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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-02-2007, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Shoei RF-1000

Okay- I've had my Shoei RF-1000 Joust TC-2 for a couple days now, thought I'd try my hand at a review I actually wanted it for the first day of MSF riding, but got stuck with a loaner...ugh.

First day I wore my lid, it was raining and cold and just plain miserable out. Visor kept fogging up, so I had to keep the visor cracked, but like that it stayed clear and dry inside. Tuesday, it was bright and windy/cooler. I actually had to close the visor and some of the vents to keep the air out, and stay warm. And this was sitting around the parking lot- at most doing 15-20mph. Wind noise is a bit much with the visor open, but close it and its quiet (duh).

The RF-1000 is extremely comfortable and light. No long rides yet, but wearing it for three hours at the MSF felt good. I felt much better/more protected wearing this than the open face helmet I had the first day. I will never wear an open-face or modular. Field of vision was decreased downward compared to the open face (obviously) but you're not supposed to be looking down anyway. To the front and sides, vision is perfect- no distortion in the stock clear lens. (I would have liked a smoked lens for sunny days, but in time)

The vents let in plenty of air, though I'm sure I haven't had the full experience of them yet. The vents above the visor are a little difficult to operate with the helmet in your hand, but on your head, it's a snap, even with gloves on. The visor snaps firmly into any position, and seals closed really well.

The helmet just looks awesome too! I've seen too many people where their lid looks way too big, because the shell size is funky. The RF-1000 has I think three shell sizes over the range of sizes. Beautiful helmet in all, and definitely worth my money. I love my helmet, especially seeing some rather cheap looking HJCs on other people. Saw one guy in a white/gold Fulmer, but the paint was nowhere near the quality of the Shoei. Looking at the chinbar esppecially gives me a good feeling about this helmet- looks stronger than most. And the padding around the rest of the helmet fits me perfect. Cheek pads give a minor amount of chipmunk face, but they aren't too tight- they're just right.

The paint is incredible on this helmet- I only wish you could see it (crappy pics) Still so new I haven't peeled any stickers off yet. Haven't even tried putting in the breath deflector or other gadgets yet. With any luck, I'll have my A* Spinner tomorrow, so I'll review that in a couple days.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-02-2007, 10:36 PM
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good review. the cheek padding is actually what sold me on the shoei. i like the pinched face, it made me feel secure. i don't use that funky breathguard they give ya. i found it to be too close to my nose, it interfered with my glasses. there is less space between your chin and the chinbar in a shoei that there is in my old HJC. i noticed that right away. i also liked that feature alot. good choice, and nice looking too!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-03-2007, 05:34 AM
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Good choice. I have the Nerve in blue and I love it. It's very comfortable on long rides. Believe me, I've ridden for 14 1/2 hours (800+miles)and the only time I took it off was when I ate lunch for like 5 minutes and I never had any problem with it. I didn't take it off when I stopped for gas and comfort stops (a total of 7 times) and it never bothered me. I'm thinking about getting one again from Competition Accessories because they're having a clearance on the Nerve for like $299.00. I paid $427 in October of '05. If you ever want to get the Nerve, Call them at 1-800-543-8208 ext.2212, his name is Aaron. He's a really nice guy. Just something to think about if you want a second lid for future use.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-03-2007, 05:59 AM
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Nice lid and good review. But you'd think a helmet of that calibur would come with a no-fog shield.

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