Shoei RF-1000 Helmet
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
of the benefits of conducting helmet reviews is the
ability to compare many different brands and models against each
Trying on a variety of helmets is
crucial to finding the perfect fit, but it's not easy to
accomplish if the only source of helmet samples is the local
Certainly there are a lot of really
good helmets for sale, and fierce competition in the marketplace means
that it isn't very hard to pick one that will provide the fit and
comfort that works at, say, a 90% level.
If you've never found the perfect
fit, then the 90% solution might work just fine and you may never know what you're missing.
But when the perfect fit
along, you'll immediately know it, it's an extraordinary
revelation, and you'll never again be satisfied with anything less.
That's the feeling I had when I
first slid this Shoei RF-1000 over my noggin. "Fits
like a glove" is the saying -- it coddles my round
head like no other helmet I've tried before. It's wonderful
to find a fit like this, since the narrow/long head shape
apparently is more common in the U.S.A. and many helmets are
designed for that market segment.
Even some of my
favorite helmet models, which once were designed for rounder head
shapes, have been modified during updates to change the internal shape
to fit narrower heads better.
Most motorcyclists own only a
single helmet, so why not make sure it's the highest quality, best fitting
Although there are helmets that might have
a particularly brilliant feature or two to differentiate them from
the crowd, the RF-series is designed to incorporate as many
features as possible in a single package that
does it all for the large majority of riders. The result is
an excellent daily use helmet that is my choice for the helmet I'd
pick if I could only have one.
The RF-1000 is the latest upgrade
for what has been probably the most popular Shoei helmet models of
all time, the RF-series. Starting with the RF-105 (does
anyone remember that far back?), to the RF-200, 700, 800, 900 and
now the RF-1000, Shoei
has been making improvements and adding
features which have further increased the model's popularity.
According to Shoei, the
improvements are a result of many hours of research and development
in the wind tunnel and with computer-aided design.
The RF-1000 is a complete
rework of the RF-900, and it includes a new aerodynamic (yet subtle) shape using their AIM+
(Advanced Integrated Matrix plus Multiple Fibers) helmet shell
technology; the Shoei CX-1V face shield with their Quick Release
Base Plate (QRBP) system allowing fast and easy visor changes (the same unit used in
the Shoei X-Eleven
race helmet); a new ventilation system; and the addition of Shoei's
"3D" helmet liner with removable cheek pads to allow a
custom fit if necessary.
Shoei claims to have been spending lots of time in the wind tunnel
with their new designs, and the effort is apparently
paying off. The goal of wind tunnel testing is to provide smooth
air flow over
the helmet to reduce wind noise while also allowing effective internal
cooling. Shoei claims a 24% reduction in drag and a 17.8%
reduction in lift from the new RF-1000 redesign.
The RF-1000's shape proves that radical
aerodynamic shapes aren't necessarily better. The helmet has a subtle shape
and the wind tunnel work isn't obvious at first glance, but run your hands over the
top of the helmet and you'll feel a very smooth blending of gentle
Abrupt surface changes and wings will only serve to
increase noise, so smoothness is the watchword here; simpler is
sometimes better. On the road, the aerodynamics seem to help the
air flow over the top of the helmet and out over the rear spoiler with
a minimum of buffeting, lift or movement.
(Advanced Integrated Matrix plus Multiple Fibers) combines
fiberglass, organic fibers and some proprietary "high performance
fiber" (which looks a lot like carbon fiber) in a patented
mixture that keeps the helmet light in weight while offering high
levels of protection. The RF-1000 is both DOT and Snell approved
in the U.S.A., and ECE 22.05 and ACU Gold approved in Europe.
