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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-15-2004, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Shanman. . . [helmet]

Shan, I actually have a friend that's selling a nice helmet:

Originally Posted by Son N.
Shark RSR
Olivier Jacque replica
they sell for: $485.95

I am selling for $250 plus shipping.
Only issue is the mouth vent slider came is open always now. Very small, and I think Shark can replace it also. The helmet is a bit too large for me. It is sized as a medium, and is a bit larger than my Arai Quantum F small. Very good helmet and nice looking also...just too large for me. Probably will buy another, but go witha size small.

Taken from Helmet Harbor:

You won't see any big name AMA racers using this helmet because up until now, it was restricted to Europe. The list of pro racers in Europe runs deep, and for good reason.

Shell made of high technology fibres
Multi element shock absorber, with air channels
3 mm anti fog + anti scratch visor, with tear-offs
Total high flow ventilation, with air distribution by tubes ATSŪ
Fully removable and adjustable inner lining, made of high tech open cell foam
Racing chin strap with double D rings
Breath guard and chin cover
Breath box
Weight approx (1450 grams = 3.19 lbs)

Teset Evaluation:

We've had a chance to take a closer look at the Shark RSR, and it's impressed our staff.
The top venting system is unlike anything we've seen before. The top front vent is huge, and opens by sliding the top lever to the rear. It's hard to see from the photos to the right, but there is a grill mounted inside. Good idea, since if it wasn't there, just about anything could fly inside the helmet. It's also interesting how the top vent forms into the rear diffuser. Air MOVES through this helmet..!! The top venting system is recessed into the shell, giving a smooth appearance, and aids in eliminating unnecessary wind noise.

The visor was a bit more complicated to remove than other helmets we've tested. We actually had to whip out the instructions to figure it out. Shark includes an instruction card with the helmet, which is in several different languages. After walking through the process, step by step, we found the visor to come off easily. No tools are required Would it be our top choice? No. Is it a potential problem? No.

Shark has incorporated a small lever on the side called the "Safety Lever". It's designed to keep the visor in place, if the side of the helmet takes a strike during an accident. Needless to say we haven't tested this levers effectiveness, but it looks to be well thought out. You can see it just to left of the silver cap in the visor cut-out (Right). This lever can also be adjusted using a supplied allen wrench. This is the only helmet on the market to secure the visor in four areas with metal.

The visor is slightly stiff to open at first, and locks in the down position by way of a small brass button on the lower left side of the eye port. Shark did a great job of making a helmet for years of use. Other companies might have used a plastic button for this purpose. Also, the RSR's visor is the thickest we have ever seen. One tester described it as looking like "bullet proof glass". Impressive. It's also fog proofed. It's impossible to fog, even on the coldest mornings. While we're on the subject of the visor, Shark tosses in a free set of tear-offs, to go along with the visors standard tear-off posts.

The RSR fits small. All of our testers found they needed to bump up a size to get the correct fit. If you wear a medium, you will fit best in a large. Once on, the helmet feels solid. The shell is slightly more round in shape, and fit best on those with rounder shaped heads. Many of our Arai Quantum/f testers loved the fit, while those with oval shaped heads stated they wished there was more room in the forehead area. The RSR is also designed to fit slightly closer to the riders face than some other helmet models. This was not found to be an issue with comfort, but something to consider if you're accustomed to roomier helmets.

The rear vent couldn't be easier to use. It's clearly marked, and easy to use once on. This goes for all the vents. The chin bar vent opens by pushing down on the lever. Staying true to the top vent, the chin bar vent is large, and shaped to grab the air. In the riding position, it acts like a scoop, forcing air inside.

The RSR also includes a racing breath deflector, which we found to be very useful. The deflector actually slips into the inside chin bar exhaust vents, and is designed to seal around the riders mouth and nose. In place, we had ZERO flogging issues. The deflector directs the riders breath right into the exhaust vents located on the side of the chin bar. Very clever idea, and again, well designed. A smaller breath deflector is also included. A chin curtain (included), slips into place under the chin bar.

The liner is made of some very soft material, and is difficult to describe. Our testers found it to be very comfortable next to the skin, and provided a very secure fit. It was easy to tell that the foam is of a very high quality. The liner removes easily, and uses plastic buttons to snap into place. The rear neck curtain comes out with the top comfort pad, and the fit was spot-on.

The inside Styrofoam shell is grooved deeply, allowing air to travel through this helmet easily. If you're looking for a super quiet helmet, stop reading now. We cannot describe the RSR as quiet. On the track our testers rated the RSR as outstanding, and all gave it top marks for venting. However, each advised earplugs would be a must at higher speeds. At highway speeds, they could be optional, but again recommended.

The shell is made of Carbon, Dyneeme, Aramide and Epoxy resin. We have no idea what those are (other than the carbon fiber), but it makes for an extremely light helmet. Non of our testers had head movement issues on the track, and the helmet stayed planted at speed.

We could find zero issues with the graphics, and the overall quality is outstanding. Just what you would expect in a premium helmet.

In conclusion, we rate the RSR near to top of the helmet market. The design is well thought out, and nothing has been left out, or side stepped. The designers were defiantly on top of their game when pen hit paper. We can honestly say that this is the first helmet we've tested that didn't leave us wondering why something wasn't included in this price category.

Who does this helmet suit best? Racers, or track-day riders rate at the top. To fully utilize all the venting features, speed is a must. Also those riders needing a high-flow helmet during the summer months. Several of the testers were everyday commuters, and advised they would focus on the high quality, and wouldn't hesitate to buy the RSR. We also tested the RSR on a full fairing BMW, and found the venting to work outstanding. The top vent is located near the top of the helmet, and does an outstanding job of grabbing the air as it rolls off the fairing.

What would we change if we were in charge? Even though the visor removes easily, we would make it less complicated. Like anything else, the more we played with it, the easier it got, but it's still involved. The metal side cap could be dropped and lost, which could complicate a day on the bike.

Everything about the RSR screams, "Solid", and "Well Made".

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thats a pretty thorough review of the lid, and great pics!!
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Not bad but I've got a 60cm head, so that puts me in the L or XL range.

Thanks anyway...
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I asked my wife about it too..but she wears a small..
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Sweet lid.
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I'd think about getting it, but very few helmets fit me. So far the only ones I've found are Arai Signets.
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