Since being launched in 1984, the versatile RF series has become Shoei’s most successful line of helmets. The tried-and-true RF series of full-face helmets takes its next evolutionary step with the new RF-1400.
Like the RF-1200 it replaces, the RF-1400 uses Shoei’s proprietary Multi-ply Matrix Aim+ construction, a shell made up of interwoven layers of organic fibers and fiberglass that surrounds a multi-density EPS liner. Wind tunnel testing was used to make the shell shape even more slippery in the wind, with a 4% reduction in drag and a 6% reduction in lift. Improved aerodynamics help offset a slight increase in weight compared to the RF-1200. Our medium-sized test unit tipped the scales at 3 pounds, 9 ounces.
Ventilation is kicked up a notch with a relocated forehead vent featuring an additional intake hole, increasing positive airflow. The four always-open exhaust outlets were enlarged, further improving air exchange. All six of the adjustable air intakes are easy to operate with gloved fingers.
Shoei’s removable, washable and fit-customizable 3D Max-Dry interior is extremely plush and comfortable. Fitment is slightly snugger due to more voluminous cheek padding, which has helped reduced noise. Sizing ranges from XS to XXL and uses four individual shell sizes (XS-S; M; L; XL-XXL). An emergency quick-release system is standard.
A massive change for the RF-1400 is the all-new CWR-F2 face shield and baseplate system. The new face shield uses a centrally located lock that evenly distributes forces for easier opening and closing, and actuation is far smoother. To further improve aerodynamics, the RF-1400 shield gets vortex generators like those on Shoei’s race-ready X-Fourteen helmet. Notably, the Pinlock posts are positioned behind the helmet’s beading, creating unobstructed peripheral vision. The shield seals tightly against the helmet’s beading, which is now thicker and has more prominent gutters to shed water.
With the D-ring strap cinched down and barreling down the road, it’s clear that the Snell and DOT certified RF-1400 is a notable advancement over the RF-1200. And the price has gone up by only $10. MSRP is $499.99 for solid colors and $599.99 for graphics.
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