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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
 







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