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Old 02-28-2015, 11:23 PM   #1
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Shoei GT Air or RF 1200?

What's up MotoHouston? I'm open to any advice or opinions between these two helmets. Looking to get one or the other this week. Any helpful words or tips about these two? Pros and cons? Any words will be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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It's a very comfortable lid, and it has the pinlock option on it as well. Only thing is at high speeds it has a whistle due to all the wind it's moving through it
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It's a very comfortable lid, and it has the pinlock option on it as well. Only thing is at high speeds it has a whistle due to all the wind it's moving through it
How does the GT Air sound at high speeds? I do a lot of freeway riding and the wind noise in my current helmet is ANNOYING. And I'm assuming by your comment that the GT Air does not have the pinlock option?
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How does the GT Air sound at high speeds? I do a lot of freeway riding and the wind noise in my current helmet is ANNOYING. And I'm assuming by your comment that the GT Air does not have the pinlock option?
Yeah the gt air also has the pinlock insert , I just checked on Revzilla . As far as wind noise on the gr air I don't know if it does or not as I only tried it on at cycle gear and then put on the rf 1200 and for me the rf1200 was more comfortable. Only thing you can do is try on both and see which one you like more and also which design or color you like . I think either way you'll be happy since it is a shoei
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Ok thanks for the input Nastynesto. I'll try them on and see what is more comfortable. But after looking at the different helmets Shoei has to offer, I'm almost positive it will be one of the two.
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Ok thanks for the input Nastynesto. I'll try them on and see what is more comfortable. But after looking at the different helmets Shoei has to offer, I'm almost positive it will be one of the two.
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Take it from someone's whose owned both recently. The GT Air was designed more towards touring so it was meant for the rider the sit up right instead of leaning on a sports bike, therefore, you will hear more wind noise will using it on a sports bike than a touring. Also, the fitment is a lot narrower than the RF-1200. Hurts like pulling it off as you feel like your ears are being ripped off. I've since sold my GT Air and bought an RF-1200 which arrived a couple weeks ago. The difference is pretty noticeable. The RF-1200 was designed specifically for sports bike riders in mind. It was meant for the rider to lean and the helmet is really quiet when in that position. Likewise, you'll hear more road noise when in an upright position on a touring bike. Pulling it on and taking it off is effortless especially when compared to the GT Air. I like them both; however, I chose the latter over the former as it was geared towards my choice of bike and it fits my head a lot better than the former as I now have the RF-1200 and love it. Hope this helps.

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How does the GT Air sound at high speeds? I do a lot of freeway riding and the wind noise in my current helmet is ANNOYING. And I'm assuming by your comment that the GT Air does not have the pinlock option?
All Shoei's have pinlock in them now. I've owned several now ranging from the Neotec to the GT Air, RF-1100, and now RF-1200
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I am disappointed in the airflow in my L GT-air. However I do love the flip down sun-visor, and the fit for me is perfect.
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*Coming from a prior gear salesman*

The big selling point of the GT-Air is the flip down sun visor, but a smoked visor on a RF-1200 would fix that if your main riding is daytime for example. Even if you had to change shields, Shoei has one of the best quick release systems in the market. Don't think just bc you ride a sportsbike means you buy a RF-1200. I've sold both helmets to both types of riders/clients. It's ALL about fitment and comfort in the end.

As mentioned before, the 1200 targets sport bike riders and is designed with your riding position in mind. It's lighter than the GT-Air as well, and more aerodynamic which will be advantageous to you on your new CBR. The air vents are in a better spot as well for ventilation which I'm a big fan of in our Texas heat. The 1200 is also a newer released item than the GT-Air, and even the more expensive, premium X12 from Shoei. You are getting Shoei's latest and greatest technology when you buy the RF-1200.

Complaints from the GT-Air when I did sell it to customers were minimal, and minor, but included:

1. Flip-down Sun shield would fog and wasn't coated as well as the actual shield.
2. Funny ear fitment.

The best thing you can do is go into the store and put both on back to back. You will know which one fits you better because they both fit very differently. Plenty of our local shops carry Shoei and would be happy to assist you.

Pinlock shields are available on both, and as far as I know, Shoei is still working on releasing their transition visor (which was supposed to drop December 2013) This visor changes from light to dark depending on your light conditions outside.

Misc note: If you are experiencing a lot of freeway riding and wind noise, invest into some good earplugs. Even the purple disposable ones work very well and make your commutes MUCH more enjoyable. I also highly recommend adding a Bluetooth communication device from either Sena or Cardo if you enjoy music, gps navigation, or group riding with friends. It can change the whole experience.

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The big selling point of the GT-Air is the flip down sun visor, but a smoked visor on a RF-1200 would fix that if your main riding is daytime for example. Even if you had to change shields, Shoei has one of the best quick release systems in the market. Don't think just bc you ride a sportsbike means you buy a RF-1200. I've sold both helmets to both types of riders/clients. It's ALL about fitment and comfort in the end.

As mentioned before, the 1200 targets sport bike riders and is designed with your riding position in mind. It's lighter than the GT-Air as well, and more aerodynamic which will be advantageous to you on your new CBR. The air vents are in a better spot as well for ventilation which I'm a big fan of in our Texas heat. The 1200 is also a newer released item than the GT-Air, and even the more expensive, premium X12 from Shoei. You are getting Shoei's latest and greatest technology when you buy the RF-1200.

Complaints from the GT-Air when I did sell it to customers were minimal, and minor, but included:

1. Flip-down Sun shield would fog and wasn't coated as well as the actual shield.
2. Funny ear fitment.

The best thing you can do is go into the store and put both on back to back. You will know which one fits you better because they both fit very differently. Plenty of our local shops carry Shoei and would be happy to assist you.

Pinlock shields are available on both, and as far as I know, Shoei is still working on releasing their transition visor (which was supposed to drop December 2013) This visor changes from light to dark depending on your light conditions outside.

Misc note: If you are experiencing a lot of freeway riding and wind noise, invest into some good earplugs. Even the purple disposable ones work very well and make your commutes MUCH more enjoyable. I also highly recommend adding a Bluetooth communication device from either Sena or Cardo if you enjoy music, gps navigation, or group riding with friends. It can change the whole experience.
I ended up getting the RF-1200 and I love it. I appreciate the feedback though!!! I do eventually want to add a Bluetooth communication device. Everything is so expensive for bikes lol. I will get things slowly overtime.
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Glad you got one. Shoei Nation.
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I ended up getting the RF-1200 and I love it. I appreciate the feedback though!!! I do eventually want to add a Bluetooth communication device. Everything is so expensive for bikes lol. I will get things slowly overtime.
Which design did you go with? I habe the phantasm and a Sena 20s in it. If you wait awhike sena is making an invisible headset that won't show outside your helmet. It's all inside so your helmet has no added bulk. They officially haven't announced this model for the 1200 but the 1200 is one of the top selling helmets since it's release.
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I ended up getting the RF-1200 and I love it. I appreciate the feedback though!!! I do eventually want to add a Bluetooth communication device. Everything is so expensive for bikes lol. I will get things slowly overtime.
Expensive but worth every penny as these gear will save your life one day when you need them to. Motorcycling isn't a cheap hobby by no means.
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