Computer-aided design and stress
analysis can help the designer understand how to maximize the
helmet's protective qualities while reducing unneeded bulk. Our
RF-1000 in size XL weighs in at 1610 grams (3 lbs., 8-3/4 oz.), which
is a touch lighter than Shoei's X-Eleven of the same size.
might be a
couple-hundred grams heavier than the lightest weight helmets available, the
RF-1000 is lighter than many of its competitors and the weight is
carried well; there's no top heavy feeling and the comfortable and
plush internal padding may add a few ounces, but helps keep the helmet
shape really seems to work; this is one of the quietest helmets we've
tried. In general, helmet noise usually comes in two flavors: a higher
frequency "whistling" noise usually emanates from the top of
a helmet, caused by poor aerodynamics, vents or wings.
frequency "booming" noises are usually caused by turbulence
around the bottom of the helmet where it meets the neck.
low-frequency noises can be greatly increased by various types of buffeting caused by
motorcycle windscreens and fairings.
The RF-1000's external shape keeps the
higher frequency noises at a minimum, and a nice touch is the two wide
flaps on either side of the neck, covering the chin straps, which help
prevent any lower frequency noise from intruding.
There is an
increase in the
higher frequency noise levels when the top vents are open, but overall
noise levels are low.
Remember that we always wear properly
inserted earplugs with every helmet on every ride, and we recommend
that you do the same. Helmet noise can be greatly decreased when
wearing earplugs, and health and safety can be greatly
increased. Visit the wBW
Hearing Protection page for more information and reviews on
different earplug brands.
The paint and graphics on the RF-1000 are typical
Shoei high quality. The graphics on our "Voltage"
model give it a nice 3-D effect without being too over-the-top. It's
nice to see that Shoei is still offering the Axis Yellow color, which
is one of the safest helmet colors available. If you've ever
come across a rider wearing an Axis Yellow Shoei helmet, you know what
I mean -- that high-visibility color sitting way up high on the
rider's head really stands out and promotes safety.
Shoei's work in the wind tunnel is paying off in the cooling
department also. The RF-1000 flows copious quantities of air without relying on gimmicks. You would think,
for example, that a simple chin vent would be easy to design to
function efficiently, but this doesn't always seem to be the case with many
helmets we've used.
The chin vent on the RF-1000 pulls in a lot of air,
which is directed up onto the back of the visor. This does an
effective job of de-fogging, while also indirectly venting cool air
onto the rider's face.
The brow vents are also simple yet functional. They're
located in the highest pressure zone right at the front of the
helmet. Air is forced directly into the
helmet, up through the liner and down on to the rider's head through
the ample liner vents, and is pulled out the back via the low-pressure
area enhanced by the rear spoiler.
The spoiler has a single
slide mechanism that opens or closes the rear vents simultaneously. I always
leave the RF-1000's rear vents open, and only open or close the brow vents when
Although the RF-1000 is subjectively one of the quietest helmets
we've tried, there is a noticeable increase in high frequency volume
when the brow vents are open. It's sort of a wind rushing noise
that definitely disappears when the brow vents are closed. But
the large volume of air is worth the slight increase in noise in hot
The RF-1000 uses the CX-1V visor design, which is the same visor
that's used on Shoei's X-Eleven race oriented
The CX-1V has
excellent optical qualities, and it's treated to block almost 100% of
UV rays. The CX-1V visor is designed to smoothly wrap around
each side of the helmet to eliminate any external pieces that might catch the
wind and generate noise and turbulence.
RF-1000 also includes Shoei's three-position lever on the left hand
side of the helmet, also taken from the X-Eleven.
When in the
topmost position, the lever locks the visor in place to prevent it
from blowing open at way-too-fast highway speeds. Flip the lever
down and the visor cracks open just a touch to allow quick de-fogging
or a bit of ventilation.
This is a great feature and I use it all the time. This photo
(left) shows the lever in the down position, with the visor open about
5mm. The distance that the visor can be opened using the lever
is adjustable via a Phillip's head screw which is accessible when the
visor is lifted.
