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Shoei RF-1200 Duchess Helmet
  • Shoei RF-1200 Duchess Helmet - Silver/White
  • Shoei RF-1200 Duchess Helmet - Silver/White
  • Shoei RF-1200 Duchess Helmet - Silver/White
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Shoei RF-1200 Duchess Helmet

The pinnacle of perfection, the RF-1200 has been designed, from its inception, to be an industry leader in comfort, performance and protection. The wind tunnel tested shell has been optimized to provide a compact and aerodynamic shape, reducing wind-noise, buffeting and weight. Shoei has not only designed the RF-1200 to be one of the most comfortable helmets on the market, but also one of the safest, meeting both DOT and SNELL M2010 safety standards.

Whether you are a track day enthusiast or cross-country cruiser, the RF-1200 will allow you to ride with confidence, freeing you to concentrate on the road and most importantly....enjoy the ride.

Slim And Light Weight Design

One of the most important features of a quality helmet is that you hardly know it’s there protecting your head. Shoei has reduced the weight of the RF-1200 by using a slimmer design and building a distinct line into the side of the helmet that also serves as an accent. As a result, the new Shoei RF-1200 is lighter than any other Snell certified helmet in the current Shoei lineup.

Shell Construction

The new slim design of the Shoei RF-1200, with its distinct accent cut line, widens the bottom of the helmet to help ease the process of putting the helmet on or taking it off. Further advancing the comfort of the AIM+ shell is the industry leading four shell sizes that the Shoei RF-1200 comes in. The impact-absorbing dual liner consists of two layers incorporating different densities, helping to effectively balance the potential impact applied to the more rigid shell.


Through advancements in the aerodynamic shape, improved interior linings and a new and improved shield system the rider will experience a very quiet and comfortable riding experience. The interior of the RF-1200 has achieved a balance of a comfortably soft fit and a firm, stable hold. The new design of the cheek pads also improves the motion of the neck, thus helping the rider to check traffic behind him/her for example.

Shield System

The new CWR-1 Pinlock shield features ribs on top and bottom of the shield to improve rigidity and eliminate bending of the shield caused by wind pressure or the opening and closing of the shield. Independent beading in the top and sides of the helmet help to keep the seal of the shield tight and eliminate any excess air. In addition to the CWR-1 shield, Shoei has developed a new base plate for the RF-1200. The Quick-Release Self-Adjusting base plate is spring-loaded and pulls the shield back onto the helmet, sealing it tightly against wind and rain. The addition of a new five-stage rotating dial allows for fine tuning of the base place for easy shield adjustments.


A large lower three position vent, three upper air vent intakes and four uniquely positioned upper exhaust outlet vents combine with the Dual Density EPS liner to allow cooling air to travel unrestricted through tunnels created in the EPS liner.


  • Four shell sizes
  • Dual density EPS liner
  • Superior ventilation
  • 3D Max-Dry System II Liner
  • E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick-Release System) CWR-1 Shield System
  • Neatly secure chin strap
  • Includes Pinlock pins and lens insert
  • Includes breath guard and chin curtain
  • Snell M2010 and DOT Certified

