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Anyone out there using a Shoei RF1200 and would like to give me a review of how quiet it is on a V-Strom? I know you can have the vents open and ride a crotch rocket with no noise but if I understand it correctly straight up riding with rear vents open could cause noise. And just how much do you need the rear vents in moderate weather?

I am looking at possibly replacing my lid and can get a great deal on one of these. Unfortunately it has a dark visor, I prefer clear, but that may work out ok.
 
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^^^This
After buying a new Shoei RF Series helmet every 5-7 years, 200, 800, 1000, 1100, I bought my 1st modular lid about 15 years ago--the Nolan N100E based on a friend's recommendation. That helmet single-handedly weaned me off of the regular full-face helmets. Next was the N104, followed by my current helmet, the N100-5. The convenience of the the flip front, the audio/communication system, Nolan's ratchet strap buckle, and their excellent customer service sold me on their products. I also have a Scorpion EXO 900 modular as an inexpensive alternative helmet. And their customer service is likewise tremendous.
No more full-face helmets for me.
Concerning the visors...My Nolans and the Scorpion modulars all have internal flip down dark visors and come with the full-eyeport clear visors.
A "great deal" isnt that great if it can't do all you'd like or need it to.
 

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Well right now I have a Scorpion exo 700 and it’s a great helmet except it’s noisy. Being in South Carolina I took a quick ride with no helmet then with and it’s a lot quieter with no helmet. From what I can find this helmet is ultra quiet. I would trade that for the modular aspect.

I am going to look at a almost new Shoei tonight where the guy bought a bike near the end of last year and has decided riding isn’t for him. Same way I got my Vstrom in the first place. If it is as new, as per his description, and it fits my noggin I don’t mind forking out $150 for it. I just wish it had a clear visor but I can work around that too.

My scorpion is like 8 years old and if I don’t buy this it will be it’s last season regardless
 
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When I bought my Shoeis I always bought a light smoke and a dark smoke shield. I always had them with me on the bike, and changed shields according to the light conditions on the rides. No more! Push a button, the dark shield drops down, no muss, no fuss. No need to carry shields.
All my helmets go noisier as they got looser with age. Many buy helmets too large to begin with, and they only get louder from there.
Then again, it's YOUR money.
 

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Makes no difference as the helmet was as new but either it was stretched out or a large shoei is too big for me. Regardless it didn't fit my noggin
 

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Heads are different shape and have varying quantities of hair on them. For me, fit is way out front, distantly followed by value; a high doo-dad-to-dollar ratio. I have a 2017 Bell RaceStar that I bought over an Arai Quantum-X because it fit like I had spent all day in a lab being custom fit for a lid, like an astronaut. The piggy bank will get emptied again soon for a photosensitive PinLock Overlay. It attaches outside to the tear-off posts on the Panovision shield. My $13 drugstore sunglasses come in contact with the upper part of my visor port and Im tired of it. I don't want a super dark tint and the Overlay seems to be about right for me at its max tint.
 
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I've loved the Shoei's I've had and the Skorpions. Using a Bilt ADV helmet currently and like it a lot.
How it works is so much about your head and how it hits the wind. Yah can't definitely use some one else experience.
 

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I wear an RF1200 (had an RF1100 before that and, for a brief time before selling it, an Arai XD4). First off, I like the helmet and have been quiet happy with it overall. However, I don't consider the RF1200 "quiet" but I also wouldn't consider either of those other two quiet. I certainly would never consider riding with it without ear plugs but, to be fair, I'm in my mid 40's and have tinnitus from abusing my ears in my youth so I do what I can now to minimize any further damage including wearing ear plugs any time I ride. I do use a bluetooth system in it and can hear music or phone calls just fine with ear plugs in. At highway speeds it does get a bit harder to hear but I also try not to turn it up all the way.

As far as comfort, that's obviously going to be subjective but I find it very comfortable. I've done 500+ mile days with it and don't give the helmet any thought at all. Air flow is, in my opinion, pretty good. On a hot day I can feel the air moving through it. Having the vents open does make it noticeably louder but as noted above, I don't consider it quiet to begin with and opening the vents only makes it a little bit louder. The rear vents are sort of fiddly so I generally don't mess with them. Closing them didn't seem to make a significant difference as far as noise and having them open when it's hot makes a big difference.

I have both a dark smoke and a clear visor, both with pinlock lens, and when I'm out for more than a short ride I just bring both. It takes seconds to swap them. Definitely get the pinlock if you get one, works very well at reducing, if not eliminating, fogging on chilly mornings/days.

As a side note, up until recently I had an older Sena comms system in it and it fit very well including the speakers in the pockets. I recently replaced that with a Cardo Packtalk Slim and that does not fit nearly as well. It does fit but not well. In fact, I'm doing a week long trip next week and am not entirely sure that I won't have to tear it out to keep my ears from killing me after a long day.
 

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My last helmet was an expensive AGV GP Tech. Light and well ventilated, but noisy. I still use it in the summer. It has taken one good hit so far, when I totaled my first Tenere.

I now use an RF 1100, except when it is very hot. A little heavier and less ventilated. I would say it is quiet, but I use foam ear plugs. I prefer a clear visor in almost all conditions. I like to ride visor up a lot and use safety glasses under the shield. The Shoei is very well made and comfortable. When I bought it the 1200 was out and it appeared similar. The 1100 was on close out. It has taken one light hit so far.

I will never trade the convenience of a modular for the superior protection of a full face. Never.
 

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Every helmet that I have ever owned has been quiet.......but I always use ear plugs. Ear plugs are not for everyone. Some say they don't like the feel of something in their ears....especially for hours on end. Having said that, I went from many years of Arai helmets to a Shoei RF1200. It was a revelation! Light weight and a thoroughly modern, high tech feel to it.
 

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I've loved the Shoei's I've had and the Skorpions. Using a Bilt ADV helmet currently and like it a lot.
How it works is so much about your head and how it hits the wind. Yah can't definitely use some one else experience.
I really don’t ride that much and am trying not to spend a fortune on a helmet. I am impressed with the overall reviews of the built modular helmets. I would not have expected them to be rated so highly in their price range.
 

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To be honest, the XSmall ADV helmet by Bilt is a tad loose and I added a bit of foam behind the factory stuff. In a day long horrible wind riding from Colorado the helmet did try to shift on my head.
Generally though I like the features and the price. buy the jacket and get the pants, helmet and gloves for free.
 

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My last helmet was an expensive AGV GP Tech. Light and well ventilated, but noisy. I still use it in the summer. It has taken one good hit so far, when I totaled my first Tenere.

I now use an RF 1100, except when it is very hot. A little heavier and less ventilated. I would say it is quiet, but I use foam ear plugs. I prefer a clear visor in almost all conditions. I like to ride visor up a lot and use safety glasses under the shield. The Shoei is very well made and comfortable. When I bought it the 1200 was out and it appeared similar. The 1100 was on close out. It has taken one light hit so far.

I will never trade the convenience of a modular for the superior protection of a full face. Never.

Hmmmmmm........I have full face protection with my modular. :confused:
 

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Hmmmmmm........I have full face protection with my modular. :confused:
There is no hinge made as strong as a rigid connection. I busted a modular by dropping it. I am sure there are better hinge devices than what I busted, I just get the old school no hinge. Lighter too.

My brother has a Schuberth and disagrees with me.
 
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