In addition to the lever, the CX-1V visor has 7 "clicks"
to open, with fairly strong detents that keep the visor in the desired
The RF-1000's visor also uses Shoei's Quick Release Base Plate
system, which allows very easy visor removal and replacement (see
Shoei's Quick Release
Base Plate mechanism makes changing visors a
breeze. Place the visor in the fully opened position,
pull down on the little D-ring, and...
the visor out of its lock. The entire process takes a
matter of seconds.
RF-1000 has a simple but effective venting system. The
chin vent directs a large volume of air up onto the back of
the visor and is very effective at de-fogging. The brow
vents are hidden behind slides.
RF-1000's spoiler helps direct air off the back of the helmet
to prevent buffeting, while also creating negative pressure to
pull air through the helmet. On this silver/grey
"Voltage" model, the spoiler is clear with a slight
continuous improvement approach for the RF-series has made it one of
the most popular motorcycle helmets in the world, and with good
reason. It does just about everything and does it very
Quality, comfort and quietness have always been the hallmark of the
RF design, and the RF-1000 brings class-leading aerodynamics, and
state-of-the-art ventilation to the mix.
Throw in some features found only on the most expensive and
exclusive race helmets, such as the quick release visor, adjustable
lever for visor opening, AIM+ composite shell and a large assortment
of colors and graphics, and this is a lot of helmet for the
RF-1000 Motorcycle Helmet (Shoei XR-1000)
Retail Price: $340.99 - $480.99 (Street
price ~ $260 to $370)
Wine Red, Axis Yellow, Black Metallic, Black, Silver, Deep
Grey, Monza Red, Pearl Grey, Royal Blue. Patterns:
"Storm" Red, Blue, Black/White;
"Voltage" Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Silver/Grey
(shown). Replicas: Zemke, DuHamel.
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From "H.C." (August 2011): "Just
spent Day 1 with my new Shoei XR-1000. They are going on
sale locally (South Africa) due to the new models
becoming more pervasive and dealers are shifting old
I have to start out by echoing your comments regarding
that "just right" fit the first time I put it on. Other
than that, no surprises. It is firm all around my head
but it does apply some pressure to my (rather large)
earlobes around the bottom edge.
This lid ventilates VERY well, is not too noisy
(subjective comparisons follow) and the Pinlock anti-fog
visor WORKS!. The one thing that has not been said by
anyone else so far, however, is how well this lid works
for people who wear eyeglasses, like me. Simply put, it
was a revelation to put on my glasses with this lid in
place. I have never had a helmet fit glasses so
comfortably and so easy to put on and remove the
glasses. It is as if the guys at Shoei designed this lid
with cut-outs to wear glasses comfortably. For that
reason alone, I love this lid.
At first, there was no room in the chin area for me, but
then I just pushed my head back in the lid and the issue
was solved. (Once the padding beds in, I might invest in
some thicker cheek pads to make this a more permanent
arrangement of fit).
I have owned the following lids so far and have used all
in greater or lesser capacities for my daily (40
kilometres one way) commute in all seasons:
Vega Altura - really cheap and nasty beginner
lid. Plastic shell and not much else, except a poor
visor that loves to fog up. Poor ventilation.
KBC VR-2 - supposed "upgrade" to an affordable
fibreglass shell lid. Very heavy, poorly ventilated and
rather silly graphics. To much pressure on my forehead
that never went away and poor peripheral vision. Never
wore it much.
AGV Stealth - a good lid on paper - beats
everything else in every test you like to mention. (Top
rated in ECE, SHARP, etc.) Looks the business with the
silver iridium visor I bought. Noisy inside and not
fantastic ventilation, but feels fantastic nonetheless.
Feels like a top quality lid on your head. Too short
around the brim, so wind noise from there. Isolation
inside inspires confidence, so I used to go faaaar to
fast with it on. Not good to turn your head sideways at
ARC A55 (or something) half helmet - open face.
