The Shoei RF-1200: Continuing the Tradition

In the world of motorcycle helmets, accessories and gear, the Shoei brand has stood for both innovation and excellence. For over 50 years, this venerable Japanese manufacturer has designed bike helmets that have embraced new designs and technology while providing riders worldwide the quality and safety that Shoei has long been venerated for. In keeping with their rich history of tradition and innovation, Shoei has developed the Shoei RF-1200. Whether you are commuting, touring or sport riding, the RF-1200 is solidly built and durable.

Shoei RF-1200 Helmet Review

Building on the Legend

The Shoei RF-1200 Helmet is a continuation of a legendary helmet line that dates back to the 1980’s. The RF series of head protectors helped build Shoei’s reputation as one of the world’s premier headgear designers and manufactures. The Shoei RF-1200 is the predecessor to the iconic RF-1100, which was considered one of the best all-around street bike helmets ever produced. As the RF-1200 has entered the market, riders are able to experience Shoei quality and craftsmanship.

Lightweight, Smaller and Stronger

The RF-1200 is both small and lightweight in design and fit proportionally to a rider’s head size and body. Weighing in at an unbelievable 4.2 pounds, the shell is constructed with Shoei’s exclusive multi-ply blend of fiberglass and organic materials. The strength of the exterior part is able to withstand the impact of many types of crashes. This model is both DOT and Snell M2010 approved for safety.

The RF-1200: Extensively Tested to be Aerodynamic

Shoei extensively tested the RF-1200 at its state-of-the-art wind tunnel that is found at their Ibaraki factory. Due to the comprehensive testing and design modifications performed, the RF-1200 boasts a more compact and aerodynamic design than the iconic 1100 series. The RF-1200 has earned excellent reviews as the company’s lightest full-face model on the market. Additionally, the design of the RF-1200 offers riders reduced wind noise, thanks to its excellent aerodynamic features and quality liner materials. These components have been specifically designed to prevent any extraneous noises and other forms of interference from entering through the bottom of the helmet.

…And for Added Safety

As an added safety measure, the Shoei RF-1200 boasts a crucial safety feature which they call their E.Q.R.S System. EQRS stands for Emergency Quick Release System, and this tool will allow emergency medical personnel to easily remove the cheek pads from the helmet of an injured rider. Therefore, the helmet can be safely removed from the head of the injured rider without creating further complications.

Keep Cool, Dry, and Comfortable

The Shoei RF-1200 comes fully equipped with an interior which is completely removable, and is washable and adjustable. This system consists of center pad components that are three-dimensionally shaped to match the contours of a rider’s head. This allows for a comfortable fit while providing the necessary head and neck support in order for the rider to have a driving experience which is free of distractions. These cheek pads are available in multiple thicknesses for fit that is completely customizable for each rider. Additionally, Shoei’s patented Max-Dry System II liner material can absorb and wick away sweat and moisture twice as fast as more traditional nylon-based interiors.

Another great feature of the RF-1200 helmet is the company’s patented EPS liner system. This multi-density liner provides enhanced impact absorption by using foam of various densities at strategic points around the rider’s head. This EPS system is designed to allow cooling air to travel freely through tunnels created in the system which further enhances its superior ventilation characteristics. Additionally, the precise placement of this multi-density EPS liner system complements the helmets lightweight and compact design.

The Shoei RF-1200 Helmet: The Next Chapter of Innovation

When you buy a Shoei RF-1200 helmet, you can be assured that you are wearing a product that has been rigorous tested for safety and durability. Like other Shoei helmets, the RF-1200 features a 5 year warranty from date of purchase or a 7 year warranty from its’ date of manufacture, whichever came first. With its unmatched quality and combination of innovation, high-tech construction and attention to detail, the Shoei RF-1200 should be on the short-list of helmets that you need to test drive.