Note: Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States

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Loved this helmet Just got back from spending 2 weeks riding on the back of the bike with my husband in Spain and France. I really wanted a fun and stylish helmet along with safety and this helmet fit the bill. It was very comfortable, even in high heat. The only complaint would be that even with really expensive, great ear buds, once we reached higher speeds I could not hear him talking to me. That being said, it could have been due to a manufactuerer problem. However, in all I really loved this helmet. July 27, 2015
Lots of awesome features. Very happy with my Shoei helmet ,was hoping for less wind noise but can tolerate without earplugs. ,Fits nice, great visibility and it looks awesome. I am a rider not a passenger and this helmet has all the features I was looking for. June 16, 2015
Safe, Stylish and Comfortable; tri facta !! LOVE this helmet. I'm just sorry I waited so long to invest in a decent product. This helmet is great for oval heads (no pressure around the temples or ears)! It has a wide range of visibility , pretty quiet , average in weight but very comfortable (all day long into the evening riding). I can not say enough about this helmet. Do yourself a favor and bite the bullet you will not regret it!! And it's feminine looking wout being too much! April 13, 2015
Style for the Ladies I bought this helmet for my wife as she said that's the one she wanted, when it arrived she was over the moon ... it's so pretty she said! It does look good and the RF1200 is a good looking helmet anyway, she likes the way its so quiet and comfortable ... although it was a little firm to get on at first, it quickly forms to your own shape for that little extra bit of comfort. Its a light helmet, great vision and wind flow plus it has the cut outs where you can put speakers for a bluetooth system. We have a pair of Sena intercoms and they work great .. it makes communication so easy when you're out riding you'll wonder how you ever did without it! February 9, 2015
Great Helmet! I wanted a helmet to match my jacket- black and purple. I found some but it was slim pickings and then I found this gem! The colours are beautiful, the purple is vibrant in person. I have a slightly oval head and this fits well. I tried on an AGV Horizon and found it too round for my head. I wear a Medium depending on how the helmet fits but the medium was too big in this helmet and a small fit perfect. I love that the fog-resistant pinlock insert is included as well as optional breath guard and ear pieces. I rate this a a great helmet for someone that wants a great, quality helmet but isn't ready to shell out the $800 for a high premium helmet. The service at Revzilla is excellent, they will help you find the perfect helmet for you! January 22, 2015
Great helmet My wife picked this helmet out for herself, and loves it. It is a perfect fit, that is light weight and excellent visibility. December 1, 2014
Love love love this helmet! Unfortunate to say that I have crash tested this helmet. It performed wonderfully as I am still here to write this review. So I replaced it with the same. I have been wearing shoei helmets for over 20 years and they have perfected comfort and safety in this reasonably priced helmet. It's not "cheap", but it is well worth every penny! September 15, 2014
love this helmet bought this about a month ago and I absolutely love it!!! It fits nice and snug and I have a great range of view. The graphics on this helmet are very pretty which was what I was looking for in the look. The safety aspect of this helmet is amazing. I would recommend this to anyone. Hands down one of the best helmets I have ever owned. July 19, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Laura O: Have used Shoei for years. This helmet is very comfortable, reasonably lightweight, good ventilation and not noisy. Very happy with it. It's also really nice looking and I get compliments on it, I have the dark gray one with purple detailing. Using it for racing. Jun 8, 2015
jamie m: the reviews for the helmet where all positive and where exactly what i was looking for in a helmet. they say the helmet is light, comfortable, well vented and at a great price. Feb 8, 2015
Todd C: This helmet had good reviews and revised features from the previous model. It also seems a little more compact than other helmets. I hope she likes it! Dec 19, 2014
M S: brought one for my daughter, I have the flat blk rf1200 Dec 4, 2014
S E: Best (name brand) helmet for the money. Also, perfect for the Mrs. Best scheme I've seen on a female Shoei helmet. Sep 25, 2014
Owen R: New helmet for my darling wife Jun 25, 2014
Miguel L: My wife is long and narrow in the face and was very comfortable with the fit and extremely happy with the look. Feb 26, 2014
A shopper asked: Hi, I am a newbie rider who is totally overwhelmed by the amount of gear that is available, especially to us women. I was wondering if it is truly worth to go all out and buy this helmet, or buy the rf 1100 because it is a little cheaper and I happen to like the blue and white Corazon graphics better? I guess i'm asking if the rf 1200 is worth splurging on vs the 1100 which seems to be in closeout. Thanks so much for your time!

Oct 11, 2014
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Elizabeth K: Funny you should ask! I actually owned the RF1100 blue Corazon.
I currently ride with the RF1200 black Duchess (it's my second one). They are both excellent helmets.
Unfortunate for me, but fortunately for you, I have crash tested both of these helmets. They both did their job well as I am still here to write this review.

I like the RF1200 better... It is lighter and quieter. It has a better vision capability with the bigger visor area. I love the pin-lock that comes standard in the 1200 as I now longer need to crack my visor for anti fogging in damp cold weather- it just does not fog up, ever.

That being said, the Corezon graphics were super cool- lots of compliments. And it's still a reasonably quiet helmet. You can always upgrade to a pinlock if that's important to you. And it saved my life- I will always trust the shoei helmets...for when I need it. I've used the RF series helmet since I started riding street over 20 years ago- you can't go wrong here.
Oct 29, 2014
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John W: Great question. I bought this for my bride, but your query is general in nature, so I'm comfortable answering.