Bought on sale on a whim. Poor quality, poor fit, but
spoilt me for the open feeling and fantastic peripheral
vision of an open-face lid.
Airoh J-55S - an upgrade from the ARC. Jet-style
helmet with very hard lining and padding - never
comfortable, but I got used to it. Used it the most out
of the above lids in daily commute. Built in shade visor
is nice to use, useful feature. Noisy lid, but very
useful. Could leave it on the bike for convenience. No
self-respecting biker would steal it. and now - the
After all that, all I can say is that I will wear the
Shoei religiously. I am back to full-face helmets just
because this lid is so comfortable. It is more
comfortable from the outset than all of the above and
quieter than all of them.
Subjectively, at least, it feels lighter than the AGV.
My peripheral vision is still good and putting on my
glasses is really easy. I don't actually mind the
Pinlock visor in my vision too much - I will get used to
it. The optical quality of the visor, even with Pinlock
- is fantastic - no distortion whatsoever, which was a
problem with the Airoh that I used to wear a lot. Anyway
- that is my little rant. Estimated value of this
assessment = more or less 2 cents. Cheers - keep up the
From "D" (3/10): "I bought the Shoei RF1000 in solid black
after reading your reviews and owned it for a year now. The visor on this
helmet is a safety hazard because of fogging from the first breath on, no need
for low temp, this visor fogs in any condition.
I find it inconceivable that I have to spend money on a Pinlock replacement
visor and the Pinlock insert to make it work normally, these are faulty helmets.
Your review should include the fact that in order to make this helmet work you
absolutely, imperatively need a Pinlock fog system, or something of the sort.
Same thing with Shoei, nowhere do they mention that this helmet needs a good
anti fog system that has to be purchased separately. I've been trying to
write Shoei about the visor but they didn't answer me. Very disappointed.
My other helmet is an RSX Shark which has much better visor by a long shot."
Editor's Reply: It's difficult to evaluate face shield
fogging, because if the helmet is reviewed in the summer, there's no way to
determine the anti-fog capabilities. Also, I must have cool breath,
because I rarely have a problem with this.
Nevertheless, I pretty much figure that no visor will prevent fog, and, in fact,
some of the newer helmets don't even bother to claim that the face shield has an
anti-fog coating, probably because the coatings usually don't work anyway.
Some of the new HJC and Shoei helmets come with a Pinlock insert.
Not sure if you've tried the
Defog It (review) product we reviewed; it works on the RF-1000 visor we have
here and is so far the best and easiest to use anti-fog treatment we've found.
From "T.K." (2/10): "I thought I had done all the research
after checking your review of the RF-1000. However, I failed to read all
the comments posted on your site and now I will add my own.
Fog, Fog, and more Fog. How on earth Shoei could put out such a
helmet/shield system is beyond me. I cannot use this helmet until summer,
and I’m not even sure about that. Then there is the noise, especially the
booming type. Even with ear plugs it is unbearable. Finally, someone
mentioned turning your head at speed, and believe me, it feels as though the
wind will take the helmet off.
It just makes for an expensive shelf ornament, for now. I would not
recommend this helmet."
Editor's Reply: Regarding fogging, very few, if
any, face shields will prevent fog, no matter what the manufacturers say.
So a product like the
Defog It product we just reviewed is usually necessary.
Regarding noise, as we mention in all the reviews, it depends on many things,
especially the way the helmet fits the rider's head shape, the windscreen, the
type of motorcycle -- even they type or style clothing the rider is wearing.
If the helmet is also moving around on your head, it sure sounds to me like the
helmet is either a mismatch for your head shape, the wrong size, or both."
From "C.F." (1/10): "Just thought I'd chime in on this as I've now got over 25,000 miles
worth of riding with this helmet.
After having tried on a dozen or so different lids for when I
began riding, I decided to spend the extra money and buy the Shoei
as it fit the best out of all the brands I tried. This was in
October of 2008.
