Shoei RF-1200 Helmet

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Shoei RF-1200 Helmet

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About the Shoei RF-1200 Helmet

Item Code: ShoeiRF1200Solid
Brand: Shoei
Model: RF 1200
Color: White, Black
Certification: Snell-M2010, DOT Approved
Construction: AIM+ (Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi-Ply)

Shoei RF-1200 Helmet Features


  • Since its introduction with the RF-105, SHOEI’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 model’s growth, and it is with great pride and confidence that we present the SHOEI RF-1200.


  • One of the most important features of a quality helmet is that you hardly know it’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.

  • 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 rider’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.

  • 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 adjustments.

  • 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.

Size Chart for the Shoei RF-1200 Helmet

Size CM Hat Size Inches
XS 53 - 54 6 5/8 - 6 3/4 20 7/8 - 21 1/4
S 55 - 56 6 7/8 - 7 21 5/8 - 22
M 57 - 58 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 22 1/2 - 22 7/8
L 59 - 60 7 3/8 - 7 1/2 23 1/4 - 23 5/8
XL 61 - 62 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 24 - 24 3/8
2XL 63 - 64 7 7/8 - 8 24 3/4 - 25 1/4

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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 Shoei’s Snell 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 system.
Shield System
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 front.