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Old 10-18-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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Thoughts on Shoei X Eleven

As the title states I am thinking about buying a Shoei X Eleven but I am a beginner, should i get a cheaper one and upgrade later or what?
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get a good helmet the first time!!!!!! The X11 should make you happy, just make sure it fit's properly and you'll be good to go.
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Don't cheap out when it comes to helmets or there might not be a later.
That being said, there are cheaper ones out there that provide simular if not better protection, but what your paying for is comfort, fit, and finish. Go to a few shops and try on the different brands, you might find something else that fits your head and your budget better.
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Old 10-18-2007, 02:17 PM   #5
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Ok thats what i thought but some people told me to get a cheap helmet at first then upgrade as you get more serious but i think im going to get the X Eleven. Plus my parents didnt want me to spend more than i have to and get the same protection.
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Old 10-18-2007, 02:28 PM   #6
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Don't cheap out when it comes to helmets or there might not be a later.
That being said, there are cheaper ones out there that provide simular if not better protection, but what your paying for is comfort, fit, and finish. Go to a few shops and try on the different brands, you might find something else that fits your head and your budget better.


The helmets all have to pass the same standards and the idea that expensive equals better is a myth (within certain boundaries). Unless you are talking about a $49 helmet the main thing you pay for is the name, fit, graphics, venting types and comfort.
Find a name brand helmet that looks good and fits right and you will be fine.

Sport Rider magazine did a big article last year and the helmets they picked as best choice were ZR1. They are fairly inexpensive but provided as much safety based on their tests as even the most expensive on the market.

I have a KBC VR1 and am very happy with it.
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take the MSF class, many offer discounts for stores that carry the X-11.

earplugs, wear earplugs w/ that lid
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The helmets all have to pass the same standards and the idea that expensive equals better is a myth (within certain boundaries). Unless you are talking about a $49 helmet the main thing you pay for is the name, fit, graphics, venting types and comfort.
Find a name brand helmet that looks good and fits right and you will be fine.

Sport Rider magazine did a big article last year and the helmets they picked as best choice were ZR1. They are fairly inexpensive but provided as much safety based on their tests as even the most expensive on the market.

I have a KBC VR1 and am very happy with it.
it was actually motorcyclist mag. and it so happens the SOLE dist. and largest advertiser for motorcyclist mag. was also Parts Unlimited, coincidence.

here's my analogy, if you HAD to be in an accident, would you rather be in a Volvo or a DAEWOO?
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take the MSF class, many offer discounts for stores that carry the X-11.

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yeah i am planning on taking a class at awesome cycles what else would you get a discount for?
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try on everything and get the one that fits YOUR head the best. the interiors are shaped different for the variety of head shapes. then choose the color you want. That being said...I have an x-11. my head actually gets cold because it flows so much air. My kbc never moved any air and I was always hot in it.
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:35 PM   #11
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I LOVE my X-11. Fit's my head PERFECTLY and I feel safe in it. Try on some other high end helmets though. They're all made for differnt head shapes.
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You value your head? If not..Just get a 30 dollar bell helmet.
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:27 PM   #13
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thanks for your help guys i think i will try it out and see how it goes
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I agree with the others. Buy the best helmet you can afford. Be sure to check for proper venting as well as the protection. You will need it on hot Houston days! The vents on some of the cheaper helmets are gimmicks. All show and no flow!
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:08 AM   #15
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all helmets fit heads different. you should try before you buy
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so is there a big difference between the x-11 and the rf-1000 as far as protection goes?
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so is there a big difference between the x-11 and the rf-1000 as far as protection goes?
no difference at all. the differences are weight, comfort, and ventilation. all SNELL and DOT helmets will protect your head equally. it's the added performance features that makes one helmet better than the other.
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no difference at all. the differences are weight, comfort, and ventilation. all SNELL and DOT helmets will protect your head equally. it's the added performance features that makes one helmet better than the other.
i thought it was the cool graphics jk
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