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  • Shoei RF-1200 Helmet - Solid
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The Shoei RF 1200 represents years of development and evolution of the Shoei RF Helmet series, distilled into one of the most advanced sport helmets available. The RF1200 has evolved through both wind tunnel testing and on-track rider feedback into a helmet that is light-weight, quiet and most of all extremely safe.

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 RF-1200 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.

Quietness

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 Shoei RF-1200 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.

Ventilation

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.

Features:

  • 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, the Shoei RF-1200 and other Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States

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Shoei RF-1200 Helmet - Solid 4.8 5 157 157
Great helmet that may take getting used to All in all a great helmet, the key features that take some adjustment are: -Field of vision gets distracting at the edge where the pinlock insert sits if you're not previously used to pinlock -If you're a more upright rider the venting and field of vision aren't as great as if you tuck in a bit more so on a standard or sport touring bike you should consider your riding position -Cheek pads are very puffy and snug, take a while to break in but in the end up providing a very comfortable fit. October 13, 2014
Great helmet. Great aerodynamics. Minimal increased wind resistance even at highway speeds when you turn your head. Very comfortable, great visibility October 13, 2014
My 1st Helmet This is my fist helmet and I looked at a lot of them at different price points. I finally settled on the RF1200 because I decided it was worth the extra money to buy a quality helmet. So far I haven't been disappointed. The quality of construction is apparent. It looks and feels very well made. It fits me very well, with the exception of the cheek pads which are a little tight. Very happy with the helmet. October 9, 2014
Good fit, quality and service equals good value. I am very pleased with my new Shoei. It's snug, but comfortable. I feel secure in it. It is much quieter than the Shoe RF1000, I had for too many years. Good service at the Navy Yard, too. Without you guys, I would have bought the wrong size and worn it for the life of the helmet. You may have saved my butt, I mean head. Thanks. October 6, 2014
Great helmet, but a word of warning for bluetooth users I have a long oval shaped head, and after almost 10 years of buying over-sized, less expensive helmets I decided it was time to get a properly fitting one based on my head size and shape. I was wearing XL helmets but my actual headsize put me right between M and L, so I went with L. When I first got it, it was really tight, especially around my face. I sat in my living room with it on for over an hour pondering to keep it or return it for a larger size. I'm glad I kept it and now after 5 or so hours of riding, it feels great and snug. The helmet itself is dead quiet or at least seems that way compared to my HJCs and Oneal. I ride an adventure bike and I was able to stop using earplugs with all of the vents closed. The pinlock shield does its job and the whole setup feels very sturdy. My only issue was in the fitting of a sena bluetooth system. The helmet comes with speaker pockets, which is great but where they formed the part where the speaker wire comes out of the speaker, it wasn't deep enough so the speaker wouldn't fit flush. With great care and caution, I was able to use a drill and make that opening just a hair wider and after that, the speakers fit perfectly and I was able to use the speaker covers that came with the helmet after removing the round piece of foam that normally would fill the empty void. Also, because of the shape of the side pads that come out below the shell, I couldn't use the clamp for the sena, I had to use the peal and stick permanent mount. It works fine, but I was hoping not to blemish the helmet so soon after purchase. Overall I'm glad I finally broke down and got a nice helmet. I would definitely recommend this helmet to anyone with the mid to long oval head shape. October 5, 2014
Best helmet in this price range If you want to protect your head and do it right dont look to cut corners on your helmet. Bargain helmets for $100 or so are made with the minimum standards to get through Snell and DOT. This company has never been in the business of making bargain helmets as they are concerned with product design functionality, user friendly features and maximum protection to your head, which is what you use a helmet for in the first place. Bike parts are replaceable and upgradeable, your head isnt so expect that this quality will be reflected in the price, which I feel is quite reasonable for what the RF-1200 delivers. PROS: -Maximum air flow from numerous well placed vents around the helmet decrease heat in summer and block cold air in cold weather. These vents are easy to use while riding and are sturdy so there is no concern of breaking them, unlike an old helmet I used which the vents constantly broke because they were poorly made. - Sealed and insulated helmet creates quiet riding atmosphere. I had no idea what I was missing til I wore this helmet. With the vents closed and my ear protection in the wind noise is noticeable but not bothersome by any means. You can never fully eliminate wind noise especially if you plan to ride hard, but this helmet does about as best you could. - Lightweight design substantially decreases rider fatigue and allows for easier rear checks when changing lanes, turning etc. My neck often hurt after long days of riding with my the other helmet which was about 6 lbs or more, the RF-1200 is half of that and it makes a difference. -Snug fit and increased padding placement makes for greater protective environment and more comfortable wear. I was right on the border of a medium and a small. I contacted Revzilla customer service who suggested to go with a medium and that I could buy small sized padding if I needed to reduce space. Glad I did because the medium fits me great but good to know that is an option. - Pin lock feature is awesome for anti-fog use especially when I ride in cold weather below 60* CONS: - Minimal designs for the helmet appearance limit customization. This is unfortunately typical for this company because they focus more on the quality of the product they seem to consider appearance as an afterthought. I love to see awesome art on other helmets and wish this company would offer this feature on future helmets. Looking cool and being safe dont have to be mutually exclusive. - That "new helmet" smell still lingers months after I bought it and put thousands of riding miles in it. Its probably unavoidable but the nasty toxin smell I could do without. October 1, 2014
Great Helmet! I use this helmet 5-7 days a week for commuting, weekend rides and trips. Having owned numerous Shoei helmets over the past ten years (RF-1000, RF-1100, X-11) this is my favorite. It's light, significantly quieter than the previous generation and the X-11 it replaced, seals out water in my daily Seattle commute, comes with a Pinlock visor and has terrific aerodynamics. Overall I highly recommend if you have a Shoei head. October 1, 2014
A step down from my old RF-1000 I've been wearing an old RF-1000 for several years, and finally splurged on a new Shoei. I thought the RF-1200 would be a step up. But it's so much louder than the RF-1000, the airflow isn't improved at all, and it's missing the shield lever to prop the visor open ever so slightly. It also doesn't fit the same head shape. The RF-1000 was a better fit for a moderate oval, and the RF-1200 is more for a round head shape. It squeezes my forehead and back of my head like a vice. The next size up was too wobbly on my head, so this is definitely an issue with just my head shape and not the helmet itself. Considering the loud noise from the wind, the absence of a built-in sun visor, and missing Bluetooth, this helmet's way overpriced for what it is. I'm looking to replace it with something half the price. September 29, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Mark H: Shoei has a long-standing reputation for top-notch quality. User reviews said this helmet is also exceptionally quiet compared to others. I have not been disappointed. Looks awesome, too! Oct 8, 2014
Sanders H: Good reputation, fit, and value. Oct 6, 2014
D R: My son has a matte black Shoei. My daughter wanted a good helmet so she can ride with her boyfriend. The white one will look great on her and will help protect her. Oct 1, 2014
Dan W: Top of the line product to protect my noodle. So far, seems to work well with no problems such as visor fogging. Sep 30, 2014
Jonathan W: Price and reviews. Salesmans help Sep 25, 2014
Morgan B: Shoei helmets have always fit my long oval head perfectly, and this is a high quality, very protective helmet. The matte black matches the custom paint on my Harley. Sep 22, 2014
Steve Z: fits my head better than ICON and is nearly as lite. Sep 20, 2014
William L: Very Highly Rated Sep 19, 2014
kittisak r: very good Sep 16, 2014
Quinn J: Great reviews lead me to this helmet. Glad I listened. It's the best helmet I own now. Sep 15, 2014
John L: Touring features Sep 5, 2014
Michael S: I wear an RF-1000, and I figured I'd try the newest replacement model.

