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Old 01-20-2011, 02:11 PM   #1
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My new Shoei RF-1100

Just got a new helmet a couple weeks ago, and finally had a chance to ride with it, what with the rain and freezing temps we've had!

I went with a flat black RF-1100 from Cyclegear, with a coupon it ended up at around $325...not too bad! It is replacing my 7 year old HJC and a Fulmer I got with the purchase of a bike a while ago.

Enough of the talk, this thing is AWESOME. From its light weight, to superior fit, to the actual fit and finish of the mechanisms and vents. This thing is killer.

The two biggest differences when compared to my other helmets, is the aerodynamics and quietness of it. Riding a naked bike, my head and neck would take a beating on the freeway. Tons of buffeting and that annoying "bob and weave" that it would do. It made driving a real chore, and I'd be beat up by the time I got anywhere.

Now, this helmet just cuts through the air. It is extremely stable, at all speeds. To top it all off, its quiet. The HJC would whistle like crazy, with the vents open or closed. The Shoei is quiet. You can hear the wind rushing around the helmet, but without the high pitch, headache-inducing whistle.

Sure, there are more expensive helmets out there, but now I see why so many people praise these "upper-level" helmets.

I'll be keeping my HJC and Fulmer as throwarounds and to let people borrow, but this Shoei is going to see a lot more use and dead bugs!
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:21 PM   #2
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I love my Shoei. It is 100x better than my old HJC, only about 3x better than my AGV. It mostly has to do with. The RFs fit my head perfectly. You will be happy. My only complaint is the leather covering on foam along the bottom cracked quickly.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:48 PM   #3
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I love my Shoei. It is 100x better than my old HJC, only about 3x better than my AGV. It mostly has to do with. The RFs fit my head perfectly. You will be happy. My only complaint is the leather covering on foam along the bottom cracked quickly.
I'll have to keep that in mind, maybe keep it supple with some leather conditioner.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:52 PM   #4
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I'll have to keep that in mind, maybe keep it supple with some leather conditioner.
Mine sat in my nephew's garage for about 2 months. He bought it on clearance, and it didnt fit. I dont know if anyone else has had a similar problem.
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I almost bought an 1100 too, but the tx flag on my lid is priceless...lol.
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Wanted to give a little update, since I've gotten to do some more riding in it.

Before, it was so cold, I had to leave all the vents closed to try and stay warm. The other day I got to crack them open for some airflow, and do these things work. With each vent opening, you can feel the airflow increase. I have a buzzcut so that may help, but having it rushing past your skull it almost feels like you don't even have a helmet on.

A word on the vent covers- some of the reviews I have read stated that the vent covers are hard to operate with gloves on. They're not hard at all, you just have to know what "angle" you need to slide them, and they are extremely easy to use.

Also, I had an issue with a high pitched "whistle" coming from the visor. It didn't happen at first, but after a few uses it started. Turns out, the base plates weren't tight from the factory, so using the visor moved it away from the seal, creating the leak. It was easy enough to fix, with a phillips head screwdriver. I used a sheet of paper to check clearance between the rubber seal and the visor.

Overall I'm very impressed with the Shoei RF-1100, its a slick looking helmet and fits my head shape perfect. I can't wait to give it a go during these hot Texas summers.
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