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Old 10-15-2007, 10:11 AM   #21
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SHOEI RF1000 is by far the best helmet in the $350-450 range....

Its light, aerodynamic, quiet inside, removable pads/liner and by far the best visor system of any helmet. The visor will actually stay up in multiple positions(unlike Arai's junk visor mechanisms). Finally the paint and coating is very durable on them.. I just recently retired my old 2000 Shoei RF800 (7yrs old, still in great shape) Manako replica with the new RF1000 Picotte.

I have never had a Suomy so I can't speak to those but Shoie destroys Arai in quality, especially in the visor function.

Yesterday i bought a KBC TK8 for my GF and it was SUPRISINGLY good quality. It had almost an identical inner liner to my Shoie as well as a similar visor mechanism that locked tightly in each click and sealed well. The paint/coating was really nice to. The only downside to it was its a little more round then needed and its pretty heavy, its over 1/4lb heavier then the Shoeis. BUT $150, its by far the best bang for the buck helmet.
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:56 AM   #22
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Arai will fix it for free regardless of how long you have had it.

I will try to find the information you need to have fixed.

Or just go on there website.
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:07 PM   #23
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i went head first onto a roof at about 60 mph

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the helmet still looks good on the outside (never wear it again but looks good)

my head is perfect

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Old 10-15-2007, 12:31 PM   #24
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i went head first onto a roof at about 60 mph

scorpion


the helmet still looks good on the outside (never wear it again but looks good)

my head is perfect

my .02
I'm a Scorpion fan myself. Have the same EXO700 (Rivet in blue). Glad to see that it held up on one of our resident crash test dummies.

K's Motorsports in Humble has a couple of EXO1000 in XL. I was able to try one on finally and it feels lighter and the cheek pads air up nice also. I would get one but I already have a new helmet and the wife will probably give me "The Look" if I bought one. At $325 it's not a bad price either.
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:32 PM   #25
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I'm a Scorpion fan myself. Have the same EXO700 (Rivet in blue). Glad to see that it held up on one of our resident crash test dummies.

K's Motorsports in Humble has a couple of EXO1000 in XL. I was able to try one on finally and it feels lighter and the cheek pads air up nice also. I would get one but I already have a new helmet and the wife will probably give me "The Look" if I bought one. At $325 it's not a bad price either.
thats what Im here for



Steve i heard alot of good things about the 1000 as well
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:22 PM   #26
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I just picked up a new lid. The Shark RSI. If you have a long oval shaped head like the Arai Profile series this helmet is a good fit. The Shark has a loyal following in Europe and meets the latest CE standards. You can read more about it here.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motor...met/shark-rsi/

The largest selection of Sharks I've found are at Polaris West in Katy.

Prior to the Shark, I had a Scorpion EXO 700. It's a good helmet but I can't believe the difference about 6 ounces make.
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:24 PM   #27
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8 oz is 1/2 a pound. and 6 is only a few oz shy of that and since it's on your neck, it's a HUGE diff.
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:29 PM   #28
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Well I just double-checked the numbers and actually it's more like 5 ounces but yeah when it's sitting on your head it does make a difference.

But prior to that I had never really given it that much thought because I didn't have a good basis of comparison.
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Hey Steve O! Long time no see bro! How's your wife? How's that pup? I won't buy another Arai, I like my HJC too much. Better airflow, easier to remove the shield, NOT worth what I spent on Arai to have it be a pain so often. You should come ride with Paul and Pete and me, I need you opinion of my new R1 anyway!
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:27 PM   #31
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I bought the helmet in APril 2003, it was built in September 02... I've contacted Arai through their website and I'm waiting to hear back from them. Both of my previous helmets were Arai and I don't plan on changing brands, it just caught me by surprise. They've been awesome quality for me since I started riding street in 2000... so this was a real surprise. I'm not sure if I'm glad I'm not the only one this happened too though.
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i say stick with arai i had the tommy gun orange and yellow . That helmet saved my life i 12 o clocked at 85 bounce off my head a load of times and the helmet held up perfect it really did its job it was worth the 650 i piad for it .
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This is the response I got today from Arai...

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Steve There was a batch of trim made with too much petroleum in it so the trim will not hold. You can send the helemt in to our Pa. location and we will replace the trim under warranty. The trim is no longer an issue with the new helmets, so you should not have this problem again with a newer helmet. Please let me know if you want to send the helmet in and I will give you the address and an RGA (return goods auth) numbet to ship to.
Hmmm... so they want me to pay shipping and handling to fix the problem? Not good service if you ask me.
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Two Arais here, only one with the problem. After every kind of glue I could find failed and stopping short of rivits, I sent it off to Arai. They paid the shipping both ways but it took two weeks, IIRC. Good thing I have a back-up! Anyway it's been good for the last couple of years.

Lately been looking for a replacement for the five year old back-up (HJC) and the KBC looked good, but I don't know anything about them. Shoeis and Scorpions just don't seem suited to my noggin and the Suomy is almost right, but too tight F-R while loose L-R.

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