The local Harley dealer closed their Shoei helmets out, and the local Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha dealer only carries lower priced helmets, so you guys seemed like the best option from google searches.
Sep 3, 2014
Matthew P: Great reviews. I also, tried it on at a local honda dealership and the puppy fit like a glove.. It was light weight, comfy, snell approved and sexy! Aug 28, 2014
J P: This is my third shoei helmet. First the rf-1100 merciless, then the x-12. This helmet is the best all around helmet. I am trying on the Large with smaller cheek pads to see if I can get a better fit, tough Aug 27, 2014
Edward T: Rode with the RF-1100 for years. I demand a lot of protection, and quality. The fit of the RF-1100 was perfect for me, and I am a fan of Shoei in general. So this seemed like the natural next helmet purchase. Aug 23, 2014
John K: had the features i wanted Aug 21, 2014
S T: REVIEWS, QUIETER THAN OTHERS, BRAND NAME, PRICE Aug 17, 2014
Mark P: I live in central Florida so I need very good ventilation. I also wanted Snell approved safety. Shoei has some of the best safety designs and well thought-out conveniences. Aug 13, 2014
Fred C: I love Shoei. I decided to try on some different brands this time but nothing beat Shoei. Aug 13, 2014
Joseph A: Looks cool and the fit is excellent. Aug 12, 2014
jacob H: Reviews helped a lot. The new lighter more efficient design really impressed me. Its been four months now and I couldn't be more satisfied. Aug 4, 2014
Cliff S: Quality of the product and past positive experience with Shoei products. The RF-1200 is getting great reviews by the people who have bought them Aug 3, 2014
Nicholas M: I had a RF1100 and I can attest the helmet saved my life. Best line of helmets on the market and I will continue to wear Shoei brand thoughout my riding career. Aug 2, 2014
"" ": comes highly recommended by other trusted riders Aug 1, 2014
Duane K: Design of face shield seal and adjustable tension of face shield, plus helmet is supposed to quiet Jul 27, 2014
James C: This helmets fit and finish is second to non. i will never wear another helmet ever again besides a Shoei. You can not go wrong with this helmet. I have all my fellow riders wearing them now and buying them from REVZILLA. Jul 16, 2014
Carl D: Read the reviews on this helmet. Jul 15, 2014
Regi B: been using a RF1000 for 10 years...i liked less road noise than my Arai ...hope its as good or better Jul 15, 2014
Deepak P: Good enough for a first helmet. Best Rated. Most popular, Brand name and Quality of the product. Jul 9, 2014
Scott C: I am exchanging the 1XL RF-1200 for the 2XL RF-1200 Jul 8, 2014
spencer b: I have been set on this helmet for about 5 months and putting it off until I really needed one. I have tried them on at shops and the fit is great. I loved the older Shoei I had and am happy to be getting back to them after my awful scorpion exo-400. I look forward to having a great quality helmet again. Jul 6, 2014
Carlos R: Best reviews. Jul 6, 2014
Timothy T: High reviews Jul 1, 2014
Jeffrey B: Based on very informative video. Jun 17, 2014
Donald T: You tube video Jun 7, 2014
Cesar P: I read several good reviews about the Shoei RF-1200. I am convinced it will provide the protection, comfort and style I am looking for Jun 5, 2014
Bryan K: i wanted a helmet of high quality that was relatively quiet. Jun 3, 2014
Joe B: I had the previous version of this helmet and I loved that one. It was "the" helmet that fit my head perfectly. After that, I knew I would never have to search for another helmet again. That alone makes it worth it to me. The additional upgrades are nice too. Even quieter than before and the pinlock system is great. May 28, 2014
Adam G: Safety features and ratings, looks great, venting May 27, 2014
Jeanene K: Have the Shoei 1000 and loved it. Ready for the lighter weight. May 26, 2014
Alan L: Tried this helmet on locally... the best fit helmet ever! Super light and comfy. I expect it to be quiet as well. If you plan to ride for only a short while... get a cheap helmet, but if you want a helmet to last a long long time... get this one. May 23, 2014
Leigh A: My HJC helmet hurts my head!! May 23, 2014
Jacek P: I measured my head as shown in Revzilla video.It is 59cm - size large. But When I put it on and press front of the helmet my nose and lips are touching chin-guard. I need smaller size then. May 20, 2014
eric t: after doing alot of research this sees to be one of the best helmets to get. May 20, 2014
Kyle J: Because of the awesome reviews on RevZilla May 17, 2014
Arthur W: great reviews May 15, 2014
Steven R: My second helmet was a Shoei, this time I tried the Icon Airmada, The Bell Vortex but the Shoei fits the best for my head shape, comfort and visibilty. May 14, 2014
M S: Shoei has a good rep for a good product May 10, 2014
S S: An absolute joy to wear every day. Form fit, awesome comfort. Cheeks are tight, so buy the correct cheek pads and you are good to go...! May 8, 2014
bruce w: It's time to step up to a killer helmet. My Icon is getting older. I tried on a friend's RF-1200 and was knocked out. Had to have it... May 6, 2014
John S: Your video review and the fact that I've had two previous RF series helmets May 5, 2014
Richard S: I LOVED the RF1100 so when it came time to upgrade this was the obvious choice for me! May 3, 2014
Randy K: Replacing my RF 1100 after sliding down the highway at 60mph.....with no damage to the face inside May 1, 2014
Shawn L: Because of the information given by the numerous videos on your site! You make it so much easier to buy online. Apr 30, 2014
Willis M: to replace my AFX helmet.wanted a good safe comfortable helmet.Love it. Apr 30, 2014
John K: Needed a new helmet, and this one had a good reputation. Excellent peripheral vision! Apr 29, 2014
Mark B: This is simply the best helmet made in my opinion, my head deserves it! Apr 25, 2014
Tyler G: I ride an Indian Chief Bomber and wanted a full-faced helmet and Bluetooth setup for the freeway. The revzilla team recommended the Shoei RF-1200 and the Sena SMH10. After watching the helmet review on YouTube I also liked the fact that the cheek pads provide a more snug fit resulting in noise reduction and increased comfort. The helmet also comes with a Pinlock Lens Insert to help reduce fogging which sells separately for $34.99. Apr 24, 2014
Eric A: Why this helmet? I just happened to be on the Shoei RF-1200 page watching my 112th Anthony helmet review; panicked and bought the helmet so I could end the madness. Apr 23, 2014
Dariusz T: apparently this is the best SHOEI helmet, it is light and small. I hope it will be great to wear. Thank you for your films , it helped me to make the wise decision Apr 20, 2014
Jay L: I wanted a high quality helmet that had a nice style and great rider comfort. Apr 19, 2014
Jon P: Needed a new helmet...
I like my head to be protected by a solid brand and helm with an excellent track record.
Apr 18, 2014
Zackary D: I bought this helmet because I didn't want to pay as much for an Arai, or strictly a track day helmet. I've only heard good things about this and for the type of riding I will be doing-I wanted functionality and protection which I believe is appropriately priced in the Shoei RF-1200. Apr 16, 2014
Mark L: Excellent reviews, a well known company, safety features, Pinlock, light weight, ventilation Apr 14, 2014
Manjinder S: Great helmet, next step from the rf1100 Apr 14, 2014
Matthew R: Because it's dope. Apr 11, 2014
Mark C: recommended by sales team...Andy Apr 10, 2014
Jeremy D: Already wear a Shoei RF-1100, amazing helmet. Liked the smaller profile and quieter setup. Included pinlock is nice. Apr 9, 2014
Kamran K: It was between Arai RX-Q and this helmet, first thing is the price point, this is more in my budget. I just bought my first bike, KTM 1190 Adventure and in the process of getting my gear. With this price, I can get a great helmet and also a pair of Dianese gloves that I have been wanting to buy.
Secondly, I know Anthony has used the RF1100 for year and is a fan of Shoei, so that also helped my decision.
I must say, the site is amazing and there is no one in the market right now that comes close.
Apr 9, 2014
Mohammed A: heard lots of good things about the helmet and better pricing then stores. Apr 6, 2014
Leslie S: Loved the new slimmer profile and looks, vents and now that I own it the FIT Apr 1, 2014
Michael P: I have never bought a helmet that has made me fully satisfied. I took my time with this one and tried it on and tested it a lot. I compared it to my HJC helmet and numerous ones in my local Cycle Gear store. It feels like I could wear this helmet all day and not have a sore neck. I also like the pinlock system and the aerodynamics. I also called the Revzilla team for help on this purchase also. Everyone I talked to about this helmet said it was definitely a really good helmet. Mar 25, 2014
S P: My husband and I started off with Shoei helmets. They have been fantastic to us. We have gotten YEARS of amazing usage out of them and my husband was protected VERY well when he went down on his motorcycle. Mar 22, 2014
Nathan P: You can never go wrong buying a Shoei Mar 22, 2014
Christine P: Low profile, Shoei quality and customer service! Mar 18, 2014
