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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2009, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question Shoei X-11 or RF-1000

i can get either helmet for the same price.. they are last years graphics, but functionally they are the same as this years...
the X-11 retails for a lot more than the RF-1000.
i've tried on the RF-1000 and like it.. and i'm 'guessing' the X-11 would fit the same since they are both Shoei's...

so has anybody used either? or have a reason why i would choose the RF-1000 over the X-11? i'm thinking that the higher retail on the X-11 must mean it is a better helmet.

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I have an RF-1000 and love it.

Can't speak about the X-11, never had one on.

Just make sure the RF-1000 isn't overpriced and that's why they are the same.

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doh... my mistake.. i read the price wrong, the X-11 was $100 more....
so i'm going with the RF-1000.. thanks for your comment..
i hate buying things that i regret later.. but the RF-1000 from all i've heard is a great helmet.

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As mentioned, I have a RF1000 , and so does my wife.

The only "complaint" I have, and I must stress that this is not a real safety issue or comfort issue, but just something I noticed and had a bit of a problem with.

The distance from my mouth to the chin bar is very small.

This likely makes the helmet lighter, safer, and likely even more quiet, but if you plan on installing a microphone for a com unit, the fit will be tight.

I had to trim the foam off the mic on my Scala Teamset so it was not rubbing my lips. Not sure how thin other helmet microphones are, but just saying this was the only problem I have had with the helmet.

It is by far the most comfortable and quietest helmet I have owned, and I've gone through ALOT of them.

My wife loves hers, and says it fits so well that she kinda feels more secure in it as opposed to some of the others we have had. Making the wife feel secure is a good thing.

I got mime in plain metalic silver for just under 300 bucks. Some stores and online shops sell them for a bit more under that now...alot depends on the graphics it seems. I did spring for the "spectra" mirrored visor , in blue to match my bike:


The visors can be switched in a few seconds without tools...and feature a "lock lever" so they won't fly open even at triple diget speeds.

I would definitely buy one again.


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wow, cool looking helmet. i was going to get the metallic silver one also, but the lowest online price i could find was $346. i ended up buying a 'cutlass' one for $299.
thanks for the advice.. !

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I know a handful of guys who have the 1000 and love it. One guy has had his going on 5 years now and refuses to replace it because he likes it so much...
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review here:
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/shoei/rf-1000/

I have only seen lower prices at in town dealers, on certain sizes and colors.. am guessing the prices went back up for the summer. Sorry, though one could find one for more than a buck under $300 online. I did have to pay full price for my wifes.

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Just a note here for anyone looking for a new helmet. If you haven`t seen curtis`s post on the safety forum about getting a helmet fitted, and a video link with Jay Leno interviewing a sales rep from Shoei, on how to get a proper fit, go find it now. It could save your life. Most of us, apparently, are not wearing the proper size helmet for maximum protection.

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