Since that time, I've found this to be the most comfortable,
quiet and best-fitting for my (admittedly) alien-shaped head.
While it is true that the Shoei name demands a premium at
checkout, little details can be seen that reassure one that this
cost is not without merit: The D-Rings, for example, are thicker and
feel stronger than those on Scorpion or HJC helmets. The visors are
top-notch, and the dark smoke model negates the needs for carrying
(prescription, in my case) sunglasses.
As far as noise goes, yes, there is some booming, but good
earplugs or canal phones all but eliminate this. Compared to the HJC
CP and CL series, the difference is night and day.
For those that are considering buying a cheaper helmet, I'd
humbly suggest to save your money, and pick up the RF-1000 now while
they're still available, as this is an impressively good lid that
has not once failed a DOT or Snell test. Just my 2¢."
From "J.B." (7/09): "I purchased this helmet mid
summer 2008. I love it. The ventilation is incredible.
The only qualm I have is that the padding has compressed enough so
that the helmet now sits too low on my head, restricting the air
flow. Otherwise a great helmet."
From "C.L." (7/09): "I bought my RF-1000 about 6
weeks ago, it fits me well, and it's a nice helmet. Some areas
where it's not so nice:
Three position lever for cracking open the visor: Good concept, poor
design. My local shop generously gave me 2 weeks to try it
out, and in those 2 weeks it worked great! But after a month,
when I cracked my visor open it would immediately slam shut.
Repeatedly flipping the lever open when my hand should be on the
clutch was not a good thing.
Looking closely, I saw a tiny groove worn in the lever right where
it pushes up against the visor. This small amount of worn
material was enough to tip the balance in the spring's favor.
Tightening the screw helped only for a little while. I also noticed
that the visor was not really sealed against the rubber gaskets.
I adjusted the visor, more or less following instructions, and it
made a big difference in the wind noise!
But what the instructions don't tell you is that you can either have
a properly sealed visor or a properly functioning visor cracking
lever, but not both. The lever is a fixed distance from the
upper base plate bolt: with a fixed distance, the lever is always
correctly positioned for its "visor lock" function. But if the
base plate is rotated forward to get a good lower seal, it's no
longer close enough to the visor.
Although the instructions advise against rotating the base plates,
but it's not always possible to get a good seal without doing so.
If you manage to get both, you were lucky. But the lever is
going to wear anyway, and the only way to take up the slack is to
rotate the base plates.
Fogging: The chin vent doesn't work so well for me, probably due to
my full height windshield. When I'm off the highway, cracking
open the visor with the three position lever kept the fog away.
Until the lever stopped working, that is.
Can't comment much on the noise level, though. Thanks to
webBikeWorld, I now wear earplugs. Before the earplugs, I
found I was asking people at work to repeat what they just said too
many times. No more.
Knowing what I know now, would I buy another RF-1000? I'd
probably give it a pass and keep looking."
From "S.S." (6/09): "I just rode my first 200
miles with my RF-1000, and would like to share my experience. First,
I wear an XL, and the fit is very similar to my XXL
Scorpion EXO-400 (review). I wear eyeglasses, and both
helmets pinch my ears a bit, but otherwise fit my Saint - Bernard -
shaped head very well.
In terms of quality, the interiors of the Scorpion and the Shoei are
about the same, with good materials and no rough surfaces in either
one. Likewise, the visors open and close almost identically,
although the seal of the visor does seem to be better on the Shoei.
Having read many posts concerning fog issues with the Shoei visor, I
Pinlock anti-fog system (review) with the helmet, and installed
it prior to my ride. It worked perfectly, and I did not find
the silicone seal to be overly intrusive into my line of sight.
I did, however, notice the halo reflections around objects at night,
but a slight tilt of the head corrected these double images.