Christopher F: I have an old Shoei (circa 2004...so maybe a 1000)? Really like the fit of that helmet but was time for a new one. After tons of research looking for a quite helmet, the new Shoei made my short list. Ultimately went for it because tried it on in a local shop and loved it! And the price was more in my range than a Schuberth (dream dream dream). Was also looking for a helmet that had enough space between chin vent and rim for a GoPro mount. Mar 15, 2014
Rico G: Good reputation, supposably safe helmet, and needed a new helmet. Mar 12, 2014
randen r: very good style and good benefits for such a good price. thanks revzilla! Mar 6, 2014
Layton T: Great impact technology, Long track record, Very light and compact for someone with a XXL size head, round internal shape fits my head well, will soon be available with the transition lens, Supposedly very quite on the road but i have not verified that. Mar 4, 2014
William L: I was hemming and hawing between this and the Arai Defiant and RX-Q to replace my Quantum 2, wanted to "upgrade" a bit and the 1200 seemed to have all the right features, and came in a color that goes with my new CB1100...I love the Frost Black, that's what my Quantum is, but Arai needs more solid color variants...The videos were VERY helpful, I watched, I decided and we'll see what happens when I ride.. Feb 23, 2014
Mark T: Best helmet simply as that Feb 23, 2014
parker j: compact size quality construction. no brainer options like a sealing faceshield. lightweight Feb 17, 2014
Michael P: Brand quality, fit and safety features. Feb 9, 2014
William W: Best fitting helmet I have ever tried on. Pinlock + photochromatic lens= WIN! Feb 8, 2014
William W: Tried it on and liked it better than my shoei qwest helmets which I already love.Also like the beacon but white is cheaper and matches my bike and gear. Jan 29, 2014
Romel B: Great value. Best protection, ligth weigth and great look for under $500...besides, now that I got it..it is super confortable and have extraordinary visibility. Jan 21, 2014
David M: You told me to watch decide and ride........i watched the videos, called you guys and did the research. This seems to be the best choice. I guess we will soon see........ Jan 12, 2014
Clark M: Excellent sales VIDEO review was very helpful.
Thank you for the guidance!
ClarkM
Jan 6, 2014
JOSE A: I HAVE A RF 1000 AND I LOVED THE STYLE AND COMFORT OF THIS HELMET. I WAS SET ON THE X12 BUT SAW THIS ONE COME OUT AND KNEW I HAD TO GET IT. I WILL UPDATE AS I USED IT. Dec 18, 2013
Sawami P: Good value and It fits very good with my head. Dec 18, 2013
Shaye S: Christmas gift for my hubby. I did lots of research...it seems like the best of Shoei and the price seems fair for the quality. Dec 17, 2013
Greg W: My wife had the RF-1100, which my buddy used and had an off resulting in a nice gouge in the posterior helmet. The RF-1200 is supposed to be a superior choice. The fitment on the RF-1100 was good for her. I offered a modular helmet choice, but she likes going with a good thing. If its not broke..... Dec 14, 2013
XAVIER C: Fit well. Dec 10, 2013
paul k: I have a Shoei RF 1100 like it very much. Wanted another helmet and I am impressed with the upgrades. Dec 9, 2013
Nicholas C: cause it's awesome! Dec 3, 2013
Franck G: It was between this one and the Arai RFQ. Both had super high reviews and highly recommended for sport touring. When I researched this RF1200 it had high reviews and came with the $80 option (I would have had to buy with the RFQ) pinlock/lens for about $100 cheaper than the RFQ. That alone was good enough for me I guess. Maybe I will regret it later on but this will be my 3rd Shoei and I have never been desappointed by this brand. Dec 2, 2013
Mary W: Because it's awesome nuff said Nov 26, 2013
Scott G: From all the reviews I have read the RF-1200 will be a solid upgrade for my RF-1100 that needs replacement. Nov 25, 2013
Luke W: I have been looking for a new helmet for a couple months and have tried Arai, HJC, AGV etc. but nothing that had me sold or felt good. Being in Japan it is harder to get a great helmet like this at this price. You will pay retail for something like this. I have a scorpion exo 700 now and it is a great helmet but old and the Shoei RF1200 seems to have it all. Nov 15, 2013
Randy M: crashed two weeks ago and my biltwell saved my life. needed a new helmet and after that experience did not want to skimp on head gear. Oct 30, 2013
Paul H: I Chose this item because I usually buy shoei helmets and the reviews and video from revzilla seemed like it was what I was looking to purchase. Oct 23, 2013
Duncan T: Currently have a well used RF1100 that needs to be retired. Looking forward to the upgrades! Oct 22, 2013
A S asked: How would this compare to the GT-Air? Oct 15, 2013
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A S: I'm not sure I would necessarily agree. Both the RF-1200 and GT-Air are new helmets and both feature multiple shell sizes. Granted, the RF-1200 has 4 to the GT-Air's 3. The obvious difference is the internal visor, but I wonder how they compare in terms of fit (shape of head), weight, air flow, riding position (i.e. is it for a tucked sporty position, an upright adv touring, or any range), noise, etc. They seem to be aimed at the same target for the most part. The GT-Air costs about $65 more (comparing white to white), which could be the cost of the internal visor. I'm just wondering why you would choose one over the other. Oct 22, 2013
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A S: I ended up buying the GT-Air at the IMS, and so far I really like it. It flows a lot more air than my RF-1000 does. Fit is very similar to the RF-1000, and the internal visor has come in very handy. I'd write more, but webbikeworld covered it pretty well. Feb 8, 2014
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William W: Alot of updates, shell design, interior fabric materials etc. With the photochromatic lens coming out, it negates the gt air's biggest advantage, built-in sunglasses. webbikeworld spells it all out in their review. Feb 8, 2014
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Jamal J: webbikeworld has a pretty good review of the RF1200 and some comparisons to the GT-air. Oct 25, 2013
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john b: It would have to have better air flow . It also has more shell sizes so you are less likely to get a balloon that they are trying to make aerodynamic. Oct 22, 2013
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A shopper asked: Will my sena smh10 clamp on or would it have to stick on? Jan 4, 2014
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Eric A: I am answering my own question. Yes the SMH10 will clamp to the helmet. I bought the large so I can only attest to that particular size. Apr 29, 2014
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Gerald P: Not sure about your sema smh10. I have successfully clamped cardo g9 power set. Sorry I could not help. Jan 29, 2014
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Janie H: For the Bell Mag 9 Sena helmet, you will need to purchase the special bracket that is attached by screws inside the helmet between the liner and the shell. It is much more secure than just sticking the bracket on the outside. Jan 27, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is this helmet "eyeglass" friendly? I have a Shark RSI and CANNOT get my glasses on with it. Dec 9, 2013
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David B: I wear rectangular lens wire-framed glasses that look like these:
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and they fit in the RF1200 eyeport better than they used to in the RF1000 that I wore before - there's a bit more room above the glasses frame's top bar.
Dec 9, 2013
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Michael B: I wear my prescription glasses and my knockaround sunglasses, they slip in just fine. Jun 2, 2014
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Matt C: Definitely eyeglass/sunglass friendly. Dec 28, 2013
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Gary H: I have worn this helmet for several hours of ridding and I have no problems with my sunglasses. Dec 9, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hello,
I have couple of visors CW-1 from Previous model RF-1100 . Will it Fit on RF - 1200?? Or I have to get new visors CWR- 1 ?
Thanks :)
Jan 19, 2014
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C B: older CW-1 visors are not compatible with the 1200 - FYI - the 1200 is a really nice helmet - very quiet when exposed to direct wind - I'm glad I made the investment Jan 19, 2014
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Damien D: i am not sure sorry. I only have this new helmet. I would suggest emailing one of the Revzilla consultants and I am sure they will be able to answer it quickly. Jan 19, 2014
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Charles Gabriel C asked: Should I get this? I have oval/narrow head, small frame, 5'6" 135lbs, skinny fit guy. All helmets look big on me, I look like a lollipop.
I have a Scorpion EXO-700 and yes, it looks big too.

