Shoei_RF-1100.jpgWe really dig the elongated shape of the new Shoei RF-1100. The four vents/spoilers mounted on the rear give the profile a forward thrust that was absent from the boring old RF-1000. Called the Shoei XR-1100 in Europe, it goes on sale there in September; we're guessing that US sales will commence soon thereafter. That's only a guess however, as no one at Shoei will respond to our emails.
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Those new vents, along with the rest of the helmet's shape, promise
better ventilation and aerodynamic stability than before, but that
isn't the only trick up the RF-1100's sleeve. Shoei invented the
original quick-change visor mechanism and is updating it for the
RF-1100. The mechanism now pushes the visor forward as it rotates up
and pulls it closed as it's shut. This is meant to ensure a better seal
and therefore reduced wind noise. The visor is also larger, increasing
peripheral vision.



Since the current RF-1000 is Shoei's second-tier helmet, sitting below
the GP-spec X-Eleven, we'd expect the RF-1100 to carry a similarly
affordable price -- starting at just $385 for plain colors.

Shoei Europe via MotoFlash.ro

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