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Shoei RF-1200 - Graphics

$589.99
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$589.99
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Go searching among major manufacturers and you'll find no shortage of special edition graphics. Lightning bolts, demons and robotic butterflies. They can be quite polarizing, and we tend to stay away, or stray towards the more conservative racing stripes. But when we saw the Recounter and Flagger graphic versions of one the all-time best motorcycle helmets, the Shoei RF-1200, we couldn't stay away.

The Recounter offers a splash of assymetrical flair to an otherwise straightforward helmet—and it's offered in a TC-5 matte black base with red and white lines, or a TC-10 gloss-black base with BMW Motorsport inspired striping.

Next up is the Flagger race-striped hybrid with a dash of pinstriping and a splay of asymetical styling on top - offered in the TC-5 matte black base with skunk-white pinstriping, and TC-6 gloss white base with black racing stripes and red trim.

The RF-1200 is of course also offered in a range of quality solid colors for about 100 bucks less, and minus the flashy paint they're exactly the same great helmet underneath. But as anyone who's had to deal with custom paint knows, doing it right it time consuming and expensive, and sometimes it's nice to splurge.

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—especially equipped with the RF-1200 Transition Shield (an upgrade) with Pinlock anti-fog lens (standard equipment)—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...

1) It has five adjustable vents that provide both noticeable airflow when activated and noticeable (relative) silence when closed

2) It has an all-new shield design that delivers a wide-open and optically consistent field of view, complete with a spring-loaded baseplate and dual-bead gasket that create a hermetic seal when locked in the down position. Each RF-1200 comes standard with a Pinlock fog-shield shield in the box, which basically consists of a secondary clear shield with a silicone gasket that works just like a storm window—effectively eliminating the fogging effect with an insulated layer of air.

3) This helmet can be upgraded to the best shield in the business - a pinlock-equipped auto-tinting Transition shield specific to the RF-1200, which automatically darkens depending on how bright it is, and is clear at night. No more swapping shields to suit conditions—the shield changes for you.

4) Its fastidiously constructed fiberglass shell is as light as you'd want in a helmet, and it has been aerodynamically shaped for stability at speed. Most importantly it is ergonomically correct and comfortable on the inside. It weighs just 3.5lbs/1560 grams for a medium.

5) That fit though. This low-profile helmet comes in four individual shell sizes to optimize fit and feel across the spectrum of mellon sizes. It's an intermediate-oval fit, and after selling them for years we find it fits most folks well. Furthermore, each shell can be fine-tuned with optional pads to take it up or down a fraction of size. Each helmet can be custom fit with a thicker or thinner center pad, and a thicker or thinner cheek pad set. Cost is normally $50 per pad set but we include the correct size at no extra charge. 

6) It's certified safe. The RF-1200 comes with the all-important dual safety rating with both DOT and SNELL stickers on the back. And as an added safety feature the helmet also has Shoei’s Emergency Quick Release System, which allows paramedics or first responders to easily remove the helmet in the event of a crash. 

Bottom line: this is a high-end helmet at a mid-level price point with an unparalleled pedigree that’s ready for years of solid service.

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  • Four shell sizes
  • Dual density EPS liner
  • Superior ventilation
  • 3D Max-Dry System II Liner
  • E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick-Release System)
  • CWR-1 Shield System
  • Neatly secure chin strap
  • Includes Pinlock pins and lens insert
  • Includes breath guard and chin curtain
  • Snell M2015 and DOT Certified