I just got an RS-1 and I might exchange it if the XS Shoei RF-1200 has a lot smaller shell size than the XS Bell RS-1.

PLEASE HELP!
Dec 7, 2013
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parker j: it will probably give you a bobble head look at 135lbs but a guy at 180 should not have that problem. although it does sit a little high on the head. personally i think it looks good and will not give you the bobble head feel that many helmets do. a helmet designed to save your skull a 180+ must be a little large but at 4 shell sizes . i think youll be hard pressed to find a better fit for your body size whatever that is Apr 26, 2014
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parker j: also i came from a bell vortex same shell sizes as an rs-1 i hated that thing. a big interference . this will look and feel much more of a tailor made well fit helmet Apr 26, 2014
Charles Gabriel C: Thanks parker j, I just got myself a shoei-x12 instead, loving it. But yeah you are right, it's not the helmet, it's my small frame. Wearing the helmet with a jacket seems to make me look proportioned though, so everything is fine and dandy now. Apr 27, 2014
Matt C: This helmet, just like many helmets make riders look like a bobble head but to be honest with you that is the last thing you should be thinking about. This helmet is extremely SAFE, which should be your number one priority, and it vents extremely well. The other thing is that because there are multiple molds you have a better chance of it fitting your head more accurately. Dec 28, 2013
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Julie C asked: Will the helmet accommodate Cardo Scala Rider G9x Powerset? Aug 22, 2014
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Owen R: Yes. Oct 19, 2014
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Jamal J asked: I currently wear a size Small Arai RXQ. How does the RF1200 compare to the RXQ as far as internal shape and sizing?
Thanks.
Oct 23, 2013
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Alex W: The rxq fits more "round" than the rf1200. The rxq will feel shorter front to back, with the rf1200 giving a little bit more room in that area. I wear the same size rxq as i do rf1200 Oct 28, 2013
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Faisal A asked: a friend of mine bought the RF1100 and he was suffering from whistling noise at the top of the helmet. Does this newer version have the same problem? Jan 31, 2014
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JOHN L: I have had a RF-1100 for two years. No whistling here? Some wind noise when all the vents are open as expected.
If you have been watching the news, I have not had a chance to try out my new RF-1200 as I live in the Atlanta, GA area. The streets are not clear enough for me to venture out on my Spyder RT Roadster yet, from our winter storm!
Sorry I can't be of help to you. :-(

BTW, both of my Shoei helmets are yellow which is the best color to own.
Jan 31, 2014
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Ethan A: The RF-1200 does not have any kind of whistling that I have noticed at double digit speeds.

While I am very satisfied with my new Shoei, I will say that I expected it to be less noisy. Regardless, it's still the best deal for the $$$ in my opinion.
Feb 3, 2014
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Pablo N: I have had the pleasure of riding while wearing my new SHoei RF-1200 since I upgraded from my 7 year old Scorpion. I have not heard any noise from the top or sides from the helmet since I started wearing mine. Feb 1, 2014
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Adam L: RF1200 is a fairly quiet helmet, but I wouldn't say the quietest. I only notice a whistling sound with the top vents open and when I turn my head hard to either side. General riding there is no whistle. Feb 4, 2014
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Randy M: I have had this helmet for a few months now and have yet to hear any whisteling from anywhere. Jan 31, 2014
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Faisal A: Thank you for the feedback... Jan 31, 2014
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parker j: definitely no whistling Apr 26, 2014
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Alexander M: No whistling. Feb 1, 2014
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Darryl M: I'd love to answer the question, but I got the helmet for Christmas and I live in Iowa. That polar vortex is severely hampering my winter riding. Sorry. I'll try to check in once I can ride. Jan 31, 2014
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Franck G: I am so sorry, I never realized this email was a question. I thought it was just advertising so didn't bother opening it..

I would love to help but I live in MN and I bought the helmet in Dec. so I haven't been able to try it out yet :-). Can't wait though!

Sorry I can't help out

Have an awesome day.

Franck
Mar 1, 2014
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A shopper asked: I'm a first time rider, buying my safety gear, signing up for the safety course, etc. I know a good helmet is a good investment seeing as it protects the most important part of my body. my question is this: is this helmet a good choice for my first helmet, the one I'm going to learn in? my only concern is that if I make a mistake or something of the nature I don't want to ruin an expensive helmet. thanks in advance. sorry if this is a dumb question. Mar 4, 2014
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JOHN L: I've owned the RF-1100 for two years and it's been a great helmet, RevZilla may still have some on sale for a great price.
I bought the RF-1200 because of the Photocromatic face shield that is coming out for it this Spring.
I have found that the RF-1200 seems to have more wind noise that my RF-1100 for some strange reason? I will find out this Summer if it's cooler as they claim? Both of my helmets are the solid yellow.

Yes you your questions as far as an investment goes. Make sure get the correct size. It will be tight for some months as that has been so for me on both helmets.
All helmets have to be DOT approved but not all helmets are SNELL approved.

I hope this helps?

John
Mar 6, 2014
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Rachel F: It is great question!

There are good helmets that are a little less expensive, such as Icons, if that's your concern. This is a fantastic helmet: light, well vented and has excellent safety standards. I would recommend that if you know for a fact you'll be a long term rider, get it. If the classes are to see how you like it, something a little less expensive might be a good choice, then upgrade later. It will probably be a little heavier and less well vented, but Icon makes good helmets, as well. My boyfriend wears an Airmada.

Also, good on you for seeing how important good gear is to riding!
Mar 6, 2014
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Adam L: If you worried about damaging it or scratching it, there are cheaper alternatives that are still snell or dot approved. I think a ~$200 approved helmet will protect you just as well as the RF-1200. On the other hand the 1200 is a premium helmet and you pay for the comfort and features not found in helmets at a lower price point. I recently moved up from a more budget minded helmet and can say that the 1200 is by far more comfortable, lighter and smaller than my previous helmets. If you've got the cash and you expect to keep riding I would certainly recommend the 1200, I don't think you'll regret it. Mar 6, 2014
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parker j: this is a great first or 1 of many helmet because it is light unobtrusive and will not interfere with vision or weigh your head down . i personally cannot even tell i'am wearing the thing. the only giveaway is lack of wind blast and noise. the visor is just as clear as not wearing a visor at all. also fairly quiet and will not fog up on you as long as you are rolling. or there is a breeze. the helmet bag can be used to clean the helmet while in the bag so everytime you pull it out its like throwing on a new looking helmet with a print free visor everytime. Apr 26, 2014
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Johnson H: It's a amazing helmet comfortable, looks nice get a bunch of compliments on the helmet. I had the model vefore this the rf1100 for my first helmet. Wrecked in it. Yeah I was a little frustrated but It was one of the best helmets I owned. I bought other brands and they werent as good to me. Just my opinion I say buy a helmet that you like and feel comfortable in. But you really dp get what you pay for. And the rf1200 is a beast Mar 7, 2014
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Daniel C: If your brain is worth $50 to you, start with a $50 helmet. Learning in this helmet will not damage it. IF you happen damage it when you take a spill, then you'd much rather have a DOT and SNELL approved helmet on instead of a cheap "learning" helmet. You'll have the chance to replace a helmet, but you can't replace your body. My advice is to never ever cheat yourself on safety gear- especially when you are learning. Mar 6, 2014
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Franck G: Shoei makes great helmets! That is all I have ever had actually. Don't go cheap on a helmet! What u get from an higher-end helmet in addition of better protection (like SNELL instead of DOT) is quieter, lighter and my favorite, better ventilation all around.
Go for it! you are not making a mistake you are actually being very wise right from the start :-).

Enjoy!
Mar 8, 2014
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Alexander M: You answered your own question. You are protecting the most important part of your body, your head/brain, so why would you get a cheap helmet? Especially when you are beginner and might make a rookie mistake that involves hitting your head.

