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Shoei RF-1200 Duchess Helmet
  • 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

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.

Click here to see the full Shoei Helmets Size Chart
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
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


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Shoei RF-1200 Duchess Helmet 4.8 5 569 569
comfort all day long I started with a GT-Air and it didn't suit me at all. It was suggested I try Arai helmets instead because of my head shape, but I didn't find any that felt as good as the various Shoei helmets I tried on. I had used my partner's RF-1100 that was too large for me, but it was still comfortable and he's ridden in it for 1000s of miles in all sorts of conditions so I thought, what the heck, I'll try the new RF1200. So glad I did. Fits me great. No pressure on my ears or forehead. Feels perfect no matter how long I ride (longest stretch in saddle so far just over 8 hours - took helmet off twice for no more than ten minutes each time). Helmet is light enough not be a bother at all on the long hauls - no neck, shoulder or back tension even after our longest, hardest rides. Air flow is good and noise level is pretty quiet. I have gotten a little bit of fogging a couple of mornings, but I do not have the pin lock shield installed and just cracking the visor up a smidge took care of it. This helmet stays comfy & effective no matter if I'm pillion or rider. I'm very happy with this helmet and would buy another one from this range in future. My only complaint is cosmetic - while I really like the purple duchess I have, I wish there would have been more cool options (my partner's older RF has awesome graphics) November 9, 2015
Great helmet - helped me survive a crash First time I'd bought a Shoei and now it certainly won't be the last. It helped me survive an accident with very little issues on my head. Had no neck problems, a sore jaw for a couple of days, and a light concussion. It would've been a whole lot worse if I were wearing a lower grade helmet like I used to have. Rode a little over 14k miles with this and loved this helmet. Removable padding so you can clean it, spots for speakers for a bluetooth headset, and very comfortable, especially after you break it in. November 25, 2015
Quiet, high quality helmet Purchased primarily for my wife who is new to motorcycling. She does not like wind noise and this helmet is very quiet. I like the styling, color quality (metallic silver) and safety rating. November 23, 2015
Love this helmet I ride mostly sport touring on a BMW R1200RT and wear a Shoei Neotec, but I also have a K1200S and the Neotec just wasn't cutting it on that bike. Bought the RF1200 and it was just what I needed for more sporty riding. Initially I wanted a lighter helmet than the RF1200, but that meant spending pretty big bucks. I was surprised though when I put on this helmet; it is balanced so well that it feels lighter than it is, and it isn't a real heavy helmet to begin with. Great field of view and air flow. November 23, 2015
Bought a second helmet after the first saved a life! Over a year ago, I bought this helmet for my boyfriend for his birthday. We went on vacation and only a couple of days of wearing the helmet, the day after his birthday, he crashed. His helmet left a 20'-30' white streak in the pavement. The helmet didn't crack and it took a good hit. The forks on his 1000rr had an issue and he lost control going through a turn, the bike went into the woods through the trees and he bounced off of the guard rail and slid down the road. The helmet saved his life. This was his first real accident in his 10 years of riding and I thank God he had this helmet. The paramedics were surprised he was up walking around when they arrived. Road rash from his jacket riding up while sliding and a broken ankle because he wasn't wearing boots. It was an awful crash. He was so upset that his new helmet was ruined, but glad it saved his life. So, this year for his birthday, I bought him another red, white, and blue RF-1200 dominance helmet to replace his other one. He REALLY loved his helmet, so obviously I had to get the same exact one. No one could believe I spent so much on another helmet only a year later, but when you love someone and you think about where you would be without them, then the price tag seems so miniscule. The paramedic at the accident told him he owed me a ring, but I think he made sure to "forget" that part. ;) No ladies, this helmet won't help you get a ring even if it does it's job! He answered the questions above for this review and raves about it to everyone he talks to. "I never get really hot in this helmet, there's no noise on the highway, it doesn't shake like my previous helmet (not shoei), and it fits perfectly. Oh, and it saved my life last time by taking a brutal fall and sliding for a 'few' feet!" Now we both have Shoei helmets! November 16, 2015
Very good helmet I have been wearing Scorpion for the last 5 years and I thought they were pretty good. Then I tried this Shoei. It's another class. It feels like I am not wearing a helmet. The pinlock works like a charm. No fogging whatsoever. It felt a bit snug but after only 3 rides it already starts to feel better. It's as quiet as the scorpion. I cannot rate durability but it looks well made (that's why the rsting given). Plus it has 5 years warranty. I would highly recommend. Worth every penny and then some November 16, 2015
Great Helmet for the Money. I searched for hours on finding a helmet that would fit me right. I did think this helmet would be a little less loud than it is but the airflow is second to none. Cleaning is a breeze and the fit was just right. Give it to Shoei for crafting an awesome lid protector! November 16, 2015
Great helmet - Stylish and Quiet I have always had Shoei helmets as I love the quality, features, and looks. I had to buy a new helmet as I crashed on the race track and had to replace my old Shoei. I cannot say enough about Shoei's helmet check service as they are quick to scan the helmet and get it back to you after a crash. The first time it happened they checked it and everything was okay so it did not have to be replaced, however that was not the case with the latest one. Each time my head was well protected so it was no doubt that I was going to go with a Shoei again. The only issue I had with fit was the cheek pads were too tight. I bought the thinner cheek pads and made the fit perfect all the way around. This helmet replaced my old RF-1100 and really enjoy how much quieter this helmet is as I use it for both track and commuting purposes. It also has much better air flow so overall I am happy with this upgrade. I also use a communicator on my helmet and was able to install with little trouble. The chin bar is closer than the RF-1100 so the mic is so close that if you move your mouth around you may rub up against it. It is not a big deal, but something to be aware of. November 16, 2015
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
david p: wife needed a new helmet. this fits great and gives her plenty of protection just in case. Nov 7, 2015
Keith G: Protect the girlfriends head Oct 4, 2015
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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