Since its introduction with the RF-105, SHOEIâ€™S RF series has evolved through significant changes as a leading sport model helmet. Years of development, wind tunnel testing and on-track rider feedback have contributed greatly to this modelâ€™s growth, and it is with great pride and confidence that we present the SHOEI RF-1200.
SLIM AND LIGHT :
One of the most important features of a quality helmet is that you hardly know itâ€™s there protecting your head. SHOEI has reduced the weight of the RF-1200 by using a slimmer design and building a distinct line into the side of the helmet that also serves as an accent. As a result, the new SHOEI RF-1200 is lighter than any other Snell certified helmet in the current SHOEI lineup.
SHELL CONSTRUCTION :
The new slim design of the SHOEI RF-1200, with its distinct accent cut line, widens the bottom of the helmet to help ease the process of putting the helmet on or taking it off. Further advancing the comfort of the AIM+ shell is the industry leading four shell sizes that the SHOEI RF-1200 comes in. Extensive wind-tunnel testing has helped SHOEI to realize a practical aerodynamic shape that limits the lift and shake that high speeds commonly create while riding. The slim, aerodynamic design made through wind-tunnel testing will lessen the load on the riderâ€™s neck and create a more comfortable riding experience.
The impact-absorbing dual liner consists of two layers incorporating different densities, helping to effectively balance the potential impact applied to the more rigid shell.
The new SHOEI RF-1200 has achieved a new level in the reduction of wind noise. Through advancements in the aerodynamic shape, improved interior linings and a new and improved shield system the rider will experience a very quiet and comfortable riding experience. The interior of the RF-1200 has achieved a balance of a
comfortably soft fit and a firm, stable hold. The removable cheek pads utilize soft polyurethane foam, covering six layers of hard polyurethane to reduce shaking. The bottom of the cheek pads feature a high volume design, filling in the distinct and aggressive accent line of the shell of the helmet, comfortably forming to the riders neck and blocking wind from entering the helmet. The new design of the cheek pads also improves the motion of the neck, thus helping the rider to check traffic behind him/her for example.
SHIELD SYSTEM :
The RF-1200 features a new shield system that continues to offer the rider the best in optical performance. The new CWR-1 Pinlock shield features ribs on top and bottom of the shield to improve rigidity and eliminate bending of the shield caused by wind pressure or the opening and closing of the shield. Independent beading in the top and sides of the helmet help to keep the seal of the shield tight and eliminate any excess air.
In addition to the CWR-1 shield, SHOEI has developed a new base plate for the RF-1200. The Quick-Release Self-Adjusting base plate is spring-loaded and pulls the shield back onto the helmet, sealing it tightly against wind and rain. The addition of a new five-stage rotating dial allows for fine tuning of the base place for easy shield
Rigorous wind tunnel testing has resulted in the improved ventilation of the RF-1200. A large lower three position vent, three upper air vent intakes and four uniquely positioned upper exhaust outlet vents combine with the Dual Density EPS liner to allow cooling air to travel unrestricted through tunnels created in the EPS liner.
The new RF-1200 is Snell M2010 rated and meets or exceeds the M2015
regulations that are the standard as of Fall 2014. It has the standard Shoei 5
year warranty and is constructed using a Multi-Ply Matrix, or AIM+ material.
This is a 6 ply, hand laid aramid fiber reinforced fiberglass that, when coupled
with a new slimmer shell design, make this helmet the lightest of all of
rated lids. My sample, here, is a size large and weighs just under 3.5 lbs,
which is about 100 grams lighter than the RF1100 it’s replacing. This helmet
utilizes 4 shell sizes to accommodate rider head sizes from XS-2X, There is a
5th shell size used for size 3XL as of Spring 2014. Wind tunnel testing has
revolutionized helmet design and has played a large part in the creation of this
new RF. The shell has quite a few new design features. The actual shape of the
shell has been slimmed and narrowed down compared to previous models. This
improves a couple of things. Shrinking the shell obviously reduces weight, but
it also makes the helmet more aerodynamic and improves acoustics. Reducing wind
resistance reduces fatigue, and having control over the air that moves around
and through a helmet reduces buffeting and wind noise. In addition to minimizing
fatigue, reducing buffeting also improves vision at high speeds, and reduced
wind noise affords better awareness of other, more important sounds like your
bike and surrounding traffic. They have also added this cutaway to each side of
the bottom edge of the helmet. In addition to weight reduction, this cutaway
provides extra room for your collarbone in a crash, and it also improves your
ability to check your blind spot by allowing a greater range of motion for your
head and neck. This cutaway design also allows the cheekpads to spill out the
side of the helmet when you put it on which, makes the neck hole feel larger and
therefore makes the helmet easier to put on and take off, when in actuality, the
distance between the cheekpads in this new RF1200 is actually reduced compared
to the 1100. Let’s take a closer look at this liner.
