It’s hard for me to give up my full-face roots when it comes to helmets. I just can’t seem to be OK to wearing anything less. You see, I’ve hit the pavement at over 100 MPH and literally watched the pavement scraping through my visor only inches from my head.
We are lucky to get the opportunity to test lots of products here at Hot Bike Magazine. Choosing the right helmet is like choosing the right mate. Except you should upgrade ever few years when it comes to a helmet. Ha!
Fresh on my desk is a new Shoei RF-1200 isn’t the top tier racing helmet worn by most world class racers. That’s because the RF-1200 is designed for the street, but with all the engineering and knowledge of the top tier racing helmet worn by most world class racers.
It’s more compact that the RF-1100 it replaces. The ventilation is second to none with a 3-position lower intake and 3 upper air intakes feeding 4 upper exhaust vents. The QR-E Baseplate system actually sucks the screen closer the helmet for superior wind and noise protection. Should the worst happen, a emergency quick release system allows safety personnel to more easily remove the helmet.
It comes with a 5-year warranty and is Snell Certified. There are 7 metallic ($498.99) colors, 13 graphics from mild to wild ($589.99) and two solid colors for those less flamboyant ($485.99).
Check out Shoei-Helmets.com for more info.