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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 5 548 548
Beautiful and comfortable! I purchased this helmet for ATV riding, so my ratings are probably different than someone who's using it for the street. This helmet is light weight, comfortable and stylish! It is quiet and we use our Sena radios while riding without issue. It can tend to fog up a little at slow speeds - it was clearly built for speed! I wanted a comfortable lightweight helmet for ATV riding, and if I could change one thing it would be to get a bit more air flow through at lower speeds (trail riding). It wasn't cheap, but it was worth the price for me. October 1, 2015
A+ with the included lens This is an excellent helmet. It fits comfortably and securely. The included Pinlock Lens is what takes it into the realm of awesome. I haven't had problems with the shield fogging up since I installed the extra lens pane. It's great to be able to keep your head warm and not have to worry about fog. October 6, 2015
Slick design This helmet is attractive and has a decent amount of features. I've got a lot of complements. The pinlock is an okay feature, not totally necessary for around town riding. Sunglasses and glasses fit nicely. The cheekpads are a little tight at first but wore in after a while. I tried a medium on and it was way too tight so I got the large and it fits perfectly. I'm usually a medium so I would suggest getting a size up from your normal. It fits fairly snug all around and even comes with a chin windscreen to keep air and some noise out. The visor can be adjusted to stay in place in any position which is very nice. I wish the back vents were a little more obvious when opened or closed. There's a lot of similar helmets out there for cheaper but it's all the little things on this one that made it worth the money. October 2, 2015
Needle in a haystack. I can't leave a review for this product without first acknowledging the incredible support and customer service I received from Ethan and Jon @ RZ. I'm a new rider and first time helmet buyer, and they answered all of my questions, looked at photos of my head shape, and provided valuable input in the decision making process. I was considering a few helmets (Bell Star, Arai Signet-Q, among others) before choosing this RF-1200, and though it is still less than a month old - I have no regrets. But, I was overwhelmed at first with how many choices there were... I ordered the SM and MD because my head size is 56cm Intermediate Oval, and that puts me right in the middle of the two sizes. Out of the box, the MD was much more comfortable. But after watching several videos, reading many sizing guides, and asking a ton of questions, I realized that the SM was a better (read: safer) fit. My skin moved with the helmet when I moved it, I couldn't touch the chin bar to my chin, I couldn't slide the helmet off, etc. After a few days, the firmness of the liner and cheek pads has given a little, and the fit is comfortably snug. My ratings above may be skewed since I have no comparison, but here's my logic: BANG - Shoei is a top quality brand, and this is one of their top helmets. The quality and features are commensurate with helmets from other brands that go for hundreds more. STYLE - sporty without being aggressively race oriented and classic without looking like a bubble head. COMFORT - answered that above. It IS snug at first, but it is incredibly comfortable once the interior starts to break in a bit. PROTECTION - hopefully I never have to experience this firsthand, but again, everything I heard and read suggests it's top notch, SNELL 2015 and DOT-certified too. AIRFLOW - seems decent, but I haven't been on too many rides at speed yet. There are plenty of accessible vents though. FEATURES - I like the idea of the emergency cheekpad release system, but again, I hope I never have to use it. NOISE LEVEL - This is my first helmet and my first bike. I'm used to riding road cycles and hitting the drops at 40mph is loud. I have no benchmark, but the Shoei definitely makes it quieter than wearing nothing! September 29, 2015
This helmet is perfect, for me at least. Before purchasing this helmet, I was riding with a generic brand helmet, GMax. There are no comparisons here. I have the Hi-Viz red helmet. All my friends spot me via the helmet, I'm hoping all the other drivers on the road do as well ('tis why I bought it). It also fits perfectly. I don't have anything negative to say about the helmet. Great air flow, fits perfect, very wide view, looks awesome and can be easily spotted. Was a great purchase. Haven't rode on the interstate with it yet, just use it for commuting at the moment. September 29, 2015
Good Helmet!! Love it This is my first helmet. My head is round, but with flat forehead, so it is not too tight for my forehead. But it is tight on my cheek.(Like I have to stretch my interior cheek muscle slightly against the pad, so I don't bite it with my teeth) It is easy to put on my glass, and the noise level is quiet (I have a loud motorcycle, because pre-owner had a shorty pipe on) I strongly recommend it. September 28, 2015
Phantasm graphics are awesome This helmet fits very comfortably. Air flow is not that noticeable but does work. Air flow might be different for me because of +100*F temps. With all vents open this helmet is somewhat noisy. No worse then any other helmet I have owned. Not sure if something like a Sena bluetooth would have good sound with the wind noise. I wear ear plugs so does this really matter? Field of view is really good. I like the thick shield and the mechanism is solid. I have the Phantasm graphic and it looks really trick. Great helmet besides the wind noise but with ear plugs no problems. September 27, 2015
I love Shoei Coming from an year old RF-1000, this is a great successor. I expected nothing less from this manufacturer. Although, have ONLY tried my brother's Bell helmet for the cheaper alternatives, I will never stray away from a Shoei. The RF-1200 is definitely quieter than my older 1000, but that may be because the padding isn't as tight anymore (gigiddy). Airflow is great if not better. I'm waiting for it to get colder to test out the pinlock system. The older RF-1000 was very good at defogging when moving and I suspect this new helmet will do the same since I can feel the airflow from having the lower front very open as opposed to being closed. September 27, 2015
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
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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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
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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
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Black/Purple / MD 933895 0109-1205-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Purple / LG 933896 0109-1205-06 Out of Stock
Black/Purple / XL 933897 0109-1205-07 Out of Stock
Black/Purple / 2XL 933898 0109-1205-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours