I've owned both over the years. I like the Shoei much better. It's light, fit, noise reduction, and ventilation are much better with the RF 1000. It's my current helmet of choice. I don't think they discontunued the RF 1000 though? They do cost more, like an Arai does, but it's a small investment spread over say the 5 years you would be using it. What's your melon worth and do you want to protect it with the best you can afford or save a few bucks for something else? Check an Arai for fit too. Depends on the shape of your head and face as to what manufacturer is a better fit for you.charleym3 said:I was trying on helmets yesterday. I tried the HJC CS-12 and CL-14 current production in my size. Then I tried on a discontinued Shoei. The fit was much different and the contour more closely fit the shape of my head.
So the question is two part. Is the Shoei a superior helmet or are you paying for the name? The price is $200. Can I do better? It's plain white and I think that it's the RF-1000 model. The back vents look a little different. Probably last year's model.