Product Showcase: Shoei RF-1200 Helmet

Cycle News Staff | October 27, 2013

Shoei’s next-generation RF helmet is Shoei’s lightest Snell-certified full-face model to date. Designed using Shoei’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel, the new RF-1200 is more compact and more aerodynamic than its predecessor and has been fine-tuned to reduce unwanted road noise from entering through the bottom of the helmet. It has a large, three-position lower vent shutter, three upper air vents, and four uniquely positioned upper exhaust outlet vents to take better advantage of negative-pressure suction. It has a wider field of vision and the CWR-1 shield blocks 99-percent of damaging UV rays. It comes equipped with a pinlock fog-resistant system and Shoei’s Emergency Quick Release System. Also new on the RF-1200 is a five-stage rotating dial for adjusting how the shield sits, to prevent unwanted wind noise or rain from entering the through the shield. It comes in four shell sizes across the range of XS to XXL, in a variety of solids, metallics and fresh graphics.

Here are the features from Shoei about the new RF-1200

Ventilation Performance

Utilizing Shoei’s wind tunnels to help reveal then optimal balance between airflow and silence, Shoei engineers equipped the all-new RF-1200 with a large, three-position lower vent shutter for ease of use with riding gloves, three upper air vents for optimal air intake, and four uniquely-positioned upper exhaust outlet vents to take better advantage of negative pressure suction—all yielding dramatically-improved cool-air intake and hot-air expulsion.

CWR-1 Shield

The RF-1200’s CWR-1 shield provides a vast field of vision that rivals helmetless peripheral. In addition to protecting against 99-percent of the sun’s damaging UV rays, the CWR-1 shield offers a distortion-free view throughout the entire range thanks to Shoei’s 3D injection-molding process. Additionally, innovative new ribs on the top and bottom edge of the shield improve rigidity and eliminate the bending that may occur from wind pressure and during the opening and closing process, and an improved shield locking mechanism rounds out Shoei’s most advanced shield system to date.

Pinlock Anti-fog System

The all-new RF-1200 comes equipped with a Pinlock Fog-Resistant System, offering the most effective anti-fog protection in existence.

Precision QR-E Base Plate System

Coupled with the CWR-1 shield, the RF-1200’s all-new QR-E base plate system facilitates quicker shield changes than ever before. Once a shield is installed, the strengthened spring-loaded base plates pull the shield back against the dual-lip, dual-layered window beading to ensure a wind and waterproof seal with each and every closure. Add to the mix an all-new five-stage rotating dial that allows fine-tuning the base plate’s function more precisely than ever, and you’re left with the most advanced base plate/shield combination on the market today.

Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ Shell

Few characteristics of a motorcycle helmet are as critical as its first-layer defense, which is precisely why the new RF-1200 features the Shoei-exclusive Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ Shell construction. Combining fiberglass with organic fibers, the RF-1200’s proprietary AIM+ Shell is not only incredibly strong, it is extremely lightweight, and comes in an industry-leading four shell sizes to ensure a custom fit for heads between the sizes of XS-XXL.

Dual-Layer / Multi-Density EPS Liner

The RF-1200’s Dual-Layer, Multi-Density EPS liner not only provides enhanced impact absorption by utilizing varying densities of foam in key areas around the rider’s head, it is designed to allow cooling air to travel unrestricted through tunnels created in the EPS, further enhancing the RF-1200’s superior ventilation characteristics. In addition to enhanced impact absorption and ventilation, the precise placement of multi-density EPS liner material yields a more compact, lightweight design.

3D Max-Dry System II Interior

The RF-1200 is equipped with a fully removable, washable, adjustable, and replaceable 3D Max-Dry System II interior. The 3D center pad components are three-dimensionally shaped to match the contours of a rider’s head, allowing for an extremely comfortable fit while maintaining the firm hold necessary for distraction-free, high-speed riding. Additionally, the RF-1200’s 3D-shaped cheek pads are available in multiple thicknesses for a customizable fit, and Shoei’s exclusive Max-Dry System II liner material absorbs and dissipates sweat and moisture twice as fast as traditional Nylon interiors.

Emergency Quick Release System (E.Q.R.S.)

Borrowing technology developed for Shoei’s groundbreaking VFX-W and X-Twelve racing helmets, Shoei equipped the RF-1200 with its exclusive Emergency Quick Release System that allows emergency medical personnel to easily remove the cheek pads from an injured rider’s helmet. With the cheek pads removed, the helmet can be safely lifted from a rider’s head without creating unnecessary strain in the neck area.

The RF-1200 also includes a removable breath guard and chin curtain to complete the comfort package.

RF-1200 Pricing

Solid Colors: $485.99

Metallic Colors: $498.99

Graphics: $589.99


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