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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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Shoei RF-1200 Duchess Helmet 4.8 5 516 516
Worth the money - just make sure it's right for your head shape. I ordered the RF-1200 after reading all of the good reviews. I wanted a safe helmet that was DOT and Snell certified, that wasn't too bulky. The helmet delivered in the looks and build quality department. Unfortunately, I have a head that is oval-shaped, which I found out after wearing the helmet and getting a painful hot spot on my forehead. Revzilla recommended going to a the 5mm center pad (the helmet comes with a 9mm pad), which alleviated some, but not all of the pain. (After 20 minutes of riding, I still had a sore, red spot on the middle of my forehead.) The vents in the helmet are ok - I couldn't really tell if it was flowing a lot of air. Also, the visor tends to whistle when it's fully raised and you're riding anywhere over 30 m.p.h. I ordered a medium, which was snug on my 23'' head. If I had a round or slight oval head, I'd be keeping this helmet. As it stands, I'll be selling it at a loss, and trying the Arai Signet-Q that I've ordered. August 25, 2015
Great but loud This is a great helmet, fit, weight, air flow, aerodynamics all A+ only real down side is the wind noise is really bad. You would think for this price point they would have this issue resolved. I rode with the Icon airmada before this helmet and that helmet does a much better job in the noise department. helmet manufactures need to get together so we can get helmets with all the features needed in one helmet not just a few in each. August 25, 2015
Great helmet. Awesome helmet. Great design. Amazing color. Just wish the shape would fit a little better to my weird head. August 24, 2015
I love it! Great helmet! Great helmet! I am upgrading from an older RF-1000. I ride an R6. The biggest bit for me is the added visios I can get in a full tuck. It feels like the rear of the helmet is a little higher so it doesn't contact a jacket/suit which helps me look farther ahead. Also the aeros are much better. Wind does push my head around nearly as much. Moral of the story every time I ride with this helmet I say to myself "why did I wait so long?". Great great great! August 24, 2015
Great all round helmet. I've had all kinds of brands of helmets. My first helmet was a Shoei RF-1000. Back then, the RF-1000 didn't feel 'premium'. It was more of an entry level helmet. A helmet that paves the way to better, higher spec lids. Anything below an RF-1000 was junk. Enter the RF-1200. It's a great all rounder for every day wear. You can tour, do trackdays, cruise, whatever your heart pleases with this helmet. Built quality is top notch. Easily leagues above the older models. It feels very solid. Tolerances are tight. Dare I say, it's close to the same build quality as an Arai, if not the same build quality. It's overbuilt. Crazy overbuilt. I could barely flex this thing. It's a solid shell. Paint quality is wonderful. So much so that I wish my bike had the same paint quality as the RF-1200. It's nice and thick. Painted like a German car. Fit is great, but that's very subjective. My head fits most helmets except for the extreme shapes. No hotspots. No pressure points. Nothing too tight. Nothing too loose. It fits just right. The fabric and padding are quite comfortable as well. Ventilation is great. I have a lot of race replica helmets. Those only vent effectively when in the full tuck position. The RF-1200 vents in any position which is great. I can feel the air on the top of my head, which is a nice. Sound wise, it's noticeable quieter than any of my race replicas, but I would still wear hearing protection due to wind noise. Field of vision is also quite nice. Not AGV Corsa wide, but wide enough. The clarity of the face shield insanely clear. Probably the clearest I have ever seen through. I have the dark smoke, and good lord, it's so clear! Weight wise, it's about average. Lighter than most on the market. But not as light as a race replica. Overall, the RF-1200 is the jack-of-all trades in the market. It does everything well, and generally does nothing wrong. Price-wise, it definitely has increased since the RF-1000 days, but what you get is a helmet that has been moved up to the premium stage. This helmet should be everyone's every day helmet. August 20, 2015
Awesome Helmet! Great helmet! I tried on multiple Arai helmets but none of them fit the crown of my head as I would have liked so it had me looking elsewhere. I ended up ordering this in matte black with the dark smoke shield and it's an awesome combo. Looks great and more than comfy for longer rides. Very aerodynamic, decently light and super quiet. I'm a 58cm head, right on the cusp of med/large so I got the medium. It's a perfect fit if only a bit snug and I assume it'll break in and loosen just a tad. Would definitely recommend it! August 17, 2015
Great upgrade over RF-1000 Have had the RF-1000 for 5 years and decided it was time to replace it. The RF-1200 fits just like the RF-1000, and feels much smaller and lighter (which it is). Air flow seems much better and the visor locking mechanism is much better. The chin vents really moves air across the visor to keep it fog free. Out of the box I took it on a 3,000 road trip on the West coast and it performed excellently. Definitely quieter than the RF-1000, I did all day rides at or above 60mph with no ear plugs, which is something I couldn't do with the RF-1000. August 17, 2015
Awesome Helmet The helmet is a little pricey but worth every penny! I'm fully satisfied that I purchased it and it looks great. Very lightweight too. August 17, 2015
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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 next business day
Silver/White / SM 933900 0109-1206-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Silver/White / MD 933901 0109-1206-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Silver/White / LG 933902 0109-1206-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Silver/White / XL 933903 0109-1206-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Silver/White / 2XL 933904 0109-1206-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Purple / XS 933893 0109-1205-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Purple / SM 933894 0109-1205-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Purple / MD 933895 0109-1205-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Purple / LG 933896 0109-1205-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Purple / XL 933897 0109-1205-07 Out of Stock
Black/Purple / 2XL 933898 0109-1205-08 In Stock: Ships next business day