The RF1200 helmet can accommodate all sizes of cheekpads, and each helmet size
has multiple headliner size options, so you get a completely customizable fit.
This liner is one of the most sophisticated available. This cutaway shows just
how sophisticated. The name of the game when creating a great liner is creating
a balance between a snug, stable fit, and plushness and comfort. If the liner is
too soft, you can lose accuracy of fit, and the helmet will not be able to
perform optimally. If the liner is too rigid, it may become uncomfortable over
longer distances as hot spots arise. Shoei has used a combination of soft, 3
dimensional, polyurethane foam, layered on top of 6 different layers of firm
polyurethane, so the fit is laser precise without sacrificing comfort. This
liner is also completely removable and features an Emergency Quick-Release
System to allow emergency personnel to quickly remove a helmet from a riders
head with minimal movement of the head and neck. I personally wouldn’t use these
pull tabs to remove the cheekpads unless necessary. This system is designed to
be used in an emergency and pulls the mounting tabs in a direction that can
damage them. The liner is of course washable and features Shoei’s Max-Dry System
II for quick moisture absorption. This wicking liner material is 40% more
absorbant than your standard liner material. If you pull the headliner out of
the way, you can see the new EPS. This new dual density EPS liner system is
revolutionizing both helmet safety and ventilation. The center piece you see
here is part of the low density portion and has channels cut into the top side
of it with vent ports . The surrounding eps is a denser foam and has channeling
that mates with the center piece to allow air to flow unobstructed throughout
the helmet and cool your head at no less than 14 vent points.
The RF-1200 has a completely reconfigured ventilation scheme compared to the
1100. The chin vent is larger and has three positions for optimal fog management
regardless of riding position. The top vent has three intakes that feed the
channeled dual density EPS liner we just looked at. The Venturi effect extracts
these vapors as air passes over the new spoiler that hides the 4 adustable rear
exhaust vents. Cool air is also managed somewhat by the brand new CWR-1 shield
This new Pinlock prepared shield has all sorts of great new features. The RF1200
comes with a clear pinlock anti fog insert and there are new ridges that have
been added to the top and bottom edge of the shield. These make the shield very
rigid which keeps the shield from becoming misshapen at high speeds and letting
air or water by the gasket. Rigidity also helps keep the shield from contorting
when you open and close it which allows for easier manipulation while riding.
The shield also features a shield locking mechanism that is much more precise
and easier to use than previous versions. Like previous shield versions, the
CWR-1 is injection molded polycarbonate, which allows the shield to be different
thicknesses from center to edge to ensure optical correctness. Of course, with a
new shield system, comes new baseplates. These new QR-E baseplates have heavier
duty springs to improve the seal around the face shield and work with the new
shield design to help prevent air and water from breaching the gasket. Also, the
detent bar has been removed from the shield and added to the baseplate for a
more fluid and predictable operation. They also feature a new five position dial
for fine tuning baseplate function. Rather than adjusting baseplate position by
loosening the whole baseplate, you can finely tune baseplate position by
adjusting this dial. Make sure the dials on both sides of the helmet are set to
the same setting to ensure a proper seal. Removing the shield is simple. Operate
this lever and pull gently outward on the shield. Once the shield is removed you
can see this completely new eyeport gasket. The top of the gasket has been
reinforced from behind by this piping. This prolongs the integrity of the gasket
and minimizes collapsing, which would allow water and air to get by the shield
over time. The lower portion of the eyeport gasket has also been updated with
the addition of a dual wiper design. When reinstalling the faceshield, I find
that installation is easiest when the shield is pressed on from the back to the