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Shoei RF-1000 Helmet Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Schrage   
Friday, 04 September 2009 16:03

Review :: Shoei 2009 Model RF-1000 Caster Helmet

From Shoei:

Shoei RF-1000 helmets offer a unique Aero Stabilizing system and high performance materials, in addition to an anti-fogging technology and race replica graphics.

Average price: $350 - $400

  • Aerodynamic Shell Design maximized through extensive wind tunnel and rider testing
  • The Aero Stabilizer dramatically reduces drag and lift coefficients, thus diminishing rider fatigue and increasing performance
  • Two-Layer EPS Liner System offers unmatched ventilation with internal channels and exhaust ports throughout the helmet
  • Integrated Upper Air Intake minimizes air turbulence and maximizes air stream in all riding positions
  • Outlet holes in the Aero Stabilizer allow warm air to be exhausted
  • The lower air intake provides an additional source of air flow
  • The neck outlet vent allows for effective air exhaust
  • Lightweight, Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) equals high performance fiber materials combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra lightweight, rigid and resilient
  • Anti-Fog System features lower air intake provides air flow that helps to diminish shield fog
  • Removable interior cheek pads available in optional sizes for a custom fit
  • Chin strap cover can easily be removed to allow for cleaning or replacement
  • Q.R.B.P. (Quick -Release Base Plate) allows tool-less shield removal
  • Wide, 3-dimensionally curved shield offers increased peripheral vision and optical clarity
  • Scratch-resistant coating
  • 100% protection form harmful UV A & B rays
  • A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent it from opening unexpectedly
  • DOT 218 & Snell-M2000
  • Weight: 3.24 lbs /1470 grams (approx.)

 

This Shoei runs about the same size as all the other Shoei's I have worn.  Stick to the chart for sizing. Please make sure that your head does not move around at all in the helmet.  Your skin should be flush against all pads.  The ventilation is adequate, as with any other helmet.  I found nothing very special about their "Two-Layer EPS System" as it seems to be just the same ol' stuff. It works decently without producing too much wind noise.  It is no air conditioning system so you will sweat and get hot on warm days. Noise is standard, no real big difference between this helmet or many others. The helmet does a good job at blocking out most wind noise and I would rate it a bit better than all other helmet manufacturers (such as HJC, KBC, Scorpion, Icon, etc.)  You get what you pay for in this respect.  I am sure Arai has a similar amount of wind noise, but I cannot comment as I have never owned one (Shoei’s have always fit my head better).  I still wear earplugs when on a motorcycle and believe they are a standard piece of equipment.  A major plus about this helmet is its weight. You do not notice this helmet on your head. The last thing I ever think about is “helmet fatigue” as the comfort and weight of the helmet do not impact my riding at all. The lining is comfortable and well made, as with all Shoei products.  Plan to replace it every three years due to lining wear, as with any other helmet.

I have crash tested this helmet (see pictures below) and it did what it was supposed to do, too perfection.  I landed pretty hard and did some tumbles after a pretty major get-off at the track. This helmet protected my head extremely well.  Let me reiterate this point, the helmet prevented any injury minor or major to the most important part on my body.  This helmet stood up to asphalt, dirt, and large rocks (in that order) and took them all in stride.  The face shield did pop off though and I did sustain a few scratches on my nose. Other than a few scratches and a face full of dirt, this helmet was perfect; above and beyond expectations actually. I can honestly say this helmet saved my life.

I fully recommend buying this product for both the street and the track.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2009 23:38
 
Trackday Video PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Schrage   
Thursday, 03 September 2009 04:01

Quick trackday video of myself and Jay Fooey at SMMR.  Filmed by the famous Tom Davlantis. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4JdbJAgXUE

This was at a TrackXperience trackday that I attended in August 09'.  I am on the black bike, Jay is on the blue bike.  This was one of the best trackdays I have been too.

Good times!!!

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2009 23:40
 
The Motorcycle Addiction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Schrage   
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 15:43

Imagine yourself waking up one morning, sun blaring in your eyes slowly taunting you awake.  You stretch and breathe in the fresh desert air.  A bit damp, a bit cold, yet you know soon it will be well above tolerable heat temperatures that anyone but a crazy man would stand in; especially in a full leather suit.  Before you lies some of the best tarmac out there.  Created for cars, mastered by motorcycles.  The sun reflects off this black paradise like an undisturbed lake in the morning hours atop a remote mountain.  It beacons for you to ride upon it.  It wants you to take control of it and push the limits.  It wants to be pushed and wants to push back.

This is a bit what it feels like to arrive at the track early in the morning before riding.  It is somewhat an “out-of-body” experience.  You are tired from waking up early, but excited.  You really wish you could have slept the night before, and cannot wait for that caffeine to start kicking in.

Riding a motorcycle on a track is not like many other experiences.  It offers the chance of melding the skills of balance, motion, and fluidity into a seamless art of pure expression. The interplay between man and machine is like no other.  Both are required to be in peak physical condition.  If one fails, both fail.  If one is better than the other, one must improve.  All of these ideals are etched into reality when riding on the track.

Why do it?  Why succumb to these demands? What could possibly be worth it?  I will let you in on the secret.  The answer: a half a second.  Yes.  One half of a second is what drives people to empty their wallets on this sport.  One half of a second makes people wake up early on weekend mornings, hit the gym just that much harder, and spend endless amounts of money on riding/racing.

That one half second on the track brings joy.  It brings accomplishment.  It brings endless stories of what to do in this turn, that turn, and the general strategy to be taken at that track.  This one half second faster leads to friendly beers with people you would have never met.  This one half second leads to competition, friendly or not.  This one half second is a gateway drug that gets you hooked.

By the way, it never lets go once it has you.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 September 2009 18:57
 
Updated the Site PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Schrage   
Sunday, 30 August 2009 21:59

I just updated the site by adding the Joomla! software.  I re-used the old template so it might not look that different, but it is VERY different.  This way I should be able to actually update it more often, with much better functionality and ease.  If you find something wrong, let me know.  If you see something missing or something that you want added, let me know!

Thanks all and be sure to sign up for a Username!

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 September 2009 02:46
 
F.T.W. Racing Qualifying Video PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Schrage   
Thursday, 08 May 2008 00:00

FTW RAcing had it's qualifying the other day at College of the Canyons

Check out the footage.

> > > F.T.W. Racing Qualifying < < <

Good shit.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 September 2009 02:46
 
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