Having spent more than sixty years slowly refining and improving its lids, Shoei undoubtedly produces some of the finest, most premium motorcycle helmets on Earth. And after unveiling its flagship RF-1200 model in late 2013, the Tokyo-based firm is once again raising the stakes in the full-face brain bucket sector with the debut of the all-new RF-1400 helmet.
The latest addition to the RF lineup that dates back to 1984, the RF-1400 is Shoei’s lightest and most compact SNELL (and DOT) approved full-face helmet ever, though still offers stellar procession through the use of a Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ shell backed by a dual-layered multi-density EPS foam setup. Ample time spent developing the helmet’s shape and profile in a wind-tunnel ultimately allowed for a 4% reduction in drag and a 6% decrease in lift. Ventilation is also improved, thanks to three airflow channels funneling wind through six intakes and four exhaust ports. The RF-1400 also gets a pin-lock-equipped UV-protected 3D injection-molded CWR-F2 visor that benefits from a new, airtight window beading system with better wind and waterproofing. Starting at $500 and protected by a five-year warranty, the Shoei RF-1400 helmet is available in half-a-dozen solid colors and 14 different graphics.
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