My Gift to Myself – SHOEI RF 1200


I decided to purchase a new helmet as a gift to myself for my up and coming cross-country trip.  I have been wearing a Shoei Qwest since 2011 which has  been a great helmet for the price.  Now….I will try the Shoei RF 1200.  Just got it…so only impression is it feels quite a bit lighter than my Qwest, fits really snug in a good way and It was a PITA to install my Cardo G4 intercom mount but I think I got it on tight enough.  

Will find out today when I take my bike out as well as try out the RF1200.  I purchased through RevZilla and as always easy-going company and quick shipping.  Check them out by clicking the Ad to the right of this post.  Every purchase you make through RevZilla helps support this blog.  OK, my shameless plug.  Every little bit helps though.


The RF 1200 comes in an assortment of colours and graphics.  The price is not too high for a premium helmet.  A little over $400 for a solid.  Next a few selfies that are not that great quality.  Sorry about that…but gives you an idea of shape and there is room for eye glasses.  The speakers for your intercom sit nicely tucked away after removing the foam insert so not to touch your ears causing discomfort. 

I like how the profile is leaner than most helmets, plenty of chin space for your microphone and the RF seems to have venting in all the right places.  But for now, I have no idea how quiet it will be until I hit the road.  I will write a better post when I form my opinions.  I have to say though this is a sleek high quality feeling helmet that also looks great.  I will only have one helmet and I think for ADV riding as well as sport bikes this would be a great helmet to buy.  More later with educated thoughts. 

Shoei’s description:

Around every corner is a brand new adventure, and with that comes the uncontrollable desire to push the limits while exploring the exciting unknown. We at SHOEI know that feeling quite well, which is precisely why we never stop pushing progression within our line of premium motorcycle helmets. Enter the all-new RF-1200. With a world-class team of designers and engineers leading the charge, SHOEI utilized its 55-year wealth of knowledge, state-of-the-art wind tunnel facility, proprietary materials, and the industry’s most stringent quality assurance practices to develop the next-generation RF. A lighter, more compact, streamlined helmet with next-level functionality, SHOEI’s RF-1200 has evolved the pursuit of perfection to an all-new level.

Author: advgrrl

Avid ADV rider! This Blog is all about the adventure in adventure riding. Researching new bikes, routes, accessories, learning about other riders and hopefully a great place for others to comment and explore with me. PLUS, up and down's, wildlife, my dogs, my life!

2 thoughts on “My Gift to Myself – SHOEI RF 1200”

  1. I got my new RF1200 two months ago to replace my RF1100. It was noticeably lighter and had a smaller profile than my old helmet. I didn’t have fun installing my Cardo on the new helmet either! So far, I love it. It was snug for the first 2 hours or so but fits great now. Much less wind noise and less drag on my neck and shoulders, too. The Shoei rep told me that they were going to produce a photo-gradient visor for this helmet. It should be out soon!

    Enjoy your new helmet! -Colleen

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