You should get this helmet.
Mar 6, 2014
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A s: Yes this is a great first helmet. Second helmet and third helmet. Experienced riders and new riders both need quality protection. Don't worry about the rest. Mar 6, 2014
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A shopper asked: im upright on my Ducati Multistrada 1200, never in a tuck position, will this helmet work for the upright position at high speed? May 18, 2014
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Josh S: I have a KTM 690 Duke and this helmet is great. I do get some noise from the air coming over the small little windshield I have. I think any helmet would have similar issues. What I really like about this helmet is the lack of jerking I get when I turn my head at higher speeds. My last helmet felt like it could break my neck when I turned against the wind. May 19, 2014
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Melissa M: I think it's all about head shape and fit. This helmet has always been like it was built for me, regardless of speed, as comfortable as can be. My head is more narrow than round. I've worn other helmets that really bothered me at higher speeds, which I chalk up to helmet shape or size. Call the Revzilla Gear geeks--they have never steered me wrong. May 19, 2014
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Damien D: Mate. To be honest. I rode from Miami to LA on an R1200GS and this is a noisy helmet. The GS has a lot of buffeting from the screen at my height (6'1") but regardless the helmet itself generates a lot of wind noise. If I had my time over I would buy the GT AIR which is reputedly their quietest helmet May 18, 2014
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David B: I ride upright on a BMW R1200R, with a medium-sized windshield. On the few occasions I've ridden the bike without the shield, I find the RF-1200 quiet and stable in smooth air. May 19, 2014
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Dane A: I ride a Honda CBR 1000 RR, which might be a little less upright,
but yes it seems very stable to me.

Really comfortable helmet, just a little noisy maybe.
May 19, 2014
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L M: I can only say it is pretty stable up to 80 mph and with side wind gusts to 25 mph. I ride upright. May 19, 2014
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Nicholas C: I ride a 2013 Hypermotard and have no problems. This is a great helmet. May 19, 2014
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A S: Absolutely. May 19, 2014
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Jeff S asked: Can you describe the difference between the Black and Metallic Black colors? In the photos, the Black appears richer than the Metallic Black, but not sure if that is a true depiction or not. I am leaning toward the Matte Black but considering if the Metallic Black might be a good alternative. Mar 31, 2014
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Thomas D: I have the matte black version and it is a true black. The reason the regular black looks richer is because of the gloss finish. The metallic finish I believe is almost like a pearl finish (with shiny flakes in the paint). Shoei did a great job with the matte finish. It doesn't show fingerprints like some matte finishes (unless you have greasy fingers) and it's easy to clean with just warm water and a soft cloth. You won't be disappointed with it either way. Mar 31, 2014
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Banning C: In the end I ordered mine from Revzilla, however, I did visit a local shop prior to ordering to try on the helmet and look at various colors. Matte blk all the way, just added a dark smoke shield, sick looking. Needed to mute things up a bit considering the red Panigale. Mar 31, 2014
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Damien D: ..... additionally gloss black will look more dense black than matt black due to the gloss coat. matt blacks can sometimes appear a little grey as the finish is so flat without a gloss finish. Mar 31, 2014
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Jeff S: Thank you everyone for your responses. I will go with my first choice of Matt Black. Apr 1, 2014
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parker j: the just plain black is the same color exactly as a black gsxr, cbr, ninja etc Apr 26, 2014
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Banning C: Go with matte blk, looks sick with the dark smoke face shield I just added. Apr 1, 2014
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A S: the metallic black is like a dark gray and a less shiny finish Jun 3, 2014
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Damien D: I'm sorry. I don't own either colour so can't accurately comment. I own a white one. I imagine that the metallic black though has an added metallic fleck and the lustre that comes with most solid metallics and the black is a solid colour without the metallic fleck in the paint. The solid black will appear richer in the photos as you not getting the reflected light from the metallic finish. Solid black will look 'more black' than metallic as it absorbs more light. Mar 31, 2014
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A shopper asked: I wear eye glasses, Would i be able to squeeze them into this helmet? Jun 26, 2014
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Rob O: I also wear eye glasses. I have to remove them to put the helmet on or off. One pair of glasses fits easily, another takes a little force to get them on, but once on the second pair is comfortable. Jun 26, 2014
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Andrew G: I don't think you should have a problem. Considering the rf-1200 has removable inserts for headphones, there should be enough room around the ear and temple. Jun 26, 2014
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A s: I wear sun glassess all the time with this helmet so I don't think you would have any problem with your glasses. Jun 26, 2014
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Richard H: I wear sun glasses with this helmet all the time with no problem and the helmet fits correctly Jun 26, 2014
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Allen R: I'm able to wear my eyeglasses just fine in this helment. Sunglasses work too. Jun 26, 2014
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Jeff T: Yes. Very comfortably. Jun 26, 2014
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Michael B: Yes Jun 26, 2014
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Jeff S asked: I currently have a Shoe RF-1000 in size small. Is the RF-1200 the current version of the helmet or a class above? Also, should i assume that size small would be the right choice for the RF-1200 as well? I have had a lot of difficulty finding the right fit with other manufacturers? My RF-1000 is now pretty comfortable, just a tad loose, but definitely not too loose. If I recall, when I first got it, it fit pretty snug but not overly so.

Thanks.
Mar 31, 2014
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Kevin B: Jeff-- Seems to me that I had an RF-1000 at one time but it might have been an 1100 as I'm not sure. Nonetheless, I've found that Shoei helmets run true to size meaning that when I upgrade to a newer model, the size is the same and the fit is consistent. The new one is probably a bit more snug initially but it seems to expand slightly or maybe I just get used to the tighter fit. I really like the RF series. Good luck. Kevin Mar 31, 2014
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MARTIN M: I believe your helmet is 2 versions (of the same helmet) older. The Shoei RF-1000 was updated to the 1100 and now it's called the 1200.

I would think that a small would still be the right one for you but I would try one on in a store first just to make sure.

The medium RF-1200 just felt a tad too big for my head. I figured that the tighter fit was better because I know it will loosen up.
Mar 31, 2014
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Duncan T: Jeff, I have owned the RF-1000, 1100 and now the 1200. I would say every model has exceeded the previous one. Kind of a evolution. I think you will find the 1200 lighter, better ventilated and comfortable. I really like the switch from lock lever on the bottom to having that function built into the shield operation.
I am using a Hyper optic no-fog self darkening insert that completes the package.
DT
Mar 31, 2014
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A s: Size is the same, you can always contact Shoei for a larger center pad if needed. Yours comes with a 9mm you could go up to a 13. I did that with my RF-1200 Med to fit tight. The 1200 is a class above with ALOT of added features. This is a great helmet and you'll notice many of the improvements right away. Good luck and with Revzilla you can return if need be no problem. Mar 31, 2014
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kenny k: I had a rf 1100, went to the 1200 when they came out, found it to be lighter weight and a bit smaller in appearance, fitment was the same ( XL) , I really like it. Mar 31, 2014
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Jeff S: Thank you everyone for your responses. It sounds like the RF-1200 is the way to go. Apr 1, 2014
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Christopher K asked: Is the white a matte, gloss or pearl finish? Feb 27, 2014
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Tyler B: I recently purchased the white and it is def gloss white absolutely no matte and no pearly look to it at all...hope that helps....it looks sick with the spectre chrome shield! Feb 27, 2014
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Uriah G: The white is glossy and looks great! Feb 27, 2014
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S Y: It's a gloss. Feb 27, 2014
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William W: Gloss white. Feb 27, 2014
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Edgar O: Gloss. Feb 27, 2014
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E R: Don't know, I have a sliver one and its gloss silver. Feb 27, 2014
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A shopper asked: Steve asked: Could this be used as a cruiser helmet or is this more appropriate for sport bike ? May 3, 2014
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Johnathan W: I don't see why not. I ride a sport bike but I don't do any real serious riding, mostly just cruising around town. With that being said, there are probably better and more comfortably choices, I think shoei has the quest that might be more sutible for a cruiser but if you like the RF1200 I'd say get it! May 3, 2014
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Robert B: The ventilation may be a little better when the rider is in the sport bike position but I am very happy with the helmet on my cruiser bike.

I had the RF-1100 helmet prior to the 1200 an the aerodynamics are much improved on the 1200.
May 3, 2014
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William W: Yes the rf1200 helmet can be used as a cruiser helmet. Rode my Yamaha fz6r to demo a Victory gunner.Works great on both bikes. May 3, 2014
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Eric A: I use it for an adv touring bike. Tiger 800. Works fine in upright position. Cruiser should be fine also. May 3, 2014
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William P: Good comfortable helmetfor all bikes in my opinion. May 3, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is it possible to remove the decals or logo of this helmet? Apr 24, 2014
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Leslie S: anything is possible...but to be honest I am not sure what you would use. Goof off? The Shoei decals are pretty fixed and if you could find the right solvent without any harsh chemicals in it you might be able with a lot of patience get them off but it would interesting to see if you could without scratching the helmet. Sorry I am not much help but I can assure you the Shoei decals were put there to stay. ;-) Apr 24, 2014
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takuya i: The Shoei logo decal is clear-coated over the base color. So the only way to remove it would be to sand it off, polish, paint, and re-clear-coat. Or just paint the entire helmet and clear coat. Apr 25, 2014
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Peter B: You can remove the Shouei sticker on front Apr 26, 2014
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Michael B: I don't think so.

