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An Introduction to Shoei Motorcycle Helmets

An Introduction to Shoei Motorcycle Helmets


Over 60 years ago, in 1958, Eitaro Kamata founded the Shoei Helmets company in Tokyo, Japan. His first Shoei motorcycle helmet was designed for the racing sector; however, by the late 1960’s it had gained popularity throughout the United States and across the Atlantic in Europe as a versatile accessory useful in many applications.

Today, the Shoei motorcycle helmets are firmly established as one of the world’s most respected motorcycle accessories.

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The Shoei Process:

The Shoei company prides itself in a unique production process that yields a top quality product. Shoei uses computer controlled lasers and water jets to create eye and vent openings, and computer controlled painting for the basic white, black and red colors. Other colors are applied by hand, as is the interior assembly.

The company believes in applying technology only when needed to maintain quality without sacrificing hands-on artistic influence. In order to maintain this type of control, all Shoei helmets are manufactured in Japan.

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Shoei RF-1200 Full Face Motorcycle Helmet

Shoei Helmets Design:

When designing the Shoei motorcycle helmets, the company considered several factors:

  • Comfort/Fit: Reduced “buffering” (shifting of the helmet due to external forces) can lead to rider fatigue or impaired vision. Shoei’s patented liner system controls buffering and, thus, assures a more comfortable helmet.
  • Weight & Aerodynamics: Shoei has spent hundreds of hours conducting wind tunnel tests. They have succeeded in lowering inertia by improving helmet aerodynamics that, in turn, reduce strain on the rider’s neck.
  • Ventilation: Shoei has a patented ventilation system that circulates air throughout the helmet, thus reducing heat build-up and fogging. This, in turn, reduces rider stress from overheating and loss of concentration. Shoei was the first to develop this next-generation system into safety helmet design.
  • Shield: Shoei’s innovative, distortion-free face-shield is constructed of strong polycarbonate material that is 99% UVA/UVB protected, as well as water and scratch resistant. The Shoei motorcycle helmet offers a quick change, single release system that allows the rider the ability to change face shields in a snap, in the event of a sudden change in the weather.
  • Noise: Noise inside the helmet may contribute to rider stress that can affect concentration. It can also have a bearing on the rider’s ability to hear engine noises related to motorcycle safety. While Shoei increases the degree of helmet comfort by optimizing liner comfort, constantly improves the aerodynamics and ventilation system, and improves the quality of the shield, the company also aims to minimize the level of noise heard inside the helmet.

Shoei Solid Qwest Street Bike Helmet

Commitment to Safety:

The Shoei motorcycle helmet company has a strong commitment to safety. As required by the federal Department of Transportation (DOT), all Shoei helmets sold within the United States meet all safety standards. These standards can be viewed at www.DOT.gov.

In addition, Shoei helmets also fall within safety standards outlined by the Snell Memorial Foundation (www.smf.org), a non-profit organization founded in 1957 and considered a prestigious standard for measuring helmet safety.

Why Choose a Shoei Helmet?

The Shoei motorcycle helmets are considered one of the top five or “best” helmets sold in the United States and worldwide.

A primary consideration is their strong commitment to safety and design, while constantly stressing innovative production processes and creative design. The helmets are handmade to assure quality.

The company’s 60-year history assures its trustworthiness among motorcycle helmet manufacturers and this, along with Shoei’s outstanding quality, means it is the right choice when choosing a motorcycle safety helmet.

Below are some more terrific examples of top class Shoei helmets available today.

For more information, click on the helmet name.

Shoei NeotecThe Neotec is the successor to the tremendously popular Multitec (one of our personal favorites). It’s a modular (flip-up) helmet that looks strikingly similar to the Multitec but with a few special upgrades.

Shoei has clearly listed to its customer base and incorporated a few things that the fans have asked for. The key differences include an all new ventilation system, redesigned EPS lining configuration, improved noise reduction capabilities and a new locking mechanism.

Overall this is certainly an improvement on the Multitec but you’re gonna pay a lot more for this latest design and you have to ask yourself whether it’s worth it. Still, a great helmet here folks and we’d go as far as saying it’s one of the very best modular’s available on the market today assuming price is no object.

Shoei GT-AirBrand new for 2013, the GT-Air is Shoei’s latest all-around masterpiece. Shoei has taken the long-reigning champion RF-1100 and tweaked it up to the max. New ventilation, improved aerodynamics, enhanced sun-blocking and a real menacing design make the GT-Air stand apart from the RF-1100.

It’s a superbly comfortable helmet and extremely quiet in most applications. The paint, graphics, and overall quality are excellent as you’d expect from Shoei helmets these days. Air flow is terrific and the upgrades Shoei have made in this area are certainly paying off.

It’s nothing groundbreaking but Shoei has managed to pull it off better than anyone else. Look, this is a magnificent helmet – that is for sure. Expensive?… You bet, but if you’re passionate about riding then those extra dollars may seem like pocket change when you’re wearing this baby.

Shoei X-TwelveThe X11 was always considered a well-ventilated helmet. The X-12 uses the same system of the chin, brow, and a top vent. But the X-12 does not appear to meet the same standards of cooling and ventilation that were attained by the X-11.

One deliberate reason for this could be that the X-12 is aimed at track day riders racing at higher speeds. Although with the race-theory in mind, we wonder why the rear exhaust vents are extremely difficult to adjust when wearing gloves.

The X12 uses the same internal shape as the X11. This shape is similar to the RF-1100. The X-12 shell shapes are manufactured in 5 sizes. This adds to the manufacturing cost but means that riders can get themselves a better fitting helmet with improved weight distribution. The internal helmet lining and cheek pads of the X-12 can be removed for washing or replacement.


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