It’s not often that a single product has been so well refined—and refined so many times over the last 50 years—as this outstanding helmet from Shoei. The RF-1200 is no less than the tenth iteration of the RF line, all of which have been manufactured in Shoei’s own production facilities in Japan—which we imagine is a very exactling place run by people in labcoats and coveralls who take their work very, very seriously.
This long line of iterative improvements collectively stacks up to the sculpted, tweaked and re-tweaked final product you see here. The RF-1200 has become an instant favorite around the shop for its fit, finish and feel, and for all its bonus features.
This helmet vents well but is still quiet enough for longer hauls on the open highway. Sure it's lightweight, but it doesn't lack for features. All the details have been attended to: the paintwork is impeccable, the antimicrobial liners are easily removable, there are speaker cutouts for a Bluetooth system, and the startlingly clear face-shield closes and locks down with the reassuring thunk of an overbuilt luxury sedan door.
A multitude of fond online reviews will back this up. Try one out at our Union Street store, or order from this website with free and fast shipping, our satisfaction guarantee and the same price tag as the Big Box motorcycle shops.
"Buy this helmet. It's our favorite and we think you'll love it."
That's the simple short version of the sale pitch.
The long version: RF-1200, how do we love thee? Scroll down and let us count the ways...