MB
Apr 24, 2014
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Michael P: Yes. Apr 25, 2014
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A shopper asked: What is the helmet made of, I am shocked that this information isn't given for every helmet you sell. I am looking for a Graphite helmet? Apr 18, 2014
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Richard A: Carbon fiber and other composite materials. It conforms to every standard there is. Super safe helmet. I bought one for myself and my wife. We both love the helmet.

The new shell design consists of 4 shell sizes and allows the RF-1200 helmet to be slimmer and therefore lighter in weight, which helps to reduce fatigue after a long day of riding. The Shoei RF1200 boasts a brand new faceshield, the CWR-1 and redesigned Quick-Release Self-Adjusting base plate system both of which help to create a tight seal against wind and rain; a tight seal equals a quieter, more comfortable helmet. The RF1200 retains the SNELL M2010 safety rating, and offers a new impact-absorbing EPS liner consisting of two individual layers of differing densities.
Apr 25, 2014
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Franck G: I had no clue so I had to look it up :-)

Here is what I found on the official Shoei Website:
Few characteristics of a motorcycle helmet are as critical as its first-layer defense, which is precisely why the new RF-1200 features the SHOEI-exclusive Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ Shell construction. Combining fiberglass with organic fibers, the RF-1200’s proprietary AIM+ Shell is not only incredibly strong, it is extremely lightweight and compact. The RF-1200 is Snell M2010 and DOT approved.
Apr 29, 2014
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takuya i: This is from Shoei's website explaining the outer shell construction:
Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ Shell (Snell M2010 and DOT Approved)
Few characteristics of a motorcycle helmet are as critical as its first-layer defense, which is precisely why the new RF-1200 features the SHOEI-exclusive Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ Shell construction. Combining fiberglass with organic fibers, the RF-1200’s proprietary AIM+ Shell is not only incredibly strong, it is extremely lightweight and compact.
Apr 25, 2014
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parker j: but it is very light. Construction: AIM+(Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi-Ply) is what i found Apr 26, 2014
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Andrew K: Hard plastic. Definitely not graphite. Apr 25, 2014
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A shopper asked: I got a Shoei RF 1000 helmet in size M. The new RF 1200 has more shellsizes available. Is M still M or did the shell sizes change? Mar 12, 2014
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William C: I went to a (and suggest going to your) local Shoei dealer and try a helmet on to fit. I ordered an XL and then had to order different cheek pads to customize the fit. So far I have only worn the helmet once, but I absolutely love it. It is very comfortable and the shell allows additional head movement at the shoulders. Mar 12, 2014
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Michael P: Personally, I have always worn a medium in Shoei helmets and the RF1200 is no exception. There is somewhat of a "break-in" of the liner and cheek pads. Ultimately it would depend on your head circumference and shape. Mar 19, 2014
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Mark T: I replaced an even older Shoei witm my 1200 and m was still m. Don't be afraid to make the switch you'll be very happy you did. I know I am. Well worth it! Mar 12, 2014
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JOSE A: Yes, I got the medium as well for both RF 1000 and 1200. Fits snug for me so I don't think you'll have a problem. Mar 12, 2014
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Terry O: I bought a large and it fits as a large should Mar 12, 2014
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David G asked: The rear vent on the RF-1200: Which position is open, left or right? With the other vents, I can see it, but the ports are obscured under the spoiler for the rear one. Dec 5, 2013
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MARTIN M: To the left. It's not obvious I agree but You can read about the positions of the vents in the owner's manual. Dec 5, 2013
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MARTIN M: Not sure if my other answer went through.

The left position is open. I agree, It's not obvious and they should have done a better job of putting some indicators on the vent. Anyway, you can read about the vents in your owner's manual. That's where I found the answer.
Dec 5, 2013
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Sohrab S: I wish I could tell you but I haven't been on a ride since I got it. Since I can't actually see the vents opening or closing when I slide them open or shut, it's impossible for me to tell. Sorry, wish I was of more help. Dec 6, 2013
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William P: I really can't tell even when looking in the opening and pushing the switch. I haven't worn the helmet yet because of the cold weather. It's a great looking helmet. I hope it's as quiet as it's supposed to be. Dec 5, 2013
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Andrew G: Left is open. Right is closed. Dec 5, 2013
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Daniel H asked: This is definitely a top choice. But I now wonder if the new design leaves out the benefits of a ADV 3/4 standing position (e.g. for a Kasawaki KLR). Would it be best to go for a GT-Air instead? Oct 15, 2013
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A S: i agree with john b Oct 23, 2013
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Daniel H: All reviews put the RF-1200 as a street/sport helmet rather than ADV. Air intakes are clearly located accordingly. Why would you say I should skip the GT-Air? Is there an specific feature you like better in the new RF-1200 for 3/4 standing position? Thanks John B Oct 22, 2013
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Jason R: I'd also like to hear on why not the GT Air, that was actually my first choice until this helmet came out, still on the fence. Oct 28, 2013
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Matt C: Basically the GT Air was a helmet to hold over those who either needed a new helmet immediately and wanted the new and shiney Shoei. All the while the RF1200 was meant to be their big hitter all along. Dec 28, 2013
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john b: Skip the GT Air, I wish I had waited for the RF1200. It seems better in most ways and doesn't have that ridiculous Visor. Oct 22, 2013
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David L: Please expand upon "most ways". Your comments so far seem to indicate that you regret buying the GT Air, but you laid down a lot of cash for the so-called balloon with ridiculous visor. I'd like to hear about the actual shortcomings instead of buyer's remorse. Oct 24, 2013
A shopper asked: I am interested in the new RF1200 but I have only been able to find the RF1100 to try on. My head measures 23' and the RF1100 I tried on was a size Large. Do you think this is the correct size for me? I might add that I wear prescription glasses and at first I didn't think I would be able to get them on but finally did. The size large seemed to be pretty comfortable for the few minutes I had it on. Aug 17, 2014
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JOHN L: I have both the RF-1100 and the RF-1200. They are both size medium. I also wear glasses. I must put on the helmet(s) and then put on my glasses.

Look up how to fit a helmet and use that to determine the fit. Both of mine are a snug fit but not tight.

I wanted the RF-1200 for the photcromatic face shield that is coming out for it.

Hope this helps?
Aug 20, 2014
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Matias I: I used a 1100 large and bought a 1200 large and it was basically the same fit. glass wise I can't tell but sun glasses don't fit very well. For distortion purposes I always us contact lens. Aug 20, 2014
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Thomas W: My fitted hat size is 7 5/8. I have a RF-1000 Lg and a 1200 Lg that fit perfectly. Cheers, ride safely. Aug 19, 2014
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Ryan C: It is the same fit. Aug 22, 2014
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A shopper asked: I am trying to decide what helmet to purchase. I have had a RF 1000 now for about 8 years and think ti would be good to upgrade. I see this helmet is highly rated and leaning towards it; however I am intrigued by the Neotect Modular helmet. I like the convenience and features but it seems to me the full face helmet RF 1200 is much safer. What is your educated advice on this? I plan to buy one or the other.

tom stuck
Apr 10, 2014
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Ronald B: I bought an RF-1200 as a gift for my son. It's not the cheapest helmet on the market but you get what you pay for. I think It's good value. He hasn't used it much yet but the fit is good for his headshape and the fit and finish of all parts is top class.
The visor mechanism is smooth and easy to operate and it comes with a pin lock anti fog shield as well. I rate it as high as my own Arai if not better.
Finally a subjective note, It looks more contemporary than my Arai but I am an old guy and like the egg shape shell on my Arai a little better.