Essentially the level of protection you receive from a "snell" approved helmet is about the same across the board. So the difference becomes more about fit, features, venting, weight, etc. (starting to sound like a salesman).
Anyway, the primary focus I recommend is finding one that fits properly. That is the helmet that will give you the greatest comfort and protection. Then, features and colors, and all that jazz.

This was a Christmas present for my bride. But she had test fit one at a dealer and didn't want to spend the $$$ on it. She lived the look too. So, Santa has a plan....

Hope whatever helmet you choose serves you well, and that you never "need" it.
Oct 20, 2014
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Alysa R: It can be ridiculously overwhelming! But on the flip side, I'm glad to have gotten the riding bug at a time when women can actually access a lot of great gear tailored to our needs :-)

I had the 1100 and was very happy with it--I only traded up after damaging it and figuring I'd try the new fixins. I love the 1200 just as much--although the external bluetooth set-up was slightly more awkward to install on the 1200--and maybe the venting is a bit better in hotter riding. But I can't say it's made such a difference that I would recommend spending the extra. I'll swear by Shoei helmets in general, though, for quality, and a great fit with my head shape!
Oct 19, 2014
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Shannon J: Hi Amanda,

I just recently upgraded from the RF-1100 to the 1200. The 1200 is a little bit lighter, has an emergency chin/cheek pad removal tab, different vent arrangements and a new visor attachment system. That said, the only reason I upgraded was because I liked the Duchess graphic better. I've had two different RF-1100 helmets and was happy with both. I found the RF-1200 to be a fractionally smaller fit than the 1100. I'm right on the edge of a small and a medium. I'm an 1100 small and a 1200 medium.
Oct 23, 2014
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Glenn L: Both are excellent choices. My wife had the rf1100 for several years and loved it. She was looking to replace it, and the graphics on the new rf1200 went great with her new bike. If you like the graphics on one and can save some coin, great! You can't go wrong with either choice. Oct 20, 2014
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Gretchen A: At one time, I asked the exact same question and went with a closeout. It was a great decision for me. Really, the RF-1100 is an awesome helmet too. You will learn over time the features and bells and whistles that you like and dislike... and then you can upgrade. :) Oct 19, 2014
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Owen R: Without a shadow of a doubt this is the best helmet my wife has owned. She has quit complaining about buffeting and noise - the biggest factor is just how light this helmet is on her head. Money very well spent!! Oct 19, 2014
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Matthew S: Overall they are very similar helmets and the 1200 is mostly just an updated model and could arguably be quieter. Overall if you like the 1100 I would say go for it. It is an excellent helmet. Oct 19, 2014
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Edward F: They are both fine helmets. I have owned both. The RF 1200 is a bit quieter and more areody amic. Oct 19, 2014
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Shoei Helmets

Size Hat Size Measurement (in)
2XS 6 3/8 - 6 1/2 20 1/8 - 20 1/2
XS 6 5/8 - 6 3/4 20 7/8 - 21 1/4
SM 6 7/8 - 7 21 5/8 - 22
MD 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 22 1/2 - 22 7/8
LG 7 3/8 - 7 1/2 23 1/4 - 23 5/8
XL 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 24 - 24 3/8
2XL 7 7/8 - 8 24 3/4 - 25 1/4
3XL 8 1/8 - 8 1/4 25 5/8 - 26

RF-1100 / X-12 Shell Size Breakdown

Helmet Size Shell EPS Liner
XS (RF1100)
XS (X-12) SM

X-12 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 optional
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 optional
41 optional

RF1200 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 2XL
35 SM-XL
39 XS
43 optional

RF1100 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 3XL
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 2XS
41 optional

GT-Air Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 2XL
35 SM-XL
39 XS

Qwest Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 optional
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 2XS
41 optional

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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Silver/White / XS 933899 0109-1206-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Silver/White / SM 933900 0109-1206-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Silver/White / MD 933901 0109-1206-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Silver/White / LG 933902 0109-1206-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Silver/White / XL 933903 0109-1206-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Silver/White / 2XL 933904 0109-1206-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Purple / XS 933893 0109-1205-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Purple / SM 933894 0109-1205-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Purple / MD 933895 0109-1205-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Purple / LG 933896 0109-1205-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Purple / XL 933897 0109-1205-07 Out of Stock
Black/Purple / 2XL 933898 0109-1205-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours