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post #1 of 17 Old 10-05-2010, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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shoei helmet differences

is there actually a noticeable difference between the x12 and the 1100? I need a lot of venting. it was 50 something today and raining and I couldn't keep my lid closed on my 07 1100 helmet due to over fogging. was considering the x12
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Every 1100 I tried on just felt too tight - I couldn't pull the trigger on it. I think it was just too narrow for my fat face. I went to another store and tried on the X-11 and it was SO much better. The X-11 in XL fit me very well, though I did put smaller cheek pads in it eventually. Regarding the X-12, I tried on an XL and it seemed tighter than the XL in the X-11 - the staff thinks they changed the pads inside for the X12 and that was making the difference. I would have liked the X-12, but would probably have needed a 2X. The X-11/12 seem to be rounder than the 1100. Never did get to try on an Arai, but I'm not sure they would have worked for me.
For venting, you may want to look at that new Shoei Qwest. It's supposed to have dramatically improved venting, particularly while seated in a touring position. No idea how it fits however.
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The x12 is really designed for sport bike riding on the track. Both vent well but the x12 is designed to vent better at a more agressive ride angle. Or at least this is what I read while doing my research when trying to decide between the two. I finally settled on the 1100

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the shoei tzr is the first helmut I have had that the venting actually works, you can feel the breeze on the top of your head
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The x12 is really designed for sport bike riding on the track. Both vent well but the x12 is designed to vent better at a more agressive ride angle. Or at least this is what I read while doing my research when trying to decide between the two. I finally settled on the 1100
this is exactly what I was curious about, I will be looking up the qwest also.
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I tried the X11 and the 1100. I've always been a Shoei fan, a thought one of the two would be the right one. I did not like the fit of the X11 at all, tight, claustrophobic, and it felt a bit stripped down - very serious, but not very comfortable. The 1100 was much more to my liking, beautifully finished, but even with two different cheek pad sizes, I wasn't happy with the fit.

I'd previously sneered at the Shoei TZR, thinking it wouldn't be any good cuz it's their lowest price helmet. I decided to try it anyway. I did swap out the cheek pads for a different size than stock, and once I did, it was pure magic - the fit was perfect. It was like a light went on over my head - ding! And, as the previous poster mentioned, it does flow a boatload of air over the top of your head. Don't know how it does it without the dedicated rear vents you see on other helmets, but it plain works. I live in Michigan, and the helmet kept my head nicely ventilated during the horribly hot and muggy summer, and comfortable in the arctic blast fall/winter riding seasons with minimal fogging issues. The helmet liner even comes out for washing too. The chinbar venting does direct a lot of air onto the inside of the face shield. This only works when moving, but 10mph will get the fog to lift. I'd imagine this is the case for any helmet, but the TZR evacuates shield fog very well when you get above bicycle speeds. The TZR uses the same shield as the 1100 too.

Shoei does sell faceshields with the "pinlock" anti-fog system [it essentially turns a faceshield into a two layer faceshield that resembles those dual lens anti-fog ski goggles, with similar good results.

The TZR can be had online for as little as 200-250 bux, and is a bargain. Throw a pinlock shield in the mix, and you'd have a great helmet.

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thanks for the heads up on the Qwest. I'm looking for a new/replacement helmet. this one looks about right.
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Buy a Hornet DS and ride with the visor up and sunglasses on. Works perfectly on a Strom and vents beautifully.
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I have a hell of a problem with close face helmets. I'm a 2XL AND my jaw hits EVERY helmet I have tried so far except for the 1100. After trying 50 or so helmets, I'm resigned to spending $450 bucks for the 1100.

If anyone knows of any CF helmets that have a larrger jaw area, please let me know.
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I badly wanted a Shoei Multi Tech flip up and tried one at a local dealer. After wearing it for a few minutes it put to much pressure on my forehead - its just to round for my oval head.

Check out this link which reviews & rates helmets, and explains head shapes -

Motorcycle Helmet Weights - webBikeWorld
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