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Shoei RF-1000 review

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Just had my first ride with the Shoei RF-1000.

Splendid. Not only does it offer some of the best crash protection ever, it is very quiet, aerodynamic, and very well put together. I give it a 10 out of 10.

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Optimus Prime said:
Not only does it offer some of the best crash protection ever
Why, have you tested it? :eeps: ;)

It is Snell M2000 rated, and while I know not all Snells are created equal, I don't know of a stricter standardized test for helmets. My Vega was likewise Snell M2000 rated, and protected me perfectly. The RF1000 I bought to replace it is lighter and more aerodynamic, and results in less head fatigue on a long drive, so I decided it was worth the $200 price leap.

It does fog up more easily than any other helmet I've owned, though. I fog-treated the back of the visor, and it's still pretty bad. If I had to replace it today, I'd try an Icon Mainframe.
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LmtdSlip said:
Iam not a big fan of the ICON line. There whole business is based on style rather than substance.
For most things, I agree, and I've bitched about the fact that my finger was broken and my hand lacerated without the Icon glove being damaged at all (transmission of force rather than absorbtion). But the Icon helmets have to pass the same Snell tests as the other M2000 helmets. And Arais don't fit my head. ;)

Mike 325xi said:
Try this is the only anti-fog treatment that has worked well for me despite the strange name. :eek:
I've heard of that stuff... I did the home liquid soap treatment.

Optimus Prime said:
Most helmets that are snell certified just barely pass. I read (but can't find now) data that indicated the Shoei RF-1000 and Arai (something or other) were both 40% better than Snell required. :thumbup:
I'd be interested in seeing that data. I didn't know Snell released it.

Optimus Prime said:
he breath and chin guard. The Breath guard does a great job keep the visor fog free. If you don't have it, go to your dealer and see if they have them. Mine were included for free, but sometimes dealers like to charge extra for them.
It's one of the few things I got online. :( I usually get my stuff from Seattle Cycle, though - the dealers here have just ridiculous prices on gear.
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