When weighed against the potentially fatal outcome of having a
fogged visor, I think they are a reasonable compromise. I will
say that I never had a fogging problem with my Scorpion visor,
although I have read of others who did. In terms of ventilation,
again, I find the two different brands to be similar, although the
Shoei directs the air onto two spots high on your temples, and can
definitely be felt.
The Shoei vents are easier to open and close while in motion, and
the difference can clearly be felt. With the EXO-400, it is
sometimes difficult to find the little toggles when wearing gloves,
and I can not feel the difference whether they are opened or closed.
I do think the Scorpion passes a sufficient volume of air, but it is
diffused so that you don't feel a specific jet of air like you do
with the RF1000.
The Shoei exterior is much nicer than the Scorpion, although I got
the Sever pattern on the Shoei, and it really stands out. The
Shoei also feels lighter than the Scorpion when you hold it in your
hands, but once on your head, both feel well balanced.
The Shoei is better in the wind, especially when checking your blind
spots on the interstate, but I did not find it to be any quieter
than the EXO-400.
In summary, these two helmets are pretty similar, except in terms of
price. I invested in the Shoei because it fits my head just
that much better than the Scorpion, and I feel that this eliminates
one chronic distraction when trying to concentrate on the road
Was it worth the extra $235? (That's 2 EXO-400s for the price of 1
Shoei). In my case, yes, because I really think that a good
fit is the single most important consideration when buying a new
helmet. What about the person who has a head that fits
perfectly inside the EXO-400? I envy you!"
From "R.R." (7/08): "Good fit quality could be
better. This helmet is very comfortable and the noise is ok.
If you look to the right or left this helmet suddenly has a lot more
wind noise. Of course that's expected since it's designed to
look forward for the most part when your riding.
I agree with the user than said the helmet fogs up
easy. I bought the deflector that goes inside and forces the
airflow from the bridge of the nose down and still have the same
The shield mounting on this helmet is severely
lacking. Even with the fasteners all tight the shield does not
open and close very well and feels flimsy. I don't think I
have a bad helmet I think it is just a really poor design. I
looked on the Shoei website and the Quick Release Base plates, and
Quick Release lever sets are the top four sellers for accessories on
this helmet. Why on earth are these more popular than
replacement shields etc... I might add it's not only for this
helmet that these parts are top sellers. Less than a year of
ownership and I'm already replacing these parts.
The other thing was the visor on the helmet. I
had the first one replaced. Had very small almost invisible
stress cracks on the bottom but not in the field of vision.
Same with the replacement. Just hoping it doesn't fly apart in
my face someday.
I have a 15 year old Bieffe helmet that is much more
solid than this Shoei. The KBC I bought as a spare is almost
as comfortable and appears about the same quality as the Shoei
except I haven't had to replace any parts on it. For the price
tag on the helmet I would say it was pretty disappointing. I
bought it for about half price $190. Had I picked it up in a
store and there were no markings on it I would have thought it would
be about a $55 helmet. Feels good on the old noggin I just
hope it holds up. Not likely I'd buy one again though."
From "S": "I recently
purchased the Shoei RF-1000 to replace my
Scorpion EXO-300. I first have to say that
it is one of the most comfortable helmets that I
have tried and was pleasantly surprised by how
quite it was compared to the Scorpion. I'm
probably going to keep this one for quite a
while until something else jumps out at me.
With that said though.... there are a couple issues
with the visor that I've noticed. Coming from the Scorpion, I
was rather disappointed in its ability to fog up rather quickly.
Riding in the Pacific Northwest in the morning.... fogging is a
pretty big issue. My Scorpion seemed to never fog unless I was
stopped at a red light.
The Shoei on the other hand seems to fog all the
time unless its 60+ degree weather. ( I just ordered some SalClear
today to see if that helps ). Also, the although the visor
does shut down all the way, it doesn't have quite the force as the
Scorpion. I have also noticed that at speed when I look over
my shoulder, that the visor lifts enough to allow a strong breeze
in. (now I see why they put a lock on it).