/Ron
Apr 11, 2014
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Cody L: I ride both a sport bike and cruiser and absolutely love this helmet for both. I had a modular that came with the cruiser and found myself never flipping it up because it seemed unbalanced and bulky. Since getting this helmet the modular sits on the shelf. I will warn you though that with the visor up at highway speeds there is a chance you will get a whistle but I changed out the padding for a better fit and played with the vents and it has gone away. Overall its light and and cool which means I wear it more so I would highly recommend it. Apr 10, 2014
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JOHN L: Right off there is a $135 difference in price. I like a concept of the Neotec helmet but it's out of my price range. I've had a RF-1100 for two years. I saw that Shoei was coming out with a Photocromatic face shield for the RF-1200. That was the big selling point for my purchase. I'm still trying figure out how the vents work?

Both my Shoei's are yellow.
Apr 11, 2014
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Alexander M: You are right, solid full face helmets are safer. Apr 10, 2014
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A shopper asked: I'm leaning toward getting anthracite, but is the white a flat color or a pearl? Feb 26, 2014
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Lawrence K: Hi, I have the white, I would call it true white, not a pearlescent feel to it. The photo on the web does suggest something beyond straight white, not accurate to my eye. I like cooler colors, but I like white for the visibility/safety. oh well, always gotta choose. good luck, and revzilla has been fab to work with, a real pleasure. Larry K. Feb 26, 2014
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C B: it is a solid white - the texture is glossy (not flat like a flat black) - there are no metallic highlights and no pearlescent qualities… it is a nice white. I prefer the silver which has some metallic qualities and reflects heat… but the white is nice Feb 26, 2014
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Alcides V: I bought a metallic black. The white letters are pearl, they look nice. It is a very good helmet. Feb 27, 2014
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S I: Pearl Feb 26, 2014
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A shopper asked: Do they make the photochromic lens for the RF-1200 helmet? I am between the GT air because of the drop down sun shade or the RF-1200 with photochromic face shield. Jan 11, 2014
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linda c: Yes they make it. But it has not been released yet. Jan 15, 2014
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Steve B: I think you can pre-order. Not sure when it will be available. Jan 11, 2014
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William W: Allegedly coming out the end of February/ early March. Feb 8, 2014
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MARTIN M: This helmet accepts the "Pinlock" lens inserts. I believe I have seen the Transititions lens with the Pinlock system for sale. Check the Pinlock website. Jan 11, 2014
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A shopper asked: How is the eyeport and scope of vision? Does it compare to larger eyeports in full face helmets such as the Shark Vision-R? Jul 11, 2014
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B M: This helmet in ALL aspects including visibility is the bees knees. Took it for a 5000 mile trip and it was everything it was talked up to be. And its quiet ride its even better with in helmet audio.. Jul 29, 2014
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John L: Excellent scope of vision and a dramatic improvement over my Shoei X-Eleven that the RF1200 replaced. The cheek pad/ shell design also greatly improves ability to rotate your head side to side. Jul 12, 2014
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Ryan C: Never had a problem. Aug 22, 2014
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A shopper asked: I bought this helmet in a Medium after looking at the sizing chart. ( I fit right in the medium range)I also tried the RF1100 in teh Medium and fitted great.. After trying the helmet for an extended period of time it felt a bit tight around teh forehead but after a while it seemed ok. After taking it off I could see red spots and imprints of teh material. The cheek pads are also exerting quite a bit of pressure.
Will the cheek pads compress over time? Should I exchange teh helmet for a Large or stay with the Medium?

Thanks
Jun 7, 2014
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B M: Your answer has been submitted.
B MYou: YES you want this helmet to fit very snug at first and I mean for at least the first two months of regular use. Watch the video Anthony does on fitment of this helmet... They know what they are talking about. After riding around home turf and then going across country with this helmet its finally lossened in to a good fit.. Its broke in but still snug.. You want a helmet snug so it doesnt move around on you.
Very snug at first is something you just have to deal with. Take your palms and push your cheeks up till you can see the top of them come into view. That is how a new helmet should push your cheeks in. It will get better just keep wearing it.. The sizing charts if you measure your head correctly are right on the money. Also there are a number of internal pads you can change in this helmet for different shapes of heads. You wont find a better helmet than this 1
Jul 29, 2014
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Brian B: I was between Medium and Large in RF1000 and wore a Large. I bought the Large in the RF1200 and it was tighter, but fits great now. The pads will compress over time. I spent time compressing them with my hands as well. I couldn't be happier with the fit. Jul 12, 2014
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Eric A: Mine was extra snug on the cheeks when I first got it. It has loosened up some but not a lot. It fits just right now, although if I chew gum it makes me bite my cheek occasionally. Just one of the dangers of riding with a snug helmet. Jun 7, 2014
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A shopper asked: This is my first time getting a helmet and i am having difficulty choosing the size i need to get. My head measures 22 1/4 inches which falls in between the small and medium size helmets. Which size should i go for? May 10, 2014
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A s: I was the same, tried small but gave me head ack. got
med and then ordered larger center pad from Shoei, now its 100%
May 10, 2014
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MARTIN M: Generally you want the snug fit without beI would get the smaller one. It will be tight at first (you want it snug) but will loosen up with use as the padding molds to your head.

Ideally, go to a store that sells this model and see which one you like for yourself.
May 10, 2014
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Michael B: I normally wear a small and basically have the same size head measurement. After speaking with the revzilla personnel and trying it on at a local store that had them I went with a medium. Once it was broken in, if felt perfect. May 11, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is the white gloss, matte or pearl? Feb 26, 2014
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Richard A: Mine is silver. Like a sparkley silver. Looks super clean. This helmet is awesome. Super light weight, quiet, no wind if you don't want it and I get compliments on it all the time. Feb 26, 2014
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Damien D: The white solid I have is gloss. Not sure if there are options to that finish. Feb 26, 2014
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Sandra K: I would say the white is gloss. I'm very happy with it. Feb 26, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is it possible to remove the Shoei logo on this helmet? I love the white one but don't want the large brand logo Dec 17, 2013
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C B: I believe so - but I have never tried. I know the logo on my old RF-1000 came off over time. Avoid abrasives. Avoid harsh chemicals. See if you can get a donor helmet and experiment with that first. If all else fails put a sticker over it or consult a good paint shop. I did mess up a white helmet once trying to get a sticker off - that's why you should avoid anything sharp or abrasive Dec 17, 2013
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Barry W: :The logo looks like the standard Shoei stick on they send with all their products. You should be able to use a heat gun or hair drier to soften the sticker and gradually peel it off. You can easily clean off any remaining residue. Dec 18, 2013
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Banning C: I do not know, I have not attempted to remove the logo. Dec 17, 2013
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A shopper asked: How does the fit of this compare to the RF1100? Also, how bright is the yellow? Is it high-biz yellow? Dec 15, 2013
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Christopher M: The "Brilliant Yellow" is definitely not hi-vis. It's a shame they don't offer a solid color hi-vis with this helmet. I am going to order the white and try to Plastidip with the "Blaze Yellow" color, which is about as hi-vis as it gets. Dec 23, 2013
Duncan T: Well, can't answer the color question as I have a silver. The fit is similar although ever so slightly more compact.
The great thing about ordering from Revzzilla is you can return it for free if it does not fit.
DT
Dec 15, 2013
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Johnny C: It's much better more compact not so bulky fitment is pretty much spot on, I have metallic black didn't go with the yellow. Dec 15, 2013
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A shopper asked: I bought this helmet in the medium size after trying the RF1100 and looking at the sizing chart I fit right in the middle for the medium. After trying it on for an extended time I find it a bit tight around the forehead and after taking it off i could see imprints of the material and red spots on my forehead where it has been pressing against. The cheek pads are also exerting a fair amount of pressure.
Is this normal? will the cheek pads compress and should I exchange it for the Large?
Thanks
Jun 7, 2014
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MARTIN M: This is the same scenario that happened to me and went with the smaller size. I will say that Shoei's sizes are a bit tighter fitting than the equivalent size in Bell brand helmets.

When your head measurement ends up between 2 sizes they normally recommend going to the smaller size. The helmets are supposed to be snug (including the cheek pads) but shouldn't give you a headache after extended wearing.

Yes, the padding will compress after wearing for a while. It might feel better the more you wear it.

If you have a motorcycle store near by that sells these I would suggest going there and trying on the larger helmet to see how it fits.

