Shoei RF-1100 Seilon Helmet (White/Blue only)
A good upgrade from your first helmet
Needed a new helmet as my first one had a few bumps and bruises etc from learning.
The Shoei is an awesome fit. I tried it on in a shop first and actually found I was a size bigger than I thought.
The first thing I noticed when riding with the 1100 was that you can hear your surroundings with much more clarity. No more muffled exhausts, now I can hear my Duke roar! The little switch that pops the visor off the rubber seal is useful, but I find it doesnt pop it off enough. The wind noise is significant. There is a distinct whistle from the vents at the top and also around the visor seal (I suspect the visor system needs to be adjusted though). I'm going to need to upgrade me ear plugs (sad face).
I ride a naked bike and frequently had negative thoughts when riding at speed. Sooo much head buffeting with my old helmet - I used to get home with a sore neck. The Shoei is much MUCH more stable at speeds, and you can even feel it trying to hold your head level. Very impressed in this regard.
To end on a good note, the graphic looks amazingly detailed and the chin curtain may as well have been sent from heaven. Recommend.
February 4, 2013
Very good fit and airflow, very bad on defogging, some buffeting
This is my first Shoei. I am not astonished. Its double D strap is by far more difficult and slow to fit than a ratchet, not to mention the press to click button you have to guess.
My head inside is a perfect fit since I have an long oval head shape. Bought online following the sizing charts and watching the videos. So easy. Plenty of room for your ears, very good materials and great balance. Visor locking system is perfect isolating elements from entering in your face, already tested in the pouring rain for several windy hours, but not so much is the venting. The airflow is so abundant you have to balance how much air and insects you do want, that much may open the gates to bugs to get caught and end in your hair or nostrils.
Some work has to be done to open the vents with gloves on, one at a time with one hand, there are six, seven if you count the chin, and soon you find yourself making choices: a) should I stop to adjust the vents with both hands, b) Let's be patient, it's one at a time, tic, tic, tic c) Half head refreshed, half head sweat.
And with the visor fully closed, nose guard and chin protector, turn your head slightly sideways and you will hear the buffeting. First time it happened I was wondering if someone had whistle calling me out. Even if you slightly incline your head towards your shoulder, you will hear the buffeting too.
Finally, trying to defog I ended up using a defog spray, and another brand, and yet another. There was no way to fix the siliconned spray to the visor in a way that would not leave prints of drops or shapes that become noticeable when the fogging starts. Definitively, the PinLock it's a must and it pushes up the price mark.
Last comment: Mine is supposedly Bright Yellow, not so bright. Like a lemon, that much. It comes with couple Shoei stickers and a soft carrying bag.
January 28, 2013
Not impressed - returned the helmet
I purchased a medium RF-1100 to match my bike as I measure 22.5 inches. I've ridden with a medium Arai Vector for the past four years. The Vector was always a bit too round for my head shape and I decided to dial in a better fitting helmet. After receiving the helmet in the mail, I walked around the house with it on. First observation was how scratchy the interior liner felt compared to my Arai. Second, the helmet wasn't tight enough to stay in place on my noggin. I went to the garage and sat on my S1000RR and felt the helmet slide over my eyebrows when in the 3/4 position. Lastly, the helmet looked huge on me - the feared bobble head syndrome. Revzilla was awesome and the return process was very smooth. Not going with Shoei in the future. I'm now looking for a better helmet in this price range with good inter oval fit, aggressive looks, good ventilation, and smaller overall profile. Does such a helmet exist?
January 17, 2013
As long as the shape fits your head, you cant beat this helmet.
January 14, 2013
True Shoei quality
This is my 2nd RF1100. Great helmet. Cuts through the air nicely. Zero wind turbulence when turning my head at speed for lane checks. My first one had a slight whistle but after adjusting the visor it went away. This new one was perfect right out of the box.
Only minor issue is the matte finish. It's quite delicate. Put a slight nick in it rather quickly.
But I'd probably go back to a glossy finish next time around.
January 14, 2013
Great Helmet; no suprise though, it's a Shoei
This helmet like many other Shoei's, demonstrates a relatively affordable RELIABLE helmet. At first, the fit around the cheeks is uncomfortable, but just like shoes, it'll break in. The visor is very easy to change, and the clarity is a clear as it can be. The ventilation system is very good. Although there is no anti-fog shield, the settings to have the visor slightly open is easy to use and helps out a lot in regards to the visor fogging up. The paint scheme is much better in person trust me, it is pretty wicked! It is real paint and not vinyl like many of the cheaper helmets by other manufacturers. Essentially you get what you pay for; though this might be slightly expensive for some, if you can afford a bike, you can definitely invest in a good helmet,this is a great helmet and put it into perspective,can you really put a price on your head?
January 9, 2013
Great Women's Helmet
I had a Shoei helmet years ago when I first started riding and they were the first ones I considered when getting back into bikes. This RF-1100 is super-light, has great padding for comfort and has all the Shoei quality I expected.
The vents over the crown as well as at the front were really effective and I am comfortable wearing it for hours at a stretch. The super styling doesn't hurt either.
The visor has a vent setting so you can let just a bit of air in and it seals firmly when fully down. I've had no fogging at all with it.
I am planning on getting a tinted visor for the warmer months. The system for swapping out visors is really easy and quick, so I can swap the clear one back if the weather or light changes while I'm on the road.
December 31, 2012
I love this helmet. It's the most comfortable one I've ever owned. I have a more oval shaped noggin and tried this one on a recommendation. It didn't disappoint. The fit and finish are amazing.
The helmet is well-built and functions well. It's been cold here in Northern Cali so the front vent has been very useful for clearing the fog off the visor. At first I didn't see the point of the pin lock system, but it is quite handy. If you leave the pin lock in the "open" position at speed, though, you'll get a pretty annoying whistle. At slower speeds though (like stop and go traffic) it's perfect for keeping fogging down. I imagine it'll be quite useful in the rain as well.
I haven't tested the full ventilation yet, but if they all work as well as the chin vent, it should be adequate. The biggest bonus is the aerodynamics. The helmet really cut down the buffeting I felt with my old full face. I was very impressed with that and would recommend it just based on that feature. I was a little put off by the price at first but am glad I bought it. I would definitely recommend this helmet.
December 31, 2012