Oh... and one more little thing (and this is just a
little bit of knit-pickin) . The material that the liner is made of
sticks horribly well to Velcro. If I toss my gloves in my helmet
when I get off my bike, they really stick in there, and I have to
pull quite hard to remove them (I also noticed that the chin strap
padding made of the same material sticks to the collar of my
Other than all of that..... great helmet. Thanks for
your review..... came in handy when i went to purchase a new helmet.
From "B.W.S.": "Just
recently bought this helmet. based on your
review and any comments on it, i couldn't agree
more with it. My face little bit "long" at
the chin, so whenever I try any helmet, my chin
is still exposed, it's not covered by helmet
(what's the point using full face type if my
chin is not covered up?...hehehe...).
But with this RF-1000, it covers my chin
thoroughly. That's one point plus.
Another one is, the inner helmet fits properly
with my forehead. It presses firmly, but
not cause any painful to my head. (I'm using it
with balaclava too).
As for the noise within helmet, I have no problem
with it. It's still below my expectations for this db noise.
Thx for your review."
From "G.P.": "I was the guy
who wrote to complain that the
was a terrarium. Since I seem to be extra
finicky about fogging, I thought I'd drop a line
about the RF-1000 I just bought.
I spent about three hours riding yesterday in 50
degree weather, and except at stop-and-go traffic speeds, any
fogging which occurred cleared up almost instantly. The
ventilation is excellent in the RF-1000. Stuck in traffic, I
just popped the shield open a little. And Shoei included both
the breath guard and chin curtain which I have yet to install - very
As far as noise, it was almost as quiet as the TZ-R
which it replaced. I did a little bit of highway driving on
this first trip out, but I didn't notice any of the booming
mentioned in the review. The aerodynamics of the two helmets
are quite different; the increase in wind pressure when I turned my
head to the side to double check the lane next to me wearing the
RF-1000 was very noticeable.
The one complaint I have is that the brow vents seem
somewhat awkward to operate, especially with gloves. Maybe
this will change as I get more accustomed to the helmet.
All in all, the RF-1000 is very comfortable,
reasonably quiet and exceptionally well ventilated. A+ Shoei!"
"P.G.: "I have about
500 miles on my RF-1000 and couldn't be more pleased. It
is relatively quiet, good ventilation control,
fits me well enough (it is still breaking in).
While I have not done a back to back comparison,
it seems a lot quieter than my (HJC) CL-14. Thanks for the good advice. Your review of
the RF 1000 seems spot on."
Fromm "G.M.": "First off, I'll mention
that I got a great deal on the RF-1000 from
ronayers.com and they were very good to me
(after a little persuasion) to return it for a
nominal amount. Reason for the return:
Unbearable wind volume. Even with earplugs the
noise from the wind entering the neck area was
actually painful from 40 mph and up and an
immediate source of headaches.
Thinking that it
might just be my head shape or my bike's
fairing, I asked someone else to try it while I
wore their VR-1. I noted a major difference and
they commented on the noise as well.
True, the noise
was reduced when wearing a TurtleFur or other
clothing that filled the gaps, but hey, summer's
almost here and that won't be happening. I can
only wonder how someone could wear this helmet
and not have the same problem unless they had a
neck like Ahhnold."
Editor's Reply: We've
found that all helmets are noisy; some less so
than others. But we felt that the RF-1000
was one of the quieter helmets. We always
recommend wearing properly fitted earplugs when
using any motorcycle helmet.
all bets are off when you're behind a fairing --
fairings and windscreens can generate all sorts
of buffeting, and that buffeting can cause lots
of wind noise. This is especially apparent
under the neck area of many helmets. You
may want to try a
Windjammer helmet wind blocker, which we
found to be very effective in reducing low-frequency noise on
"Suggest the Shoei Wind Curtain, available
website. They come in vinyl and cloth
versions, and fit up under the chin to help
prevent buffeting noise.