I hope this helps!
Jun 10, 2014
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TODD K: The cheek pads should be TIGHT at first. They will break in with time, but should still be snug so the helmet doesn't move aound.
The padding around your head isn't as thick and won't compress as much. If you have "hot spots" you are probably compressing the pad to the max and may have to move up a size. You can always buy thicker padding.
Wear the helmet indoors for and hour or two. If it gives you a headache it is probably too small.
I had the same issue with marks on my forehead. I did not want to move up, so I compressed the styrofoam a little with my thumbs where the front was too tight.
Jun 10, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hello Friends: My exactly size in RF1100 is Large, my circunference of my head is 59.5 cms.; the right size is Large in RF1200 ??. Gracias por responder. Saludos desde Buenos Aires. AR. May 26, 2014
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Richard S: I did the same thing, upgraded from the 1100 to the 1200 and the sizing was the EXACT same! May 30, 2014
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Michael B: A large will be fine for 59.5 cm. May 26, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is this helmet designed for tuck-3/4 position, or 3/4-upright position? For upright naked sport bike, would qwest be better option? May 23, 2014
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Michael B: I ride my SV1000 naked and ive got low clipon bars, putting me decently low and i find myself looking through the visor with about 2 fingers width above the skyline ( if that makes sense) as a natural position. I tried the qwuest and it did not seem too much different, but the comfort level is worth getting the 1200. Jun 2, 2014
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William B: I honestly can't find a bad position for the helmet or a bad thing to say about it. I've never tried qwest. no need to now! May 23, 2014
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Daryn H asked: Hi - My head measures just between 23 and 23 1/8.Should I order a Medium or Large?

Also, I can't decide between the Shoei RF-1200 or the Aria RX-Q. I ride a 2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory and commute on highways and side streets everyday.

Thanks!
May 7, 2014
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JOHN L: According to the fit chart, I can't answer that question on fit? You should ask the experts at RevZilla. They have a nice return policy if it doesn't fit. I don't know anything about Aria helmets.
I pilot a 2010 CanAm Spyder RT Roadster.
May 14, 2014
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L M: If your head is sort of oval (as seen from above) the RF-1200 will likely fit you nice and snug. Go for large because that is what the chart says. May 19, 2014
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William W asked: Any idea how far out the CWR-1 Photochromatic faceshield is? I am guessing a long time since you dont even have a preorder page for it. Feb 2, 2014
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Richard S: I have heard late February to early April so probably not until summer :-/ knowing its coming was enough for me! Feb 2, 2014
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A S: I'm pretty sure I heard the photo chromatic shield would be releasing sometime late in the summer. Feb 2, 2014
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Rick C asked: What color is Anthony showing in the Detailed Breakdown? Black or Metallic Black? Oct 26, 2013
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Rick C: Just watched the video again and he says pearl black, so I'm assuming he has the standard Black color helmet. Oct 26, 2013
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Andrew G: The 1200 in the vid he's showing is Metallic Black. The 1100 in the video is just Black. Oct 28, 2013
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U E asked: Does this helmet come with pin locks and anti-fog shield? If not which one do you recommend for this helmet? Btw Im 23.5 Inches, Should i get LG or XL Helmet? Thanks. Oct 8, 2014
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Johnathan W: Yes it does come with pin locks and the pinlock lens. And don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure if you between two sizes you're supposed to go with the smaller size, I was between a M and a S, and I went with the Small. It was tight at first but it will loosen up as you wear it. Fits perfectly now. Hope that helps. Oct 8, 2014
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Alejandro R asked: My head measurements come out at 23 inches flat. Medium ends at 22 7/8 and the Large starts at 23 1/4 while ending at 23 5/8. What would you guys recommend? Would the Large end up being too big after the break in period? Sep 27, 2014
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MARTIN M: Yes I think the Large would be too big after the break-in period. Stick with the Medium - it will become more comfortable over a few weeks. Sep 27, 2014
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A shopper asked: It is hard to tell from the photo. Can you describe the difference between the Black and Metallic Black color options? Thanks. Mar 31, 2014
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takuya i: Black is just plain gloss black, like a piano. The Metallic Black has metal flakes in it giving it a slight shimmer, like metallic black paint on cars. Apr 25, 2014
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A shopper asked: I have always worn a HJC CL series as it was the only thing I could tolerate width-wise in a 2XL how is the width and overall size compare? Feb 1, 2014
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Kevin B: I also use a HJC but I'm not sure of the type but it has the lifting chin bar. The HJC is plenty roomy and fits my head well. Last week I purchased an RF 1200 but returned it immediately as I found that it did not fit as well as the RF 1100 I intended to replace. The 1200 just felt too tight and I could hardly get the chin bar over my nose. Thought it would never work with the Bluetooth unit I own. So I went back to the tried and true 1100 which I found much more comfortable as it seems to fit my head much better. Feb 18, 2014
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A shopper asked: The video for the Shoei RF1200 says the helmet used for the demonstration is a pearl black, but I don't see that as a color option. Is it the metalic black that is being shown? thanks Jan 11, 2014
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Steven T: Judging from the video, it looks like the Metallic Black. I have the black helmet and it doesn't have that sparkle. Jan 11, 2014
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A shopper asked: What are the size ranges for each shell size? Nov 14, 2013
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Gail D: There are 4 shell sizes:

The XS and SM helmets use the Small shell
The MD helmet uses the Medium shell
The LG helmet uses the Large shell
The XL and 2XL helmets use the XL shell
Nov 22, 2013
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Andrew G: Actually, the XS and S use the XS shell. Dec 5, 2013
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A shopper asked: What are the size ranges for each shell? Nov 14, 2013
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Andrew G: Size----------Shell
XS/S----------XS
M--------------M
L---------------L
XL/XXL-------XL
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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
XXS XS XS
XS (RF1100)
XS (X-12) SM
SM MD SM
MD MD
LG LG LG
XL XL XL
2XL 2XL 2XL
3XL

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
Black / XS 933797 0109-0105-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / SM 933798 0109-0105-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / MD 933799 0109-0105-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / LG 933800 0109-0105-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / XL 933801 0109-0105-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / 2XL 933802 0109-0105-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Metallic Black / XS 933821 0109-0115-03 Out of Stock
Metallic Black / SM 933822 0109-0115-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Metallic Black / MD 933823 0109-0115-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Metallic Black / LG 933824 0109-0115-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Metallic Black / XL 933825 0109-0115-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Metallic Black / 2XL 933826 0109-0115-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / XS 933845 0109-0135-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / SM 933846 0109-0135-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / MD 933847 0109-0135-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / LG 933848 0109-0135-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / XL 933849 0109-0135-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / 2XL 933850 0109-0135-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / XS 933809 0109-0109-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / SM 933810 0109-0109-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / MD 933811 0109-0109-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / LG 933812 0109-0109-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / XL 933813 0109-0109-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / 2XL 933814 0109-0109-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Light Silver / XS 933803 0109-0107-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Light Silver / SM 933804 0109-0107-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Light Silver / MD 933805 0109-0107-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Light Silver / LG 933806 0109-0107-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Light Silver / XL 933807 0109-0107-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Light Silver / 2XL 933808 0109-0107-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Anthracite / XS 933827 0109-0117-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Anthracite / SM 933828 0109-0117-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Anthracite / MD 933829 0109-0117-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Anthracite / LG 933830 0109-0117-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Anthracite / XL 933831 0109-0117-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Anthracite / 2XL 933832 0109-0117-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Wine / XS 933815 0109-0111-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Wine / SM 933816 0109-0111-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Wine / MD 933817 0109-0111-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Wine / LG 933818 0109-0111-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Wine / XL 933819 0109-0111-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Wine / 2XL 933820 0109-0111-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Red / XS 933839 0109-0131-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Red / SM 933840 0109-0131-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Red / MD 933841 0109-0131-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Red / LG 933842 0109-0131-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Red / XL 933843 0109-0131-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Red / 2XL 933844 0109-0131-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Brilliant Yellow / XS 933833 0109-0123-03 Out of Stock
Brilliant Yellow / SM 933834 0109-0123-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Brilliant Yellow / MD 933835 0109-0123-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Brilliant Yellow / LG 933836 0109-0123-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Brilliant Yellow / XL 933837 0109-0123-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Brilliant Yellow / 2XL 933838 0109-0123-08 Out of Stock