can't always tell if the chin bar is locked on the first try.
June 9, 2016