Shoei Hornet DS Helmet

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$459.89 - $485.09 MSRP $510.99 - $538.99

Rating 4.45 of 5 (33 Reviews)
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Shoei Hornet DS (Dual-Sport) Helmet

Not just a helmet that bridge two genres together, the Shoei Hornet DS is a helmet that stands out with the qualities all motorcyclist desires. Starting with its most prevalent features, the Hornet DS is equipped with a visor and face shield able to work both on and off road. Long enough for roost and light deflection, the visor is shaped to handle high speed road work. Its face shield, fully removable, gives a commanding view while sealing out wind and rain and removing for the use of goggles. Completed with the venting system perfected on the VFX-W, this Shoei is ready to conquer the ever changing world of dual sports.
  • Designed for the adventure touring and dual sport market, the Shoei Hornet DS
  • Helmet can be used in three configurations: with visor and shield, with just shield, or with just visor
  • A wide, 3-dimensionally curved shield completely seals against the eyeport beading
  • Lightweight, Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) shell
  • Visor includes a front air intake to channel air into top of helmet
  • Shutter behind nose cover directs air flow to clear shield fogging
  • Fully removable 3-D interior, with 5-layer cheekpads that are channeled for eyeglasses
  • Breath guard and chin curtain included
  • DOT and Snell 2005 Approved
  • Shoei products can only be shipped to U.S. customers

View the MotorcycleUSA.com review of the Shoei Hornet DS Helmet here: Shoei Hornet DS Helmet Review
  • Item # 11021

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great helmet shoi hornet ds

Love the helmet, have had nothing but Shoei top of the line street and motocross helmets in the past and being a guide. This helmet does the job a true dual sport helmet. also helps prevent fogging of goggles as I wear prescription glasses.

david mcclure - January 27, 2009

(atenas costa rica, TX)

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Great Helmet

I have worn this helmet for about 400 miles now and I really like it. The ventilation really works and you can feel the air circulating over and around your head. I ride with ear plugs so it's kind of hard to judge the noise level but seems acceptable to me. I have ridden in some pretty good crosswinds (25mph) and the peak doesn't seem to grab the air too bad when riding around 55mph. Haven't taken it up to 75 yet so don't know how it might handle there. If I'm going to be running at those speeds I would probably take the peak off if caused any problem. I really like the feel of this helmet on my head it is snug but not so snug as to give me a headache. It just feels solid with no wiggle. I know the price is high but I figure my head is worth it!

Bee Hall - June 03, 2009

(Helena, MT)

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Hornet DS

I've been riding with this helmet for about 2 months and I'm COMPLETELY happy with it. Another killer product from Shoei. Very impressed with the ventilation, I can feel the air flowing all the way around my head (which is a huge plus in the Alabama humidity). I also got the smoked shield and its perfect for riding at night and taking the glare off oncoming headlights, yet still being able to see the road in front of you. The visor design is perfect, doesn't drag at speed (75-80mph so far) and blocks the setting sun just right. Costs more than some other brands, but you definitely get your money's worth (how much do you think your head is worth???) I also have the X11, but already planning on selling it, since I know the DS is going to be my full-time helmet. Perfect dual sport helmet, waiting to see how many more KLR riders I spot wearing one!

Phillip M - July 13, 2009

(Huntsville, AL)

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Shoei - Hornet DS Helmet

This is an excellent dual sport helmet. Set up with Roko straps it works great. Like all helmets with peaks, you do get some drag at 55 mph plus, but since you can remove it for longer high speed rides, all is good. Motorcycle Superstores gets the nod on the cost benefit with the best pricing.

Captain Kirk - August 04, 2009

(Mission Viejo, CA)

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Excellent Helmet

The ratio value is higher than the cost price. It is a very comfortable helmet with a vision greater than 180 degrees.

Jose S - July 08, 2011

(Calexico, CA, CA)

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Awesome Helmet

This is my second Helmet and I enjoy it a lot. it is super light and fits perfectly. The design is very nice and cool. The price could be a little bit better but I really trust in the brand and I hope do not have to prove it

Antonio - June 27, 2012

(El Paso, TX)

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Great Helmet

Seems like these are the only ones that really fit my head well. Expensive but really nice.

Mike - May 29, 2013

(Las Vegas, NV)

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great purchase

Really good product, fitting, noise level, look. Im extremely happy with it.

Roger - January 06, 2014

(Buenos Aires, AR, PR)

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Hornet

Great fit, low wind noise, ventilation is great in cold weather defogging the screen.

Peter Carter - February 11, 2008

(Tucson, AZ)

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Shoei Hornet Helmet

Great helmet! Much lighter than most road bike helmets…great cross between a road and dirt bike helmet.

Aaron - May 15, 2008

(Bristol, TN)

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Awesome

This is my second Hornet DS. I liked the first so much, I bought another. Expensive yes. A fantastic helmet though. The interior can be swapped for smaller/larger cheekpads and such...makes for perfect fit.

DD - February 17, 2009

(Anchorage, AK)

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I Feel Safe With It

My background has been dirt riding only, but I just bought my first dual-sport bike. My helmet was a $79 KBC until a co-worker convinced me to spare no expense on a helmet. Also, being used to goggles, the face shield intrigued me. I love being able to flip it up, rather than pulling the goggles down. Also, in the Winter, it's MUCH warmer and far more convenient than the MX setup, where I would have to wear something over my nose and mouth to stay warm. As far as comfort, it's about the same as the cheap helmet... but the style is no comparison. The minute I put it on, I noticed that people just respect me more. The features and look are just great, even though it makes me look very much like a bug. Even the ladies are friendlier. Boy would they be shocked if they knew that under the helmet is a 50 year-old bald guy. In any case, the bottom line is safety... and I feel safe with this helmet.

Scott - April 17, 2009

(Los Angeles, CA)

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Hornet DS

This is one of the best, if not the best helmet that I have ever owned (definitely the most expensive). The fit is the best for sure. Order it on size, not one size larger as some say. I sent one back and got the size that Shoei recommended in the first place. It feels tight out of the box and still does when you try it on in the house. Start your engine and go for a ride and it is near perfect. The wind does blow it around if you get side winds over about 15 MPH. If it is a calm day, you would never notice the visor or anything. I had it up to around 90 in calm winds and was amazed with it, as it is stable. I would buy this again for sure. This is my first Shoei and I don't think I could go back to anything less now.

Graven - June 09, 2009

(Somerset, PA)

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Impressions after 2000 miles

Safety - I feel better with a DOT and Snell approved full face helmet. Visibility - Fantastic. I won't wear my my old modular helmet again. Visor - It's removable, but don't bother. behind a small widescreen and the visor is no problem. You will feel it a little, though, in a strong cross wind. Accessories - Smoke face screen is nice, but sunglasses will fit under the helmet. Also, I had no problem mounting a Scala rider intercom system inside the helmet.

Paul - June 26, 2012

(Memphis, TN)

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My 3rd Shoei - Never disappointed

This is my 3rd Shoei helmet and I am once again pleased with this purchase. As predicted in previous reviews, Shoei engineers a snug fit around the face. However, I know in advance the fit will be welcome in head on winds. The style is awesome and the location and size of the vents will be welcome in the heat.

Jim - March 23, 2013

(Ulaanbaatar Mongolia, FL)

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